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September 6, 2014
This Week: Setting Up Routines and Systems
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See how these young students learn to identify and share their feelings. (Actually, this is a great idea for any class!)
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Watch how Dr. Johnson models the culture she wants in her classroom.
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Check out a ton of great ideas — from morning meetings to end of the day routines — in our video library!
Sarah's Notes

I wrote this blog a few years ago, but as we get to know a new set of parents, I hope it offers some helpful reminders on how to write and respond to tough emails. Recent years have taught us lessons about our cyber conversations:

  1. You can’t take back what you’ve written.
  2. Other people's first impressions of us are often through our writing.
  3. Our haste can cause us to suggest a tone or meaning we didn’t intend.

Educators aren’t immune to these oversights, especially as our inboxes are more crowded than ever. Beyond bullet points, you'll also find sample emails — because finding the right words for talking about behavior concerns, grades, or teaching practice is never easy.

As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts on how to handle these tough conversations. I'm still learning and growing, too!
Sarah Sarah Sig
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
Tchers’ Voice
Img Left“My bet is if we place fifty educators in a room with a rubric and piece of student writing, we’re likely to come back with numerous different scores on that piece of writing, and we’re likely to notice a variety of interpretations of the rubric’s criteria as well,” says teacher Renee Boss. This week, she shares great tips for getting on the same page.
Img LeftHow do you help students become independent problem solvers? How do you get them to apply math to real life? See how the teachers in these three-minute videos established routines and norms that support critical thinking skills.
Q&A: Answer These Questions
Q: What should I consider when I'm observing a class?
Q: Where can I find Common Core essay writing rubrics?
Q: We are looking to improve our “walk-to-math” program for grades 4-6. What are some good teacher resources?
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