Does social-emotional learning really make a difference for at-risk students? In Part Three of our series on Social and Emotional Learning, Daniel McCutchen, a recently graduated student from Austin High School in Austin, Texas, joins Tch Talks to discuss his experiences in an intentional SEL-dedicated course. Daniel is not only a former learner, but also attends national conferences and presents on the topic with his teacher. Learn how SEL helped Daniel adjust to the demands and expectations of high school, to prioritize the most important things in his life, and to develop life skills that he is able to apply in a variety of circumstances.
Students may be the experts when it comes to the world of Minecraft, but teachers are the experts in curriculum design.
Teachers can use what they know best to design engaging, real-world experiences within Minecraft that are aligned with curriculum and standards and focused on a learning goal. Students can use the tools within Minecraft to show evidence of their learning, document their progress, share their achievements, reflect, and learn through hands-on experiences. What’s more, students love Minecraft and are excited to craft!
Dr. Amy Tong joins Tch Talks to discuss how we can create tangible learning outcomes for and with students through Minecraft.
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.
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.
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.
In Part Two of our series on Social & Emotional Learning (SEL), R. Keeth Matheny shares his experience as a high school teacher with a dedicated freshman course for SEL (see Infusing Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom for an advisory angle). How do you get started? What resources are available? And, in an ideal world, what should all students receive as far as SEL curriculum? These are just a few of the questions he answers in this episode.
Creating a classroom that includes social and emotional learning can start tomorrow. Join Minnesota 2013 Teacher of the Year Megan Hall as she shares tips and strategies for getting started.
This is an election year for the ages. The rhetoric is at a fevered pitch, the sides are divided, and the issues muddied by inaccuracies, half-truths, lies, and innuendo. How do we help our students wade through the messages, see the purpose in participating, and become actively engaged with the presidential election? Find out during this lively conversation with high school teachers Janelle Bence of Texas and Chris Sloan of Utah, two teachers who are making the election a focal part of their work this fall.
Josh Parker started as a substitute teacher — and nearly quit. Now, a Maryland State Teacher of the Year, Josh talks with Sarah Brown Wessling about his first year of teaching, part of the launch of our Tch Talks podcast.
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!