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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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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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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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“Because, But, So” Goes 2.0 with Direct Quotations – Education Article

02.27.19“Because, But, So” Goes 2.0 with Direct Quotations   I had a great meeting yesterday with ace curriculum developer Jen Rugani to discuss lesson plans she’s been developing for our unit on Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. In the course of the meeting, we developed a new application for one of our favorite developmental writing exercises. The exercise is called Because, But, So and it comes from Judith Hochman’s amazing book the Writing Revolution. In our curriculum we…

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Why every teacher should have a PLN (podcast episode for ‘Making Better Teachers’) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

I was honoured to be invited on the Making Better Teachers podcast with Kevin O’Shea. Kevin is an inspirational educator and a valued member of my PLN. He established his popular Just Japan podcast but recently turned his creative efforts back to education. The first ten episodes include some great guests and cover a range of useful topics for teachers. Truth be told, I was nervous about doing this. I enjoy the comfort of blogging and the luxury of deleting, editing and revising my…

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Learning to Emphasize Background Knowledge in My Own Reading – Education Article

A knowledge-based margin note: M y scrawl says, “1.4M {years ago]. End of the Australopthicus.” I never would have written that kind of margin note before I started understanding the importance of encoding knowledge in long-term memory.   I’ve been thinking a lot about reading lately, and not just students’–my own as well. This week EducationNext ran a  review I wrote of Maryanne Wolf’s Reader Come Home, it was a review about an immensely important book that was also one…

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What To Expect From Our Behavior and Culture Workshop in May – Education Article

04.12.19What To Expect From Our Behavior and Culture Workshop in May On May 9 and 10 we’ll be offering our two-day Behavior and Culture Train the Trainers workshop in Albany, NY. The workshop focuses on how to build vibrant, positive and orderly classrooms that not only allow teachers to maximum student learning but that ensure that all students feel safe, successful and known. I thought I’d take a moment to share some blog posts that will give you a bit…

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Sarah Wright Shows How Joy and Order Go Together – Education Article

03.20.19Sarah Wright Shows How Joy and Order Go Together We did too, Sarah.  We did too.   I’m so happy to share this video.  We watched it recently at TLAC towers and have already started using it in our workshops. It’s of Sarah Wright, who teaches English at Chattanooga Prep in Chattanooga, TN, and one of the many things it reminds me of is something that is somehow counter-intuitive to many people: that order and joy go together, that the…

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One More Clip for ‘Show Call Week’ – Education Article

04.10.19One More Clip for ‘Show Call Week’ The moment when Sarah takes Lavonte’s paper. It’s a good thing! Ok, it’s not really ‘Show Call Week,’ but this is the third post I’ve shared this week involving an example of the technique, which is one of my favorites. Maybe it’s a sign. Anyway this one is from Sarah Wright’s classroom again. I posted another example of her Show Call earlier this week. This one is a little different: simple and elegant.…

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Tracking the data: From Classroom to Soccer Pitch – Education Article

03.26.19Tracking the data: From Classroom to Soccer Pitch Kika, tracking the data When I do workshops for soccer coaches I routinely show them videos of amazing classroom teachers at work and we talk about how to adapt and apply the ideas they use in a coach’s setting. One of the videos I show coaches most frequently is of Denarius Frazier, one of the best math teachers I know. It’s exceptional for a lot of reasons but one thing that always…

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A Postcard from Cornerstone Prep in Memphis – Education Article

04.09.19A Postcard from Cornerstone Prep in Memphis Ms. Caballero: The Show Call was great; so was the student writing! Darryl Williams and I had the pleasure of visiting two campuses of Memphis’ Cornerstone Prep today. They’re both ASD neighborhood schools–two of the highest performing in the ASD, and not surprisingly I learned a lot from our visit. The school was warm and inviting for students and adults.  In both cases expectations for what happened in the classroom were high but…

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Go Ahead, Scam Me Kids! – Education Article

WARNING: Rant Below. So, my last post was about an easy interactive reading promotion idea using Post-It Notes I got from my fabulous friend (and one time mentee) Tiffany Whitehead. Didn’t read it yet? Just landed here? That’s OK, maybe you should go back and read it before going much further… it’s OK, I’ll wait.  (watches Ancient Aliens loves that memetastic Giorgio A. Tsoukalos but can’t stand the annoying voice of that David Childress) This post was inspired by an…

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Lessons in Show Calling from Sarah Wright’s Classroom – Education Article

04.08.19Lessons in Show Calling from Sarah Wright’s Classroom Sarah Wright and her kiddos: Killing it. As usual. Two weeks ago I posted this clip of Sarah Wright teaching English at Chattanooga Prep. It showed, to me at least, the indelible connection between order and joy in the classroom and was kind of a big hit with readers as well. This week, we got some new footage from Sarah’s classroom and as I watched, one of the things I found myself…

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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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