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July 26, 2014
This Week: Popular Planning Videos
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Some of you are already planning for the new school year. This popular video shares a simple solution for setting up your classroom.
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Explore the “gradual release” instructional model with Sarah as she tries it in her class.
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Watch how one school planned and implemented a system that paired student needs with teacher expertise to improve learning.
Sarah's Notes
Ubiquitous at best. Overused and cliché at worst. Nevertheless, I was hooked. I started to notice it everywhere. I’d say “great” when a student offered a response, “great” when she really dug in and started working, “great” on the margins of papers — all over the margins of papers.

Because I was using "great" to describe everything, I wasn’t actually saying anything. Our feedback, our praise, our gentle nudging, is most effective when we are deliberate with our words and precise in our communication.

Take a look at what I’ve come up with for alternatives to "great,"and then share your ideas. I can’t wait to hear what YOU will add to this list!
Sarah Sarah Sig
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
Tchers’ Voice
Img LeftOur "New Teacher" blog series continues this week with tips from Tch blogger and coach Lily Jones on how to figure out exactly what your students will learn next year.
 
Img LeftThe Next Generation Science Standards have some teachers worrying about how they’ll build discipline-specific literacy into their lesson plans. Tch teacher Shelia Banks shares three ways these standards support scientific thinking.
 
Q&A: Answer These Questions
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Teaching Channel Teams Webinar Presenters: Jim Knight, best selling author and PD expert, and Michelle Rooks, Instructional Coach, Teton County School District, Wyoming.
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August 15, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PT
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Teaching Channel Book Club July 31, 2014
4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET
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