Kicking off Teacher Appreciation Week with the Gift of Time

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

We’re kicking off our week of Tchers’ favorite things by gifting you with time. Well, sort of! Since we can’t literally give you more time in your day, or give you a longer prep period (though we wish we could!), we hope to cut back on your planning time by showing you a few easy strategies you can try right away.

Demonstrated by some of our long-time favorites, like Sarah Brown Wessling, to brand-new teachers like Marquis Colquitt, these four new videos will give you fresh tools for your teacher toolkit.

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New Tch-Designed Courses Coming Soon: Meet the Authors

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Summer is just around the corner. Here at Teaching Channel, we know you’ve worked hard all year, so we certainly encourage you to take time to rest and recharge. You definitely deserve a break!

But for many educators, summer is also a time to do some learning. Perhaps you want to try out a new tech tool. Maybe you want to pick up new strategies for classroom management. You may even want to take a professional learning course. Whatever your learning mission, Teaching Channel is here for you with our videos, deep dives, blog posts, and now our brand new, Tch-designed courses.

Why Take a Teaching Channel Course?

Our courses enable you to:

  • Engage with Tch resources through interactive assignments and discussions.
  • Watch and reflect on videos from our best-in-class library.
  • Learn from educators you already know and love, like Sarah Brown Wessling. Our courses are authored by prominent subject-matter experts and thought leaders, all current or former K-12 educators.
  • Connect with other educators taking the course and build a new professional learning network.
  • Earn credit from your choice of regionally accredited colleges and universities.

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We know that educators are busy, so we designed these courses to work for your schedule.

  • You have 15 weeks to complete each self-guided course.
  • You can earn 3 credit-hours (we have for-credit and non-credit versions).
  • Course authors will have twice-monthly live webinars.

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When Can You Start?

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Tch March 2018 Rewind

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In case you missed any of the great ideas we explored this month on Tchers’ Voice, let’s recap our marvelous March lineup, filled with great ideas from passionate educators just like you!


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Improve Your Practice and Earn Credits with New Tch Courses!

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PodcastPodcastTch Talks 26: Creating a Sense of Belongingness with an Academy for Newcomers

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What’s possible for newcomer education? And how can we accelerate language learning, affirm students’ identities, and help them get on track to graduation and post-secondary opportunities, while creating a learning community of high supports and high expectations?

ENLACE, a program for ninth and tenth grade newcomer students at Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is working hard to answer these questions. On this episode of Tch Talks, Allison Balter, founding principal of ENLACE, shares her story of getting ENLACE started two years ago and what she’s learned from this experience so far. She talks about how teachers at ENLACE work towards supporting students’ learning of both content and language simultaneously. Allison also describes how ENLACE helps students feel a sense of belonging when they are physically so far away from their home countries. Listen in to find out more.

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Tch Talks 25: Sarah Kay and Project VOICE

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Can teachers use spoken word poetry as a tool for literacy, empowerment, engagement, education, and community building across content areas?

Poet, performer, and educator Sarah Kay says absolutely, YES! Sarah is a founder and co-director of Project VOICE, an organization that uses spoken word poetry to entertain, educate, and inspire. Through Project VOICE, Sarah is dedicated to promoting empowerment, improving literacy, and encouraging empathy and creative collaboration in classrooms and communities around the world.

On this episode of Tch Talks, Sarah discusses the origin story of Project VOICE, her own introduction to spoken word poetry, and her work as a poet, an educator, and a bestselling author. Whether speaking from her heart or from her head, Sarah believes that spoken word poetry can be an important educational tool that will have a lasting positive impact on your students’ motivation, creativity, self-esteem, agency, and their desire to share their own stories and listen to the stories of others. Listen in to find out more.

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Improve Your Practice and Earn Credits with New Tch Courses!

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Educators are lifelong learners. We’re constantly learning about our students, reading about tips and strategies, gathering teaching resources, and maybe even watching a video to pick up new lesson ideas. Here at Teaching Channel, we aim to make educators’ lives a little easier by providing a place to learn and get better together, anytime, anywhere.

Wouldn’t it be great if all of this learning and improving your practice with Tch could also earn you professional learning credits?

Well, now it can!

We’re happy to announce that we’ll soon be offering online, for-credit courses, just in time for your spring and summer professional learning.

Teaching Channel Courses are designed with busy educators in mind. Taking advantage of the Tch videos you already love to watch, the courses enable you to:

  • Learn at your own pace
  • Apply your learning immediately to your own classroom
  • Get feedback along the way from expert facilitators.

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PodcastPodcastTch Talks 24: Inviting Curiosity and Socratic Questioning Into The Classroom

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What are the questions that your students carry inside of them but rarely ever discuss?

2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples wanted to find out. What started as a small idea or strategy to help students build empathy transformed into nearly 15 years of work helping children — and adults — voice the questions they carry inside them. On this episode of Tch Talks, Shanna talks about why it’s important for both students and teachers to “Think Like Socrates,” to allow students to take ownership of their own learning through authentic questions, and to leverage student questions as learning experiences that develop critical thinking.

For Shanna, curiosity is key, and allowing students to own their learning through creating questions is the most fundamental change a teacher can make in their teaching practice. Listen in to find out more.

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