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July 9, 2016
This Week: Letters to the Next President | Equitable Classrooms | Collaborative Learning
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Empower and support your students to voice their ideas and opinions on the issues that matter to them, particularly given recent national events, in the coming U.S. Presidential election.
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In the aftermath of this past week's tragic events, let's take stock of what we as educators can do to make a difference.
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Watch as K-5 Math Specialist and Tch Laureate, Kristin Gray, engages teachers in a learning lab cycle to move toward a culture of collaborative learning.
Notes from the Tch Laureates

I believe teachers, by nature, are planners. We plan everything from our school lives to our personal lives, from lessons to family vacations. It is a seemingly never-ending cycle to which we grow quite accustomed. The amazing part is we are typically making these plans while living the plans — in real time — during the course of our busy school day. This doesn't mean that every plan is perfectly executed; however, we learn as we go and we never stop planning nonetheless.

This is why I’m never surprised when I talk to colleagues during the summer and we jump into a conversation about ideas we look forward to trying in the upcoming year. It’s in these moments that I realize how much I appreciate having this time. I find my summer to be an invaluable moment to relax, reflect, and plan at a slower pace, which I do in my new blog post, Looking Forward, Looking Back: Coaching Lessons To Inform The Year Ahead. And, if you’re looking for inspiration to spark your own fall planning, check out The National Writing Project's Letters to the Next President now and enjoy planning — while not living the plan!

Crystal MoreyCrystalMorey

Teaching Channel Laureate

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Watch how Esther Wu begins her seminar with goal setting. Join the discussion!

Tchers’ Voice
Img LeftKristin Gray reflects on her year as Math Specialist and Tch Laureate, as she answers FAQs about creating a collaborative culture of learning through Learning Labs.

Img LeftLearn three strategies for classroom management that you can implement from the first day of school to keep your classroom running smoothly all year long.

Img LeftTch Laureate Josh Parker identifies six core professional learning activities that will help you reflect and improve your practice over the summer.

Q&A: Answer These Questions
Q: What's your best first day and/or classroom management advice?
Q: What’s the best way to get to know your students at the beginning of the year?
Q: Is connecting with students on social media a good idea?
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