Teaching & Schools

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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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