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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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.

Shifting the Culture of Reading in a School: Project LIT Bronx

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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.


Looking to shift the culture of reading in your school? Try starting a youth-led book club!

Project LIT Bronx is a youth-led community book club in the south Bronx. It was created in September of 2017 and is part of the national Project LIT Community, a growing network of dedicated teachers and students who work together to increase access to diverse books, eliminate book deserts, and spread a love of reading in our schools and communities.

The following video will give you an overview of who we are, what we do, and how we get support from the community to make it all happen. Whether we’re getting book donations through DonorsChoose.org or creating beautiful flyers on Canva.com, it’s all in an effort to increase our students’ love of reading and get them talking about texts in a meaningful way at a #ProjectLITBookClub.

This is the first video in our series. Our next video will focus on what it takes to run a book club and how to do it. 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.

What to Watch 2018: Sarah’s Sizzlin’ Strategies

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The temperature is on the rise, but nothing’s quite as hot as Tch Laureate Sarah Brown Wessling’s strategies for student success. Whether you’re inside and staying cool, or just chillin’ by the pool, watch these Tch videos to build your strategy toolbox this summer.

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Family Fun with the Fathers of Science

My father is my hero, my inspiration, and one of several people I credit for my journey to becoming a science teacher. Whether it was dissecting cow hearts or cleaning a creek, he always taught me to embrace a sense of wonder and to question the natural world.

In this summer season, many of us are away from our classrooms, but Father’s Day is a perfect time to think about the “fathers” of science — in addition to our own. And it can also be an excellent time to plan some lessons with the family that may be applied in the classroom this fall.

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Meg’s dad holding newborn Edison.

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Eliciting Engagement with Earth Day Every Day

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A couple of years ago, the FIRST LEGO League robotics theme was “Trash Trek.” That was the year that I decided to coach not one, but two teams of middle school students… by myself. After thinking long and hard about the challenge topic, the teams came up with two original solutions.

Team 1 joined efforts with a local trash company to recycle lunchroom milk cartons.

Team 2 had read that mealworm larva could eat styrofoam. They decided to grow mealworms, measure their consumption, and develop a plan for landfills. They grew mealworms in my classroom for six months. Did you know those little buggers grow wings? I didn’t.

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As Earth Day is quickly approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about that robotics season and the initiative of those amazing students. They were motivated to make a change. They were obsessed with their efforts and even wrote songs about mealworms to quell the fears of the local elementary students — highlighting that while the worms could eat trash, they wouldn’t actually eat their house.
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Elevating Teacher Practice: Introducing Our Newest Laureate, Meg Richard

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Teaching is a rewarding profession on its own, but we also know the importance of elevating teachers that take initiative. The ones who put themselves out there and respond to the needs of their colleagues. Teachers like Meg Richard, a seventh grade science teacher at California Trail Middle School in Olathe, Kansas.

Meg RichardMeg has been an active content contributor as an NGSS Squadster, offering ideas and strategies which have proven to be of great interest and value for our followers. In response, we’re now re-introducing Meg as a Teaching Channel Laureate so she can share even more of her practice with our Tch audience.

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