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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

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…


06.13.19 Erica Woolway: Borrowing from a TLAC Video to Build Vocabulary At Home

My colleague Erica Woolway is Chief Academic Officer of the TLAC team and my co-author on Practice Perfect and Reading Reconsidered. She’s also a mom to three fantastic boys and recently shared this blog post about how she borrowed an idea from one of our videos when reading with them at home. It’s characteristically insightful and…


02.08.18 Honing Those Teacher ‘Dance Moves’ (Video)

Radar is out term for your capacity to see your class accurately for what it is. It’s a critical teaching skill. Decision-making always starts with perception–the more accurate the perception the better the decision. The psychologist David Berliner has studied this among teachers and found that novice teachers observing a classroom often fail to perceive them…


02.06.18 A Masterful No Opt Out by Denarius Frazier (Video)

Every once in a while, you come across an example of a teacher using a technique in the classroom that captures almost everything you wanted to say about it–Why a teacher would use it. How. It’s a case study in how to apply a tool to advance learning and it pushes your understanding of the idea…