Saturday, September 28, 2013

Teaching Channel: Because Seeing Is Believing!

As I sit here with this . . .

 . . . I decided to take a little break and get inspired.  If you aren't familiar with "The Teaching Channel", I recommend you check it out.  All you have to do is sign up for a free account--and then you are set to go--and get ready to spend a little time snooping around!  On the Teaching Channel, you can find short video clips of almost anything you want to "see" in a classroom . . . from how to run a book discussion to how to organize math centers to cool science lessons.  The videos are short and to the point and take place in REAL classrooms!  When you start your free account, you can put your preferences in and they will send you email video suggestions.  For example, a few categories I get updates on are:

common core

It's kind of fun to poke around and just see what other teachers are doing--and this is especially cool if you do not have a school climate where collaboration and professional development are valued.  Anyhoo--check it out.  You can customize it with different filters, there are lesson plans, a Teaching Channel blog with great ideas, and more!

So, perhaps, you have all heard of it, but I thought I'd put it out there for those of you who haven't!  I just watched a video about "precision" in the math classroom and one on discovering number patterns with skip counting.  Here is the link for those of you who want to investigate!  The Teaching Channel.


  1. I just discovered this a couple weekends ago and I'm loving it. I really like the chance to peek into other classrooms!
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  2. Wow, Meg! This looks great! Thanks for introducing me to it.
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    1. You bet! Have fun...I think I need to set aside a half hour or so per week to snoop around it so I don't forget about it.

  3. I started checking out The Teaching Channel over the summer and found some great ideas. I'm a visual person, so I love the idea of videos, since it's so difficult for teachers to go into other classrooms to observe. I'd love to see a list of favorite videos from The Teaching Channel. I'll try to remember to come back and add mine.

    1. That's a great idea, Lyn. I wonder how to best make that happen. Let me think on that!

  4. Thank you for sharing this resource! I would really appreciate it if you would tell me the specific name of the video about running a book discussion - this is strategy I really want to introduce to my class, but I am a wee bit scared as this is something I've not seen in any class ever (I teach in Scotland) I tried the TCH search engine, but an awful lot came up, and it would be great to have a look at something you thought was appropriate and useful, rather than becoming more confused! I appreciate you considering this! Thanks!