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Teaching Channel Video Archive
This page features past videos from the Teaching Channel, a nonprofit organization that provides high-quality videos on inspiring and effective teaching practices. New videos can be found every week on the Teaching Channel blog, Inspired Instruction.
In this video, math teacher Madeline Noonan introduces her students to a new concept: the problem of the month, which incorporates concepts and tasks that are more difficult than what her students are used to. See how her students work together and persevere through the problem.
High school teachers Jennifer Wolfe and Erin Gilrein offer a demonstration of how educators can collaborate on lesson plans despite teaching different subjects.
In this video, social studies teacher Tom Morrill and science teacher Leah Penniman work together to plan and co-teach a class. They say their students and they themselves benefit from cross-disciplinary connections.
In this lesson, 7th grade English/language arts teacher Emily Park-Friend takes her students through a three-step interview activity. Park-Friend says her students gain a deeper understanding as they practice their listening and speaking skills.
Pre-K teacher Nadia Jaboneta demonstrates how she uses games, rhymes, and songs to engage students during transitions. She says that, as a result of such activities, her students are focused and on the same page before starting a new activity.
Watch students in 8th grade teacher Susie Morehead's class deepen their understanding of math principles by working through problems with their peers.
Watch a 9th grade math teacher and a special education teacher demonstrate how they work together to create a step-by-step method for solving equations while supporting all students in the classroom.
Watch English Language Arts teacher Sarah Brown Wessling try out a new strategy that simplifies the standards and shifts the ownership of learning to her students.
Teachers examine how to develop instructional choices that fit in with the rigor demanded by Common Core State Standards and the related assessments.
Oakland, Calif., teacher Viet-ly Nguyen helps her English-language learners actively participate in classroom discussions through the creation of a protocol.
2014 National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb discusses collaborative "learning walks" through his school, in which select teachers have the chance to observe their peers in action.
David Cooper, a social studies teacher in Hawthorne, Calif., incorporates the arts into his lesson plans by having his students create performances to learn about Greek and Roman mythology.
Appreciation is important for collaboration, says David Olio, a high school AP English teacher in South Windsor, Conn., who encourages his students to appreciate each other by having them write appreciations on note cards.
Teri Walker, a math teacher in Independence, Ky., guides her students through a challenging math concept by engaging them in a “productive struggle.”
Johanna Paraiso, an English teacher in Oakland, Calif., records her students on video to help them look back and improve their presentations individually.
Teachers and instructional coaches from Maryland gather to collaborate and use a protocol to analyze student work to improve lessons and gauge their alignment with the Common Core State Standards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The "gradual release of responsibility" instructional model can help make students less passive in their own learning, teacher Sarah Brown Wessling says.
The noted author shares her insights on the eight conditions of being a motivated learner.
Repetition of key words and phrases can create a tempo and structure for the classroom, signaling to students when something is expected of them.
In this one-minute video, teacher Tammy Ritter shows how a card system can help hold students accountable.
This three-part blog series focuses on one classroom lesson, but makes use of different methods of observation.
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.
Every Friday, teachers at Sylvester Middle School have the opportunity to observe their colleagues deliver their lessons.
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.
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.
Watch students work as a mock community to see how their choices on real-world scenarios make an impact on the environment.
The Auburn, Wash., school district uses student data to drive what professional development it offers to teachers.
San Diego's High Tech High makes it a priority to celebrate and make student artwork public.
As schools across the country get ready for summer vacation, teachers might consider asking students to take a moment to reflect.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elementary school teacher Madeline Noonan demonstrates how she "scaffolds" a class discussion to guide her students to independent discoveries about surface area.
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.
Marlina, an 11th grade student from Springfield Renaissance School in Springfield, Mass., describes her efforts to overcome behavioral issues and focus on academic achievement.
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.
Pre-K teacher Nadia Jaboneta introduces her young learners to scientific thinking by helping them construct and test hypotheses about bugs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teacher Audra McPhillips shares an easy tip on how she takes notes to make her current lessons better and future lessons more targeted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Middle school math teacher Audra McPhillips makes hint cards with questions to guide her students when they are struggling with a problem.
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.
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."
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.
Middle school students hone their engineering and collaboration skills by working in groups to research, design, and build edible cars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A math teacher uses exit cards to gauge her students' comprehension, provide them with quick feedback, and differentiate the next day’s instruction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In order to cultivate critical-thinking and analysis skills, a high school teacher has her students examine advertisements and texts.
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.
A California teacher sets a positive tone by greeting her students individually as they arrive in the classroom.
A Florida teacher explains that giving quiet students a guide sheet and responsibilities during discussions can encourage them to participate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A kindergarten teacher in Oakland, Calif., shares her insights on helping students become better learners. One key quality she mentions: Empathy.
A high school teacher in Marrero, La., demonstrates how she helps her students expand on their existing knowledge by assimilating new words.
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.
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.
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.
See how four 5th grade students run a class lesson on the Jamestown settlement while their teacher helps to facilitate.
An 11th grade teacher in Mountain View, Calif., demonstrates how she has changed her grading practices in response to the Common Core State Standards.
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.
Check out how this math teacher builds her students' reasoning skills to help them gain a better understanding of division.
Watch how a teacher utilizes the Socratic seminar method in a classroom discussion on poetic language versus prose.
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.
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.
See how one teacher uses a Flipcam to record herself teaching and reflect on her personal growth.
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.
By turning students into history investigators, teachers help them develop critical thinking skills and increase student engagement.
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.
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.
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.
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.