Teaching Channel Presents is a groundbreaking series that highlights inspiring teaching going on right now in America’s K-12 classrooms. Produced by Teaching Channel, a multiplatform showcase for teacher development, the series will appeal to teachers looking for models of great teaching and to parents and others who care about America’s future. Each week’s episode is a one-hour magazine-style program that:
Week 1: October 8, 2011
Visit a multi-lingual classroom in Los Angeles where students learn to find their voice. See sixth graders on a microscopic safari. Watch graphing come alive for active third graders. See a new teacher improve his practice with help from instructional coach Jim Knight and check out how a middle school math teacher boosts retention for his students.
Week 2: October 15, 2011
Watch high-achievers excel in a mixed-grade classroom. See how a teacher uses food coloring to mix up her math class. Visit a seventh-grade science class as they dig into history with fossils. Learn some classroom management strategies as Jim Knight advises a language arts class and experience a creative way to teach the history of the Earth.
Week 3: October 22, 2011
Students get hands-on experience at a local hospital. An egg represents your brain in an eighth-grade science lesson. Educational guru Jim Knight works with a seventh-grade teacher on the pace of her classes and watch an emotional lesson about the Holocaust.
Week 4: October 29, 2011
Visit a school where Spanish immersion takes learning to a deeper level. Watch a second-grade teacher demonstrate how to make a classroom a safe learning space. See a seventh-grade class explore the difficult topic of slavery in America.
Week 5: November 5, 2011
Listen as a teacher uses rhythm to assist students with their reading skills. Watch students analyze greenhouse gases in plastic soda bottles and learn an entertaining way to teach fractions.
Encore: March 24, 2012
Week 6: November 12, 2011
Join the “Mouse Squad” as they fix technical problems around the school. Watch a teacher with a passion for reading as he motivates his students and learn more about adjusting to the changes in the new Common Core State Standards.
Encore: March 31, 2012
Week 7: November 19, 2011
Snap your fingers to the rhythms of Duke Ellington as students learn about similes. Watch an incredible teaching team tackle algebra with their middle school students, and discover more about the new Common Core State Standards being put in place.
Encore: April 7, 2012
Week 8: November 26, 2011
Learn how parents can get involved in their children’s education. Discover a third-grade math class full of music and hard workers. Watch classrooms that have successfully adapted to the new Common Core State Standards.
Encore: April 14, 2012
Week 9: December 3, 2011
You can’t help but admire deaf and blind children who work to their fullest potential every day. Watch as difficult vocabulary is woven into every part of a fifth-grade classroom. Spend some time examining the new Common Core State Standards in middle school math and English.
Encore: April 21, 2012
Week 10: December 10, 2011
Check out these high school students as they produce a live radio program. Discover exactly what a great guided-reading lesson looks like and observe the Common Core State Standards in action at the high school level.
Encore: April 28, 2012
Week 11: January 14, 2012
Watch as a teaching evaluator helps a teacher make her classroom more collaborative. Observe a math lesson about decimals and another that shows students using pattern blocks to explore fractions. Visit a classroom where a teacher turns students’ mistakes into a teaching strategy. Learn six tips for how new teachers and mentors can work together.
Encore: May 5, 2012
Week 12: January 21, 2012
Watch an experienced teacher improve her teaching over four weeks of coaching. Students learn the importance of descriptive details in a writing lesson. See the synergy of poetry and performance in one classroom. Learn a great tool for pre-teaching and review in a lesson about analogies, and an ADHD expert shows how to maintain focus in a classroom.
Encore: May 12, 2012
Week 13: January 28, 2012
Follow a new teacher as she works with mentors to improve her skills in two weeks. Students discover different ecosystems inside and outside of the classroom. Join a science teacher as she introduces a dichotomous key to identify species. See how the abstract concept of density becomes concrete in a hands-on lesson. A differentiated instruction expert offers strategies to a new teacher.
Encore: May 19, 2012
Week 14: February 4, 2012
Watch as a teacher takes on the challenge of making big changes in his classroom in four weeks. Poetry and technology converge as students create podcasts about their favorite poets. Students learn about teamwork and design when they build a Rube Goldberg contraption. Watch a skillful teacher prod her students to think about the impact of their decisions. Witness before and after as a new teacher tries out seven classroom management techniques.
Encore: May 26, 2012
Week 15: February 11, 2012
See the teacher evaluation process in action. Goody bags make a lesson on probability interactive. Watch students tap into their creativity as nutritious fruits inspire beautiful haikus. Students use live GPS data to predict arrival times in the Iditarod Sled-Dog Race. Take a closer look at the three steps in a teacher’s evaluation.
Encore: June 6, 2012
Week 16: February 18, 2012
A third-grade teacher’s instruction improves with two weeks of coaching. Students use fossil evidence and puzzle pieces to build an argument for continental drift. Observe a class of young scientists explore the scientific method in a lab about iodine and starch. A social media expert helps a teacher learn new ways to use technology in the classroom.
Encore: June 9, 2012
Week 17: February 25 , 2012
See how learning expeditions motivate and transform students. Teachers share great math lesson ideas on visualizing geometry, understanding linear equations, and getting students started with trigonometry. A class of 5th graders learns how water quality affects the environment. Learn key tips for a successful parent-teacher conference.
Encore: June 16, 2012
Week 18: March 3, 2012
Witness the results as students facing minor crimes are tried by a jury of their peers. Parents learn strategies to help prevent bullying. See how rotating workstations help students learn from each other. Watch as a new teacher gets step-by-step coaching to create a lesson plan.
Encore: June 23, 2012
Week 19: March 10, 2012
High school students learn to teach desert ecology to kindergarten students. A STEM teacher provides students with real-world scenarios to teach them how to solve problems under pressure. See how one school enlists students, teachers and staff to create a comprehensive Bully Prevention Plan.
Encore: June 30, 2012
Week 20: March 17, 2012
See how one teacher creatively manages transitions from one activity or location to another while keeping students engaged and learning. Watch students have fun drawing monsters to learn descriptive writing skills. See how 7th graders develop strong conceptual understanding of the often-challenging topic of integer addition. Instructional coach Jim Knight advises a social studies teacher on the use of open and closed questions in the classroom.
Encore: July 7, 2012