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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

02.01.17 Tucking In and Tucking Out

  I am about to use my blog to share a parenting idea: something that enriches my daughter’s life and our relationship. I thought some others might want to steal it. But I do not purport to be a parenting expert. This is recreational advice. Please do not feel the need to respond by telling me how…


01.06.17 Building Academic Vocabulary: A Postcard from Jo Facer’s Classroom

A few weeks ago we shot video at the Michaela School in London- truly a thought-provoking and inspirational place. I’ve just started in watching the footage, beginning with Jo Facer’s English class, and have already found a dozen moments I’m going to cut video of. But for now I just want to share a photo of…


12.20.16 My Favorite No: Mistaking Knowledge Problems for Skill Problems

    At our workshops we sometimes show a great video called “My Favorite No.” In it, math teacher Leah Alcala gives her students a key problem to solve and chooses a ‘favorite’ student mistake to show and discuss. She calls the mistake her “favorite no” because it reveals an error that is common to much…


09.23.16 A Few Minutes with Literacy Expert Tim Shanahan

Tim Shanahan is one of the country’s foremost experts on literacy. He’s a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he founded and directed its Center for Literacy. Though he understands the research on reading as well as anyone in the field, he’s also done plenty of real-world work, having been principal…


01.14.15 On Reading and Building Knowledge: My Morning “Behind Enemy Lines”

This morning I got up early to write.  At about 6:30 I wandered into the living room to find that my daughter was downstairs already, sitting quietly over the heat vent- it was negative five degrees Fahrenheit here this morning.  I needed to get some work done, but my rule is, I work until my kids…