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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

10.13.19 Lesson Preparation: How Christine Torres Prepares To Teach

A few weeks ago I began work on the latest revision to Teach Like A Champion, what will become version 3.0 in about a year’s time. One of the biggest changes will be with Chapter 4, which is going to shift focus from Lesson Planning to Lesson Preparation, which are the things you do after your…


09.27.19 Darren Hollingsworth’s Threshold: How do you not start at happy?

Yesterday I posted a video of Trona Cenac’s Threshold at Troy Prep–it was a beautiful example of a teacher bringing warmth and caring to a setting in which there was also much to be done to ensure learning. Today, reviewing film we just shot at from Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, I was struck by the same…


09.26.19 Two Great Coaching Videos from John Leonzo

Last week I had the pleasure of doing an interview with John Leonzo on his basketball coaching podcast, Full Timeout. John is assistant coach of women’s basketball at Cedarville University. In addition to a great conversation about coaching and teaching, he mentioned in the intro that he had a website where he posted coaching videos. I…


09.26.19 Strong Voice, Register Shifts and Warm/Strict: Ms. Cenac Greets Her Students

Strong Voice is a critical tool for teachers. They need to manage a room, ensure directions are followed, make sure students listen–those things come with the territory. If you can’t do them, you can’t do your job. That doesn’t mean Strong Voice can’t also be warm and caring even while it helps us set expectations. In…


09.25.19 How ‘Standards’ Work In Our New Reading Curriculum

In her new book, ‘The Knowledge Gap,’ Natalie Wexler writes, “Cognitive scientists have known for decades [that] the most important factor in reading comprehension is not generally applicable skills like finding the main idea — it’s how much knowledge and vocabulary the reader has.” We agree and our new Reading curriculum is designed to build background…