Doug Lemov's field notes

Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

06.21.22 Retrieval Practice, PD and Adult Learners: My West Texas Epiphany

    Had the pleasure of doing a training session for teachers and school leaders in West Texas yesterday at Region 17 Educational Service Center in Lubbock. It was, from my perspective, a great day in which we studied “game film” of teachers. Hopefully it helped folks in the session fall back in love with teaching…


06.02.22 How Erin Magliozzi’s Classroom maximizes belonging and learning at the same time

The challenge of post-pandemic schooling in a nutshell:   Students face the biggest learning crisis in generation as a result of a year and a half of suboptimal schooling- despite the often heroic efforts of teachers. Many students are struggling emotionally at the same time. Isolation, anxiety, loneliness and depression have spiked at historic rates and…


05.25.22 Beth Verrilli: Knowledge Based Curriculum Opens Worlds

If you’ve read this blog, or attended any of our webinars or workshops, you know that we believe in knowledge-based curriculum. Research shows that knowledge is a critical factor in learning to read, in building long-term memory, and in thinking critically. We’ve seen classrooms where knowledge encourages independent reading and where knowledge inspires wonder. Recent global…


05.23.22 Q: Just How Much is 22 Weeks of Lost Instruction?

A: It’s a Mountain   Tom Kane has an outstanding piece in the Atlantic this week about the extent of the academic losses students have suffered as a result of pandemic. I recommend it, in particular, because Kane does such an outstanding job of putting the extent of the losses in their practical context. “In fall…


05.01.22 How “Wonder Springs From Knowledge”

  Yesterday: a profoundly misguided article in the Guardian claiming that schools should stop weighing kids down with knowledge and set them free in a world of problem solving. Misguided because you can’t think critically about things you don’t have knowledge about–which almost proves the point. You write misguided articles about learning when you don’t know…