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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

01.27.14 Ok, So What’s Your ‘Tell’??

I’m writing about a new topic for TLAC 2.0: The Tell (defined below). It’d be helpful to hear some examples of ‘tells’ people are aware of in their own teaching.  I hope to include a few in the book so please chime in with examples in the comments section. And please enjoy this short excerpt from…


06.10.13 Learning and Struggle–A Postcard from Nashville

Spent the day in Nashville, observing training (and new teachers) at TNTP’s Nashville Teaching Fellows program. Pretty outstanding program.  Gonna post more later about the great things they do to prepare new teachers for the classroom.  In the meantime I thought I’d share this tiny little—but really powerful—artifact from my visit.  This was on the wall…


04.23.13 Little Tiny Parenting Insights

  Since I’m a parent people often ask me how writing Teach Like a Champion has affected my parenting.  The answer is: immensely.  I’m incredibly grateful to have had the chance to watch master teachers and motivators and inspirers at work for hours and hours and hours so I could try to copy and adapt at…


03.13.13 How CFU 2.0 is Different

At our Engaging Academics workshop on April 11 and 12, we’ll be presenting and training on Check for Understanding (CFU) and about 9 more techniques.  Except that what we’ll be presenting is really CFU version 2.0–it’s informed by everything we’ve learned since we let teachers loose with version 1.0… the version described in Teach Like a Champion. How’s the 2.0…