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Teaching Channel Presents Season Two

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 Two

Episode Descriptions:


Week 1: September 29, 2012
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.
Encore: March 16, 2013

Week 2: October 6, 2012
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.
Encore: March 23, 2013


Week 3: October 13, 2012
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.
Encore: March 30, 2013


Week 4: October 20, 2012
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.
Encore: April 6, 2013


Week 5: October 27, 2012
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 6: November 3, 2012
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.
Encore: April 13, 2013


Week 7: November 10, 2012
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.
Encore: April 20, 2013


Week 8: November 17, 2012
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 9: November 24, 2012
Season One Encore: 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: April 27, 2013


Week 10: December 1, 2012
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 11: December 8, 2012
Connecting the Arts to Academics: Take a look at how schools are incorporating the arts into their curriculum. See a wide range of lessons from first grade to high school where students learn about math, science, discipline, leadership and foreign languages through the arts.
Encore: May 4, 2013


Week 12: December 15, 2012
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.
Encore: May 11, 2013


Week 13:December 22, 2012
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 14: December 29, 2012
STEM in Action: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.


Week 15:January 5, 2013
Teaching English to the Core: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: May 18, 2013


Week 16: January 12, 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 17: January 19, 2013
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 18: January 26, 2013
Math & English Essentials: Some may think that math and English classes have nothing in common, but as we take a look inside several high school classrooms around the country we’ll see they all share a common purpose: make learning relevant
Encore: May 25, 2013


Week 19: February 6, 2013
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.
Encore: June 1, 2013


Week 20: February 9, 2013
Teaching English to the Core: We’ll join three teachers as they integrate the Common Core State Standards into their daily lessons. Along the way, we’ll see one teacher’s insider “play-by-play” on his lesson plan and see another teacher reflect on what went right and wrong with her lesson.
Encore: June 8, 2013


Week 21: February 16, 2013
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.


Week 22: February 23, 2013
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 2, 2013
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 24: March 9, 2013
Sarah’s Picks: 2010 National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling, chooses 12 videos from Teaching Channel’s library that she comes back to over and over. In this episode, she shares why she finds each of the videos useful and inspirational.


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  • Bob Giunta

    All of the various programs that you have developed are extraordinary in that they all
    demonstrate a clear and thorough understanding of the subject matter. However, I noticed that none of your programs address disciplinary problems. All your students appear to me well behaved and interested in learning. How to you handle problem students that disrupt classroom activities to the point of diminishing the process of learning for all the other students. I bring this up because my daughter is a first grade teacher and has found that the most difficult aspect of teaching is problem children.
    Please respond as soon as possible. Thank you. R Giunta

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