Sunday, March 16, 2014
Teaching Channel takes you inside America's K-12 classrooms with 5 short documentaries that showcase inspiring and effective teaching practices. Visit a multi-lingual classroom in Los Angeles where students learn to find their voice. See 6th graders on a microscopic safari. Watch graphing come alive for a group of active 3rd graders. See how one new teacher works to improve his practice with instructional coach Jim Knight, and check out the lengths one middle school math teacher will go to boost retention for his students. Amazing Classrooms - Finding Their Voice - A diverse group of students in a Los Angeles elementary classroom find a common voice and common language through community building in the classroom. Great Lesson Ideas - Pond Water Safari - 6th grade scientists hunt for prey using microscopes in murky pond water and explore what it means to observe and classify microscopic organisms. Great Lesson Ideas - Graphing with Colors - An introduction to bar graphing becomes active when students are tasked to graph colors found around the room. Talking about Teaching with Jim Knight - Closed or Open: That is the Question - Instructional coach and ed researcher Jim Knight advises a social studies teacher on using open and closed questions to enhance learning during a class on economic systems. Tough to Teach - Adding Integers - An innovative math teacher uses "The Number Line Dance" to build retention and engagement in an introductory lesson on integers.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Teaching Channel takes you inside America's K-12 classrooms with 5 short documentaries that showcase inspiring and effective teaching practices. Watch high-achievers excel in a mixed grade classroom. See how a teacher uses food coloring to mix up her math class. Visit a 7th grade science class as they dig into history with fossils. Learn some classroom management strategies as Jim Knight advises a language arts class, and get tied up in a creative way to teach the history of the Earth. Amazing Classrooms - Engaging the High Achievers - A multi-age class of high-achieving 4th, 5th, and 6th graders learns how to communicate effectively, learn independently, and resolve conflicts. Great Lesson Ideas - Algebra 1: Mixture Problems - Mixture problems make sense when an algebra teacher uses an in-class demonstration and a graphic organizer to put students' common sense to work. Great Lesson Ideas - Hook Stations - Students visit stations around the room, discover concepts for themselves, and generate questions to investigate in a kick-off for a unit on geological timeline and fossils. Talking about Teaching with Jim Knight - Student Engagement in Language Arts - Instructional coach Jim Knight advises a new teacher on how to keep students engaged and on task throughout the class by emphasizing effort and getting attention before asking questions. Tough to Teach - History of the Earth- Students build a life-size timeline to go back in time to the creation of Earth, learn about periods in our Earth's history, and work through ideas around proportionality.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Teaching Channel takes you inside America's K-12 classrooms with 5 short documentaries that showcase inspiring and effective teaching practices. Travel to Oakland, CA, where students get hands-on at local hospitals. An egg represents your brain in an 8th grade science lesson. Educational guru Jim Knight works with a 7th grade teacher on the pace and structure of her classes, and watch a teacher use first hand accounts to make a lesson about the Holocaust incredibly personal. Amazing Classrooms - FACES for the Future - High school students in a unique program in Oakland, California are given the opportunity to explore a future career by assisting at local hospitals. Great Lesson Ideas - Why do I Need to Wear a Bicycle Helmet? - Students explore Newton's Laws through an in-class demonstration and use scientific language to make predictions about what will happen. Great Lesson Ideas - Proportions Trail - Students are actively engaged and practicing accuracy as they complete math problems posted around the room. Talking about Teaching with Jim Knight - Pace and Structure in Lesson Planning - Instructional coach Jim Knight advises a new teacher to keep her warm-ups short and divide learning objectives into bite-size pieces, which will make students feel successful and keep them engaged. Tough to Teach - Lessons From the Holocaust - Social studies teacher Jeremy Howard brings history to life using video testimonies and a rich discussion on the Pyramid of Hate.