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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

01.13.20 Parents and Educators Should Know: Complex Text is the Gatekeeper to College

My colleague Jen Rugani shared this data with me. It’s really important for educators and parents to see. It shows scores from seven rounds of the ACT. When you dis-aggregate the data by the complexity of the text in the passages tested, you can see that students who scored below the ACT reading benchmark were essentially…


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…


11.24.19 Field Trips Benefit from Background Knowledge, Too

Last week I wrote a post about hands-on learning, and how what seemed like a rich experience–launching rockets–might not be so useful if students didn’t know what they were looking at. On the other hand if students had been primed with knowledge beforehand they could observe relevant things and increase their knowledge by adding detail to…