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December 31, 2016
This Week: Setting Goals | Communicating Learning Goals | Achieving High Expectations
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Watch Madeline Noonan lead a call and repeat as a way to make learning objectives explicit to her students.
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January is a natural time for teachers to set new goals, but do our students use this time to reflect, reboot, and set goals for themselves as well? Try these four strategies to practice goal setting with your students in the new year.
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The new year is a great time to revisit the clear and consistent expectations you established with your students at the beginning of the school year. Routines didn’t stick? Try looking at the return from break as a new beginning.
Notes from the Tch Laureates

As a teacher, I feel like I’m always running and on the go. To help myself feel more grounded and centered, I've established a (somewhat) regular meditation practice and brought some aromatherapy into my classroom to calm me and my middle schoolers after lunch. In this new year, I’m hoping to maintain these practices, adopt a few more, and leave some of the not-so-positive ones in 2016. Professionally, I'll use some of the tips highlighted in Shelia Banks' Boosting Your Practice: Anytime is a Good Time With These 12 Tips. Personally, I'll adopt Sarah Brown Wessling's 5-Day REBOOT: How to Restart When You Can’t Stop. The new year is here! Let's prepare ourselves for all that is possible.

Geneviéve DeBose

Teaching Channel Laureate

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January is a great time to revisit Sarah Brown Wessling's 5-DAY REBOOT — a little bit of a fresh start to help kick the chaos and restore some balance when you return to your classroom.


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Now that we're thinking about getting back into the groove of the classroom, it can be a good opportunity to try some new teaching strategies, improve on the old, and reignite your classroom vision.

Q&A: Answer These Questions
Q: What are your audacious goals for 2017?
Q: Where can I find videos of student driven lessons?
Q: What are some effective strategies for teaching students to compare and contrast an author's development of themes in different genres of literature?
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