New Tch-Designed Courses Coming Soon: Meet the Authors

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Summer is just around the corner. Here at Teaching Channel, we know you’ve worked hard all year, so we certainly encourage you to take time to rest and recharge. You definitely deserve a break!

But for many educators, summer is also a time to do some learning. Perhaps you want to try out a new tech tool. Maybe you want to pick up new strategies for classroom management. You may even want to take a professional learning course. Whatever your learning mission, Teaching Channel is here for you with our videos, deep dives, blog posts, and now our brand new, Tch-designed courses.

Why Take a Teaching Channel Course?

Our courses enable you to:

  • Engage with Tch resources through interactive assignments and discussions.
  • Watch and reflect on videos from our best-in-class library.
  • Learn from educators you already know and love, like Sarah Brown Wessling. Our courses are authored by prominent subject-matter experts and thought leaders, all current or former K-12 educators.
  • Connect with other educators taking the course and build a new professional learning network.
  • Earn credit from your choice of regionally accredited colleges and universities.

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We know that educators are busy, so we designed these courses to work for your schedule.

  • You have 15 weeks to complete each self-guided course.
  • You can earn 3 credit-hours (we have for-credit and non-credit versions).
  • Course authors will have twice-monthly live webinars.

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When Can You Start?

Ready for summer learning? Here are the first three courses, Read more

Getting Started with PBL: Do ONE Thing Really Well

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“Success demands singleness of purpose.”

~ Gary Kelly, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

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I recently read The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Kelly and was struck by its beautiful simplicity. Kelly posits when we try to do too many things at once, we’re highly unlikely to do anything well; and rather we “need to be doing fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things with side effects.”

Now if you’re in the field of education, you may have just read that quote and wondered if Kelly was sitting around your last staff meeting, or maybe even rhetorically asked yourself if he was mocking the last district initiative memo you received.

As teachers fighting to survive the rapidly changing educational landscape, we’ve all experienced feeling like we’re asked to do too many things, and as a result, do few things (maybe some days, even zero things) well. As an educator supporting teachers through project-based learning (PBL) implementation, I see this strife far too often.

How might we use Kelly’s logic to go about doing PBL with fidelity and quality? And not lose our teachers through the process?

Well, let’s just do ONE thing and do it well!

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Winter Olympics: 5 Rings, 5 Events, 5 Engineering Challenges

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Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up it’s…”  Olympics time!

~ Sanka Coffie, Cool Runnings

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The Olympics are full of amazing athletes, but what keeps people watching night after night are the stories.

For two weeks every four years, households around the world tune in to watch. We cheer on Apolo Ohno, Lindsey Vonn, and Shawn White. We’re suddenly captivated by otherwise mundane tasks like sweeping (curling anyone?).

The stories of the athletes teach lessons of perseverance in which athletes train, and retrain, and retrain… until they reach their goal and the glory.

How can we provide students with analogous opportunities to embrace a process that leads them to overcome a challenge and improve upon a system?

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Project Based Learning: Assessment and Other Dirty Words

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Assessment. Accountability. Benchmarks. Pacing.

These words all carry such negative connotations, yet they’re a driving force in the world we must exist in as educators today. As teachers, we must toe the line every day between progressive ideas tugging at our hearts and external standards with accompanying responsibilities.

Is it possible to move beyond this “either-or” paradigm?

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Products of Personalized Learning

Getting Better Together

Is it possible for learning to be so compelling that school wouldn’t have to be compulsory? Is it possible for our classes to offer learning experiences that students would actually opt into?

This is the challenge that was stuck in my head going into this past school year.

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