Featured Teaching Channel Videos

Featured Teaching Channel Videos


Part of a new editorial partnership, this page features a weekly selection from the Teaching Channel, a nonprofit organization that provides high-quality videos on inspiring and effective teaching practices. Watch and share with colleagues.


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Angela Montgomery, a language arts teacher in Covington, La., has her students use art to improve their descriptive writing. In “Monster Match,” students draw monsters and write a description of it to share.

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3:00

Advisory Groups: Check-in and Supports

Abby Benedetto, an English teacher and advisor in San Francisco, is an advocate for advisory class. Having a time and place where students can talk about their lives and receive support helps promote a positive class culture, she says.

9:00

Critical Friends: Collaborating as Writers

David Olio, a high school AP English teacher in South Windsor, Conn., explains how he uses a critical-friends peer-review protocol to help students learn to revise and edit their writing.

6:00

How to Hold a Socratic Seminar

Esther Wu, an 11th grade teacher in Mountain View, Calif., demonstrates the mechanics of the Socratic-seminar by leading her students through a thoughtful and provocative conversation on the use of the “n-word” in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

10:00

Farming in the Gilded Age: A Simulation

Andrew King, an 11th grade teacher in La Puente, Calif., engages his students in a farming simulation as a way to make history seem less dry.

5:00

Improving Practice with Sarah Brown Wessling

The "gradual release of responsibility" instructional model can help make students less passive in their own learning, teacher Sarah Brown Wessling says.

5:00

Kathleen Cushman on Student Motivation

The noted author shares her insights on the eight conditions of being a motivated learner.

5:00

Managing Transitions

Repetition of key words and phrases can create a tempo and structure for the classroom, signaling to students when something is expected of them.

1:00

Card-O-Matic: Increasing Student Participation

In this one-minute video, teacher Tammy Ritter shows how a card system can help hold students accountable.

11:03

Observation Exercise: What Do You Hear?

This three-part blog series focuses on one classroom lesson, but makes use of different methods of observation.

4:59

Strengthening Lessons for the Common Core

How do you know if your lessons are aligned to the Common Core State Standards? Teaching Channel has partnered with Achieve.org to investigate how teachers can identify and evaluate high-quality lessons.

8:05

Learning Among Teachers

Every Friday, teachers at Sylvester Middle School have the opportunity to observe their colleagues deliver their lessons.

11:27

Asking and Answering Questions About Soil

Follow ELL teacher Mari Rodriguez as she plans, teaches, and reflects on a common-core-aligned lesson about soil. You can find the rest of this three-part video package here.

4:08

Connecting Globally Through Language & Travel

Students and teachers at the Denver Center for International Studies, a grades 6-12 public school, seek to develop deeper skillsets and knowledge through travel and language-learning.

9:02

Making the Declaration of Independence Come Alive

Co-teachers at a private high school in Los Angeles help students "construct their own knowledge about" about the American Revolution through annotation, close reading, and discussion.

6:06

Project Earth Game

Watch students work as a mock community to see how their choices on real-world scenarios make an impact on the environment.

7:09

Data-Driven Professional Development

The Auburn, Wash., school district uses student data to drive what professional development it offers to teachers.

5:04

School as a Living Museum

San Diego's High Tech High makes it a priority to celebrate and make student artwork public.

1:20

Your Shining Moment

As schools across the country get ready for summer vacation, teachers might consider asking students to take a moment to reflect.

10:14

Keep It or Junk It: A Student-Run Lesson

Fifth grade teacher Jennifer Brouhard creates a student-led class activity that encourages students to demonstrate their understanding of the main idea of a text.

1:41

Post-Its: Little Notes for Big Discussions

Fifth grade teacher Stacy Brewer discusses how she helps students prepare for discussions and develop speaking and listening skills by using Post-It notes to document their thoughts on reading materials.

5:00

Reflections on Practice & Growth

Former National Teachers of the Year, including Sarah Brown Wessling and Michelle Shearer, reflect on how teachers grow in their practice and learn to better meet students' needs. "In the end, getting better means that I'm paying attention to who's in front of me and figuring out how to move them from where they are to where they can be," says Wessling.

