Welcome to The New Year!
A time to celebrate, reflect, and set goals. As teachers, we naturally set goals for ourselves in January. Even though it’s a midpoint in the school year, for some reason January feels like a fresh start. But what about our students? Do they use January as a time to reflect, reboot, and set goals for themselves? While hopefully reflection and goal setting are a natural part of your class culture (and if not, check out our Growth Mindset Deep Dive for ideas), January is a great time to ask students to reflect and set some larger learning goals to work toward over the rest of the school year. Here are four ways you can help:
This year Teaching Channel released some really amazing videos that were quite popular. Your clicks told us you loved learning about Number Talks, especially with ELL students. Your likes made videos such as Reading Workshop in Kindergarten and Assessing with Twitter-Style Exit Slips feel loved. But there are a few videos that we at Tch think are great that seem to have missed your “must watch” lists. Well, it’s time to give those videos the love they deserve.
Check out these eight that are great from 2016.
Most of us realize the importance of a warm-up to get our bodies and minds ready, whether we’re talking about exercising, singing, or learning. But what about the cool down? How you close a lesson is just as important as how you open it. Yet all too often, we run out of time. Or, we look at the clock, see our students are still working hard, and think to ourselves, why interrupt their flow? But there are proven benefits to taking even just one minute to wrap up a lesson.
In those last moments, you and your students have a chance to check for understanding, reflect on what you’ve learned, tie up loose ends, or make sure everyone is ready for the next part of the day. You could even just take a moment to breathe! If you’re looking for new ideas on how to wrap up your next lesson, here are five things you can try.
Attention getters, do nows, morning meetings, hugs, and high fives. These are often the ways teachers start their days. By now, you probably have your routines in place for how you start your day or class period. But sometimes it’s good to mix it up. Or maybe you’re looking for an exciting entrance to a specific lesson plan. Just like writers, teachers often need a hook!
Whether you’re mixing it up or just curious about what other teachers do, check out these five videos to see five different ways teachers start their lessons.
This summer, we invited the Tch community to participate in our first Tch Video Lounge learning challenge.
We encouraged you to fully complete four interactive videos in the Lounge so you could learn from each other, get a certificate, and be entered into the Tch Jammie Giveaway.
Summer. A time to breathe a little more deeply. A time to let your shoulders relax. A time to wear your jammies til noon! And often, a time to do some professional learning. Why not wear your jammies and do a little learning at the same time? This summer you can do just that in Tch Video Lounge.
This year, Teaching Channel opened the doors to Tch Video Lounge, a place where you can watch, learn, and talk about Teaching Channel content together with colleagues from around the world. These lounge videos are layered with prompts to focus your thinking so that you not only learn from watching the video, you also learn by sharing your noticings, reflections, and wonders with other educators. And best of all, you can jump into the conversation at any time, from anywhere.
Our next installment of Tch Video Lounge is here, and we certainly have fun topics to talk about: middle school students and reading! 4th graders and fractions! Come on into the lounge where you’ll be able to watch, discuss, and learn with other educators. It’s a fun and easy way to deepen your viewing experience at Teaching Channel.
Last month, we opened the doors to Tch Video Lounge and hundreds joined us to watch, learn, and even talk about two featured Teaching Channel interactive videos.
What We’re Discussing this Month
Lucky for you, the fun continues! This month we have two new videos to chat about:
We’re lucky to live in a time when we can access amazing content anytime, anywhere.
With the click of a button, you can binge watch episodes of your favorite show or even Teaching Channel videos all night long. But with so many options available at any hour of the day, rarely are any of us are watching the same thing at the same time, which means we probably aren’t talking with each other about what we’re seeing. I personally have been waiting a long time for my friends to watch The Wire so that I can discuss it with them, but they’re too busy watching Scandal, which I’ve never seen! And the same can hold true for Teaching Channel videos. Your colleague may be watching and adapting our ever popular My Favorite No, while you’ve been watching and trying out strategies from a growth mindset video.
While all of this watching is great, we’re missing out on the now old-fashioned water cooler talks when colleagues shared connections, ideas, and questions around content, whether it be video or what just happened in the classroom. Here at Teaching Channel, we’re bringing back the water cooler!
Welcome to Tch Video Lounge, a place where you can watch, learn, and talk about Teaching Channel content together.
It’s the last days of school before teachers and students are off to much deserved breaks. As my colleague Lily Jones posted last week, winter break is a great time to recharge professionally. However, don’t forget that winter break is also a time to recharge personally.
Educators spend so much time meeting the needs of others that we often forget about ourselves. This winter break, take the time to do personal development as well as professional, so that you’re refreshed and rejuvenated for 2016.
To help you out, we asked our Tch Laureates how they plan to relax over the break, and they shared fantastic ideas. Tom Jenkins is going to enjoy favorite sports by playing basketball, attending his son’s wrestling matches, and taking his son to a college football game. Josh Parker plans on embracing the holidays staycation style by creating a regional smorgasboard of his favorites: pizza, Cheerwine, and fried shrimp!
We also asked our laureates for suggestions and tips for what you, the Tch community, might do to recharge. Take a look at the list below for ideas on how you can relax over the break.