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The TLAC Way in the Music Classroom: A Guest Post by Stephanie Kelln – Education Article

I had the pleasure of meeting music teacher Stephanie Kelln at one of our recent workshops. She hails from Colorado, teaches at Centennial Elementary in Evans, and approached meat one of the breaks to ask about using TLAC techniques in the Music classroom. My answer wasn’t great honestly, but hers–a blog post about how she used TLAC with her students was. She writes:             Centennial Elementary School, in Evans, Colorado, is a 100% free-and-reduced lunch school with a significant English…

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Congratulations Power of Us Award Recipients! – Education Article

This past year, New Tech Network introduced the Power of Us Awards as a way to stimulate more cross-school interaction and collaborative learning and work across the Network. Our hope was to curate, refine, and share compelling examples of cross-school collaboration to increase the level of connection between members of the Network. The collaboration could be work between schools or between individuals from differing schools. The 2019 award recipients have been working all spring semester to complete their accepted topic…

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What’s New at our Systems and Routines workshop? – Education Article

05.31.19What’s New at our Systems and Routines workshop? We’re changing too… We just finished the clip list for our upcoming one-day workshop on ‘Systems and Routines‘ this morning. ‘Systems and Routines’ is TLAC for the process of building procedures into the fabric of your classroom so the things you (and students) do repeatedly, you do well. We’ve shifted the emphasis even more strongly towards what we call Academic Systems, things like Turn and Talk and Silent Solo (ensuring students can…

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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 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 last Friday. 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…

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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 the…

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Our Ratio Workshop Is The Perfect Way to Get Ready for Next Year – Education Article

05.17.19Our Ratio Workshop Is The Perfect Way to Get Ready for Next Year Students should do the heavy lifting. Our last two-day workshop of the year is one of our best: Ratio. We spend two days covering techniques to help teachers ensure that students do the cognitive work in the classroom. And it’s the perfect way to prepare for next (school) year and ensure that it’s a success. One theme is to get there by increasing the amount of writing…

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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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How Does Pacing Work? Ask Ben Esser! – Education Article

05.15.19How Does Pacing Work? Ask Ben Esser! Ben Esser: He’s definitely thought this lesson through Next year we’re re-working our Engaging Academics workshop to spend more time on the techniques teachers use to manage their Pacing–to make a lesson feel fresh,exciting and new even while it lingers on a key topic for a sustained period of time–to make learning substantive and rigorous but to also ensure sustained attention from students. This clip of from Ben Esser’s classroom at Achievement First…

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Who’s Reading the Cognitive Science? – Education Article

05.14.19Who’s Reading the Cognitive Science? Play hard & read your cognitive science I do a fair amount of work in the sports sector: mostly working with soccer/football and rugby federations and professional franchises, talking about developing players better by teaching better. At first I felt guilty about this work, even though I love it. How could I justify spending my time on that when public schools look like they do and there’s so much work to be done? But I…

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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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Ten blogs that inspire this one (second edition) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

A while ago, I listed ten education blogs that inspire this one. If you missed it, I encourage you to read that first list and follow all of those inspirational bloggers. Those ten blogs continue to inspire me but, as suspected, I had forgotten some that also deserved to be on that list. I have also discovered many new blogs since then. Therefore, I have listed ten more blogs that inspire this one and deserve your attention (in no particular…

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Department of Pet Peeves: Vilifying ‘Teacher Talk’ – Education Article

05.08.19Department of Pet Peeves: Vilifying ‘Teacher Talk’ Bad advice… Forgive me but I have to scratch an itch. One phrase I often hear in the discourse about teaching is “teacher talk”- it almost always used as a pejorative, often by teachers themselves. You’re supposed to know better than to do it. It’s not just that this view point is hugely simplistic–surely a teacher speaking, perhaps for several minutes at a time, does inherently limit student voices. Surely there’s benefit to…

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A Case Study in the Power of Academic Procedures and Routines – Education Article

05.08.19A Case Study in the Power of Academic Procedures and Routines Perhaps the single most powerful way to bring efficiency, focus and rigor to a classroom is by installing strong procedures and routines. You define a right way to do recurring tasks; you practice doing them with students so they roll like clockwork. This applies at least as much to ‘academic’ tasks as it does to more procedural ones. When a teacher says, “Turn and Talk to your partner: How…

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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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From the Editing Room: Matthew Gray’s Check for Understanding – Education Article

05.03.19From the Editing Room: Matthew Gray’s Check for Understanding Matthew Gray, working his magic… John Costello is Team TLAC’s lead video editor (not to mention a soon-to-be PhD in Education) He recently cut a gem of a clip of Matthew Gray teaching English–and Checking for Understanding–at Oasis Academy South Bank in London. We’re excited to share the clip with you. But I’m also excited to share a series of reflections about the clip that John has written–about the PD support…

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