What to Watch: Get Lit with Digital Literacy

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The meaning of the term digital literacy has shifted over the years from basic competency to a more nuanced and all-encompassing proficiency that goes far beyond Google and Microsoft Word.

Today, digital literacy calls for students to develop the cognitive and technical skills required to use information and communication technologies:

  • To find information and explain ideas or concepts.
  • To apply information in new contexts.
  • To analyze information and make connections between concepts.
  • To evaluate and question their sources.
  • To draw a strong conclusion and justify a stand or decision.
  • To create a new or original product.
  • To communicate and share information.
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No matter your content, we’ve got a video that will work for you to learn how to help your students level up with digital literacy. Check out these Teaching Channel videos this summer and add your favorites to your plans for the fall!

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Becoming a Connected Educator with Twitter

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Social media is more than posting pictures of your dog or finding new recipes. It’s one of the most powerful ways to refine your craft as an educator. For teachers, social media is a valuable resource for collecting new ideas, activities, and methods to bring into their classrooms.

In this video, Tch Laureate Kristin Gray talks about the impact of social media on her practice as a math specialist.

Social media, Twitter specifically, is a high impact form of professional development. In my time as a connected educator, I’ve gained more from my conversations on Twitter than any professional workshop, conference, or summit. This includes collaborating with teachers and administrators from around the globe, connecting with authors of popular books and subsequently Skyping with them during my classes, participating in Twitter chats, building relationships with nearby teachers and attending conferences together, and more. With today’s ever-changing world, teachers can’t afford to be disconnected from this platform. We owe it to ourselves and our students.

Whether you’re a new teacher and thinking about how you can join in the magic, or an experienced teacher looking for a way to grow your practice, follow these tips to help you get started.

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Tch Tips: 5 Easy Ways to Stay Connected Over the Summer

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Summer is here, so you’ve probably been off from school for at least a few weeks. Your brain may have finally shut off its “teacher mode” and that can be a great feeling. But believe it or not, some educators may already be wishing for the return of the connections and conversations teacher mode brings.

When I first started teaching and didn’t have kids of my own to deal with over summer break, I actually got a little lonely sometimes. I even opted to teach summer school (regretting that decision later!) because I missed my students and colleagues.

If you’re one of those educators missing that connection, here are a few ways you can stay in touch with colleagues without necessarily joining the summer school crew.

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What to Watch: Ready, Set, Get Organized!

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Does outstanding teacher organization make your heart skip a beat? Whether your teacher life is Instagram ready… or you’ve been searching for the secret to classroom zen since day one, these videos will help you create a more organized, peaceful, and supportive learning environment for the upcoming school year.

Create a Flow

A perfectly productive day in the classroom is a lot like a dance between you and your students. If you’d choreograph an upcoming dance number, why not choreograph your classroom this summer? Watch these videos to learn how you can create a flow, manage transitions, and create morning and end-of-day routines.

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What to Watch: Top-Notch Lessons from Tch Laureates

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Teaching Channel Laureates make visible their own problems of practice. They invite you to help them analyze their work, make refinements, and test out improvements with the ultimate goal of supporting all students to achieve at the highest levels possible. If you’re looking for a few top-notch lessons or strategies to take into the next school year, be sure to add these videos to your summer watching queue.

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Surviving the Search: Strategies for Success in the Job Hunt

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It’s important to be clear up front: there’s no magic wand, no fool-proof plan, no “if you just do this” to getting a job. The entire process has too many variables. From the personal preference of the person making the hire, to the policies and procedures of the district’s HR department, it would be almost impossible to distill down the exact moves to make or things to say to guarantee success. However, over the last six years as department chair, I’ve personally made nine hires and been part of the interview teams that have hired 12 different administrators, including a superintendent. During that time, I’ve learned a few things that might help you in your search for the perfect teaching job.

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Real Ways School Leaders Can Build Morale and Reduce Stress in Schools

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Face it — schools can be stressful places to work, and that perpetual stress can take a serious toll on the faculty and staff. It’s normal to see slumps in staff morale and spikes in teacher stress throughout the year. During busy times, between vacations, at the end of the year, or during periods of change, school staff morale can fluctuate. But strong school leaders can learn to recognize the signs, kick into gear, and give everyone a boost.

Here are some great ways to combat the high-stress peaks and low-morale doldrums.

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Tch June 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 jazzy June lineup, filled with great ideas from passionate educators just like you!

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Eight New Videos


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Tch Talks Podcasts




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Tch Tips, Methods, and Strategies


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Ten Steps to Starting a Community Book Club

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Editor’s Note: In this Tch DIY video series, Tch Laureate Geneviève DeBose Akinnagbe shares the process of creating and sustaining a youth-led community book club at the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists (BSSWA) in New York City. The videos in this series are created with the support of Geneviève’s students.

The first video in this series introduced Project LIT Bronx.

Now that you know what Project LIT Bronx is, we’d love to share what it takes to organize a community book club. Before you even start the process, make sure that you sign up to be an official Project LIT Community chapter so you can tap into all of the resources and support in this community of more than 300 chapters!

At first, it may feel overwhelming to get your book club going. We share ten easy steps you and your students can take to make it all happen. This video also highlights resources to help you get started, like book club agendas and discussion guides. We hope these resources and ideas get you and your students ready for your first book club meeting.

If you have questions or comments about Project LIT Bronx, please share them in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

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Geneviève Debose Akinnagbe is an educator, artist, and activist who has taught middle school for over a decade. She is a proud National Board Certified Teacher and U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow. Geneviève strongly believes that education is a tool for social justice and empowerment, and that learning experiences for children should be culturally relevant, student-centered, and interactive. She started her teaching career as a 1999 Teach for America corps member and currently serves as a commissioner on the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. Geneviève is a seventh grade English Language Arts teacher at Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists in New York City. Connect with Geneviève on Twitter: @GenevieveDeBose.

I Want to Get Better at… Teaching ELLs

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No matter where you teach, you probably have English Language Learners (ELLs) in your school community. While it’s true that all learners are language learners, teaching ELLs may feel more challenging, especially if you’re new to teaching. Luckily, there are strategies and tips you can learn to help improve your teaching practice.

Want to get better at working with your ELLs? Check out these Teaching Channel resources for your summer learning.
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