13:49

The Building Blocks of Project-Based Learning

Teachers working with the nonprofit organization New Tech Network explore the elements and benefits of project-based-learning assignments, including short story podcasts modeled on "This American Life," sustainability projects, and solar water cookers.

7:23

What's Fun About Surface Area?

Elementary school teacher Madeline Noonan demonstrates how she "scaffolds" a class discussion to guide her students to independent discoveries about surface area.

3:50

Peer-to-Peer Tutoring

High school math teacher Rosmery Milczewski uses peer-to-peer tutoring so students understand the responsibility of helping each other learn. She pairs students who passed a test with those who did not pass so they can improve their math and language skills.

4:30

Student Profile: Gaining Academic Courage

Marlina, an 11th grade student from Springfield Renaissance School in Springfield, Mass., describes her efforts to overcome behavioral issues and focus on academic achievement.

12:04

Deeper Learning: A Series Overview

This overview video examines teachers' and students' perspectives on "deeper-learning" initiatives, including teaching models that emphasize real-world experience, academic mindsets, and collaborative project work. The clip is part of a new Teaching Channel series designed to showcase work being done in 10 deeper-learning networks across the country.

5:15

Hypothesizing About Bugs

Pre-K teacher Nadia Jaboneta introduces her young learners to scientific thinking by helping them construct and test hypotheses about bugs.

14:22

Table for 22: A Real-World Geometry Project

Middle school teacher Suney Park demonstrates how she backtracks to build students' content knowledge before teaching new information on area and perimeter. Her lesson, designed to meet the common standards, aims to get students to apply knowledge of area and perimeter to solve real-world problems.

5:38

Getting Ready to Write: Citing Textual Evidence

Middle school teacher Dawn Norris shows how she teaches a lesson that is aligned to the common standard on citing textual evidence. See how she helps her students develop the skills to examine, discuss, and write about what they learned.

14:28

12 O'Quad High: Trigonometry in Flight

Math teachers Peggy Brookins and Raymond James have their 11th grade students apply their knowledge of the principles of trigonometry to design and test quadcopters.

9:19

Conjecturing About Functions (CCSS Math in Middle School)

Audra McPhillips presents her 8th grade class with sets of functions. The students have to come up with conjectures that hold true for all the functions in the sets. By working together to analyze and identify patterns, students are moving beyond solving individual problems and starting to reason about larger mathematical concepts.

12:54

A Passion for Fractions

Becky Pittard, a 4th and 5th grade teacher in Ormand, Fla., teaches her students to reason about multiplying and dividing factions by prompting them to explain their thinking and critique the reasoning of their classmates. This is the second in a series of videos created by Teaching Channel, in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, on the progression of two common-core math practice standards through the grades.

8:01

Beyond Fingers: Place Value & the Numbers 11-19

Kindergarten teacher Karen Lassiter demonstrates how she teaches her students to use reasoning skills in understanding place value and the numbers 11-19. This is the first in a series of videos created by Teaching Channel, in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, on the progression of two common-core math practice standards through the grades.

4:30

Analyze Literature Critically Using the SIFT Method

Watch middle school teacher Meagan Berkowitz use the SIFT method (symbolism, imagery, figurative language, tone, and theme) to teach her students how to critically analyze two poems.

1:26

Clipboards: A Tool for Informal Assessment

Teacher Audra McPhillips shares an easy tip on how she takes notes to make her current lessons better and future lessons more targeted.

8:04

Sharing Strategies for Counting Collections

Laretha Todd, a 3rd grade teacher in Renton, Wash., demonstrates how she helps her students understand place value and patterned counting methods by having them work with large collections of objects.

9:11

Extending Understanding: Vocabulary Development

7th grade language arts teacher Katie Langlois exposes students to new words they are encountering in class by asking them to solve a vocabulary puzzle.

16:08

The Omnivore's Dilemma: Close Reading of a Non-Fiction Text

Middle school teacher Sayuri Stabrowski uses a series of activities based around Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma to show 5th grade students how to identify an author's argument and analyze the use of evidence in a nonfiction text.

