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January 16, 2016
This Week: Examining Student Work | Honoring MLK
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Watch as these teachers help one another improve their practice through a student work protocol.
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Gretchen Vierstra highlights a tool that will help you reflect on and refine your lessons.
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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 18th, we’ve gathered resources dedicated to service learning to help you incorporate this kind of work into your teaching.
Notes from the Tch Laureates

I love learning. I’m that eager student who is always raising her hand. And I’m particularly excited by what I can learn from my peers. Collaborating with colleagues, for instance, to examine student work is powerful. It reaffirms the work we do each day in our classrooms and generates dialogue about the nuances in how we can support our students in their learning. In grading student work, each of us brings our own subjective view of what suffices for the assignment. But when teachers endeavor jointly to develop a shared view, it creates a consistent and more clearly defined set of criteria, and allows us to see the steps we need to take to improve student understanding and mastery. Putting student work at the center of our reflective process as educators is the heart of this week’s newsletter, and I for one am excited by the prospect of adding these tools to my kit.

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