Teaching Channel Teaches Teachers To Try Techniques Previously Unattempted
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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.
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.
Website Link: https://www.teachingchannel.org
How I Use It
If a teacher wishes to flip her classroom, guide a Socratic Seminar, or undertake project-based learning, TeachingChannel is an essential resource. Watch the videos, contact the video authors, and tap into the broader academic community of like-minded teachers. I use it often. This site is one of my go-to resources for my own professional development. I used a series of videos focusing on historical thinking to improve my teaching, and to share with like-minded teachers. I find myself drawn to this site whenever I wish to improve my game by learning a new technique.