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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

10.26.16 Cold Call is Inclusive

Cold Call is a technique that instantly brings accountability to the classroom. That’s pretty obvious. But at its best it brings a distinctly positive form of accountability. We’ve been focusing on this idea in our trainings–emphasizing that moments of accountability are often ideal for warmth and positivity.   Put another way, the Cold Call has already…


10.12.16 On Visiting–and Judging–London’s Michaela School

I spent last week in the UK, presenting a workshop and, on Wednesday, visiting the very successful and faintly notorious Michaela School in London. I learned a lot there and have found myself reflecting on a few ideas in particular in the days since- ideas that have the potential make schools– in the UK, the US…