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03.16.17 A Postcard from a South African Classroom

Found this picture in a blog post by an organization that supports teachers in South Africa, Edupeg. It’s of a teacher named Ms. Shezi who teaches grade 4 at Bonisanani Primary in South Africa. I found it both informative and inspiring: The blog described her class this way: Ms. Shezi already has well established Entry and Exit…


03.30.16 How to Start Class: Starring Alonte Johnson

The first moment of your class is in many ways the most important in setting expectations for what will happen there for the next hour.  That’s why I love this clip of Alonte Johnson starting his 7th grade English class at King’s Collegiate in Brooklyn.  He’s clear and direct. His routines are simple and efficient.  He…


06.12.15 Portrait of a Teacher (Beth Brannon) in 8 Scenes (Video)

Here’s a rundown of that video of Amarillo Texas Caprock High’s Beth Brannon that I promised in my recent post about unexpectedness. Beth uses, by my count, 11 techniques from Teach Like a Champion 2.0 in the clip (!), though you might never know it unless you watched carefully.  Her productive class seems like a happy…


05.22.14 Managing Emotions (Yours): Dan Cotton on Strong Voice

Over here at TLaC Towers we’ve been doing a bit of thinking about Strong Voice.  We know it’s important to an effective classroom and we know that Quiet Power is a key part of it–going quieter and slower when you’re under duress.  But of course that’s easier said than done.  A recent observation piqued my colleague…


09.27.13 A Grab Bag of Great Little Moments from Rachel King (Video)

We were looking for the right phrase to describe this great video of Leadership Prep Ocean Hill’s Rachel King.  Then someone suggested the phrase ‘grab bag’–we like that because this clip is like something you’d get at a birthday party–  a simple and useful smattering of favors- bright cheery things that are useful and fun. Here…