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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

02.08.18 Honing Those Teacher ‘Dance Moves’ (Video)

Radar is out term for your capacity to see your class accurately for what it is. It’s a critical teaching skill. Decision-making always starts with perception–the more accurate the perception the better the decision. The psychologist David Berliner has studied this among teachers and found that novice teachers observing a classroom often fail to perceive them…


05.19.16 Be Seen Looking: 10 Seconds in Alexandra Bronson’s Classroom

I was prepping for a project we’re cooking up this morning and re-watched one of the oldest videos we still show in our workshops.  It’s of Alexandra Bronson– at the time we shot it she was a science teacher at Williamsburg Collegiate in Brooklyn.  Now she’s Principal there. In watching it i noticed something ‘typically new.’ …


09.24.15 Denarius Frazier’s 100%: Subtlety and an Ounce of Prevention (Video)

One of the best clips we added to our collection this week was one of the simplest… or maybe it wasn’t that simple… just subtle. My colleague Erica Woolway describes it: The clip shows how Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School math teacher Denarius Frazier uses the 100% tools, especially Radar and Be Seen Looking to keep…