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05.31.17 Insights Into Teaching from Ziyanique and Ayianna

  Every week at TLAC Towers we watch and analyze video of teachers. This week, though, we did something that we’ve never done before.  We watched video with students–Ziyanique Wells and Ayianna Texidor, two inspiring scholars at North Star’s Washington Park High School in Newark. Ziyanique and Ayianna are interested in teaching so English teacher Ashling…


04.12.17 Clip of the Week: Courtney Betar’s Show Call

Show Call is one of my favorite teaching techniques.  It’s essentially a visible Cold Call.  You assign a written task and then, when it’s done, choose an example or two and project to the class. I love how it puts student work at the center of the classroom, making it visible and tangible so everyone can…


04.04.17 How Julia Addeo Improves Student Thinking By Improving Student Vocabulary

A couple of weeks ago I shared a picture of Jo Facer at Michaela school. She’d used a list of sophisticated verbs that added depth and nuance to discussion about what a text “showed” to expand her students vocabulary and precision when discussing texts. The idea resonated with lots of folks so I am happy to…


09.22.15 Tales of a Positive Outlier, Part 3: Nicole Willey’s Show Call (Video)

If you’ve seen the first two clips I’ve shared from Nicole Willey’s classroom at Leadership Prep Ocean Hill Elementary Academy, you’ll be thrilled to know there’s still more to come– and that the clip I’m sharing today might just be the most replicable of the batch. Nicole’s Check for Understanding was pretty killer. Her positive touch was…