It’s almost the end of July, so that means:
- You’re still having fun in the sun and enjoying some well-deserved downtime
- You’ve already begun your preparations for the coming school year
No matter which category you find yourself in, this fun and upbeat collection of resources — all crowdsourced from the Tch Team — is sure to keep your mind sharp and put a spring in your step!
Tch Beach Tunes
Whether you’re still on the beach or heading into school for some face-to-face professional learning (and maybe still dreaming about the beach), nothing livens up the mood more than a hot playlist!
Here’s our playlist from TeamsFest 2017, Teaching Channel‘s annual conference that brings together Tch Teams Partners and other folks interested in learning about new and invigorating ways to design professional learning. Check out All Things 1970s.
If you’re looking for a more current review of summer’s hottest hits, click the song and sing along to The Best of Summer 2017. And for a collection of Tch picks for those classic summer tunes that just never get old, enjoy our list of Summer Classics.
Tch Beach Reads
It can be tough to find the time to sit down and read a good book during the school year — that’s why teachers really love having their own summer reading lists. We asked the Tch Team for their summer “Beach Read” recommendations and here are the top 12 Tch picks:
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
- Fireflies and Honeybees by Chip Fesko
- Harry Potter (Any or All Books!) by J.K. Rowling
- Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom by Amy Burvall and Dan Ryder
- It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching by Tom Rademacher
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
- Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
- The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher, 4th Edition by Harry and Rosemary Wong
- The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski
- Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
- Tinkering Utopia by David Tyack and Larry Cuban
Tch Video Picks
Summer is synonymous with fun! Here’s a small selection of videos that always make us smile. Enjoy!
- Listening Games: Tootie-Ta!: Build listening and gross motor skills through a song with motions.
- Kicking Stress Brings Balance to the Classroom: Take care of your students by taking care of yourself.
- Student Profile: Collaborating to Make Change: Work together on a student-created project for an authentic audience.
- The Stoplight Method: An End-of-Lesson Assessment: Use exit slips to assess learning.
- Experimenting with STEM: The Barbie Bungee Jump: Apply knowledge of the line of best fit when designing bungee jumps for Barbie!
- To the Moon!: Engage in an engineering design challenge of hitting a target with a paper rocket.
Don’t forget you can take the power of professional learning with you wherever you go with our podcast, Tch Talks!
You can stream and download Tch Talks podcasts on iTunes. And the Podcasts app is a great place to find, subscribe to, and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch when you’re “out and about.” Download the Podcasts App so you can always have the latest episode of Tch Talks as well as all your favorite podcasts and radio shows at your fingertips.
Each day that passes is just a little bit shorter, so savor every second of summer that remains… and, whether at work or play, take a little Tch with you wherever you go!
Lisa Hollenbach is Editorial Content Manager for Teaching Channel. She’s a former high school Social Studies teacher and Department Chair, an adjunct professor, working with pre-service social studies teachers and behavioral science students, and serves as a mentor for the Teacher Leadership program at Mt. Holyoke College. Lisa 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. Lisa leads the Collaborative in engagement and social media storytelling. Connect with Lisa on Teaching Channel, on her blog, or on Twitter: @lisa_hollenbach.