Doug Lemov's field notes

Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

09.21.22 New Video: The Art of ‘Means of Participation’

  How you ask students to answer a question is often as important as the question you ask. If you don’t get everyone to answer, if you don’t cause everyone to think deeply about the answer, even the best question will only be so useful. So great teaching relies on clarity about Means of Participation–that’s what…


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…


06.02.22 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…