All posts in Lesson Study

Small Moment Stories: Documenting the Unexpected

October found me in classrooms in and around New York State, facilitating lesson studies for writing teachers at the elementary and middle levels. This is some of the most rewarding […]

A Review of Protocols in the Classroom: Tools to Help Students Read, Write, Think, and Collaborate

One of the funny things about parenting as an educator is that often, your children teach you a great deal about things you think you already know a few things […]

Teaching Civil Rights to Kindergarteners: Research and Information Writing

Two weeks ago, Laurie Schultz invited me to coach in her kindergarten writing workshop at John T. Waugh Elementary School in Lake Shore. I’m always grateful to work with Laurie. […]

That Kid

You know that kid: The one who walks wearily into the room, throwing himself into a seat and casting his eyes at the clock, the window, and the door. He’s […]

Ready to #MakeWriting? I’d Love to Help You.

Ten years ago, I founded a wonderful little writing studio in my very own community. Every week, and for weeks at a time in the summer, I’ve worked with kids […]

pedagogical documentation, document4learning

Documentation Tools: Five Considerations for a “Just Right” Fit

Pedagogical documentation enables us to capture learning made visible and assess our students’ strengths and needs without disrupting the learning process. One potential anecdote to the testing mess, documentation inspires […]

Documenting Learning in the Makerspace: A Peek Inside Our Process at Roy B. Kelley School

The Backstory: I’ve spent the last week helping Heather Bitka and Rachel O’Sheehan launch a brand new makerspace in Roy B. Kelley School in Lockport. This project began with solid […]

Gamestorming to Infer

  This photo captures the thinking behind the most inspired moment of my week. I spent yesterday Gamestorming with a group of local English teachers in order to surface, prioritize, […]

Curriculum by Design: Clear, Coherent, Responsive

When I began Common Core lesson studies with elementary teachers two years ago, they made the same surprising observation in each of the classrooms I taught in that spring: the […]

Quelling the Common Core Crazy: Lesson Study

When last we spoke, I found myself positioned on a precipice, anxiously confronting the torrent that was Race to the Top. And as mandate after mandate continued to crash and […]