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11.18.16 How Katy Mills Uses Cold Call to Build Engagement and Rigor

Katy Mills is the Team Leader for English at Westbourne Academy in Ipswich (UK). She recently shared some video that she shot from her classroom. Mostly, she was looking for feedback, but in watching it I found myself really impressed, so I asked Katy if she’d be willing to share some examples of her teaching.  …


10.28.16 Two Clips for Those Who Want to Master the Cold Call Technique

Had the opportunity to talk teaching with an amazing group of math, science and technology teachers from my own region in the New York State Master Teacher Program on Saturday.  This post is specifically a follow-up to share two more examples of Cold Call, one of the techniques we discussed during the session, but the clips…


10.26.16 Cold Call is Inclusive

Cold Call is a technique that instantly brings accountability to the classroom. That’s pretty obvious. But at its best it brings a distinctly positive form of accountability. We’ve been focusing on this idea in our trainings–emphasizing that moments of accountability are often ideal for warmth and positivity.   Put another way, the Cold Call has already…