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08.10.14 On Nuance: Dan Cotton and John Costello on the Subtleties of Argument

Twice a week at TLaC Towers we discuss video and other lesson materials from teachers in the field.  Last week Dan Cotton and John Costello–two members of our great TLaC team–were really excited by the possibilities of the question one teacher asked in particular. They wrote this reflection. Last week our team watched video of Uncommon…


09.03.13 “Rigor Collapse”–Thoughts on Break It Down 2.0

Watching video today with Team Taxonomy, my colleague John Costello coined a useful term that I am going to add to the 2.0 version of Break It Down in the coming revised Teach Like a Champion.  The term is “Rigor Collapse” and refers to what happens when you ask a really hard question that kids can’t…


07.02.13 On the ‘Art of the Consequence’

We’ve been doing a lot of work at Taxonomy Towers on a new topic: The Art of the Consequence. Roughly, it’s how to give a consequence in a way that successfully changes student behavior and avoids a downward spiral where behavior actually gets worse in response to a consequence. A few rules of thumb.  In general…


03.07.13 A Great Clip, but of What?? (video)

Over at TLaC Towers we hold a weekly cutting log meeting (CLM) where we watch video clips of high performing teachers. We use the clips to learn and reflect and also to design workshops and training activities.   At last week’s CLM we screened this clip of Uncommon High School’s Kameelah Rasheed teaching Ancient Civ., and…