There’s a website for that…..
Remember Apple’s catchy phrase, “there’s an app for that”?
Apparently, I remember it all too well, as the phrase “we have a website for that” seems to come out of my mouth over and over again (please don’t come after me for some sort of trademark infringement, Apple).
While not nearly as fancy or glossy as an Apple commercial, I’m hoping that the marketing we’ve done for the AUSL Historical Reading & Writing Framework will be just as effective. And by marketing I mean a brilliant combination of answering any strategy or resource question with a “we have a website for that” and providing teachers with the time to actually plan using the framework.
So what exactly is this magical framework’s website and where did it come from?
Over the course of two years of working with AUSL teachers and Chip Brady and Phil Roden, founders of the DBQ Project, we had two really big takeaways:
TchAUSL strives to be your daily source for inspiration and collaboration. As part of that mission, we have trained 62 extraordinary teachers, two in each school, to serve as our Tch Certified Educators. They are your local TchAUSL gurus ready to help you make the most of your time by connecting you to resources and features on the site. To find out who your TCE’s are, here’s a list. If you need any guidance or ideas, be sure to look them up.
Just a short note to let our TchAUSL community know that I will be answering your questions in Q&A starting today. Simply go to Q&A and click on the Ask the Guest Experts button at the top left. Make sure that you use the tag #AUSLmd so I can easily find your question. Here’s a screenshot to show you what this will look like.
Thanks. I can’t wait to answer your questions!
This week we present our first entry in a weekly feature we are calling the Tch of the Week. Every Tuesday one of our Tch Certified Educators will highlight an exceptional teacher from one of our 29 network schools. Today we are thrilled to launch this blog with Chicago Academy’s Jessica Siegel. Jessica tells about her choice for Tch of the Week, Leah Radinsky.
Leah inspires me because she has such a wide range of knowledge to help English Language Learners, students with special needs, and learners of all ages. She also inspires me because of her work outside of the classroom; she is a resource for families and goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that students and parents have access to resources in the greater community.
Because I have previous teaching experience, I thought I had my act together as an educator. I thought I understood exactly what to do and when to do it. But there is nothing like seeing a classroom transition from their desks to the library for a Read Aloud in 15 seconds with all voices OFF, to let you know you were ONLY half-competent.
We know that students learn best when they are actively involved in constructing their own knowledge and are engaged in authentic learning experiences. In the science classroom, this means that students should be engaged in tasks that are characteristic of the work of scientists. But, what does “doing” science actually look like?
Our TchAUSL team has been busy this week preparing new simple and quick tools for your teacher toolbox that will save you some time. This week, we have a little something for everyone to help take back some of your busy week.
Have a burning question for our Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction team? Head to Q&A this week as the CA&I team will be answering your questions starting tomorrow. Make sure you tag your questions with #AUSLcai so the team can find them. They’re waiting for YOU!
We also have two brand new bloggers this week–CA&I’s Ryan Eggert takes to Tch Talk to share some powerful numeracy resources. We’re also excited to introduce TCA’s Jessica Siegel to the blog. She tells us all about Newsela.com where you can find Core-aligned non-fiction resources written at varying levels of complexity for diverse learners. It’s a cool resource–check out Jessica’s post!
Newsela is a FREE website that you can use as a resource for current events. Texts are available at various Lexile levels with interactive quizzes. When you sign up, you have the option of creating logins and passwords for your students. If they are older, you can give them a password to use to help them find the correct class.
Greetings! We hope your school year is off to a focused, coherent, and rigorous start (if you picked up on that, you are certifiably awesome). As we begin our journey into the CCSS/M we know that as the standards have evolved, so must our practices. When students are engaged in rigorous tasks, discussing their work, using manipulatives and visual models, we know we are preparing them for success!
We are thrilled to share our first TchAUSL Office Hours in our Q&A section. Each Thursday, one of our coaches, managing directors or members of the Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction team will take to Q&A to answer your questions. Here’s how it works.
- Starting NOW, go to our Q&A section with your burning question for one of our coaches, a member of AUSL’s Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction team or a managing director.
- Type your question in the box.
- In the Question Background section, enter: #AUSLcoach to have your question answered by one of our coaches, #AUSLcai to direct your question to our CAI team, or #AUSLmd so one of AUSL’s managing directors can field your question.