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May 30, 2015
This Week: Engaging Your Kids In School… and During the Summer
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Gretchen Vierstra asked the Teaching Channel community for tips on engaging young people in summer reading and writing. Here are five great possibilities that emerged.
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At the end of the school year, it’s important to honor your classroom community and all the memories you’ve made. Here are some of Carrie Kamm’s favorite activities.
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Sarah Brown Wessling has her students take out their cellphones, rather than put them away. The result is a quick way to assess their learning — and maintain a high level of engagement.
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Cleaning out desks. Final grades. Commencement ceremonies. Fun-filled field days. Whatever your end-of-school traditions might be, there’s no doubt that the closing of these doors are also opening the ones to summer. Here at Teaching Channel we’re looking forward to summer too, and not just because the weather is warming up, but because it’s time to take a road trip! That’s right. I’m taking a virtual road trip to visit three teachers in three different parts of the country, and I’m bringing you along with me.

At each stop, we’ll not only get to engage together in an interactive video experience using a teacher’s lesson, we’ll also get to know those teachers, ask them some questions, and find out more about what’s underneath all that classroom charisma. So stay tuned as we bring you more details in the next couple of weeks as we get ready to traverse to some special classrooms. In the meantime, here's a blog post from the archives (my first year at Teaching Channel), which reminds me that no matter how fast-paced your year has been, slowing down to take it in is a worthy part of this work.

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