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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

10.15.20 Heather Pirolli Models an Online Show Call.

Show Call is one of our favorite classroom techniques on Team TLAC. It involves choosing a student’s work and projecting it to the class, whereupon it gets studied–lovingly but with rigor–especially if it includes a common error that everyone can learn from. It’s a technique that translates well into an online setting, so I thought I’d…


10.04.20 Cameras On: A Response to the Outrage

A week or so ago I posted a tweet that argued that having ‘cameras on’ should be the norm in classrooms. My point was that students need to be actively engaged in order to learn, and that people don’t participate fully and actively when their community is a series of blank screens representing people they can’t…


09.30.20 Online Turn & Talk with Ben Esser

Turn & Talk is a key tool for building Participation Ratio in a bricks and mortar classroom. It’s not too different online where the use of breakout rooms allows us to replicate it with decent fidelity. Even though it involves the use of breakout rooms we still call the technique Turn & Talk because we think…