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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

11.29.17 Mentor Athletes: Darryl Williams’ Tiny (& Brilliant) Adaptation

My colleague Darryl Williams is one of the best people in the country at helping school leaders lead better schools by better understanding teaching and learning. You’d think that would be enough for one guy, but he also has a secret life coaching his daughter’s basketball team a couple of nights a week.  She’s a fifth…


10.06.17 Cold Call for Coaches: Atlanta United’s Mike Lynch Dials It In

  The benefits of using Cold Call in the classroom are pretty clear. It helps ensure that students are always mentally ‘on’ during a lesson and it allows teachers to question quickly and efficiently, especially to make sure that students know what they need to know—to Check for Understanding. These ideas are critical in a coaching…


09.28.17 Nick Winkelman on Blocked, Serial and Random Practice

  I had the chance to visit a highly successful sports team earlier this week. It was the second time in a month I got to visit an elite organization in the sports sector and both visits were amazing because I learned so much- even in the ‘classroom,’ because in both cases the organizations had also…


09.14.17 Practice on an Island

One of the things that people tell us they value most in our workshops is practice—the chance to rehearse and refine elements of your teaching technique in the safety and camaraderie of colleagues rather than in front of your third period math class. However, not everyone has the opportunity to practice with peers as often as…


07.11.17 A Q&A with Stuart Singer on Mindfulness and Performance

    I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Stuart Singer, who works with athletes to help them master the mental aspects of performance.  As we talked I realized there was a lot of overlap between our areas of interest- from a coaching perspective and more broadly from a teaching and learning perspective.  He agreed…