1:06

Tracking Behavior With a Number Line

A 5th grade teacher discusses how she uses a number line to track student behavior in class. The practice, she says, encourages students to see poor behavior as something they can fix, even as it strengthens their understanding of concepts they are learning in math.

2:08

Hint Cards

Middle school math teacher Audra McPhillips makes hint cards with questions to guide her students when they are struggling with a problem.

2:29

Collaborative Group Work With the 1-3-6 Protocol

Kevin Sevin, a high school teacher in Houston, explains how he uses a variation of the think-pair-share strategy to facilitate collaborative learning in his classroom.

11:57

Evidence & Arguments: Ways of Experiencing a Text

T.J. Hanify, a high school English teacher in Bellevue, Wash., uses a series of activities to help his students analyze and craft an argumentative essay on Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

3:32

Building Literacy Skills Through Storytelling

A preschool teacher in San Francisco explains how she helps her students build early-literacy skills by helping them translate their drawings into written stories.

14:11

STEM Design Challenge: Edible Cars

Middle school students hone their engineering and collaboration skills by working in groups to research, design, and build edible cars.

10:56

Persuasion Across Time and Space

Members of Stanford University's Understanding Language Initiative discuss a unit they created for intermediate-level English-language learners on analyzing persuasive texts based on Common Core State Standards.

4:44

Literary Analysis Through Interactive Stations

A high school English teacher explains how he uses "interactive stations"—such as a writing wall, tableau-vivant demonstration, and circle discussion—to help his students explore how an idea develops through the course of a literary text.

9:26

Multiplying Whole Numbers and Fractions

A 4th grade teacher shows her students how to multiply fractions by whole numbers and discusses how the Common Core State Standards in math affect the way she teaches.

5:55

Using Debate to Develop Critical-Thinking and Speaking Skills

A high school economics teacher demonstrates how she uses structured current-events debates in class to teach her students critical-thinking and public-speaking skills.

4:35

Daily Assessment With Tiered Exit Cards

A math teacher uses exit cards to gauge her students' comprehension, provide them with quick feedback, and differentiate the next day’s instruction.

4:49

Persistence in Problem Solving

Third grade students find three ways to solve math problems on their own. The activity is designed to teach students to take ownership of their learning by showing them to check their answers themselves.

5:47

Record the World in Video-Production Classes

A high school educator shows how he teaches his students video-production skills and helps them understand how they can use these skills in real-world settings by having them work with local organizations.

7:11

Reasoning About Multiplication & Division

Drew Crandell, a 3rd grade math teacher in Seattle, offers Common-Core aligned lesson ideas for helping students understand the relationships between multiplication and division and make sense of patterns and structures in computations.

2:24

Choreograph Your Classroom

A 3rd grade teacher in East Palo Alto, Calif., offers tips on building smooth transitions into lessons and routines to create an more efficient and consistent learning environment.

1:00

The Stoplight Method: An End-of-Lesson Assessment

Language arts Teacher Sarah Brown Wessling demonstrates a quick-and-easy way to conduct an end-of-lesson assessment. The exercise, she says, helps her gauge student understanding and the effectiveness of her instruction.

15:39

Learning to Think: A Foundation for Analysis

In order to cultivate critical-thinking and analysis skills, a high school teacher has her students examine advertisements and texts.

8:01

Beyond Fingers: Place Value & the Numbers 11-19

A kindergarten teacher demonstrates how she uses discussion, manipulatives, and journals to help her young students move past counting on their fingers to an understanding of place value.

0:36

'I Heart a Silent Start'

A California teacher sets a positive tone by greeting her students individually as they arrive in the classroom.

1:45

The Wingman: Engaging Reluctant Students

A Florida teacher explains that giving quiet students a guide sheet and responsibilities during discussions can encourage them to participate.

14:28

12 O'Quad High: Trigonometry in Flight

Two math teachers provide an interactive lesson on trigonometric functions, allowing students to use their trigonometry, science, and engineering knowledge to solve real-world scenarios.

4:39

Using Video to Improve Practice

Richard Hart, a teacher and reporter specializing in media technology, offers tips on using video to capture what happens in the classroom and improve instructional practice.

1:21

Your Shining Moment

Here's a classroom routine that builds upon previous successes of students. Allowing students to point out their own achievements, says 9th grade teacher Paige Price, can help them continue on a path to improved performance.

