This Week in TchAUSL: February 6, 2014


This week on TchAUSL you will find…

10 Sec of Tech - thumbOur 10 Seconds of Tech Winners

See our winners and a short compilation of all of the entries in our dedicated Group!


Skype an Author! Mercer Mayer @NTA

Here’s some FUN innovation! Mia Leonard’s author study unit on Mercer Mayer integrates Skype and Twitter, captured in this exciting new video

AUSL088-thumbWords Their Way: Learn from a Pro

NTA 1st Grade teacher Jenny Lynch shares her expertise in using Words Their Way in this brand new clip from our Lessons in Practice series. Read more

This Week in TchAUSL: January 23, 2014


So much to share with you this week–let’s roll!

Ryan-McCarty_avatarAUSL Literacy Coordinator Ryan McCarty returns to the blog with some advice for breaking away from the test prep blues.



NTA’s Jenny Lynch is our Tch of the Week. Find out why in our Tch Talk blog.



Show your students’ awesome technology work and win an iTunes gift card in the process.

Check out our new video contest, the 10 Second Challenge


Looking for some quick math help? Our new Video Playlist fits the bill— short videos for all grade levels with resources to use these ideas right away Read more

This Week in TchAUSL: January 16, 2014

Whenever I walk through hallways of a school, I always love to hear that classroom buzz. You know what I mean–you hear it just as you cross through the doorway; that sweet sound of students engrossed in conversation, engaged in learning to the extent that the teacher simply facilitates. This week, we have some tips in the blog and clips in our library to help you build that buzz. Read more

This Week in TchAUSL: January 9, 2014

Welcome Back!

I hope that you had a wonderful vacation full of rest and rejuvenation.

Our TchAUSL team is all ready to kick off the new year with a new look for our newsletter, new content to help you reach your professional goals and our same mission to inspire you and help you collaborate more effectively across our network.

Here are some of the highlights in TchAUSL for this week…

Alissa-Berg_avatarCA&I Blog: Next Generation Science Standards

AUSL’s Science Coordinator Alissa Berg returns to the blog this week to offer three practical ideas to integrate the new science standards into your instruction.

rbaker_avatarD.I.Y. Blog: 4R’s for a Successful Return

Did you have a trying first day back? Coaching Guru Rosemary Baker comes to the rescue with four quick tips Read more

This Week in TchAUSL: November 24, 2013

Hello again!

You may have seen this chart that was developed several years ago by New Teacher Center that shows how attitudes about teaching change in first-year teachers. When I share this graph with experienced teachers, they often relate and still experience these stages during the year. You may notice in the chart that we are now at “disillusionment,” or the low ebb of the year.

Do you have the November blues? Let’s try to remedy that with some useful and inspiring resources! Read more

This Week on TchAUSL: November 10, 2013

Thanks for taking time out of your busy week to check out the latest on TchAUSL. Here’s what we have for you:

  • This week’s excellent TchTalk blog entry on DBQ by AUSL’s ELA Coordinator Carolyn Henderson. Make sure you take a few minutes to read her guide to this powerful non-fiction reading strategy.
  • Marquette School of Excellence MRC Beth Blair shares why she’s inspired by her colleague Chrissy Giraud. Check out her Tch of the Week blog to learn about this amazing award-winning teacher.
  • So many ideas for bringing J-Factor to your classroom from our TchAUSL community in this Group I started a few weeks back. Join the Group and add your own!

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This Week on TchAUSL: October 9, 2013


We have three new blog entries this week. AUSL’s amazingEnglish coach Ryan McCarty delivers some advice about increasing reading rigor for the Core Standards in our CA&I Blog. Get inspired with our Tch of the Week, NTA’s exceptional 4th grade Science teacher Autumn Laidler. Do all of your students have whiteboard slates? Rosemary Baker shows you how to make your own with a little help from Home Depot in this month’s DIY Blog.

We also have Office Hours this week in Q&A. This week, AUSL’s coaches are taking your questions about management, planning and instruction. I have a short blog entry to show you how to tag your questions for our coaching team starting today.

This week’s short clips reflect Rosemary’s theme of “going to the next level with student engagement.”

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This Week on TchAUSL: September 18, 2013


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 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!

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This Week on TchAUSL: September 4, 2013

WOW. We were floored with the response from our First Week of School Photo Contest. Over 200 pictures were added to the Group from nine different AUSL schools. The most prolific contributor to our Group and the winner is…

Marquette School of Excellence! You can read more about the contest in Brian’s new blog. Also, we offer huge props to our runner-up, Chicago Academy, who added 15 photos to our Group from seven different TchAUSL members. Thanks to ALL of our participants and make sure you look at all of the fun from the First Day in our FWOS Photo Group. We’ll have another contest for you in October.

Let’s take a look at our clips for the week…

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This Week on TchAUSL: August 29, 2013


Three days down and I’m sure your first days back in the classroom have left you a lot to reflect on and celebrate. You are probably also facing a lot of work, so let’s get right into all of the cool and useful stuff TchAUSL has for you this week.

Our Managing Director Brian Sims is back at the Tch Talk blog this week to introduce our First Day of School Photo Contest. It’s a fantastic chance to share your moments with our TchAUSL family. Here’s how it works:

  • Join our FDOS Photo Contest Group
  • Post your favorite moments from Monday – something that captures the energy and joy of that first day

The school with the most entries by this Friday at 4pm wins!

The theme for the clips this week: Swagger! Here are three strategies for building your confidence in your classroom with better pacing, community and more efficient assessment of your students. Check out:

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