It’s the little things that make the biggest difference when it comes to student engagement. That’s what we’ve learned from our three most popular videos of 2013
: when we build a conducive environment, our most motivated learners emerge. In addition, these videos remind us that in environments of standards and evaluation, we want learning to be as fun as ever. Whether it’s a spectrum of color and vocabulary, explicitly teaching students how to participate in discussions, or games that make math interesting, we’re always searching for ways to connect to our students.
And after you watch these great videos, be sure to check out my blog for winter break
. I'm sharing some professional learning ideas and I've tried to personalize the list to account for your time. Whether you have 1 hour, 5 hours, or 10 hours
, these “just in time” ideas are great for long car rides, busy airports, or quiet spaces.
And lastly, mark your calendars! We’re very excited about a special holiday event: the folks who made TEACH, an inspiring documentary on teaching in America, are giving Tch members a free screening from Dec. 27 - 29. We're so glad we can share it with you. Grab some popcorn, head over to Teaching Channel's homepage, and settle in for a heart-warming night at the movies. (Bonus: Get a free TEACH DVD Screening Kit for your school!)