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Checking For Understanding Online with Eric Snider – Education Article

05.26.20Checking For Understanding Online with Eric Snider CFU with reading is a two-step process Checking for Understanding is one of the biggest challenges in teaching; online you can multiply that tenfold. It’s like trying to assess how well your class is doing while looking in through the keyhole. That’s why I found this video of Eric Snider’s so profound. He’s teaching Rita Williams-Garcia’s One Crazy Summer (adapting the book unit from our curriculum, actually, I’m happy to say) and does…

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(A)synchrony In Action: Eric Snider’s Hybrid Lesson – Education Article

05.27.20(A)synchrony In Action: Eric Snider’s Hybrid Lesson Sometimes a hybrid is just what you need…. By now most people are familiar with the terms synchronous and asynchronous… and with the benefits and limitations of each type of online teaching. Synchronous teaching lets us check for understanding, build habits of engagement and accountability, and gives us the chance to build connections with students. But it’s limited in the depth of the work you can assign. Some students don’t have reliable technology.…

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Means of Participation Online with Ben Esser – Education Article

How to Play… As you know we’ve been watching and posting a ton of video of great online teaching. We posted this great clip of Alonzo Hall and Linda Fraser’s A+ procedures and routines. We posted this great clip of Ben Esser ‘dissolving the screen.’ Today I want to share another clip of Ben, here taking a page from Alonzo and Linda’s playbook- but with arguably the most important system of all: Means of Participation, which is being explicit about…

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Perception, Learning and Expertise: Anton McCafferty’s Online Sessions – Education Article

Last week I posted a couple of videos made by colleagues of mine at New York Red Bulls as they worked remotely with young athletes to develop their perceptive skills. In the videos, a coach asked players to watch for, study and analyze one very focused topic in a sustained way. Today I want to share two more examples of the same task. These are fascinating for similar and different reasons, one of which connects to a key finding in…

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“Dissolving the Screen” in Ben Esser’s Online Classroom – Education Article

04.30.20“Dissolving the Screen” in Ben Esser’s Online Classroom Does Mr. Esser see & value the work you do from your kitchen table? You bet he does! In our work supporting remote teaching, we’ve been using the term Dissolve the Screen to describe one of the key tools we see successful teachers using. To “dissolve the screen” is to heighten students’ awareness of the back-and-forth exchange that still exists between their teacher and themselves so they feel it more strongly. To…

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Video: Retrieval Practice in Asynchronous Instruction – Education Article

04.18.20Video: Retrieval Practice in Asynchronous Instruction Building Long-term Memory Online As you can tell from reading this blog, our team has been furiously watching footage of online instruction. We’ve been inspired by the enthusiasm and humility of teachers as they take on sudden new challenges in the name of remote instruction. Last week we watched several teachers doing Retrieval Practice as part of their online lessons.  We were struck, first, by how important and valuable Retrieval Practice was as an…

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More Thoughts-and Another Video-About Online Read Aloud – Education Article

04.13.20More Thoughts–and Another Video–About Online Read Aloud Last week Beth Verrilli shared a thought-provoking post about the power of Read Alouds in an online setting. Beth noted how the two videos we shared both helped students to understand how to read a given text independently and also connected them to reading and to the classroom community. I found myself thinking about that when I watched Emily Badillo modeling a read aloud from The Giver as part of a project to…

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Knikki Hernandez Engages Students Online with Three Types of Cold Call – Education Article

04.03.20Knikki Hernandez Engages Students Online with Three Types of Cold Call Cold Call still works Online.. Later today we’ll be offering our first webinar for educators with advice and examples of remote learning. For those of you who are joining us we can’t wait to learn together. For those of you who miss it we’ll be posting the video afterwards and offering the session again. One of the videos we’re going to show is of Knikki Hernanadez, who teaches Spanish…

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Online Lessons: George Bramley Wins the Battle of Hastings – Education Article

03.26.20Online Lessons: George Bramley Wins the Battle of Hastings Hard to tell from this image but this battle was a clear win for George Bramley As you probably know I’ve been trying to share useful video and analysis of successful approaches to online learning on this blog. One of the big challenges is that synchronous lessons are challenging–challenging to run; limited in terms of how much students can do in a day–while asynchronous lessons are hard to make interactive. As…

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Our First Round of Videos of Online Teaching – Education Article

As promised I’m going to share some early video of what teachers are doing online and some observations about what seems to work. Step one: Continuity, Community, and Accountability… Some reminders: None of this is perfect- either what the teachers do or our advice based on it. We’re all figuring it out together in difficult circumstances and on the fly. Right now, as my colleague Hannah Solomon put it, “Every teacher is a champion.” We hope to help as much…

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For Coaches: The Importance of Perception-Based Questions – Education Article

Decision-making starts with the eyes… Thanks to all the supportive folks who’ve been asking “Hey, how’s that coaching book coming?” The answer is: slowly. But it’s coming. I was chatting with a friend about how to ask better questions of athletes and it reminded me of a section on the importance of using questions to train athlete’s eyes. As Todd Beane of TOVO Academy puts it: ‘I see because I understand; I understand because I see.’ Here’s a short excerpt…

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Lessons: I Thought I Hated Science Fiction Until I Read it Through Emily’s Eyes – Education Article

01.23.20Lessons: I Thought I Hated Science Fiction Until I Read it Through Emily’s Eyes Never Really My Cup of Tea Just this week we finished up our Science Fiction unit for our reading curriculum. It was designed and written by Emily Badillo and includes 8 classic short stories with lots of fantastic knowledge building and writing opportunities. I’m going to tell you a little bit about the unit. And then at the bottom I’m going to tell you something even…

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Emily DiMatteo Builds Knowledge Through Embedded Nonficiton – Education Article

Never forget what Snowball did here…. I’m excited to share this video of Emily DiMatteo’s English class. First, it’s a great example of how Embedded Nonfiction can infuse a discussion with background knowledge and thus build its rigor. That’s an idea we’ve been passionate about for a while but have recently come to realize it hard to implement well without a curriculum. And as it happens Emily is teaching a lesson from our new curriculum in this video so that’s…

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TLAC Global: Two Great Videos from Chile – Education Article

02.05.20TLAC Global: Two Great Videos from Chile A Perfect Moment…. For the last couple of years we’ve been partnering with an organization in Chile called Aptus. They’ve taken TLAC materials and not only translated them but developed training and support systems to develop teachers throughout Chile. Recently they taped a few of their own champions to give teachers local examples to study and happily they sent a few examples my way. We watched them at a team meeting at TLAC…

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Notes for Coaches: The Story of a Stoppage – Education Article

01.25.20Notes for Coaches: The Story of a Stoppage Pssst…One run for the defender; a second for the ball As coaching goes, my daughter is lucky. She plays for a great club: serious about teaching and hires top quality coaches. Her coach this year is just what you’d want as a parent and a student of the game: builds positive culture; values teamwork and integrity; knows the game, respects it, teaches it right. He’s also humble–accomplished coach of a legit collegiate…

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Parents and Educators Should Know: Complex Text is the Gatekeeper to College – Education Article

01.13.20Parents and Educators Should Know: Complex Text is the Gatekeeper to College My colleague Jen Rugani shared this data with me. It’s really important for educators and parents to see. It shows scores from seven rounds of the ACT. When you dis-aggregate the data by the complexity of the text in the passages tested, you can see that students who scored below the ACT reading benchmark were essentially guessing at answers to questions about complex text. Remember it’s a MC…

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