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Video Resource for Educators: The Teaching Channel
posted by: Melissa | November 02, 2012, 09:05 PM   

I've always learned the most about teaching by watching more experienced teachers in action. That's why one of my favorite resources is a website called the Teaching Channel, a relatively new entry to teacher-resource websites. The Teaching Channel is not the first, and probably not the last, site that came up with the idea of providing teachers virtual professional development, but it is among the highest quality. Best of all, it's FREE!

The Teaching Channel creates a wide range of professional quality videos. Videos cover everything from a particular teaching technique, lesson plan ideas, to even longer special documentaries. There is also an emphasis on videos that explain and prepare teachers for the implementation of Common Core State Standards since teachers in many states are beginning to transition to their use. Videos are well organized and visitors to the site can search through them by subject, grade level, or by topics such as planning, behavior, differentiation, engagement and a host of others.

Not only is it easy for teachers to find videos that are relevant to them, but the Teaching Channel gives teachers a lot of flexibility about how the videos are used. Videos come with a short guide that includes key questions discussed in each video. Teachers can also leave comments for everyone to see, take their own private notes, or create their own lesson plans. Saving, embedding, and downloading videos for other uses is also extremely easy.

Instead of these videos coming from outside sources, they are created with the help of master teachers. These teachers are experts in their subjects and grade-levels, who know what works and who share the frustration that many teachers face day-to-day. Teachers visiting this site can be confident that the methods they are observing are not some philosopher's idea of an ideal classroom, but strategies that have been proven in normal classroom activities.

Click here to visit the Teaching Channel website and let us know what you think.

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