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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

06.02.16 Where to begin: Prioritizing techniques for new teachers

My colleagues and I are in Westchester today talking behavior and culture with 160 or so educators. One participant brought up the perennial question that looms large in the minds of those who train new teachers: which technique(s) should we start with? When you’re discussing something as complex as teaching, there are obviously no right or…


02.03.16 More on the Unheralded but Highly Effective Technique #10: Own and Track

During a recent lesson, Vicki Hernandez, an 8th grade biology teacher at Troy Prep in Troy, NY, asked her students to answer this question about cell respiration: Certain poisons are toxic to organisms because they interfere with the function of enzymes in the mitochondria. This results directly in the inability of the cell to… A) Store…


12.04.15 Strategic Investment: A Field Guide 2.0 Excerpt

Thousands of teachers used the Teach Like a Champion Field Guide to help them implement, trouble shoot and refine their application of the techniques in the first version of the book. Now that the first version has been revised and taken out of print and there’s a new improved version, some teachers might feel left in the…