Posts tagged teaching
The Benefit of Rehearsal

That was when I learned to deliberately script some responses or interactions I could anticipate.  Obviously, I’d developed go-to responses when a parent or student came to me with garden-variety issues.  Those were essentially scripted too, but through an evolutionary process.  The experience with the phone call list brought me to try it in other situations.  I have carried this over to my coaching work, especially that with novice teachers fresh from Ed School.

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Coaching--A Difference Between Life and Death?

Dr. Atul Gawande has been very vocal about the need for professionals to use coaches in their drive toward improvement.  When we consider the very real need for strong skills in the field for doctors, it seems like there is really no reason we should not support this.  Does the same apply to educators?  Is it life and death for us?  This post explores some of those thoughts at a prime time in the year for a teacher to sign on with a coach.

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Some Thoughts on Beginning CRT Work

CRT is not a boxed program, or a couple strategies to streamline a unit, it is harder to teach it.  And, as most people are aware, we are living in a time in which some of the socio-economic and racial biases in this country have been opened up and are raw to the touch.  Teaching this approach would have been a difficult process even without the current moment exacerbating things, but here we are and we must take the situation as it is, and not (unfortunately) as we’d prefer it to be.

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Stealing the Thinking

The new school year always brings excitement and anticipation, especially for new teachers.  It also brings Dr. Dan Mulligan. He’s able to encapsulate the bulk of best practice into a rapid-fire review, and do so in a way that holds your attention.  This time however, I heard him say something I’d never heard from him before. He said, “Don’t steal the thinking,”

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It's Time to Learn What Public Employees in "Right to Work" States Know

Virginia is a "Right to Work" Commonwealth, and has been since the Taft-Hartley act in 1947.  Anyhow, the main thing that is at play in Virginia is the lack of compulsory organizational dues, which now because of the recent SCOTUS decision, is the case for all public employees.  Perhaps it’s time to put our heads together across state lines…

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Reflecting on a Year

It was just too easy to shunt the PLC appointment aside to clear a slot for a teacher meeting.  Teachers are, and should be our primary concern as coaches so it's understandable that we would do this.  However, the issue was that we were reading books on issues of importance to our practice without discussing the implications or practices of each book.  I decided to step back from things, and think asynchronously. 

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Doing Half of the Work: A Meditation

We often guide students to answer questions, but perhaps the other half of the work is to question the answers.  It is the work of a scientific mind as well as that of the philosopher.  Do we often only ask students to do half of the work?  This is a brief meditation on learning.

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