Doug Lemov's field notes

Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

09.23.21 Kate Jones: Exit tickets, Performance & Long Term Learning

  A few weeks ago I co-wrote an article with Kate Jones on the idea of retrieval practice questions. After some further conversations Kate shared this new reflection on how to use exit tickets to build long-term memory and learning.   Inspired by a recent conversation with Doug on Teachers Talk Radio, I have been reflecting…


02.08.21 An Annotated Forgetting Curve

Just last month I finally completed and published The Coach’s Guide to Teaching; this month I’m wrapping up the manuscript to the new 3.0 version of Teach Like a Champion. One of its themes of 3.0 is making clearer and more extensive connections to research so one thing the two books will have in common is…


04.18.20 Video: Retrieval Practice in Asynchronous Instruction

As you can tell from reading this blog, our team has been furiously watching footage of online instruction. We’ve been inspired by the enthusiasm and humility of teachers as they take on sudden new challenges in the name of remote instruction. Last week we watched several teachers doing Retrieval Practice as part of their online lessons. …


04.18.18 Samara Levy: Cold Call + No Opt Out + Retrieval Practice

Strengthening long-term memory with Retrieval Practice. Super busy at TLAC Towers this week so I barely have time to write, but we just cut this great clip of TLAC Fellow Samara Levy of Livingston Collegiate Academy High School in New Orleans that I kind of had to share. It shows Samara in the midst of her…


03.09.18 Retrieval Practice is the Perfect Tool to ‘Win Back the Margins’

At a recent video review session, TLAC analyst John Costello edited a video of older clips that we suddenly saw in a new way.  He wrote this reflection about what we noticed and why it was  important (and useful): Recently, the TLAC team spent time screening videos that featured great teachers “winning back the margins.” That…