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November 8, 2014
Special Event: Q&A with Coaching Experts
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Sarah Brown Wessling is trying a new strategy that shifts the ownership of learning to her students. Learn more about it and watch it in action!
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See how Viet-ly Nguyen shares learning targets with her students. In this video, she uses student discourse to improve their writing.
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From Nov. 7 to 14, come and share your coaching dilemmas and difficulties — and help others with your advice and tips, too. (We're also giving away coaching books for this special event!)
Sarah's Notes

I’ve been working with Common Core Standards for several years now, and have noticed a trend in my work: I’ve been engaging in exercises that actually make them bigger. I’ve unpacked, re-worded, aligned, and explained. While each experience is worthy, collectively they've left me feeling a little like Sisyphus, at the bottom of another mountain with a big boulder to push.

So, I set out to see if there was another way. Could I “skinny” the standards and make them truly accessible on a day-to-day basis for both my students and me? With a big table, copies of the Core, a collection of different highlighters, and an open mind, I began. First watch the video that’s featured above to see this strategy in action. Then read about my process and the steps I took to get there.

Sarah Sarah Sig
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
Tchers’ Voice
Img LeftEducator and blogger Renee Boss writes, “Teacher leaders are people who want all students to learn, and they will do whatever needs to be done to make this happen.” Get her five tips for getting started!

Img LeftWant ideas and strategies on grouping, facilitating academic discussions, or how to support ELLs with project-based learning lessons? Find educational resources here.

Q&A: Answer These Questions
Q: How do you deal with a child that will not follow along with lessons and seems to be on another planet?
Q: Have you used Google Lit Trips before?
Q: What are some alternatives to having students write school book reports?
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Join Sarah Brown Wessling and special guest, author Benedict Carey.
Thursday, November 13
7:00 p.m. EST
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December 7- 9
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