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August 1, 2015
This Week: Start Your Year Off Right
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Get a jump on the new school year by checking out the resources in our virtual Back-To-School Backpack.
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Lily Jones provides five tips for new teachers as you prepare for your first year in the classroom.
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Discover how to better engage all learners in academic discussions.
Sarah's Notes

Last week, as I carved out some time on a small stretch of the Appalachian Trail and my shoulders got heavy from the pack on my back (and the incessant rain that never let up), I remembered a lesson I’d learned last year from my hiking trip to the Rocky Mountains: be mindful of what you carry. I wrote:

There’s a tenuous line between security and burden in what we carry on our backs. There are necessities, plans for emergencies, extra clothes, food, and bug sprays. It can feel comforting to try and stuff that backpack full. We take off on our journey confident with the “stuff” of security. But you still have to carry it. And a too-heavy pack can change the experience from a joyous walk to drudgery. Balance isn’t born of consumption, rather, it breathes mindfulness of purpose.
In other words, never let the “stuff” overwhelm the purpose or function. As we all start getting ready for our classrooms to re-emerge with the vibrance of young people, Teaching Channel is thinking about that “just-right” backpack of tools and strategies, inspiration and pragmatism. Check out our newly launched “Back to School Backpack” – and check back frequently as we add to it during each of the next four weeks. As you do, I invite you all to walk confidently into your newest school year!



Sarah Sarah Sig
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
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