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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

03.16.17 Lessons in Practice from the Seattle Seahawks

My Practice Perfect co-author Katie Yezzi recently came across a pretty amazing video of Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talking about practice and his approach to it.  Beyond the key takeaway that practice is incredibly important to any performance profession–“Practice is everything,” Carroll says in the video–there are a ton of useful lessons for those…


06.10.13 Learning and Struggle–A Postcard from Nashville

Spent the day in Nashville, observing training (and new teachers) at TNTP’s Nashville Teaching Fellows program. Pretty outstanding program.  Gonna post more later about the great things they do to prepare new teachers for the classroom.  In the meantime I thought I’d share this tiny little—but really powerful—artifact from my visit.  This was on the wall…


03.12.13 TLaC Clips: Eric Snider’s Joy Factor (video)

I recently got a request for more examples of Joy Factor at the middle school level. As I was watching some great new footage from our pals over at Achievement First, I noticed this Joy Factor moment from AF Bushwick Middle School’s Eric Snider. Some thoughts as you watch: We always try to remind teachers that good…


01.02.13 Teachers at Work (video)

Thought I’d share this footage of some super high-quality practice by teachers.  The teachers hard at work in this video are at one of our recent workshops and include Jennifer Wong-Den, Co-principal at Leadership Prep Brownsville, who’s practicing her Cold Calls and Jessica Hayes, Dean at Excellence CS for Boys, working as the coach.  The idea…


12.28.12 Draft Rigor Checklist

Rigor is a word we use a lot—we know our lessons need it, but sometimes it’s hard to define… doubly so if you’re new to the profession. We were working with some friends at TNTP last month, super smart folks supporting teachers in cities across the country. We came up with the idea of developing a…