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09.27.14 Stretch It Loves Objectives: A 2.0 Excerpt

Here’s a tiny TLaC 2.0 Excerpt on the topic of Stretch It Let’s assume you asked a student to add three and five. After she correctly gave you an answer of eight, you decided to Stretch It a bit and reward correct work with harder questions. Here are a number of ways you might stretch her:…


02.04.14 Stretch It: Call for Examples

Hi, Everyone- Revising Stretch It this morning and feeling a bit stale… not about Stretch It, I note. I still love the moment when a teacher makes a harder question the reward for a correct answer. But writing and revising has me a little tired and I’d love to rejuvenate both myself and my writing by…


09.14.13 Struggles for Shared Vocabulary–What I Have in Common with Paolo Di Canio

At our workshops we often talk about the importance of shared vocabulary–the power of being able to communicate accurately, quickly, without ambiguity about technical aspects of performance. This is true whether you are a teacher (“That was great but what if you unbundled your questions a little more and added a “Stretch It”) or a principal;…


04.03.13 TLaC 2.0: Adding Stretch It to No Opt Out (video)

I’m in California this week so have been slow to post and respond to comments…. but the great news (for me) is that I am out here to do a two-day workshop for teachers and leaders at the highly–and justifyably–vaunted Aspire Public Schools. I’m especially excited because I always learn a ton from the smart and reflective…