Two pieces of Elmore Leonard’s Wisdom Applied to Teaching

My dad is a huge Elmore Leonard fan.  I am recent convert.

One of his rules for writing is an awesome challenge to us to craft leaner, more engaging lessons.

Leonard writes:  Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

The passage below from Get Shorty is a perfect description of what Lemov calls quiet power and a marvelous reminder that we, as teachers should aspire to talk less.

You never tell the guy what could happen to him.  Let him use his imagination, he’ll think of something worse.  In other words, don’t talk when you don’t have to.  What’s the point?


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