Teachers Share What's Working for Them
As this year comes to a close, I want to share the results of our final Tchers’ Voice Survey of 2012—it yields such inspiration about what you are doing with Tch videos and the impact they are having in your classrooms.
We’ll focus on one key question from our survey, and let your voices be heard among our larger group. You say it so well, there’s not much I can add.
Our survey asked whether the ideas you are seeing on Teaching Channel have positively changed your teaching practices. The response: 94% of you say yes!
We asked for specific examples—and I want to share several with you in hopes they will be useful to you as well.
First, a teacher who is finding success with Listen & Learn with Learning Positions:
“The impact has been incredible. I demonstrated learning positions and gave the reason for doing it. The students were very receptive. This also improves classroom management. I use this everyday! I teach in a rural low-income school where the students aren’t expected to excel. However, I push them to the limit by utilizing these tools to help me motivate my students to reach their full potential of success.”
The next two teachers also called out specific videos that are working well. Read more
As Connecticut Grieves, We All Grieve
Teachers work incredibly hard to create safe and welcoming classrooms. We pay attention to how students interact with each other, implement zero-tolerance policies on bullying, and greet students with smiles as they walk in the door. All in the name of love, all in the name of learning.
And then something as devastating as the Connecticut tragedy happens.
Turning Standards into Manageable Lessons
After we launched our Let’s Chat Core series, Tch member Katherine Hurst posed a great question: “Do you have any ideas on how to have a ‘go-to toolbox’ of objectives for the new standards?” Katherine is asking a crucial question: how is it that we move from these overarching, complex standards to a manageable lesson? Here’s one way to think about it.
One of my favorite movies is Searching for Bobby Fischer, about a young kid who happens to also be a chess prodigy. There’s this great scene in there where one of his teachers tells him not to make a move until he can see the outcome, until he can see 13 steps ahead. This is how it works in the classroom too – we move when we see the end game that informs our next step. But figuring out that next step can be tricky.
Let’s Chat Core
Ongoing Series Answers Your Questions
Zooming out. Zooming in. Implementing something as significant as the Common Core State Standards can’t be achieved by only purchasing a new set of materials or by having someone else translate the language and give it to you.
It’s a much slower, much murkier process than the kind of assembly-line efficiency we’re often used to. Rather, making sense of the Core means wrestling with it – using both the broadest strokes and the finest points.
Let’s Chat Core