It’s been another amazing year at Teaching Channel!
As 2016 comes to a close, we’d like to take a little time to reflect on the work we’ve done together.
As you know, growth is at the core of Teaching Channel’s mission. We believe in not only teacher professional growth and student growth, but also growth in what we do behind the scenes, so we can continue to help build this vibrant and engaging teacher community. This year the Tch team set out to innovate and reimagine the kinds of resources you can find at Teaching Channel.
In 2016, Teaching Channel introduced two different podcasts, Tch Talks and #anewkindofPD; Tch Tips Strategies via our Tchers’ Voice blog and Facebook Live; and Teaching Channel’s Deep Dives, our expertly curated collections of content.
We discovered Mindset Math with Jo Boaler and explored Effective Conversation in the Classroom with Kenji Hakuta. We hosted a Hacking Education book study, welcomed the Tch Next Gen Science Squad, continued “Getting Better Together” with our Tch Laureates, and engaged with you in many creative ways through Facebook and Twitter.
We brought you more of the videos you love!
The 2016 lineup included strategies for Engaging ELLs in Academic Conversations, as well as strategies for Connecting Math to Real-World Tasks, Modeling with Mathematics, and Scientific Modeling in the Early Grades. We asked, “Can You See What Your Students Are Thinking?” and welcomed the presidential election season with Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age.
What a year!
What Did YOU Love?
In 2016 you watched a ton of videos designed for new teachers. Your three favorites were:
- New Teacher Survival Guide: Classroom Management
- New Teacher Survival Guide: Planning
- New Teacher Survival Guide: Differentiating Instruction
If you’re still hungry for new teacher tips, be sure to visit Teaching Channel’s New Teacher Survival Guide Deep Dive to see these videos and much more.
In 2016, you spent a lot of time watching videos to learn how to foster a growth mindset in your students. These five videos top the list in the growth mindset category:
- My Favorite No: Learning From Mistakes
- Highlighting Mistakes: A Grading Strategy
- Praising the Process
- Encouraging Students to Persist Through Challenges
- Engaging in Productive Struggle: Number Talks
Growth mindset is something we can always continue to build on. Stop by Teaching Channel’s Growth Mindset Deep Dive for more great resources to use with students or to strengthen your own growth mindset muscle. Teachers and instructional coaches can also find some gems for professional growth in Teaching Channel’s Coaching Deep Dive. Check it out!
This year, you were focused on positive classroom culture and respectful participation. You enjoyed these videos the most:
- Setting the Tone from Day One
- Improving Participation with Talk Moves
- Ready to Learn: Creating a Positive Classroom Culture
- Choreograph Your Classroom
If classroom culture is your favorite teacher topic, be sure to stop by Teaching Channel’s Class Culture Deep Dive to explore a bit more.
We LOVE Sarah Brown Wessling… and so do you! Your views told us these were Sarah’s top five videos in 2016:
- The Stand-Up Game: A Classroom Strategy
- Conver-Stations: A Discussion Strategy
- Vocabulary Paint Chips
- Strategies for Student-Centered Discussion
- Stoplight Method: End-of-Lesson Assessment
Videos highlighting ELA and math strategies are always a hit at Teaching Channel. These are the strategies you loved this year:
- Socratic Seminars: Patience and Practice
- Getting Ready to Write: Citing Textual Evidence
- Ms. Bannon: Full Lesson on Finding the Main Idea
- Kick Me: Making Vocabulary Interactive
- Interacting with Complex Texts: Scaffolding Reading
- Reading Workshop in Kindergarten
- Reasoning about Division
- Making Math Fun with Place Value Games
- Beyond Fingers: Place Value & the Numbers 11- 20
- Classroom Management During Centers
Believe it or not, a lot of great videos didn’t make your 2016 most-watched list. Check out Gretchen Vierstra’s list of eight great videos to find out what you may have missed.
And thank you for sharing another year with Teaching Channel. We’re looking forward to our next trip around the sun — and, as always, getting better together!
Lisa Hollenbach is Editorial Content Manager for Teaching Channel. She’s a former high school Social Studies teacher and Department Chair, who has experience planning and implementing professional development with educational technology integration and innovation, and teaching and learning with the Literacy Design Collaborative framework. Lisa is also an adjunct professor, working closely with pre-service social studies teachers and behavioral science students at Lebanon Valley College and Pennsylvania State University. She is passionate about storytelling, teacher voice and leadership, collaboration, innovative instruction, social learning, and redefining professional development. Lisa is a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council, several ECET2 Steering Committees, and is a Co-Founder, Director, and Writing Coach for the National Blogging Collaborative, a non-profit organization that cultivates and supports the capacity of all educators to use their unique voice to elevate the craft of teaching and learning. Connect with Lisa on Teaching Channel or on Twitter: @lisa_hollenbach.