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March 26, 2016
This Week: Ready, Set… Think Outside The Box!
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See how two teachers integrate movement and dance into their literacy instruction while increasing students' understanding.
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STEM teacher Jamie Ewing finds creative — and arts-oriented — approaches to his teaching that engage and stimulate his students.
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Maricela Montoy-Wilson decided she needed to make a change in her teaching and came up with “Inspiration Time.”
Notes from the Tch Laureates

I’m an artist. I always have been. I always will be. I work to integrate the arts into my English Language Arts class and have been privileged to work at two schools in the south Bronx that honor and value the arts. So you can imagine why I’m so excited that this week’s focus on creativity highlights the video Literacy Through Creative Dance, where students analyze and interpret an Edgar Allen Poe poem through movement. I also was inspired to read Jamie Ewing’s Who's Having More Fun Here blog about growing creative and curious thinkers through the use of Andy Warhol paintings in his STEM class. Our students want to be engaged and want to do more in their classes than just read and write. The arts are an incredible way to support their critical thinking and engagement. In this day and age of Hamilton The Musical and Kendrick Lamar, our students are eager to explore important issues and topics in creative ways. My hope is that we’re ready, too. If we’re not quite there yet, this week’s picks will help inspire and support us in moving a bit more in that direction.

SarahTom Jenkins


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Authors and renowned educators Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase will discuss their ideas on creating a modern school based on the needs of today’s students. Click the link for details on how to get a 30% publisher’s discount when you purchase Building School 2.0 prior to the chat.

March 31, 4 pm Pacific
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Boeing Science Laureate Tom Jenkins will be at the NSTA Shareathon April 2, 2016, 9:30-10:30am. Stop by to learn how Teaching Channel is supporting #anewkindofpd and receive our thanks for being a part of our community!

Nashville, TN March 31-April 3
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Join the Tch-led session Coaches and Cameras: Instructional Models and Homegrown Video Libraries, on Saturday, April 2, from 1-2 pm.

Atlanta, GAApril 2-4
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Tch Laureate Kristin Gray will be presenting at this year’s NCTM. You can connect with Kristin via Twitter: @mathminds.

San Francisco, CAApril 13-16
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Join us for Tch TeamsFest! This annual event is a deep dive into using video as an integral part of professional learning.

Palm Springs, CA May 19-20
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