Question & Response

I’ve had the incredible privilege of learning from so many amazing educators across the country as the 2010 National Teacher of the Year and during my time as Teacher Laureate for the Teaching Channel. There have been conversations and experiences, classrooms and exhibit halls, and always, always there have been questions: those necessary catalysts of curiosity, instigators for incisive thinking.

Welcome to Ask Sarah, a weekly advice column, where it’s teacher to teacher, learner to learner. My 18 years in the high school English classroom have taught me many lessons, but few as poignant as the power of questions and the belief that a good question is always better than a right answer. So, consider this a space where we value and tackle the messy questions, where we seek honest responses and try to cultivate some wisdom along the way. I can’t wait to see how we open teaching together!

Doubt Creeps In

Dear Sarah, I have all of this self-doubt about myself as a teacher. I don’t know if I’m doing anything right. I look at my colleagues and it seems so easy. They always seem successful. How do I fight this? Sincerely, Doubt Creeps In ...

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Ask Sarah LIVE: with Darbie Valenti

You can't help but smile along with Darbie Valenti, my guest for this Ask Sarah. Her energy is contagious and her combination of practical ideas and careful insights will leave you feeling like you can go and conquer this work for another...

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Ask Sarah LIVE: with LaVondia Menephee

. She's smart, articulate and full of years of experience to help make this conversation one that all teachers – new or veteran – can learn from. Here's the bite-sized version of the broadcast so you can find and watch just the portion you...

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Losing Faith

Dear Sarah, What if you keep trying to master something (management, goals, etc) but you consistently fall short every time? I’m losing faith I can master the teaching craft to assist the students in meeting standards. If I can’t meet mine, how...

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