It's tough to learn the nuances of language — variations in meaning can be subtle and hard to visualize. I found inspiration for teaching these distinctions in the local hardware store's paint chip cards. Using paint chips, we can actually see gradients of meaning — they quite literally add color to how we turn words into concepts by learning their forms and their synonyms. Students like them so much, that we use them to practice nuances of thinking or analysis in ways that go beyond learning vocabulary. After you watch, be sure to check out the discussion thread to learn about other ways teachers in our community are using paint chips to add color to their classrooms.
This week, we unveiled a new mission statement and Theory of Professional Learning. Tch’s Erika Nielson Andrew shares some inspiring words about how our 600,000+ teachers are making Tch their intellectual community — and saying yes to getting better together.