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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

05.24.18 Dan Cotton on Building Relationships and Trust: An Index Post

  A little over a year ago, my colleague Dan Cotton wrote a series of posts about relationships in the classroom that were unusually insightful and that I keep coming back to. I often want to forward them to someone or reference them as a group. To do that I have to send three links and…


02.14.18 “Steve Kerr Let The Warriors Coach Themselves.”

  There’s been quite a bit of chatter about Steve Kerr’s decision to “let the warriors coach themselves” this week. (Coverage here and here) I wanted to share a couple of thoughts. This was a neat move. Giving players leadership and ownership over their endeavors, done right, can be very powerful. And Kerr spoke about wanting…


02.12.18 Coaching Words: You Don’t, You Didn’t, You Must, We Will

The language we use to help people know how to grow and improve is important. When we give feedback, we’re giving technical information but we’re always also building culture between and among us at the same time. I found myself thinking about language when I recently heard some coaching interactions on the youth sports field but…


01.02.18 Practice Gold–Pianist Barron Ryan Reflects on Practice

I’m a huge fan of Barron Ryan–and not just because he plays a classy elegant kind of piano jazz. Though you should check him out playing  Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough if you’ve never heard him. No, I’m a big Barron Ryan fan because he’s one of the most reflective musicians I know on the topic…


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…