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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…


12.28.12 Draft Rigor Checklist

Rigor is a word we use a lot—we know our lessons need it, but sometimes it’s hard to define… doubly so if you’re new to the profession. We were working with some friends at TNTP last month, super smart folks supporting teachers in cities across the country. We came up with the idea of developing a…