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July 11, 2015
This Week: Understanding Others (and Ourselves)
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Using a National Geographic video and accompanying lessons, Karen Daley helps her middle schoolers develop cultural awareness and sensitivity.
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Kimberley Laurance creates classroom community by giving each student the opportunity to share about themselves and their families, and also learn more about their classmates.
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Tom Jenkins steps out of the comfort of his eighth-grade classroom to build gliders with kindergarteners. Find out what he discovers about five-year-olds, himself, and the profession.
Sarah's Notes

Dirty laundry and bug-covered windshields are always sure signs of a road trip well taken and certainly part of the experience. For as much as I love planning a trip, I always look forward to the catharsis of unpacking the car and taking stock of the adventure. The snapshots in my mind of great moments, quietly laughing about the imperfect ones, and re-telling favorite stories.

Recently, I’ve embarked on a virtual road trip visiting classrooms around the country to uncover the secrets of great teaching. This virtual road trip has left me with the same desire to keep talking to these amazing teachers, to learn more about their teaching stories, and to have them “unpack” all of those invisible moves in their lessons.

Fortunately, we'll all have a chance to interact with the three teachers, Lynn Simpson, Thristine Edwards, and Jordan Wolf, at our next #TchLive Twitter chat. This will be a fantastic opportunity for you not only to hear more about the lessons you’ve been following, but also to ask them your own questions and engage in discussion with them. Looking forward to connecting with them, and all of you, online.

Sarah Sarah Sig
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
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Mark Your Calendar
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Join us and Sarah Brown Wessling for a live Twitter chat with the three teachers whose classrooms Sarah is visiting virtually during her summer learning road trip.
 
Thursday, July 16, at 4 p.m. PDT
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California teachers at 33 sites around the state will come together to learn from each other and share strategies to implement the new State Standards. The event is hosted by New Teacher Center, the California State University, and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities. All California teachers, teacher candidates, and school administrators are invited to participate. Registration is free.
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