Doug Lemov's field notes

Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

08.24.20 Agency Over Video: The Key to Asynchronous Instruction

Good online instruction will probably always involve a combination of synchronous and asynchronous methods. After all they have different strengths and limitations. Synchronous instruction allows us to connect with students and build relationships. And it lets us understand and support their learning in real time. But asynchronous instruction deals better with technology problems: it resists glitchy…

08.13.20 Notes on Starting a Lesson (Online)

Last week I posted a really great clip of Denise Karratti, a middle school math teacher from Hawaii teaching her kiddos remotely back in May. Her procedures and routines and her culture were fantastic. Today I thought I’d take a more careful look at how she starts her lesson because it’s a really nice case study….

07.31.20 Denise Karratti’s Online Classroom: Great Systems, Great Culture

We’ve been working with Hawaii DOE and a group of ace teaches there to develop good models of online teaching and yesterday I got to see some of the early footage. It’s pretty fantastic and I wanted to share a few exceptional moments from Denise Karratti’s 6th grade math lesson at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School. In…