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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

12.19.19 How Sadie McLeary Manages Student Participation (Video)

Happy Holidays, friends. I give you the gift of outstanding video to send you off into your winter break. This clip is of Sadie McCleary’s class. She’s a Chemistry teacher at Western Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. Generally this clip will inspire you- it’s such a beautiful example of how careful attention to building…


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…