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10.17.16 A Tiny ‘Own and Track’ Moment from Bryan Belanger’s Classroom

I stopped into TLaC 2.0 cover boy Bryan Belanger’s math class this morning for about 10 minutes on my way to a meeting.  I observed a tiny moment of brilliance. Here’s what he did. Bryan gave his students this problem to solve independently: Which of the following functions would be parallel to the line y=3x? Select…


12.15.14 Some Cool & Useful Tools for CFU (Video)

One of the new techniques I describe in Teach Like a Champion 2.0, (due out in early January) is Show Me. It lives in one of the two chapters on Check for Understanding and describes ways that students can present data to teachers so they can quickly and efficiently scan to assess mastery during class. A…


08.26.14 Introducing the Teach Like a Champion 2.0 Cover Models (Video)

Teach Like a Champion 2.0  is a done deal. Once a book has a cover there’s no going back and you can see the new cover at left.  Consider this its official unveiling. I thought I’d use the occasion to introduce you to the two incredible teachers who appear on the cover. They are Bryan Belanger…


11.12.13 Do You Use “Slates” to Check For Understanding? Tell me more (Video)

I’m looking for some tales of Implementation as I write TLAC 2.0.  The topic is what I call “slates.” It’s a small (but mighty) part of Checking for Understanding where students show you objective data on their work in unison in order for you to be able to more simply and quickly assess it. More on…