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Teaching Channel Presents Season Three

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:

  • Showcases effective and replicable teaching in action.
  • Uses real teachers and students at work in real classrooms.
  • Engages viewers with interesting characters and authentic situations.
  • Covers all subjects and grade levels.

Teaching Channel Presents proves that great teaching can also make for great entertainment. The series airs Saturdays at 6 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

Season Three

Episode Descriptions:


Week 1: September 28, 2013
Inside Common Core Classrooms: We’ll begin the new season of Teaching Channel Presents in classrooms where teachers are already integrating the Common Core.  From adding and subtracting to fractions and functions, we’ll follow students as they explore mathematical reasoning across grade levels. See how the standards change as students advance.  And, we’ll visit three lively English classes where the Common Core emphasis is on speaking and listening skills.
Encore: April 5, 2014


Week 2: October 5, 2013
Common Core PreK – 12: We’ll start with Pre-K math students and finish up with high school English students as we explore the many ways Common Core is being integrated into classrooms—in both math and ELA the emphasis is teaching students how to think.
Encore: April 12, 2014


Week 3: October 12, 2013
New Teacher Survival Guide: We’ll follow several new teachers and their mentors as they focus on essential first-year skills from lesson planning to classroom management to differentiation. This hour is filled with useful “do’s and don’ts” for new teachers.
Encore: April 19, 2014


Week 4: October 19, 2013
Digital Citizens & Improving Practice: In our first half hour, we’ll see how students are becoming “Super Digital Citizens” as they learn how to use the Internet responsibly— then, we’ll switch gears and too see new ways teachers are working to improve their practice.
Encore: April 26, 2014


Week 5: October 26, 2013
The New Teacher Experience:Follow two teachers in Los Angeles, CA for an intimate look at what the experience is really like. In the beginning, teachers are given keys to their classroom and left to sink or swim in isolation, but, with the support of mentors, these teachers persevere through the trials and tribulations of their first year of teaching.


Week 6: November 2, 2013
Experiential Learning: Go to four amazing classrooms where the focus is on “learning by doing.” Whether students are creating radio shows, fixing computers, or solving engineering problems, they are getting a “college and career-ready experience.”
Encore: May 3, 2014


Week 7: November 9, 2013
Teaching ELA to the Core: We’ll drill down into the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and see teachers succeed, and stumble, as they work to incorporate material that not all students are ready to handle.
Encore: May 10, 2014


Week 8: November 16, 2013
Inquiry-based Teaching: A look inside New York’s Urban Academy Laboratory High School where two teachers lead student driven, student centered classes. Watch animated discussions unfold when students are challenged to analyze difficult texts and there are no right or wrong answers.


Week 9: November 23, 2013
Middle School Math & Science: We’ll immerse ourselves in Middle School math and science—from using your whole body to graph linear equations to going on a pond water safari—these classes are engaging and inventive.
Encore: May 17, 2014


Week 10: November 30, 2013
Middle School: See how middle school students in America are being prepared for high school. Follow along as students read a fairy tale to learn the concepts of plot and theme. Find out why passing notes is encouraged in a sixth grade class. Learn how some teachers are motivating young learners by tapping into their interests.


Week 11: December 7, 2013
Kindergarten Common Core: We’re heading to kindergarten classrooms where many students are getting their very first exposure to the Common Core State Standards. Good foundations for math and literacy start here—but that doesn’t mean the students aren’t having fun!


Week 12: December 14, 2013
Math & English Essentials: 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.


Week 13: December 21, 2013
Technology and Science: Visit classrooms across America where hands on lessons capture students’ interest and imagination. See biology, physics and chemistry in action and learn about some innovative ways teachers are using technology in the classroom.


Week 14: December 28, 2013
Arts Essentials: Take a look at how teachers are designing arts programs that promote critical thinking and problem solving skills. Visit several classrooms where art, music, dance and drama are used to teach math and writing – along with helping students develop social skills and self-confidence.


Week 15: January 4, 2014
High School English: We’ll see how teachers, including 2010 National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling, are working to implement the Common Core State Standards. As students are asked to go deeper into every text they read, we’ll see them dissecting, discussing, and debating their way through complex lessons.


Week 16: January 11, 2014
Middle School Math & Science: We’ll immerse ourselves in Middle School math and science—from using your whole body to graph linear equations to going on a pond water safari—these classes are engaging and inventive.
Encore: May 24, 2014


Week 17: January 18, 2014
Perseverance and Problem Solving: We’ll visit several classrooms where the most important thing students are learning is the value of making mistakes. You’ll witness the sense of accomplishment that comes with problem solving, trying again, and making progress.


Week 18: January 25, 2014
STEM in Action: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math come alive as students take on engineering challenges that encourage them to think like scientists. Design, collaboration, calculations, and predictions all play a role in these lessons.


Week 19: February 1, 2014
Social Studies Essentials: Watch students engage in rigorous lessons about socio-economics, community and history. We’ll start in first grade and finish up in high school with some extraordinary teachers who provide their students with unforgettable experiences in order to learn complex concepts.


Week 20: February 8, 2014
Elementary School Basics: Follow along for a full hour with eager-to-learn elementary school students. From doing the “Monster Match” for English, to Decimal Games in Math, to exploring ecosystems in Science, these lessons are inviting and visual.
Encore: May 31, 2014


Week 21: February 15, 2014
The Common Core State Standards: Watch teachers break new ground putting the Common Core Standards into practice in Math and English Language Arts. The emphasis of these lessons is on deeper thinking, analyzing, and problem solving to better prepare students for success in college and future careers.


Week 22: February 22, 2014
Reading Like A Historian: A detailed look at a cutting-edge history curriculum that turns away from textbooks. We’ll join young “Historians in Training” as they examine original documents and engage in lively discussions to discover the complexities of history.


Week 23: March 1, 2014
Digital Literacy in the Classroom:Students learn how to become proactive digital citizens. From understanding safe behavior online to learning how to find reliable sources to seeing how online activity leaves a lasting identity trail – - these lessons are designed to develop critical thinking skills.


Week 24: March 8, 2014
Making Math & History Come Alive: We’ll spend the hour in seven classrooms as teachers make math and history come alive while aligning their lessons to the Common Core. We’ll visit student-focused math classes and then see students explore ancient civilizations, the French Revolution, and the American Declaration of Independence.
Encore: June 7, 2014


Week 25: March 15, 2014
Bullying at School: A look at three innovative approaches to tackling the serious issue of bullying. Visit three schools where parents, teachers and students are implementing bullying prevention programs that are making a big difference in students’ lives.


Week 26: March 22, 2014
Reading Fundamentals: We’ll spend the hour in two fifth classrooms where the emphasis is on building strong reading skills and meeting students at their level. Meet two inspirational teachers who believe you can inspire students to be readers by giving them choice, one-on-one guidance, and affirmation.


Week 27: March 29, 2014
Teaching Math to the Core: Math Common Core State Standards emphasize analysis and problem solving: the how and why of every answer. We’ll follow four phenomenal math teachers as they clearly show us how the Common Core can be implemented in classrooms.


Episodes from Season One


Episodes from Season Two

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