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April 9, 2016
This Week: Poetry, Making Sense of Story Problems, and NGSS Resources
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Students take center stage to express themselves with poetry.
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Debora Gaten compares and contrasts two poems by Langston Hughes to help her students understand imagery and emotions.
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Kristin Gray urges us to follow these simple — though counter-intuitive — steps to elevate story problem comprehension.
Notes from the Tch Laureates

Recently, someone posed a question to me about poetry and it went like this: “Can you recite a poem and name its author in 15 seconds to win one million dollars”?

I am an avid reader and have spent hours reading thousands of books. But to my surprise, I couldn’t come up with an answer. Luckily for me, April is National Poetry Month — one of the largest literary celebrations in the world, with a goal to bring poetry into classrooms. I’ll be checking out as many Tch resources on poetry as possible. And, to celebrate National Poetry month in my classroom, my students will be encouraged to read their favorite poem in our Poetry Reading Café. Hopefully in time they — and I — will be able to answer that million dollar question.

SarahTom Jenkins
    Teacher Channel Laureate
Tchers’ Voice
Img LeftThe Tch NextGen Science Squad returned from the NSTA conference brimming with ideas and resources.

Img LeftEmpathy is a key first step in overcoming obstacles, writes instructional coach and Tch Laureate Josh Parker.

Q&A: Answer These Questions
Q: What is the best way to gain genuine, active, parental engagment?
Q: We are switching to block scheduling in our middle school next year. That means 70 minute classes in seventh grade ELA. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Q: What are some ideas for literacy centers for sixth graders?
Mark Your Calendar
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Tch Laureates and Core Advocates from Student Achievement Partners will be answering your questions about Common Core next week. Join the conversation on our Q&A board!

April 10-16
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Tch Laureate Kristin Gray will be presenting at this year’s NCTM. You can connect with Kristin via Twitter: @mathminds.

San Francisco, CAApril 13-16
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May 2-6
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Join us for Tch TeamsFest! This annual event is a deep dive into using video as an integral part of professional learning.

Palm Springs, CA May 19-20
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