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Teaching Channel Teaches Teachers To Try Techniques Previously Unattempted

To hear this quick review, please visit: Overview TeachingChannel is a non-profit website run by and for teachers that shares effective pedagogical practices through the use of videos and PLN support. “Watch, Share, Learn” is the mantra of the site, and TeachingChannel does a superb job of supporting that creed. This site is an example of teacher collaboration at its best. Any teacher around the world can use TeachingChannel to access high-quality videos that demonstrate teaching practices, videoed in actual classrooms. Going beyond pedagogical theory, TeachingChannel offers real-world demonstrations, or “How To” examples, so that every viewing teacher can then employ these same practices in their own classrooms. Videos can run as long as one hour, but these videos are divided into segments highlighting discrete steps in a lesson, so viewers can choose three- to five-minute segments that address just that portion. TeachingChannel also supports Professional Learning Networks by connecting 670,000+ teachers through its website, arranged by grades taught and subject specialty. This is the added strength of the site that elevates it to the R in SAMR. TeachingChannel supports collaboration in a robust, effective manner. Concerns Other than the reality that watching videos takes time, I have no significant concerns. Commitment and Learning Curve Watching videos takes time. Until we get that Matrix brain plug-in, there is no changing the necessity of time. The learning curve varies depending upon the complexity of the practice or skill under examination. Learning how to effectively transition a class from one task to another is relatively fast. Undertaking Project-Based Learning for the first time takes several hours of preparation. Largely, learning is self-paced. Best for ES MS or HS? Teachers of all grade levels will benefit. Students less so. Cost Free! Website Link:
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Teaching Channel is a type of professional development.

I have been assigned videos to watch from professional development to recap what was being taught to us. I have also just gotten on the site and searched around on my own time for ideas. This could help serve the students better if teacher utilize this site!
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High Quality Quick Videos of Best Teaching Practices and Management Strategies

Teaching Channel is ideal place to network with other educators and also publish one's own videos and lessons.There are many other features on the Teaching Channel such as the Lesson Planner and the My Notes sections where you can earn badges for meeting certain benchmarks that denote your level of mastery as a teacher according to the website.
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Great way to support teacher collaboration in the 21st century!

I think this tool offers teachers flexibility for their personal professional development andfor working with colleagues.
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Great Professional Development and Collaboration Tool!

Love teaching channel for teacher collaboration as well as introducing teachers to new, perhaps better techniques for teaching ideas!
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A professional resource full of videos from classrooms around the world that highlight educational best practices.

Teaching Channel is a fantastic professional resource. The videos are real teachers and administrators discussing how they implement a variety of best practices. There are a variety of subjects, grades and topics to choose. Each video is relatively short and could easily be added to any professional development session. The teacher workspace is a great place to add videos to create a list of videos. It does allow you to select a date in which you would use the video in the classroom. Of the videos I have watched, none are classroom instructional videos to play for the students. There are some practices that may not use the best strategies. You do have to preview the videos and use those that meet the needs of your school district and classroom. Overall, Teaching Channel is a resource for teachers to gain knowledge of best practices to continue to grow professionally.
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Great tool to see theories in action

I really do think this is a great product, however, the videos are very long. I don't find that I have enough time to watch several hour long videos. Overall, I like the product, but it could be better with shorter videos.
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Professional Development On-Demand

As educators, we can fall into the same routines. That can be boring for us and our students. One brain-based strategy that can help is to add some novelty to the learning environment. Teaching channel is great for finding new ways to assess students, differentiate instruction, and create meaningful group activities. Not to mention, it is ideal for growing and developing as an educator. This website best serves kids because it inspires and empowers their teachers. When teachers are able to teach better and use best practices their students learn more and enjoy the process.
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Professional development at your fingertips!

The Teaching Channel is not a teaching tool to be used with students - it is a tool for teachers. It is like attending a conference session on "how to" implement a lesson or practice. Many Common Core standards have been specifically addressed - listed and demonstrated - in lessons. All of the lessons include an objective and "Questions to Consider" that help the teacher glean information from the video. Each lesson includes a PDF of the Instructional Plan, Sample Student Notes, Handouts and/or links to materials and Teaching Notes. These make it easy to duplicate or adapt the lesson for one's own use. Unlike other Graphite apps and programs, Learning Channel videos would rarely be used in class, but they can prepare a teacher to teach a new lesson or improve his/her practice. Seeing lessons being taught is in itself valuable because teachers rarely get into each other's classrooms. To observe a teacher's questioning techniques, reviewing of information, and addressing vocabulary often gives teachers new ideas on how to introduce an activity. I recommend it to see ho other teachers "do it" or to get ideas to teach a specific topic.
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I stopped using Tch when I found questionable teaching techniques highlighted as best instructional practices.

I really wanted to like the Teaching Channel. I like the idea and philosophy behind it, and when I first discovered it, I dove into the lessons and videos. The Teaching Channel lost my trust and my business, so to speak, when I came across a video that highlighted a teacher who was using a teaching strategy that was the equivalent of "round robin reading." I was disturbed that this would be considered quality teaching, and even more appalled when I saw comments from teachers that stated how much they loved this teaching strategy and were going to use it in their classrooms. Yikes! Research has shown that round robin reading is a teaching strategy that yields very poor results, and can even be counterproductive when teaching students how to read. This research has been published since the 90s. I find it irresponsible that the Teaching Channel considers itself a professional development resource, yet it is unclear how they choose the content they recommend and whether or not it is based on research. Although there are some great lessons on The Teaching Channel, my district has used its featured videos as examples of partially effective or ineffective teaching more than once. The bottom line is, I do not trust their definition of best instructional practices.
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