Thanks to you, Tch is about to reach an amazing milestone: one million members!
At this very website over the years, you’ve watched your colleagues open their doors, share their practice, take risks, and help us all get better. You’ve added your own thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. You’ve praised, promoted, and proselytized, critiqued, cajoled, and, yes, sometimes cried.
And through it all, you did the very challenging and critical work each day of being a teacher and trying, with the help of the Tch community, to improve your craft. For that, all of us at Tch thank you.
To mark this upcoming milestone, and to show our appreciation, we’re launching our Tch One In A Million Giveaway.
We gave away prizes to show our appreciation of you, the Tch community. And here is a list of the winners. Congratulations!
We also encouraged you to reach out and tag a teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week, and you responded.
Here then are some of our favorite #TeacherLove posts that came across our feed. Enjoy!
Welcome to Teaching Channel’s very own Back-To-School Backpack. We’ve filled it with four fresh notebooks on subjects we know are important to think about at the start of the school year. While brand new notebooks with blank pages are exciting, it’s also comforting to have some starter ideas. Each notebook contains carefully selected links to related Teaching Channel content that can support you in the back-to-school journey.
Teaching Channel wants to help teachers as they begin their career in education. In this series, you’ll find the videos, blogs, and other resources that will walk you through the steps you’ll need to take before the first day of school.
We’re excited to tell you about a new series we’re producing in partnership with Achieve and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The new videos will introduce you to the NGSS and cover the three dimensions of the new standards:
- Crosscutting Concepts
- Disciplinary Core Ideas
- Science and Engineering Practices
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Sign up for a reminder by clicking on this link: https://www.remind.com/join/tchscience
*Remind is a free and private service. We will use it to text you when new science content is available on Teaching Channel.
For many of us, September signals the start of colder nights, the routines of school, and (if you’re of a certain age) the Jerry Lewis Telethon. This yearly, weekend-long television event was where we’d watch a parade of stars — John & Yoko, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. — singing and dancing to help others in need.
Tch’s new Share-a-thon series is inspired by those big-deal telethons (after all, what we do as teachers is a big deal!), and we’re going to get better together by crowd sourcing the best and brightest ideas in a type of “smart mob.” In fact, YOU will be the rock stars that shine on Teaching Channel’s stage through your tips, tricks, knowledge, and wisdom. This month, we’re focusing on Managing Mayhem. What are your favorite classroom management resources?
Earlier this year, we launched 52 videos showcasing schools that focus on developing Deeper Learning skills — academic mastery, academic courage, collaboration and communication skills, global competencies, and more. Many of these schools encourage students to do real-world, authentic work in the form of internships, community outreach campaigns, and projects that expose them to careers in environmental science, robotics, fashion design, and music.
Before school ended in June, we reached out to a few graduates to ask what kept them engaged in their education. They told us strong school relationships and real-world experiences changed their lives for the better, gave them a sense of agency, and a curiosity and excitement about what is possible.
Editorqs Note: As many of us were starting to feel back-to-school excitement, a tragic story was unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, by a police officer on August 9th, set off civil unrest that brought in the Missouri National Guard, and soon after, the decision to delay the start of school. As this community, raw and emotional, returns to school this week, Teaching Channel is very grateful to the faculty of Parker Road Elementary in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. They have shared with us how they plan to help their community heal. And keep reading… at the end of this blog, we have some resources to help you address this national tragedy at your school, with your teachers, families, and students.
Photo Credit: Laurie Skrivan/MCT for The Kansas City Star
From Tragedy… to a United Community
Janelle Clasquin — Third Grade Teacher at Parker Road Elementary
A start to a normal school year is filled with stress, anxiety, and definitely excitement — I can never get a good night’s rest the day before school begins. The shooting tore through us all emotionally, and I think it is safe to say that the first days of school at Parker Road Elementary will feel different than any other year.
I will be honest, I am not sure what to expect come Monday morning. Community-building will be essential as we get back to normalcy, both at school and at home. Community is one thing that our school does not lack. Walking through the hallways at Parker Road, you will always find teachers and personnel with smiles on their faces and that sense of belonging. Our school community is strong, caring, and fearless. I believe there is strength in our differences and we are all stronger together.
Don’t let summer pass you by! Try something new with Teaching Channel’s summer offerings.
Grow Your Professional Learning Community (PLC)
Teaching Channel’s First Book Club: This summer we’re reading Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink. Then, participate in our #TchLIVE Twitter discussion on July 31st.
Help a Teacher Out: Check into our Q&A forum where teachers are asking their most pressing questions.