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Hi Member,
Welcome to December! This time of year is always so charged with anticipation, excitement, and expectations. Let’s face it, there’s more than a little stress as we juggle getting ready for the holidays along with the demands of the classroom.
And, if you’re like me, I’m sure you find it harder to keep students engaged when there are so many distractions and they know winter break is right around the corner.
Of all the strategies I’ve tried to keep students on track in December, the one that is most effective is also the least flashy.  I make sure that we have challenging and meaningful work to accomplish.

There have been times when I thought I could keep them on task by giving them less, but I discovered that fun and frivolous are two different things. So, we go for fun and challenging, purposeful and organized.
Even given a clear and challenging purpose, sometimes you still need a strategy in your back pocket to bring the class back together. Below, you’ll find three quick videos that may come in handy. (Yes, we all have those days!) 
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
Try making simple classroom tasks more fun by adding friendly competition.
When energy levels get low, jump in with some quick physical activities.
If your students are having trouble staying focused—use your “teacher look!”
In this new blog post - "Getting to the Point with Goals & Objectives"Tch Writer Lily Jones shares her insights from a coaching session with a beginning teacher.
This weekend on Teaching Channel Presents: Connecting the Arts to Academics. Take a look at how schools are incorporating the arts into their curriculum. Click here to find out where you can see our Teaching Channel TV show in your area. And, we now offer all our episodes online, one week after they air. Click on an episode number and watch now!
From now until December 31st, Teaching Channel is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card every day to a Tch member who has completed his/her profile. So complete your educator profile today, and you're eligible! See the winners' list.