Episode 20: Core Practices with Francesca Forzani

In episode 20, Dan and Michael talk with Francesca Forzani of TeachingWorks at the University of Michigan about core practices (or high leverage practices) of teaching that can be used in practice-based teacher education.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

1. You can visit TeachingWorks.org where the missions “is to ensure that all students have skillful teachers who are committed to and able to support their growth.

2. You can find the list of 19 High-Leverage Practices on the TeachingWorks site.

3. Dr. Forzani has written a number of articles on core practices and high leverage practices. The two articles — one longer and one shorter — are available online without a password:

4. Dan mentioned this 2011 article by Pam Grossman, which argues that core practices can be learned through representations (e.g., novice teachers  watch videos of skillful teachers), decompositions (e.g., novice teachers break down a specific high leverage practice), and approximations (e.g., novice teachers work in simulations or student teaching: 

  • Grossman, P. (2011). Framework for teaching practice: A brief history of an idea. Teachers College Record113(12), 2836-2843.


You can learn more about TeachingWorks by following them on Twitter @Teachingworks, find out more about Dr. Forzani’s work from her TeachingWorks page, or e-mail Dr. Forzani at fforzani@umich.edu.

Episode 19: Panel Discussion on the First Five Days of School

In episode 19, Michael and Dan talk with a panel of K – 12 educators about the importance of the first five days of school.
The panel includes:

  • Author and educator Quinn Rollins
  • 7th grade science teacher Laura Vago
  • 7th grade English teacher Jennifer Maio
  • 2nd grade teacher Jessica Rosenthal

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. The Massachusetts Teachers Association’s New Member Committee has a blog for teachers in their first five year of education. Check it out!
  2. Vago, Laura, “Don’t smile before Christmas: Is it true?” Web blog post. The First 900 Days: MTA New Member Committee. 24 Oct. 2014. 
  3. Milton, Michael K. “Teaching Historical Interpretation: Interpreting Student Life Events.” Web blog post. Michael K. Milton’s Musings on History and Education (mostly). 30 June 2014.
  4. Wong, Harry K, and Rosemary T. Wong. The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher. , 1998. Print.
    1. Dan made a reference to this early on in the podcast. But he thinks there should be many books on the topic.
  5. Quinn Rollins was featured in a standalone Visions of Education! Episode 6: Superheroes in the Classroom. Listen to it!


Jennifer Maio, a seventh grade English teacher, can be reached on Twitter – @JMaio88

Quinn Rollins, author of Play Like a Pirate: Engage Students with Toys, Games, and Comics, can be reached on Twitter – @JediKermit

Jessica Rosenthal, a second grade teacher, can be reached on Twitter – @JessMorningstar

Laura Vago, a seventh grade science teacher, can be reached on Twitter – @LRVago


Episode 18: Note-taking Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities with Joseph Boyle

In episode 18, Michael and Dan talk with Joseph Boyle about note-taking strategies for students with learning disabilities.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Here is a link to everything that Joseph Boyle has written!  
  2. Here is the link to Dr. Boyle’s very helpful strategic note-taking website! Peruse to learn more about the strategy, research information about it, and teacher resources!
  3. Two articles that Joe recommends for teachers wanting to know more.
    1. Boyle, J. R., Forchelli, G. A., & Cariss, K. (2015) Note-taking interventions to assist students with disabilities in content area classes.  Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 59:3, 186-195, DOI: 10.1080/1045988X.2014.903463
    2. Boyle, J.R. (2012).  Note-taking and students with learning disabilities: Challenges and solutions.  Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 27(2), 90-101.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5826.2012.00354.x.
      1. Note: This article was the one Michael read prior to meeting Dr. Boyle.


Joseph R. Boyle is an associate professor of special education in the College of Education at Temple University in Philadelphia. To contact him (or learn more about him), check out this link.