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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

09.06.17 Notes from Cognitive Scientist Nathan Wallis’ Presentation on the Brain

Recently I was in New Zealand doing training for coaches at New Zealand Rugby, the organization that supports the growth of the national game from youth to elite levels, including the national team, the All Blacks. The All Blacks—you know this if you are a rugby fan—are the best rugby team in the world.  Drawing from…


08.07.17 To A Young Mother in the Supermarket Parking Lot

I feel a bit anxious every time I write a post that applies something I’ve learned about teaching to parenting. I always remember the feeling of being a parent when everyone thinks they know better than you. So I will state that I am most certainly NOT a parenting expert, but every once in a while…


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…