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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

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…


04.18.13 Engineering Better Practice…for Students

Julie Kennedy is about as humble and down-to-earth as they come.  If you met her, you might not guess that she’s a Managing Director at Uncommon Schools and that next year she’ll supervise and manage a dozen of New York City’s highest performing schools.   She’d certainly never go out of her way to tell you she’s a…


03.19.13 Annals of Coaching: Chris Condron’s Desert Island Drill

Well, soccer fans and coaching geeks, it’s time for the latest installment of Desert Island Drills, in which I ask a coach to describe the one drill they’d take with them to a desert island–assuming, I suppose, that they also had a team there that they were trying to prepare for long-term success.  Previous posts here and here.  This…