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October 10, 2015
This Week: The New Tch Laureates Are …
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Find out more about the new Tch Laureates and join their efforts at Getting Better Together this year.
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In these new videos, Sarah Brown Wessling stretches her pedagogical skills as she engages two very different classes in literature activities.
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Sarah Brown Wessling, Tch Laureate Emeritus, reflects on risk-taking and invites us to join her on a new adventure.
 
Notes from the Tch Laureates

I love to learn about the “secret second lives” of teachers. At my school I’ve worked alongside members of a jug-band, a roller derby warrior, a professional cake decorator, and a trapeze instructor. In my “secret” second life I play Ultimate (Frisbee). When I began playing in college, I was amazed at how many ways one could throw a disc and excel at the sport. To be clear, I was terrible. A slight breeze sent my throws knifing to the ground and I was often lost on the field. Now, fifteen years later, I’ve had an accomplished career playing at the highest levels of the sport.

How did I get better? It took a lot of hard work, I learned from the examples of others, and I had highly supportive teammates take the journey with me. And I think that combination is probably how we get better at most anything. This week, Tch launches individual pages for each Tch Laureate. Whether you’d like to get better at supporting a growth mindset or personalizing student learning, tackling the intricacies of a particular math strategy or meeting the needs of diverse learners, there is a Laureate transparently embarking on those journeys, and many others, this year. Improving our practice is challenging work, and it gets easier when we can take the journey with others. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out our pages, contribute your knowledge and expertise, and connect with a Laureate whose journey can support your own. This work is too important for any of us to go at it alone.

Sean Sig
Teaching Channel Laureate
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