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January 17, 2015
This Week: Analyzing Student Work
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Watch as students deepen their understanding of math principles by working through problems with their peers.
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At New Tech Network, the Critical Friends protocol is an opportunity for colleagues to engage in honest conversations about teaching and learning.
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In this video, watch three students review sample student work. Through their careful analysis and discussion of mistakes, they better understand how to approach their own work.
Sarah's Notes

I’ve long thought January was one of the toughest months of the year for teachers. If you teach on semesters, you're finishing and starting at the same time. If you have your students for the entire year, you're coming off of a winter break and looking to re-energize without falling into a post-holiday slump.

As we start looking to the months ahead, for many that means assessment season. For others, it's observations and evaluations. Regardless of January's focus for your classroom, there's one thing that's certain: we all want more time. It’s that need to get everything accomplished that often creates our greatest anxieties and stresses. If that’s you, perhaps this video will help put into perspective our worries and remind us of what's most important: our presence.

Sarah Sarah Sig
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
Tchers’ Voice
Img LeftMLK day is also considered a “Day of Service.” To help you incorporate service and service learning in your classroom, we've shared a number of organizations and resources.

Img LeftTest your observational skills. Watch this Uncut Classroom and look for the shift in student thinking as the teacher releases the responsibility of learning to the class.

Q&A: Answer These Questions
Q: How do teachers develop relationships with students that balance friendliness with professionalism?
Q: What does Standards-based grading look like for secondary ELA?
Q: I am teaching a semester-long ocean study with my kindergarten class. Can you share some good ocean-related resources?
Mark Your Calendar
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Join us on Twitter during PARCC’s Office Hours. We will share useful resources and answer questions.
Use the hashtag #AskPARCC
Thursday, January 22nd
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. PST
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Join us for a special video premier and arts education event at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. (Space is limited.)
Saturday, January 24th
2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PST
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Join Sarah Brown Wessling and Teaching Channel for a book chat on Twitter.
Thursday, January 29th
4 p.m. PST
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