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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

02.16.17 Two Clips in Honor of World Read Aloud Day

With thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for the heads up, it turns out that today is World Read Aloud Day, and I am going to make up for the fact that I was not really on-the-ball with Valentine’s Day by being all over World Read Aloud Day.  With good reason. First, a clever Valentines/World Read Aloud Day…


02.14.17 A Post Card from High-Performing PS 172

Earlier this year Teach Like a Champion team-members Hilary Lewis, Erica Woolway and John Costello visited PS 172 in Brooklyn as part of our efforts to study what high-performing schools and teachers do differently.  John shared these notes: I’m always excited when New York State releases their end-of-year data. The excel spreadsheet is massive. New York’s…


02.01.17 Tucking In and Tucking Out

  Sometimes people say to me, “You should write a book about parenting.” I assume they think that based on what’s in Teach Like a Champion. Goodness knows watching great teachers has made me a better parent. (Hint: nonverbal interventions with your own kids!) But it’s definitely not because they have ever seen me trying to…


01.17.17 How Dani Quinn Uses Show Me to Check for Understanding

Dani Quinn is a math teacher at the Michaela School in London. We recently video-taped her lesson and, in watching, I was struck right away by her Check for Understanding. She constantly used Show Me (technique #5 in TLaC) to assess students as she taught and she used that data to guide her lesson. And she…