I’m a 6th grade teacher in Minnesota. Current interests include cognitive psychology, explicit instruction, and knowledge-rich curriculum.

I publish a new blog every few weeks. Below are some of my most read.


Making Lessons 85% Review: The Genius Behind Engelmann’s Teaching to Mastery

Deconstructing Constructivism: A Widely Misunderstood and Misapplied Theory of Learning

Checking for Understanding: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Questioning

Robust Vocabulary Instruction: Bringing Knowledge-Rich Curricula to Life

Tracing the Origins: “Reading Comprehension Strategies”

Tidying Up: Instructional Routines for Whole-Class Reading and Writing

Questioning the Author: Unlocking and Weaving Together Knowledge Rich Text

Desirable Difficulties vs. Heavy Lifting

How to Actually Develop Conceptual Understanding and Flexible Thinking