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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

04.10.13 How Positive Framing and Precise Praise Fit Together

I’m writing from the C-terminal at O’Hare where I’m sitting out a 5-hour delay getting back home to Albany.  Ever get that feeling that for every hour that passes another hour is going to be added to your delay?   Anyway, I’m coming home from Colorado where I had the honor of leading a workshop for a…


03.12.13 TLaC Clips: Eric Snider’s Joy Factor (video)

I recently got a request for more examples of Joy Factor at the middle school level. As I was watching some great new footage from our pals over at Achievement First, I noticed this Joy Factor moment from AF Bushwick Middle School’s Eric Snider.       https://vimeo.com/317080339   Some thoughts as you watch: We always try…


01.02.13 Teachers at Work (video)

Thought I’d share this footage of some super high-quality practice by teachers.  The teachers hard at work in this video are at one of our recent workshops and include Jennifer Wong-Den, Co-principal at Leadership Prep Brownsville, who’s practicing her Cold Calls and Jessica Hayes, Dean at Excellence CS for Boys, working as the coach.  The idea…