Everyone has a story about a remarkable teacher. Teaching Channel has several. Teaching Channel is a professional development site where teachers can watch educators teach. You can find lesson plans, support materials, create notebooks for your own ideas, share resources with others, and follow teachers who you would like to model. Inspired teaching, like any great art, should be seen. Teaching Channel lifts the curtain on inspiring classrooms not only on the website but also on its YouTube and Facebook channels and broadcast on IPTV.
The site's online video library helps teachers with their professional development endeavors. The site provides intuitive tools that teachers can use to improve their classroom instruction and foster student achievement. Content is categorized by subject and grade level—that are based around common core state standards (CCSSs)—and allows teachers to easily share resources with other teachers, principals, and administrators. All videos across the site are clearly labeled with their purpose and length, making it extremely easy for teachers to get exactly the information they need no matter their time constraints.
"For too long, all professional learning for teachers has been developed outside the classroom, without the voice of the teachers themselves. We're changing that," said Pat Wasley, Chief Academic Officer for Teaching Channel. "At the very core of our mission is to listen to teachers, understand what they really need, and bring them into the development of all of our content. The videos featured on both TeachingChannel.org and on the TV program come straight from the mouths of exemplary teachers. And what we have now is just a start – direct interaction with teachers will fuel the continued development of all of our future videos and content."
The teachers highlighted in the programs share what they have learned throughout their careers to inspire and prepare their students to succeed in and out of the classroom. For example, Iowa Teacher Sarah Brown Wessling, who earned the 2010 National Teacher of the Year Award, shares some of her instructional strategies and explains what inspires her to teach.
Additionally, TeachingChannel.org has unveiled some new features across the site that help with curriculum development and lesson planning.
- Notes allows site visitors to tag a video with their own comments at whatever specific times in the video. "The 'Notes' feature is one that we know teachers and principals are excited to be using," said Candice Meyers, Chief Product Officer. "For example, it allows a principal to share their notes on a Teaching Channel video with a teacher, so that it's like that teacher is watching the video along with the principal, except in their own time, or away from school."
- Lesson Planner fills a critical need for teachers who are pressed for time but are always seeking to improve their teaching. The tool allows teachers and educators to weave content and resources from anywhere across the Internet into a single, organized workspace with timely reminders.
Signing up to gain access to Teaching Channel is free, and there will be several additional features to come out within the coming months. "Teaching Channel has an important mission," said Wasley. "To revolutionize how teachers learn, connect, and inspire each other—and their communities—to improve student outcomes."
Subjects: Professional Development