Doug Lemov's field notes

Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

11.19.21 Luke Gromer on Coaching the Decision, Not the Outcome

  One of the most important and challenging aspects of coaching young people, is coaching them to focus on things that will cause them to succeed over the long run and ignoring the pressing distractions of the short run. It’s a topic I wrote about a bit in The Coach’s Guide to Teaching. A developing athlete,…


11.17.21 Charlie Friedman on Leading During a Difficult Time

Over the past month, we’ve been sharing resources that we hope have provided teachers and leaders with support in tackling many of the challenges of schooling right now. We’ve also been doing some learning ourselves, reaching out to partners in the field to understand how they’ve been approaching this unique time. We’re grateful to Charlie Friedman,…


10.26.21 A Hard Time to Be a Teacher, Pt 2: Free Reading Reconsidered Lesson Plans

  Two weeks ago we wrote about how hard it is to be a teacher right now.  The challenges and pressures of returning to the classroom combined with unprecedented staff shortages have put everyone under intense pressure. Perhaps the most powerful action schools can take right now is to invest in providing teachers with a meaningful…


10.19.21 Our Amazing Team Just Got a Little More Amazing

  These are exciting times for Team TLAC. The 3.0 version of our core teaching book has hit the shelves; we’re working with an ever-wider group of schools directly to support their teaching and professional development through extended partnerships; our Reading Curriculum is growing daily; and more schools than ever are using our Dean of Students…