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06.23.17 Three Lessons from Alex Timoll’s Cold Call

One of our most useful clips of the Cold Call technique is this short-but-super clip of Alex Timoll at Excellence Boys Charter School in Bed Stuy Brooklyn.  There are a ton of things you could take away from it, and from Alex’s teaching generally, but there are three especially useful lessons i think that every teacher…


06.13.17 Announcing our Second Cohort of TLaC Fellows

About six months ago, we put out a call for nominations for the second cohort of our TLAC Fellowship. The program is designed to be an incentive for great teachers to become even better teachers.  We want to encourage very, very good teachers to focus on getting even better- to strive to become classroom artisans who…


06.01.17 Video from our Annual ‘Practice Perfect’ Workshop

Just two weeks to go until our annual Practice Perfect workshop when we spend two days studying what is probably the secret to more effective teacher training- deliberate practice. Teaching is a performance profession–though few people think of it that way.  This means that we perform live. We go on stage five times a day. And…


06.01.17 Imagining a New Bloom’s

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the uses and mis-uses of Bloom’s Taxonomy, that trusted framework of teaching referenced by just about every teacher on god’s green earth.  Briefly, people see the pyramid and they think- “Oh, more rigorous is higher up… I should ask all “higher order questions.” I should avoid being…


05.31.17 Insights Into Teaching from Ziyanique and Ayianna

  Every week at TLAC Towers we watch and analyze video of teachers. This week, though, we did something that we’ve never done before.  We watched video with students–Ziyanique Wells and Ayianna Texidor, two inspiring scholars at North Star’s Washington Park High School in Newark. Ziyanique and Ayianna are interested in teaching so English teacher Ashling…