Five Days of Teacher Love: Teachers Make a Difference!

Teacher Appreciation Week 2017

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a
difference in our lives.”

— John F. Kennedy

It’s The Little Things

A thank-you note or a kind word — even a simple smile goes a long way for a teacher. We often underestimate the influence of the little things or think what we have to offer is so insignificant — what’s the point?

But I know teachers who cherish notes from students scribbled on scrap paper and well up with tears when one of their “kids” says thanks. It’s just as powerful when this kind of everyday recognition comes from parents, colleagues, or administrators.

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10 Tips for Finding and Crafting Your Authentic Story

National Blogging Collaborate

Teachers are storytellers.

And like any storyteller, it’s our ultimate goal to reach our students through our instruction. If we’re lucky, we’ll inspire curiosity and a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

Teacher leaders take their storytelling to the next level by sharing their practice, insights, expertise, questions, challenges, triumphs, and more with a larger audience of colleagues, families, communities, and policymakers within the education ecosystem and in society at large. The goal is to resonate here, too — to connect, impact, influence, inspire — in the hope that they will be able to play a small part in transforming climate, culture, and teaching and learning opportunities in schools. But in order to affect this kind of change, teacher leaders must not only tell stories, they must tell effective stories.

Every teacher has a story to tell; but finding and crafting a compelling, authentic story is a skill that requires attention, effort, and a few great strategies. So, let’s dig in and begin the process of uncovering your stories.

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Calling All Bloggers: Submit Your New Teacher Blog Idea!

Share your voice. Blog with Tch.

What if I told you there’s a new teacher out there struggling who needs you — would you share your story?

I remember my first year like it was yesterday. I accepted an interview for a permanent position on September 30th. I thought this was strange timing, given the new school year had just begun; however, to me, it was also serendipitous.

There was no question in my mind that I would take the chance to sit for an interview and teach a lesson to what would become my first class of students.

I was so excited to learn I would have a real job, I hardly took the time to wonder why several teachers left this position in the short month since the school opened its doors, or what it meant when a series of administrators and faculty characterized the group of sweet, cooperative adolescents I met as “challenging.” In fact, it didn’t even phase me that, after announcing what my new salary would be, my then-superintendent asked, “So, do you still want the job?”

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[ARCHIVE] #TchLIVE: The Art of Engineering Practices and Creative Design

TchLive on twitter

Thank you to everyone who joined us as we discussed The Art of Engineering Practices and Creative Design in the K-12 Learning Space.

We discovered a lot of overlap between STEM, the arts, and design. In fact, engineers often use design to think outside the box, accomplish a task, or solve a problem.

Continue to think about ways STEM and the arts are complimentary and seek opportunities to collaborate with colleagues who can bring a different perspective to the conversation.

Don’t forget to check out our Storify below, because it’s jam packed with resources and ideas you can use in your classroom right now. 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!

#TchLIVE Reminder

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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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