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September 17, 2016
This Week: Five Ways To Start Your Class | Boeing Webinar | NGSS
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Whether you’re mixing it up or just curious about what other teachers do, check out these five videos to see five different ways teachers start their lessons.
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Tom Jenkins reports on the success of August's Engineering and Design Process webinar and invites you to this month's discussion on Using Basic Classroom Materials to Inspire the Next Century of Innovators.
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The NGSS have transformed science from a series of topics to ways of thinking and problem solving that are better aligned with the demands of today’s world. Jump into your transition with Teaching Channel’s NGSS Deep Dive.
Notes from the Tch Laureates

When we think of teaching, we typically think about the emotional appeals, life-changing messages, and creative lessons. Teaching is indeed an art — but it’s also a science. Our profession is filled with words that a scientist would love: pedagogy, epistemology, and schema, just to name a few. In addition to the terminology, the approach to teaching has a scientific process embedded within. Every day that students walk through the door, the questions we ask ourselves are always the ones that will shape our day: Will this lesson go well? Will students be motivated to learn? Will something special happen today?

Your research begins when the students show up and file into your classroom. Their body language and conversations give you some early possible evidence to your questions. Then comes your hypothesis. You anticipate where the innovation will happen as you begin your lesson. You experiment with different ways to assess student learning and you begin to get back real-time data that you can analyze and react to. As students leave, hopefully to do homework, you draw your conclusions from the day and get ready to begin again. You might even have an opportunity to report your results at Back-To-School Night.

Teaching is a science. Every day we design an experiment in our classrooms and work for significant results.

Joshua ParkerSean McComb

Teaching Channel Laureate

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How can you use modeling to elicit information about student understanding? Watch this NGSS classroom to see how.

Tchers’ Voice
Img LeftBack-To-School Night is an exciting time to connect with families and share your expectations. It can also be a nerve-wracking time for teachers. Take a look at these four tips to help you design a better Back-To-School experience.
Img LeftTch Laureate Geneviève DeBose is excited to return to the classroom this year, and is "looking forward to a year full of beauty, deep breaths, and breakthroughs."
Q&A: Answer These Questions
Q: Where do I begin when making the change to NGSS?
Q: Where can I find quality resources for lab safety in the science classroom?
Q: What are some strategies to help me integrate science and literacy in my pre-kindergarten lessons?
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An EdWeek Webinar with Tch and BoeingSeptember 28, 2016
11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT
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