Tch Talks: Teaching Channel Podcast December 1, 2016
Episode 5: Sarah and Friends with Shawn Sheehan

In the Tch Talk Series "Sarah and Friends," Tch Laureate Sarah Brown Wessling catches up with Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year Shawn Sheehan to hear his advice to his first-year teacher self.
Sarah Brown Wessling Sarah Brown Wessling is a high school English teacher in Johnston, Iowa. She is the 2010 National Teacher of the Year and Laureate Emeritus for Teaching Channel. You can follow her work at or connect with Sarah on Twitter: @SarahWessling.

Shawn Sheehan Shawn Sheehan is the 2016 Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year and a special education math teacher at Norman High School in Norman, Oklahoma. Shawn hoped to join the Air Force like his father, but for medical reasons he had to choose another occupation — teaching. Connect with Shawn on Twitter: @SPSheehan.

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Previous Episodes

Tch Talks November 9, 2016 Episode 4: Infusing SEL In the ClassroomCreating a classroom that includes social and emotional learning can start tomorrow. Join Minnesota 2013 Teacher of the Year Megan Hall as she shares tips and strategies for getting started.

October 26, 2016 Episode 3: Sarah & Friends with Leah AlcalaLeah Alcala, well known to the Teaching Channel community from her popular videos such as My Favorite No and Highlighting Mistakes: A Grading Strategy, talks with Sarah Brown Wessling about her teaching journey. Now a Math teacher at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California, Leah recounts what she's learned over the years about the craft of teaching.

Tch Talks September 29, 2016 Episode 2: How Do You Teach About THIS Election?This is an election year for the ages. The rhetoric is at a fevered pitch, the sides are divided, and the issues muddied by inaccuracies, half-truths, lies, and innuendo. How do we help our students wade through the messages?

Tch Talks September 21, 2016 Episode 1: Sarah & Friends with Josh ParkerJosh Parker started as a substitute teacher — and nearly quit. Now, a Marlyland State Teacher of the Year, Josh talks with Sarah Brown Wessling about his first year of teaching, part of the launch of our Tch Talks podcast.

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