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05.15.19 How Does Pacing Work? Ask Ben Esser!

Next year we’re re-working our Engaging Academics workshop to spend more time on the techniques teachers use to manage their Pacing–to make a lesson feel fresh,exciting and new even while it lingers on a key topic for a sustained period of time–to make learning substantive and rigorous but to also ensure sustained attention from students. This…


06.12.15 Portrait of a Teacher (Beth Brannon) in 8 Scenes (Video)

Here’s a rundown of that video of Amarillo Texas Caprock High’s Beth Brannon that I promised in my recent post about unexpectedness. Beth uses, by my count, 11 techniques from Teach Like a Champion 2.0 in the clip (!), though you might never know it unless you watched carefully.  Her productive class seems like a happy…


04.01.14 Updated Workshop Schedule with New Pacing Workshop

Hi, Everyone.  Just wanted to share this updated schedule of workshops for the rest of the 2013-14 school year.  It includes the exciting news that we’ve added a workshop–a one day deep dive on the topic of Pacing on June 6 in Tarrytown, NY.  We’ve offered this workshop within Uncommon Schools with strong reviews but haven’t…