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Hi Member,
Last week I suggested that we use Ms. Brewer’s videos to find a way to open our doors to conversations with colleagues. How exciting, then, to see all of the comments and feedback on her lesson series Analyzing Texts. In fact, as I was reading the comments and thinking about how I was growing from your contributions, I realized that this stuff is too good to keep all to myself. So this week I want to celebrate your voices.

Whether you are giving the video a “high-five,” thinking out loud about how you might incorporate a lesson, or asking a question, you are adding to the growing discourse that you’ll find in many places throughout the Tch website.
 
In case you’re wondering, there are two ways to add to the discussion. 

1.     Below each video in our library, you’ll find a place where you can post a comment. It’s as easy as: think, type, and press submit.

2.     Also, you may not know that there is an inconspicuous “badge” on the right hand side of each comment.  If you “like” what someone else has said, but aren’t ready to post a reply, just click the badge to say “great thought” like I did below for this comment from Rob Evans.



Here are what some of our teachers and educators are saying about the videos they’ve been exploring in the Tch library.  Not only are the videos great, so are the reactions that follow them.
 
Have a great week and use your voice!
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“Silent signals are great ways to assess the level of engagement in each lesson. By giving the students the choice of agreement to the point being made, or adding on to the point being made, they must engage in metacognition. The students must think about their thinking!”
“I really like the way you review homework. It makes so much more sense than me collecting homework, taking it home, and reviewing it several days later. Your technique is much more meaningful for all involved. Thanks!”  Rosalyn
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