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12.11.18 Studying Theme and Variation with TNTP

Theme and Variation both matter.   Dan Cotton leads our team’s collaboration with TNTP. I asked him to compile a short post about the most recent session. Earlier this year, Doug wrote about our conversation with a set of colleagues from TNTP and the importance of de-silo-fication when designing training. During a more recent conversation we…


10.24.18 De-Silo-Fication And How To Do It

    I had a great conversation this week with a group of colleagues from TNTP about a concept I only have a not-very-helpful, made-up word to describe: de-silo-fication. The word refers to structuring training so that connected and separate topics don’t seem disconnected, especially when one of them requires urgent and intense focus in the…


07.22.13 Teach NOLA and a Whole New Approach to Practice (Video)

Another guest post from Erica Woolway this evening… this one with an amazing video accompaniment. Check out this clip from Josh Gardner (TNTP seasonal staff and KIPP NOLA Math Teacher) in New Orleans as he teaches his fellows to practice using non-verbal directions until they become automatic.   We have worked with TNTP for the past…


07.06.13 Teaching New Teachers: Erica’s Observations from Nashville

I’m taking a little time off this week (remembering to actually take vacation is definitely the “50th technique” everyone asks about).  To keep the thread going here on the blog i asked my partner and co-author Erica Woolway to share some thoughts about teacher training from some of our work with TNTP’s Nashville Teaching Fellows.  As usual…


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…