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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

06.10.13 Learning and Struggle–A Postcard from Nashville

Spent the day in Nashville, observing training (and new teachers) at TNTP’s Nashville Teaching Fellows program. Pretty outstanding program.  Gonna post more later about the great things they do to prepare new teachers for the classroom.  In the meantime I thought I’d share this tiny little—but really powerful—artifact from my visit.  This was on the wall…


05.03.13 Jessica Bracey: Control the Game and Fluency (video)

We just added this clip of North Star Academy’s Jessica Bracey to our collection… we filed it under Fluency and Control the Game (CTG) though we aren’t yet sure which technique we’ll use it for during our workshops. In fact what we love about it is the synergy it shows between Fluency and CTG.  The fact that…


04.10.13 How Positive Framing and Precise Praise Fit Together

I’m writing from the C-terminal at O’Hare where I’m sitting out a 5-hour delay getting back home to Albany.  Ever get that feeling that for every hour that passes another hour is going to be added to your delay?   Anyway, I’m coming home from Colorado where I had the honor of leading a workshop for a…


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…


03.22.13 Grady Middle School: The Highlight Reel

Last night, in Houston, we went out for dinner and my hosts introduced me to fried pickles and Frito pie at dinner, but today Grady Middle School they had something even bigger in store for me. At Grady, the game was on for real! Classrooms were rigorous and content-rich and TLaC-aligned. Here are some highlights: Check…