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June 6, 2015
This Week: Looking back at what we learned
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Sarah Brown Wessling engages in a unique professional learning experience in Tulare, CA. Sarah reflects on the experience, with links to videos documenting her work.
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Marlina, an 11th grader, reflects on decisions she made early in her high school career, and how she decided to set herself on a new path to cultivate an academic mindset.
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Six National Teachers of the Year discuss their own growth, getting better at their craft, and the growth of their students.
Sarah's Notes

Teachers are highly reflective people. We have to be. We reflect on the lessons we taught, the words we chose, the words we forgot, the students that were engaged, the ones whose bodies were present but minds were somewhere else. Yet, in our constant efforts to reflect on everything, I wonder if we unknowingly dilute our process. Because if you’re anything like me, your reflection sometimes is at the photo copy machine or in the lunch room, it’s between bells and after you’re already exhausted.

Enter summer. A time to breathe and reflect at the same time. A time to release ourselves from the 10,000 daily decisions and find a deeper focus on the underpinnings of our craft. Whether you find yourself taking a course, teaching your peers or joining us here at Teaching Channel for our Summer of Learning, your opportunity to capitalize on less “school noise” can create a sharper focus in the fall. And remember, not all reflection requires solitude; in fact, most of us rely on those trusted colleagues to help us see what we can’t. So, don’t just gather the materials, fire up the laptop or turn those book pages — also make time for talk, that natural reverberation that can’t help but turn questions into pathways.

Sarah Sarah Sig
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
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