Tchers’ Voice: Top Blog Posts of 2017

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Each year, Teaching Channel has the pleasure of publishing great ideas, thoughtful reflections, and helpful advice from our community of educators in our Tchers’ Voice blog. This year was no exception! We published posts from writers across the country, covering topics from classroom management to the solar eclipse. In case you missed any of these amazing posts, here’s a wrap up of our top reads.

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How Will You Celebrate American Education Week?

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American Education Week (November 13-17), first celebrated in 1921, is an opportunity to celebrate public education, to inform the community of the accomplishments and needs of public schools, to secure cooperation and support from the public, and to honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.

How will you kick off American Education Week?

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PodcastPodcastTch Talks 9: #LoveTeaching

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What do you love about teaching? And how can you let the world know? Join Gary Abud, co-founder of #LoveTeaching, as he discusses why he helped start this annual outpouring of positivity.

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PodcastPodcastTch Talks 8: Sarah & Friends with Sara Kadjer

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Sara Kadjer, professor of English Education at the University of Georgia, discusses her distinguished career, from middle school teacher to higher ed faculty. A pioneer in digital literacies and new media education, Sara talks about the greater complexities of the world today and the important role teachers play in helping young people navigate those complexities. Through it all, Sara is inspired by the joy of working with children and witnessing their learning. “Real innovation is not in response to anyone’s edict.”@skadjer

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Beat December Overwhelm with the #TchItReal Photo Challenge

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You’re in the homestretch towards winter break. You’ve almost made it. But, let’s face it, this stretch isn’t often pretty. If you’re like many teachers, your classroom is a mess, your desk is full of papers to grade, and the bags under your eyes aren’t going to go away until well after Christmas.

Teaching can be both incredibly exhausting and incredibly rewarding. At Teaching Channel, we’re here to support you in both your triumphs and challenges. Though we want to celebrate all that you’ve accomplished this year, we also want to keep it real. So this holiday season, we’re celebrating the craziness and exhaustion that can come with teaching in December.

While the messy stacks of “overwhelm” don’t look pretty, they’re a sign of your dedication. Even when teaching isn’t perfect and classrooms aren’t always Pinterest worthy, you keep going. And that’s a reason to celebrate! We’re all hobbling towards the winter break finish line, so let’s do it together.

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PodcastPodcastTch Talks 5: Sarah and Friends with Shawn Sheehan

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In this Tch Talk Series “Sarah and Friends,” Tch Laureate Sarah Brown Wessling catches up with Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year Shawn Sheehan to hear his advice to his first-year teacher self.

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PodcastPodcastTch Talks 3: Sarah & Friends with Leah Alcala

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Leah Alcala, well known to the Teaching Channel community from her popular videos such as My Favorite No and Highlighting Mistakes: A Grading Strategy, talks with Sarah Brown Wessling about her teaching journey. Now a Math teacher at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California, Leah recounts what she’s learned over the years about the craft of teaching.


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Journey of a PAEMST Award Winner: An Interview with Kristin Gray

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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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#TeacherLove: The Future’s So Bright, Better Get Your Shades

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Even a casual read of the national narrative on public education today reveals a very clear theme. The narrative is largely negative. It is often politicized. Salaries are negligible and, in some cases, respect for educators is even worse. It’s no wonder headlines pose questions such as, “Where Have All The Teachers Gone?” and “Is This The Canary In The Coal Mine?”

A great number of teachers are leaving the profession within their first five years. Ever-expanding expectations packaged as professional responsibilities — where there is little respect for teacher professionalism — have become so complex and demanding that increasing numbers of master teachers are burning out and checking out, well before they’re due for retirement. Our students are paying attention to how their teachers are treated. They’re paying attention to the conversation and the steadily declining enrollment in teacher preparatory programs is a clear indication that this is a conversation of which they want no part. These trends are reaching crisis points across the nation in the form of both teacher shortages and substitute shortages.

You might be thinking, “Why all the gloom and doom during Teacher Appreciation Week?” I hear you. But that’s not what this post is about.

This post is about why I see a glimmer of hope for a bright and brilliant future… in spite of all of this noise.

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#TeacherLove: Love Looks Like Time, Tenderness, and “Toddler Fridays”

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I met her in 2000 as I was bringing my oldest daughter, then three years DeeDee Farmer old, for her pre-kindergarten screening. She was amazing. She had a way of connecting with young children that was completely non threatening and on their level; yet they understood that she was in charge. My daughter used to say, in her three-year-old voice, “She is not a lady; she is a little girl.” She insists that you call her DeeDee, but her name is Dr. Deneita Jo Farmer.

DeeDee is the coordinator of the Pre-Kindergarten Partnership Program for Oak Park School District 97, and has been for many years. The program she leads is designed for students who are at-risk, and my daughter qualified due to a speech delay that she has long since overcome. DeeDee assured me that I was doing all the right things and that my daughter wouldn’t suffer any ill effects as a result of her diminished hearing during her early years.

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