This Week in TchAUSL: February 20, 2014


5YouLoveLet’s kick off our review of the new content with our Tch Tasty contest, The 5 I Love. The response thus far has been incredible! Be sure to check out the dozens of awesome resources contributed to this Group from our network’s teachers and coaches.


Are you looking for help teaching argument writing? Our network DBQ guru Carolyn Henderson is here to help in this week’s Tch Talk blog.


2F2P-aIf you’re a student in Tim Nystrand’s physics class, be prepared to get behind the wheel. Watch how Tim makes physics fun in this new Units in Practice clip Read more

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 30, 2014

Hello again!

This week in TchAUSL, we are featuring…

5heartNew Tasty: 5 Tools We Love
What are your favorite classroom tools–websites, apps or books you can’t live without? Share your Top 5 in our February Tasty contest. Add them to this Group, check out my Top 5 and your colleagues’ choices

DLDDLD is Next Weds!

We will be wrapping up our DLD2014 video contest on Monday. Have you submitted your 10-second video yet? Do it today! Check out this special Group for all of the details.

Screen Shot 2014-01-31 at 12.57.24 PMSpecial EDition: Co-Planning Tools 

Co-planning for special ed got you down? AUSL’s Special Ed Coordinator Tiffany Ko has plenty of help for you in this week’s Tch Talk blog. 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 on TchAUSL: December 19, 2013

New CA&I Blogs

New CA&I Blogs: Write for the Core and 10 Awesome Resources for SS

Tch of the Week

Tch of the Week: TCA’s Oscar Newman

Video Playlist: Writing in the Subject Areas

Video Playlist: Writing in the Subject Areas





Season’s Greetings to You!

Let’s start by congratulating Bradwell School of Excellence SPED teacher and mentor Lindsey Siemens who was the winner of our Tch Tasty contest. Our TchAUSL Team surprised Lindsey at Bradwell Tuesday morning with cookies and milk plus some swag from our friends at Teaching Channel. Thank you to Lindsey and Bradwell School of Excellence.

Here are the new blogs, starting with a double-feature from CA&I:

For our video playlist this week, check out five clips bursting with fresh ideas for integrating writing in the content areas. Join the Group and add your own favorite clips from Teaching Channel or post resources and ideas that you consider indispensable.

Thanks again for your continued support of TchAUSL. We look forward to seeing you again in the new year and sharing all of the powerful and inspirational teachers from across our network.

Have a wonderful winter break. Talk to you in 2014!

This Week on TchAUSL: December 5, 2013

Give Thanks!

Blogs: Great Math Lessons and Integrating Science and Literacy

New Video: Inside Look: Classroom Design



Go right now to our Tch Tasty contest from last week, where we asked you to tell us what you are thankful for as an educator and read entries from your AUSL colleagues. Doesn’t it make you feel good about what we do as educators? It’s now your turn to add your own thanks and vote on your favorites in Q&A by Friday, December 13. The most popular entry wins a tasty prize delivered to your school. 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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