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12.15.14 Some Cool & Useful Tools for CFU (Video)

One of the new techniques I describe in Teach Like a Champion 2.0, (due out in early January) is Show Me. It lives in one of the two chapters on Check for Understanding and describes ways that students can present data to teachers so they can quickly and efficiently scan to assess mastery during class. A…


11.21.14 Brightening Lines (Video)

Spent the day leading a workshop on Pacing with 60 or so amazing teachers from around the Uncommon Schools network today.  Lotta fun; lotta insight; lotta practice. (So Uncommon). One of the things we’ve been studying  is using different types of activities to pursue a single objective to keep students engaged and to engage their minds…


11.20.14 Check For Understanding: Julia Goldenheim’s 7th Grade English Class (Video)

Teach Like a Champion 2.0 starts with a brand new section on Check For Understanding: Two full chapters and 10 techniques answering four key questions: How do you better gather data about student mastery through asking students questions? How do you better gather data about student mastery by observing students? How do you make it easier…


08.26.14 Introducing the Teach Like a Champion 2.0 Cover Models (Video)

Teach Like a Champion 2.0  is a done deal. Once a book has a cover there’s no going back and you can see the new cover at left.  Consider this its official unveiling. I thought I’d use the occasion to introduce you to the two incredible teachers who appear on the cover. They are Bryan Belanger…


08.22.14 On Giving a Consequence with Humanity (Video)

At a recent workshop, I asked participants: “How many people in the room have given a consequence and had it make the behavior you were trying to stop get worse?” Then I asked: “How many people in the room have given a consequence and had it have no effect on the behavior you were trying to…