Ask Sarah

by | 11.6.15

Sarah Brown Wessling is a high school English teacher in Johnston, IA. She is the author of the advice column 'Ask Sarah' and was the 2010 Teacher of the Year, as well as the Teacher Laureate for the Teaching Channel. Connect with her on Twitter at @SarahBWessling.

We are thrilled to introduce the Teacher2Teacher community to a new advice column co-created by Sarah Brown Wessling! Learn more about Sarah and get a sneak peek into the column below.

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.

I 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.

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!

Stay tuned next week on Teacher2Teacher for the debut of Ask Sarah! Have a question centered around teaching that you’d like Sarah to answer in a future column? Ask it in the comments below, or send us a private Facebook message. From new teacher’s queries to seasoned teachers’ concerns, she is excited to receive any questions related to teaching—first up is classroom culture question from a first-year teacher.

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