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February 21, 2015
This Week: Collaboration and Socratic Seminars
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Erin Gilrein and Jennifer Wolfe have been collaborative partners for almost a decade. Learn what makes their partnership successful.
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In this co-taught Socratic seminar, students use their essays from English class and their document-based questions from Global Studies to engage in a rich discussion.
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Paige Price shows us how she runs a successful Socratic seminar. Notice how she handles one of the most frightening aspects of a seminar: dead silence!
Sarah's Notes

I’m good at projects, at taking on the next new challenge. I’m energized when I start something new and tend to give myself entirely to whatever venture is in front of me. In short, I’m either “all in” or “not at all.” Teaching, great teaching, is an act of complete presence. An act of sustaining that complete presence. An act that accrues a special kind of exhaustion. My 5-Day Reboot reminded me that falling into funks may be a normal passage for hectic lives, but a concentrated restart leads to more conscientious living. Reflecting on my own Reboot has given me five lessons for staying sound.

Sarah Sarah Sig
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
Tchers’ Voice
Img LeftThere will be times when 100% student attention just isn’t going to happen. And sometimes that’s OK! Use these tips to balance managing your classroom and focusing on teaching.

Img LeftWe’re excited to introduce our new blog, The Big Tent. In this community, you’ll learn how teachers across the country are using Teaching Channel Teams to get better together.

Q&A: Answer These Questions
Q: What are your experiences with using digital portfolios with high schoolers?
Q: Can you share some strategies for creating higher order questions?
Q: Does anyone have good science projects for kindergarten?
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Join us next week for a #TchLIVE Twitter chat. We want to know how you stay motivated throughout the year.
Thursday, February 26th
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