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December 12, 2015
This Week: Winter PD | Engineering Design Process | Conver-Stations
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What will you do to stay sharp professionally over the break? Check out these suggestions from the Tch Laureate Team and offer up your own.
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Introducing the engineering design process into his teaching was a watershed moment for Boeing Science Laureate Tom Jenkins. Watch the process in action.
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Sarah Brown Wessling demonstrates one way she facilitates student-led conversations.
Notes from the Tch Laureates

Teaching can be exhausting and breaks are welcome. Spring break, summer break, and certainly winter break. What the public sometimes doesn’t realize is that a 'break' to a teacher is merely the slightest of pauses. We take the first 24 hours or so to decompress from the incredibly complex art of teaching. Then, we start getting ready to return to our precious students. In the ensuing days and hours, we mix recreation and preparation until the dreaded 'Sunday before Monday' comes. Teachers never clock out.

In fact, during the breaks, we clock in to a series of tasks that rejuvenate us both personally and professionally. When I was in the classroom, I spent the majority of my winter breaks watching a great teacher movie (Freedom Writers and Lean on Me are faves), reading the latest education books and articles, grading (!), and enjoying time with family and friends. As my break wound to a close, I made sure to take time to reflect on the major task I’ve been blessed with: educating the minds and hearts of the children of this country. What an enormous responsibility and what a special privilege. This week and next, my fellow Tch Laureates and I outline some of the activities that we think might help rejuvenate you over break. Be encouraged and inspired by some of the choices you see. Enjoy your well deserved vacation!

Sean Sig
Teaching Channel Laureate
Tchers’ Voice
Img LeftHow might you tweak your practice in preparation for the rest of the year? Check out these ten suggestions.

Img Left“Find out what is vital, ignore what is trivial, and you can maximize results,” writes Brian Sztabnik.

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