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Small Teaching by James Lang | Distilling Books With Socrates

Small Teaching by James Lang | Distilling Books With Socrates

Distilling Books With Socrates

The whole greater than the sum of its parts? That’s what James Lang, the author of “Small Teaching,” argues in his bestselling book. In our latest edition of Distilling Books with Socrates, two experienced educators (Claire Springer, SchoolRubric Director of Professional Learning and Wendi Zimmer (Meta-Questioner, Socrates Head of School) take a deep dive into James Lang’s book and try to establish some practical connections to classroom practice.

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  • 0:00 Distilling Books with Socrates Introduction
  • 1:28 How is teaching informed by cognitive science?
  • 4:31 How can we steer students toward mastery?
  • 8:40 Examples of “small teaching” moments from the book
  • 14:40 Planning for the unplanned moments
  • 18:02 Implications of “small teaching” at the higher education level

Socrates - Head of School is a group of educators and industry leaders looking to transform professional development for teachers and administrators. We use the lens of questioning to generate thought provoking professional development through our Open Educational Resource as well as more comprehensive resources through our partnerships. We are distilling the books of thought leaders to curate the most meaningful ways we can move education forward so that children have more positive and productive learning experiences.


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