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Teaching is complex work and doing it with deliberateness takes care. When we open our practice, we open potential. This honest, and vulnerable blog will tackle our most attentive topics.

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Open Teaching: Seeing the Invisible

Open. Not closed down. Raised up. Cease to be secretive. Manifest. Teaching. Show. Guide. Give. To lead forth from. A confession. The year I started teaching (18 of them ago), I started a simultaneous infatuation with Inside the Actor's Studio, a series where host,...

Becoming better is the messiest work. It’s uncertain and humbling, even raw. But it’s also hopeful and affirming when we discover that the smallest moments accumulate into the most significant change. Here’s to wondering about the small moments throughout this mini-blog.

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Paint Chip Discussions

the ASK: I often have trouble determining how engaged students are in discussion. There was a point (long ago) when I tried to use some kind of graded discussion as evidence of participation and engagement. Largely, all I ended up with was something that...

The Transition “Game”

the ASK: I noticed that in our writing and in our conversations, we were struggling to call on transitions. I wondered how we could practice these in a way that didn’t feel like an isolated lesson. the TRY: First thing on a Monday morning, I asked students...

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