What is Cold-Calling?

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In this video, Doug Lemov gives two definitions of Cold-Calling and suggests why these nuanced definitions are important in leading to a classroom culture that invites students to participate, but also makes them feel accountable. Doug gives his top tips for creating this positive and welcoming classroom culture. 

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Doug Lemov

Author of Teach Like A Champion

Doug Lemov is the author of the international bestseller Teach Like a Champion — now in its 3.0 version — and The Coach's Guide to Teaching. Doug is the co-author of Practice Perfect, Reading Reconsidered, Teaching in the Online Classroom, and Reconnect. Doug has a bachelors in English from Hamilton College and MA in Literature from Indiana University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Doug and his wife Lisa have three children and live upstate New York.


Bradley Busch

Psychologist at InnerDrive

Bradley is a chartered psychologist and director of InnerDrive. He is one of the leading experts on how schools and colleges can apply psychological research to improve learning and academic achievement. He is the co-author of The Science of Learning. His particular areas of interest in cognitive science are; retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving and motivation.

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