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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

04.14.15 Rue Ratray: Frustration and Rigor, Part I

Rue Ratray is Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at UP Academy Oliver in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a district turnaround that’s one part of superintendent Jeff Riley’s bold efforts to revitalize the schools in this small former mill city that’s (previously) been known for under-performing schools. Rue’s an amazing and inspirational teacher.  You can see video of him…


04.22.14 Putting the ‘Great’ in Gatsby: Beth Verrilli’s Disciplined Discussion

Screening video this week, I was reminded of some posts from earlier this year on keeping discussions “disciplined”… that is, “inside the box” and on-topic. They’re, here  here and here in case you missed them, but the idea is that true discussion happens when a group identifies key topics and develops them rigorously and at some…


09.25.13 On Call and Response and Rigor

Yesterday I was watching an outstanding kindergarten teacher teaching her little ones to read bar graphs.  She used Call and Response to help reinforce the definition of data.  “Another word for data is?” she would ask, with the class calling “information” in response. Her execution was pretty outstanding. The kids responded on-cue, crisply and with great…