PodcastPodcastCreativity and Learning with Minecraft

Minecraft Education Edition

Minecraft Global Mentor Jessica Pilsner joins Tch Talks to discuss how we can help students express themselves and their original ideas through Minecraft. Listen as Jessica explains how she unleashes her students’ creativity as they build and solve problems together within the world of Minecraft.

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PodcastPodcastCollaborative Learning with Minecraft

Minecraft Education Edition

Has Minecraft cracked the code to highly effective, spontaneous collaboration? Minecraft naturally fosters a community of learners, where students learn about what it takes to work in a team and collaborate in an authentic and meaningful way. Minecraft Global Mentor Josh McLaughlin joins Tch Talks to discuss how we can facilitate meaning, collaboration, and opportunity in the classroom by having students build and solve problems together with Minecraft.

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Don’t Miss Your Chance To Win!

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.

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Your Back-To-School Backpack

2015 Back-To-School Backpack

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.

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Coming Soon: New Video Series on NGSS


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.

Join Our Share-a-thon: How Do You Manage the Mayhem?

Managing Mayhem in the classroom

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?

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4 Big Ideas for Engaging Students (Deeper Learning)

Deeper Learning

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.

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