8:29

Collaborating to Design and Build Stable Structures

A 12th grade teacher in Marrero, La., demonstrates how she challenges her students to think like engineers by having them build a structurally sound bridge to support textbooks. The lesson integrates engineering processes, teamwork, and WebQuest technology.

6:29

Higher Order Questions: A Path to Deeper Learning

In this middle school literature lesson, which aligns with the English/language arts common-core standards, students use textual evidence to support an analysis of the book they’re reading and develop higher-order questions to push their thinking.

1:28

Sharing Common Core Language With Students

Second grade teacher Jinny Kim explains how she tries to elevate her students' vocabulary by substituting "college talk" for commonly used phrases in the classroom.

1:28

One Teacher's Secret to Success

A kindergarten teacher in Oakland, Calif., shares her insights on helping students become better learners. One key quality she mentions: Empathy.

2:02

Building Science Vocabulary

A high school teacher in Marrero, La., demonstrates how she helps her students expand on their existing knowledge by assimilating new words.

7:00

Analyzing Texts: 'Text Talk Time'

In this video, a 5th grade teacher in Bellevue, Wash., shows the strategies she uses to help students analyze texts in small and large discussion groups.

6:28

Follow the Digital Trail

A library media specialist in Omaha, Neb., demonstrates a clever lesson designed to teach young students about their digital footprints. The lesson integrates online safety with communication and contextual reading skills.

6:23

Common Core Lesson: Theme, Symbolism & Allusion

A 7th grade language arts teacher in Chelmsford, Mass., demonstrates how she teaches themes, symbolism, and allusions in Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea using the Common Core State Standards.

10:14

Keep it or Junk it: A Student-Run Lesson

See how four 5th grade students run a class lesson on the Jamestown settlement while their teacher helps to facilitate.

1:15

Grading with the Common Core

An 11th grade teacher in Mountain View, Calif., demonstrates how she has changed her grading practices in response to the Common Core State Standards.

2:26

Improving Participation With Talk Moves

See how a 4th grade teacher in Renton, Wash., improves participation in her classroom using Talk Moves, a method designed to encourage collaboration among students.

7:20

Reasoning About Division

Check out how this math teacher builds her students' reasoning skills to help them gain a better understanding of division.

7:25

Socratic Seminars: Patience & Practice

Watch how a teacher utilizes the Socratic seminar method in a classroom discussion on poetic language versus prose.

2:17

Assess and Plan With Exit Tickets

In this video, a 3rd grade teacher in Renton, Wash., demonstrates the use of exit tickets to assess student learning and to help plan future lessons.

2:26

Sharing Common Core Language With Students

Build an open and engaging classroom environment by talking about the Common Core State Standards with your students. Here are a few ways to let your students know the goals of the common-standards initiative, and how you will be teaching to it.

5:42

Using Video to Improve Practice: Do It Yourself!

See how one teacher uses a Flipcam to record herself teaching and reflect on her personal growth.

5:49

Arguing the Pros and Cons of Teen Driving

Collaborative discussions are a big part of the Common Core. In this video, a teacher leads small- and large-group collaborative discussions in the classroom on the topic of teen driving.

10:11

Reading Like a Historian

By turning students into history investigators, teachers help them develop critical thinking skills and increase student engagement.

5:46

Learning From Mistakes

Discover a new classroom routine to help clarify concepts. This 8th grade math class uses a quick warm-up to clarify certain math concepts and get students in the right framework for the lesson to come.

13:24

A Real-World Geometry Project

Take the biggest (and the smallest) table challenge: This whole-class geometry lesson gives students a new perspective on area and perimeter. Covers the practice and content standards under the Common Core.

1:41

Vocabulary Paint Chips

Add a little color to vocabulary lessons: This video shows how teachers can use paint chips as visual aides to help students better understand difficult words. Applies to Common Core standards on determining the meanings of unknown and multiple-meaning words.

16:24

When a Lesson Goes Wrong

Lesson plans sometimes fail. It happens to all teachers. But how can teachers quickly modify lesson plans for the next class? This video offers some tips, using a high school English class as an example.

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