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Two Parenting and Teaching Truths

As a teacher I ‘dumb’ nothing down. What I do try to do instead is weave the eventual whole cloth of complexity one simple strand at a time. What simple idea can I teach, how can I check for understanding, what will I see or hear to know…

Signs of a Good Teacher

All teachers can stand in front of the class and deliver their lessons. Whether they are doing justice to their job or not is a different matter. A mediocre teacher will try to finish his syllabus in time. A good teacher loves to put across…

5 highly effective teaching practices

We teachers are always looking to innovate, so, yes, it’s essential that we try new things to add to our pedagogical bag of tricks. But it’s important to focus on purpose and intentionality – and not on quantity. So what really matters more…

What is the purpose of your lesson?

Why, exactly, are students spending time with you today? What is it you want students to know, understand, and be able to do as a result of this lesson and unit? Great teaching starts with a great reason to teach! My favorite analogy to…