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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

04.03.20 Knikki Hernandez Engages Students Online with Three Types of Cold Call

Later today we’ll be offering our first webinar for educators with advice and examples of remote learning. For those of you who are joining us we can’t wait to learn together. For those of you who miss it we’ll be posting the video afterwards and offering the session again. One of the videos we’re going to…


03.27.20 Accountability and Feedback Online: One Big Questions is ‘When?’

Team TLAC and I had the pleasure of watching several online lessons from schools across the country (and in England) this week and having watched them I want to share a reflection. One of the constant challenges when you are talking to a screen is knowing what your students are doing as they watch it in…


03.26.20 Online Lessons: George Bramley Wins the Battle of Hastings

As you probably know I’ve been trying to share useful video and analysis of successful approaches to online learning on this blog. One of the big challenges is that synchronous lessons are challenging–challenging to run; limited in terms of how much students can do in a day–while asynchronous lessons are hard to make interactive. As I…


03.25.20 The Bright Mirror: On the Classrooms We Suddenly Left Behind

This is a strange post to write at the present moment–but also hopefully relevant. It’s about the last video of the old world–classroom teaching with a teacher and 30 kids and a book–my team and I watched before classrooms went dark and we all went to online. After writing all last week about things we can…


03.20.20 Feedback and Accountability Loops for Online Classes

Previously I blogged about how important it is in online learning to include lots of short consolidation activities–moments when students interact with the content you’re sharing and consolidate it into memory–and become engaged and active participants. This is true whether you are using ‘synchronous’–live with students in real time–or ‘asynchronous’–you prepare something for students to view…