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August 13, 2016
This Week: Formative Assessment Deep Dive | Favorite No | Greatest Fear And What Really Matters
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Tch Laureate Kristin Gray introduces the Formative Assessment Deep Dive, Teaching Channel’s “one-stop shop” for the resources you need to learn where your students are in their thinking.
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In this simple, low-tech warm-up routine, Leah Alcala demonstrates how we can use mistakes to inform instruction, to engage, and to teach in a way that makes content stick.
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Sean McComb invites you to ask "what really matters" as you return to your classroom this fall. Find out how Letters to the Next President 2.0 can be an exciting piece of the puzzle.
Notes from the Tch Laureates

Occasionally, I’ll have a breakthrough as a teacher that simply won’t allow me to let my practice continue in the way it was before. Last year that discovery was targeted small group instruction. When a skill was particularly important, I’d group students based on results of a learning check, and target intervention or extension to what those 5-10 students needed. In that more intimate environment students would more clearly share their thinking, ask questions, take action to correct their understanding, and I could see improvement.

What problem or puzzle exists in your teaching practice that you’d like to “hack” to find a solution? If it happens to be the powerful practice of formative assessment, jump into our Formative Assessment Deep Dive. If you’d like to make group work more productive this year, head over to Tch Video Lounge and respond to how Sarah Brown Wessling makes giving directions a learning moment. And remember, implementing change isn't always easy, but if you are committed the benefits will far outweigh the costs in the long run.

Sean McCombSean McComb
 

Teaching Channel Laureate

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How do you give students directions for a task? Watch how Sarah Brown Wessling makes giving directions a learning moment.

Tchers’ Voice
Img LeftTch Laureate Crystal Morey wraps up the Hacking Education Book Study with a reflection on five key elements to consider when implementing new ideas.

 
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Q&A: Answer These Questions
Q: What are some effective formative assessment strategies for high school math?
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