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Steve Freeman Models How To Get Players To Think As A Team So They Play As A Team – Education Article

02.14.19Steve Freeman Models How To Get Players To Think As A Team So They Play As A Team Think as a team; play as a team   Been talking a lot to coaches lately about building cultures of mental engagement and collaboration on their teams.  Some recent posts here and here. If that’s of interest to you, here’s a new clip that will be really useful. It’s of Steve Freeman, Director at Black Watch Premier.  His 2001 boys have been…

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A New Wrinkle on Sensitivity Analysis – Education Article

02.14.19A New Wrinkle on Sensitivity Analysis   I’ve written several times here about Sensitivity Analysis questions and how valuable I think they are at helping students develop an ear for complex text. Yesterday while reviewing lesson plans for The Magician’s Nephew with curriculum writer Emily Badillo, I came across a new example Emily developed that I thought was worth sharing.  It comes from a passage on page 89 where a subtle reader might notice that Digory is more worried about…

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“Oh, Wait Until You See…” How Laura Baxter Built An Elegant, Engaging Transition Into Her Lesson – Education Article

02.01.19“Oh, Wait Until You See…” How Laura Baxter Built An Elegant, Engaging Transition Into Her Lesson Our weekly video review had us buzzing this week.  Among the teachers we watched was Laura Baxter, who teaches 4th grade at Nashville Classical Charter School. I wanted to share a really rich clip of a small and apparently mundane moment from her classroom for a couple of reasons. What first drew us to this clip is not what we plan to use it…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This past December, I started the laborious and often stressful process of migrating my 40+ websites (mostly running WordPress) to a new web host. This time, I’m moving from a VPS (virtual private server) with Site5.com to a VPS with LiquidWeb. My monthly costs are doing down by $31, while my monthly allowed transfer is increasing from 1.5 TB (terabits) to a whopping 10 TB. My server RAM has gone down from 3 GB to 2 GB, but because the…

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“Oh, Wait Until You See…” How Laura Baxter Built An Elegant, Engaging Transition Into Her Lesson – Education Article

02.01.19“Oh, Wait Until You See…” How Laura Baxter Built An Elegant, Engaging Transition Into Her Lesson Our weekly video review had us buzzing this week.  Among the teachers we watched was Laura Baxter, who teaches 4th grade at Nashville Classical Charter School. I wanted to share a really rich clip of a small and apparently mundane moment from her classroom for a couple of reasons. What first drew us to this clip is not what we plan to use it…

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What Books Are Included in Our Reading Reconsidered English Curriculum? – Education Article

01.23.19What Books Are Included in Our Reading Reconsidered English Curriculum? Old Favorites and New Favorites–We Promise!       As you may know, we’re writing an English curriculum, my team and I. As I’ve discussed elsewhere, it’s based on the reading of novels, challenging & demanding novels, at every grade level.  It’s flexible and modular–teachers and schools can select from a range of books.  It’s knowledge-building and writing intensive. It reinforces Close Reading of complex text. There’s a ton of…

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What Books are Included in the Reading Reconsidered English Curriculum?? – Education Article

Old Favorites and New Favorites–We Promise!       As you may know, we’re writing an English curriculum, my team and I. As I’ve discussed elsewhere, it’s based on the reading of novels, challenging & demanding novels, at every grade level.  It’s flexible and modular–teachers and schools can select from a range of books.  It’s knowledge-building and writing intensive. It reinforces Close Reading of complex text. There’s a ton of nonfiction. It stresses the joy of reading. It’s moderately obsessed…

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4 Fab Text Generators – Education Article

4 Fab Text Generators  for Web or Blog headers….or Just for Fun Geeky Stuff! 1. Ransom Note Generator I really like this Ransom Note Generator…but it’s a bit tricky…you have to play with it to get good results, adding spaces, capitol letters, and the like. But when you’re done you can download the image to your HD & I crop it with PicMonkey or Photoshop,  but I think it’s right nifty! Here are some tips from the site: Tips: Use…

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A Road Map for Live Coaching: Postcard from Freedom Prep – Education Article

11.28.18A Road Map for Live Coaching: Postcard from Freedom Prep Tashanae, showing she’d like to offer some coaching while giving Serina control over when and how   This year Darryl Williams, Team TLAC’s Senior Fellow for School Leadership, has been providing in-depth support to Freedom Prep, a network of schools in Memphis. During a recent visit, Darryl and John Costello, video ace at team TLAC, supported leaders by visiting classrooms and studying student work. One of the moments John captured…

