Doug Lemov's field notes

Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

07.27.22 Responding to Behavioral Breakdowns with Teaching Requires Preparation

  In Reconnect my coauthors Denarius Frazier, Hilary Lewis and Darryl Williams, and I write about the importance of schools being prepared for behavioral breakdowns by being ready to teach in response to such behavior. Yes, consequences are often a necessary response. But they are far more effective if they are pared with teaching- with a…


07.13.22 Details on Our First Workshop Specifically for Medical Educators

For some time we’ve been doing increasing work in the medical profession, with medical educators joining us at our workshops and sharing video of their teaching to build their instructional skills. Now, I’m happy to say we are offering our first workshop specific to the medical education community. It’ll consist of 6 90-minute afternoon online workshops…


07.12.22 Call for Applications: TLAC Fellows–Cohort 3

  Several years ago, we piloted the first two cohorts of our Teach like a Champion Fellowship. The TLAC Fellows were a small group of excellent teachers who engaged with the TLAC Team in a sustained multiyear professional development relationship and conversation. The group met regularly—both in person and remotely–to dig deep into the craft of…


06.29.22 Instructional Coaching: Insights from Fran Goodship and Delwar Hussain

As a profession we’ve made a pretty big bet on ‘instructional coaching.’  For good reason. It’s a statement about the importance of teachers–they deserve individualized support and guidance–and our faith in them–if we invest valuable leadership time in them, they will upskill quickly and meaningfully in ways that will result in more student success.. and just…