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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

04.18.18 Samara Levy: Cold Call + No Opt Out + Retrieval Practice

Strengthening long-term memory with Retrieval Practice. Super busy at TLAC Towers this week so I barely have time to write, but we just cut this great clip of TLAC Fellow Samara Levy of Livingston Collegiate Academy High School in New Orleans that I kind of had to share. It shows Samara in the midst of her…


02.06.18 A Masterful No Opt Out by Denarius Frazier (Video)

Every once in a while, you come across an example of a teacher using a technique in the classroom that captures almost everything you wanted to say about it–Why a teacher would use it. How. It’s a case study in how to apply a tool to advance learning and it pushes your understanding of the idea…


12.21.17 “It’s How We Do Gender-Equitable Teaching”

  Erica and I just spent an hour on the phone with a group of amazing colleagues–Audrey Spencer, Becky Banton, Jomara Laboy and Francis Vernyuy–who train Peace Corps volunteers working in education in Africa- either as teachers themselves or as teacher trainers. They use TLAC quite a bit, which made me very happy to know, but…


11.04.16 You Have to See Aidan Thomas’ No Opt Out

My team and I watched footage yesterday of Aidan Thomas’ math class at Leadership Prep Bed Stuy Middle Academy in Brooklyn.  This series of No Opt Outs that Joaquin Hernandez cued up for us was kind of a showstopper. It left us with a better understanding of the ways that No Opt Out could work and a…