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Learn Like A Champion-Torquay Academy’s Students Are In-The-Loop On TLAC – Education Article

Margetts and some of his pupils     One of the highlights of my trip to the UK last June was visiting Torquay Academy in Devon- not just because it’s a really outstanding school where happy kids are given the gift of orderly school and rich, challenging instruction but–epiphany alert–because when teachers used techniques like Wait Time and Cold Call they were transparent with students–cooperative even. You see they had they explained the techniques teachers used to students in advance…

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For Coaches: How James Beeston Prepares His Players to Get the Most Out of (the Mental Side of) Training – Education Article

12.07.18For Coaches: How James Beeston Prepares His Players to Get the Most Out of (the Mental Side of) Training I was down in Florida earlier this week talking to coaches in U.S. Soccer’s Academy Director’s course… a high-level training for men and women who run–and design instruction at–top tier clubs. We talked a lot about asking questions of players- how important it is to build their attention and focus and cause them to think about the game as they play. …

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Studying Theme and Variation with TNTP – Education Article

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 shared with the group a key consideration when we we’re designing a TLAC training: Theme and Variation. One misconception about Teach Like a Champion…

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Building Mental Engagement Among Athletes Through Questioning – Education Article

01.04.19Building Mental Engagement Among Athletes Through Questioning Coaches love to ask questions to help their athletes understand the decisions they must make during performance. This is especially true in group invasion games like soccer (football), rugby, basketball and hockey–games that require an especially high degree of coordination and shared decision-making. One potential problem with asking questions of athletes is making sure that the environment in which they are answered has a high ‘Ratio’. Here’s what I mean by that. This…

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Things To Do When You Don’t Get Many Hands – Education Article

01.07.19Things To Do When You Don’t Get Many Hands In the annals of being a teacher, hoping to see 20 eager hands raised when you’ve asked a question but seeing only two or three instead is among the most common challenges. Since this blog is a judgment free zone I just want to say it’s ok. We have all, every single one of us, been there. But is it ok to just call on those 2 or 3 reliable hand…

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Five Days at Disney: Why Paying (Gratuitously) To Play Is An Issue At All Levels Of The Game – Education Article

What I Got For Christmas: The Chance to Pay for Disney’s ESPN/Wide World of Sports Complex.   Over winter break I spent five days in Orlando. My son was playing in the Disney Soccer Showcase.  I have some thoughts. This was the first time I’ve ever been to the DSS. Generally my wife–rightly–forbids soccer tournaments during major holidays because family time is more important and sports already take up too much of it. I agree, but this year we made…

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Train The Trainer – New Tech Network New Tech Network – Education Article

● NTN Certified Teachers ● Must complete the badge pathway before applying (In Echo, enrollment code: ( wffd18 ) ● Those who had talked with their director and gotten the OK ● Schools must provide lodging, transportation, evening meal, and NTAC fee (or use a slot from school contract) to participate. ● Director will work with participant to develop a plan for utilizing the trainer skill set during and upon completion of the program. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version=’2.0′; … This…

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Sample Lessons For The Giver From Our Middle Level English Curriculum – Education Article

Students start off our Giver unit writing about this picture: “Why might someone want to live in a neighborhood like this? Why might someone not want to live in a neighborhood like this?”     I’ve been blogging quite a bit this year about the English Curriculum my team is writing. I shared an overview of our goals and methods here. I shared some examples of how we’re approaching vocabulary here. I shared some examples of the ‘sensitivity analysis’ questions…

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On Coaching: You Give Two Kinds of Feedback. Are They Aligned?? – Education Article

01.11.19On Coaching: You Give Two Kinds of Feedback. Are They Aligned?? Here’s a slide I showed recently to coaches at a workshop: The slide is an attempt to describe a common challenge I see in the teaching/coaching of athletes. Here’s the scene. Athletes are playing. We are observing them as coaches. We notice something that needs to be improved. So we stop and make a teaching point.  All of this is to the good-especially if we can discipline ourselves to…

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Ms. Pacheco’s Kindergarten and the Importance of “Tracking, Not Watching” – Education Article

01.10.19Ms. Pacheco’s Kindergarten and the Importance of “Tracking, Not Watching” Why we have to get it right       Wanted to take a moment to share a really lovely and elegant video from Narlene Pacheco’s kindergarten classroom at Partnership NYC’s Immaculate Conception School in the Bronx. Narlene’s teaching demonstrates a lot of elements of the Check for Understanding (CFU) technique, most of all Tracking Not Watching– the idea that careful observation for mastery is a teacher’s first task. That’s…

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