Tch Year in Review: 16 Most Read Blog Posts of 2016

2016 Year In Review

As we look back on 2016, we’d like to take a minute to turn an eye to our Tchers’ Voice blog.

In 2016, our community published 545 blog posts!

We think that’s an amazing accomplishment because we know our community of educators gives two of their most precious resources — their time and expertise — to make Tchers’ Voice a home for innovative, passionate ideas and a place where we can all get better together.

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Tch Year in Review: Most Watched Videos of 2016

2016 Year in Review

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.

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What Do Teachers Really Do During The Holiday Break?

The excitement of the holiday season is in the air and winter break is just around the corner. Amid all the hustle and bustle, a few days can seem like an eternity. Distractions come easily; that is, if you’ve managed to find focus in your classroom at all. Desks are messy, school bags are bulging, and everyone is counting the days — maybe the hours — until the final school bell rings to signal sweet, sweet freedom.

Imagine how the students must feel!

We know you’ve been working hard for the past few months to create the best possible learning experiences for your students. You’ve earned this brief time away and we’ve been wondering how you plan to spend it. In true Tch fashion, we asked our outstanding community of educators to find out.

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[ARCHIVE] #TchLIVE: Deep Dives

Thank you to everyone who joined us as we discussed Teaching Channel’s new Deep Dives.

Did you have time to explore these new collections of great resources, curated by experts, on a wide range of topics important to teachers? If not, dive back in, explore, and interact with the Teacher Leader in each space. And come back often because new resources will be added as the collections are updated.

If you have questions, reach out. And remember to follow the Tchers you connected with in the chat so we can continue the conversation and get better together!

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Journey of a PAEMST Award Winner: An Interview with Kristin Gray

Presidential Awards Seal

On August 22, 2016, President Barack Obama named a cohort of 213 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the celebrated Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Teaching Channel is excited to announce that Laureate Kristin Gray is among the honorees. Kristin will travel to Washington D.C. to join this group of the nation’s top math and science teachers to be recognized. They will celebrate, network, and engage in outstanding STEM-based professional development.

We caught up with Kristin for a quick chat to find out more about the award.

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“Welcome Back Classroom Hack” Challenge

There’s just something about teachers — I don’t know if it’s nature, nurture, or some combination of the two, but teachers are clever. If you need a problem solved in a way that is practical, economical, innovative, and immediate, your best bet is to find a teacher and present your problem as a challenge.

Welcome Back Classroom Hack Challenge

Teachers also know the value of iteration. They understand that we learn from our first attempts that fail, and they’re cool with it. Add to this mix a willingness to learn from the iterations of others and a strong bias against reinventing the wheel, and you can see why teachers are among the most resourceful, ingenious, and inspired individuals. Teachers are hackers, no doubt!

Though we may be problem solvers at heart, the classroom is unpredictable and perfection is a pipe dream. We march forward with good intent, but there always seems to be that one thing that didn’t work out quite like we planned. The more complex the puzzle, the harder we work to devise a solution.
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[ARCHIVE] #TchLIVE: Hacking Education

Thank you to everyone who joined us as we discussed hacking education.

Did you solve that problem that’s been standing between you and “Classroom Zen” this summer? If not, it’s time to choose a hack you discovered in the chat, or dream up an original hack, and get to work!

Continue to think about ways to solve problems and put your hack to the test this year. If you have questions, reach out. And remember to follow the Tchers you connected with in the chat so we can continue the conversation and get better together!

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A Tcher’s Take On Teacher Leadership

What Does It Mean To Be A Teacher Leader?

Teacher Leadership. The definition seems elusive.

Two deceptively simple words, when strung together, are more complex than the Google search algorithm.

The reality is teacher leadership takes many shapes. Teacher leadership can be formalized with a title, but it can also emerge informally as that one teacher who is your go-to person — every time. Some teachers are leaders in the classroom, always on the cutting edge with new pedagogy and technology. Some extend their influence into the extracurricular and co-curricular spheres as coaches and advisors to students honing their talents and pursuing their passions. There are teachers who emerge as leaders in their school buildings as team leaders, department chairs, instructional coaches, and the like. They sit on committees and give input as a part of shared leadership teams. And sometimes their influence will reach throughout their entire district as they plan, implement, and deliver professional development that helps move the entire school community toward it’s goals and vision. But it doesn’t end there.

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[Archive] #TchLIVE: Tech Tools For Teachers

What A Great Chat!

Thank you to everyone who joined us as we discussed technology tools for teachers.

Choose a tool you discovered in the chat and use your downtime to learn and explore over the next few months. If you have questions, reach out. And remember to follow the Tchers you connected with in the chat so we can continue the conversation and get better together!

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