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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

12.11.18 Studying Theme and Variation with TNTP

Theme and Variation both matter.   Dan Cotton leads our team’s collaboration with TNTP. I asked him to compile a short post about the most recent session. Earlier this year, Doug wrote about our conversation with a set of colleagues from TNTP and the importance of de-silo-fication when designing training. During a more recent conversation we…


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…


12.20.12 Dario Gradi and Self-Evaluation Journals

You probably don’t know who Dario Gradi is, but if you are a coach or are interested in developing people, you probably should.  Gradi is the Director of Football and runs the Academy (soccer school, that is) at Crewe Alexandra, a club in the third tier of England’s soccer leagues – not bad for a Cheshire…