What to Watch: Top-Notch Lessons from Tch Laureates

what to watch this summer

Teaching Channel Laureates make visible their own problems of practice. They invite you to help them analyze their work, make refinements, and test out improvements with the ultimate goal of supporting all students to achieve at the highest levels possible. If you’re looking for a few top-notch lessons or strategies to take into the next school year, be sure to add these videos to your summer watching queue.

Geneviève Debose Akinnagbe: Differentiation in ELA

Geneviève is an ELA teacher, but she is also passionate about equity in the classroom and scholar activism. It’s no surprise that part of Geneviève’s work is also focused on meeting the needs of diverse learners. If differentiation is something you’re working on this summer, watch these videos to find out how you can use learning stations and bookmarks to help all of your learners succeed.

Geneviève Debose Akinnagbe working with two female students at a table.

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Marion Ivey: Growth Mindset

Marion‘s focus is, at its core, growth mindset. What’s really interesting about Marion’s work is that she makes the abstract concepts of growth mindset tangible and meaningful for young learners through peer feedback protocols and success criteria. If you’d like to work on helping your students embrace a growth mindset next year, add these videos to your must-see video playlist.

Marion Ivey working with young students at a table

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Sean McComb: Personalized Learning & Feedback

Sean believes that students make a choice each day about whether or not they’ll opt in and engage with the learning happening in the classroom. He also believes that the choices teachers make about their practice has tremendous influence over what that choice will be. For this reason, Sean’s focus is on making learning more personalized for all of the students in his classroom, and part of that customization is making his feedback meaningful. If you’re looking for ways to make learning more relevant and personalized for your students, Sean has great strategies to share with you.

Sean McComb working with students in a workshop

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Maria Perryman

In Maria‘s videos, you’ll see a master teacher taking a leap into some new and innovative practices like blogging and Twitter-style exit slips to engage her students. One thing that’s really great about Maria’s work is her willingness to be vulnerable and reach out to her colleagues when she needs advice. If you’re planning on trying something new next year, follow along as Maria leans into the discomfort and rises to the challenge.

Maria Perryman working with a student on a blog post

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Kristin Gray: Collaboration

Kristin may be known for her work in mathematics — specifically math routines — but she also works hard to create a culture of public, collaborative learning with teachers through learning labs and teacher time-outs. Check out Kristin’s videos to learn ways that you can help build a collaborative culture in your school next year.

Kristin Gray sitting with fellow teachers among students and participating in a learning lab

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Josh Parker: Coaching

Josh is an instructional coach who hopes to transform practice through coaching. He works hard to build strong professional relationships, to coach for equity, and to make sure coaching cycles are teacher-centered. Whether you’re a coach looking to improve your practice or a teacher working with an instructional coach next year, you can gain much insight by walking through a coaching cycle with Josh in these videos.

Josh Parker in a coaching cycle with a new teacher

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Sarah Brown Wessling: Making Learning Visible

Sarah is always thinking about how she — and by extension how we — can get better by making learning visible. In our social media world, we often see only curated and filtered pieces of a teacher’s practice. However, in one of her most popular videos, Sarah shows what happens when a lesson goes wrong and what you can do to get it back on track. And if you ever wondered what Sarah was thinking when she planned the lessons in some of her most watched Tch videos, you don’t want to miss our Tchers’ Cut series!

Sarah Brown Wessling working with a female student in the classroom

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Tom Jenkins: Engineering & Design

Tom is both a Tch Laureate and an integral member of the Tch Next Gen Science Squad. Although Tom is involved with many important initiatives, his primary focus is bringing the engineering and design process into the classroom with creative lessons like To the Moon! If you’re interested in learning more about how people think, work, and develop lasting skill sets, be sure to watch Tom challenge his middle school students to think like scientists. And if you need some guidance on building testing mechanisms, don’t miss Tom’s Tch DYI series!

Tom Jenkins works with a female middle school student to launch a rocket as a part of an engineering and design unit

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Joshua Kwon: Technology & Computer Science

Josh is interested in finding innovative ways to teach math that will also engage diverse learners. Watch Josh’s videos to find out how you can integrate computer science into your math curriculum or how you can use technology in the classroom to engage and assess your students.

Josh Kwon works with two male students on computers on a coding project in his math classroom

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Crystal Morey: Differentiation in Math

Crystal is a math teacher first, but she never stops thinking about how she can differentiate and tailor instruction to meet the needs of every student in her classroom. Even more, Crystal is a life-long learner and always looking for ways that the successes and challenges of her students can inform her practice. Watch these videos to learn more about how she does it.

Crystal Morey speaking to a group of students

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Let us know which lessons and strategies you plan to try out next year. We’d love to hear from you.

Lisa Hollenbach is Editorial Content Manager for Teaching Channel. Lisa taught high school Social Studies for 15 years in Pennsylvania. A teacher leader during her 17+ years in education, she has served as Department Chair, new-teacher mentor, cooperating teacher, adjunct professor, and NEA-affiliated teachers’ association leader. Lisa served as a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council, on 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.

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