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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

11.05.15 For Coaches: The Hidden Value of Steve Covino’s Start and Stop Routines

I’ve been working with US Soccer to develop some training tools on principles of teaching for coaches.  As part of this work I’ve been developing short videos of an outstanding young coach, Steve Covino, working with a group of U8 players. In the next week or so I’m going to share two especially useful videos of…


05.13.15 Sari Fromson Builds Productive, Positive Classroom Routines (Video)

We had our weekly video meeting at TLaC towers today.  The highlight was an amazing pair of clips that Joaquin Hernandez cut and edited of Sari Fromson, a 5th grade math teacher at Boston’s Roxbury Prep. The first clip was shot this spring and shows beautiful and autonomous Systems and Routines in Sari’s classroom.  As the…


03.24.15 Clip of the Week: Megan Broome Makes Her Routines Academic (Video)

Last week, 180 teachers and leaders from charter, district and even a few private schools located everywhere from California to Oklahoma to Florida (not to mention Singapore and Chile) joined us for our Behavior and Culture workshop here in Albany. As always, we left with tons of takeaways about great teaching gleaned from participants. We talked…


04.04.14 Systems and Routines is an Academic Tool, Too

Some of the most popular sections in Teach Like a Champion are the parts of the book about establishing systems and routines to make the classroom more efficient and maximize instructional time.  This section will get a revision in TLAC 2.0 with lots of updates and improvements.  One small but useful addition is this short sidebar…


03.31.14 The Power of a Picture

This picture above was originally a background image for a presentation I was giving. I included it quickly and without much thought. It was taken in a classroom at Brownsville Collegiate Middle Academy in 2012-2013.  I’m embarrassed to tell you I don’t even know who the teacher was.  But I found myself unexpectedly talking about it…