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Doug Lemov's field notes

Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

01.07.15 Erica Woolway: Handling the Student Who Has to Leave the Group (video)

My colleague and co-author Erica Woolway and I spend a lot of time watching video of great teaching with our team. Often times the things that excite us most are the things that are the most mundane- a teacher mastering some small challenge that all teachers struggle with, with deftness and skill. So useful! That’s just…


10.23.13 Post-Workshop Meditation on Getting Better

Reflecting this afternoon on a great workshop Monday on Close Reading and Embedding Non-fiction with ELA teachers at Bethlehem Central School District, one of the top performing districts in Upstate New York.  Despite their track record and reputation and despite their having every justification for being a bit skeptical of me and my co-presenter Colleen Driggs–we…