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June 4, 2016
This Week: This Summer, I Hope My Students…
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Gretchen Vierstra gathered ideas from the Tch community on ways you help your students stay connected to the written word during the summer.
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Check out this Livebinder of summer learning resources collected by Tch’s own Catherine Guimaraes.
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In this video, Sarah Brown Wessling demonstrates a strategy for student-led discussion.
Notes from the Tch Laureates

It’s that time of year when my morning commute has a special song on the playlist: “School’s Out,” by Alice Cooper. Yet, as excited and ready as I am for a mental, physical, and emotional break from the stressors of teaching, I’m also thinking about summer learning opportunities for me, my students, and most importantly my own children. In a featured post this week, Gretchen Vierstra encourages us to think about ways to engage the young people in our lives in learning opportunities all summer long. My personal favorite for my children has been the local summer library programs. My kids get to watch plays, listen to concerts, meet authors, and explore a wide variety of books. This week, explore your local community, the summer reading/writing opportunities that exist there, and brainstorm how you, your students, and your children can stay connected and thinking all through the summer. And stay tuned — next week I’ll be revealing a summer online learning opportunity I’ll be leading for all of us teachers!

Crystal MoreyCrystalMorey

Teacher Channel Laureate
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Step inside Sean McComb’s high school English class where he works with a small group of students to fill a gap in their writing skills.

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Img LeftTch Laureate Sean McComb breaks down his planning process as he develops units to personalize learning for his students.

Img LeftTo make it easier on your transition to becoming an instructional coach, here are five great tips from experienced coaches who are former teachers.
Q&A: Answer These Questions
Q: Can you believe it's already time to start thinking about summer reading? What are some great professional books on your reading list?
Q: We only have three weeks left of school, and I'm looking for some fun lessons for my 8th Grade ELA classes.
Q: What book do you start the year with?
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