Every once in a while we have the opportunity to be a part of a new initiative. Here is your chance! Through my PLN I learned of a relatively new web resource for professional development and a platform for sharing best practices (Beta version launched in June). It is called Teaching Channel, a California Public Benefit Corporation. In their own words, “At Teaching Channel we believe what makes teachers inspiring is how they became experts — the hours and years they’ve dedicated to improving their craft to benefit their students. Our mission is to capture their technique on video so that all teachers — new or seasoned — have a place to find inspiration.”
Visitors to the site can search and view videos demonstrating instructional strategies on just about any topic modeled by teachers. The site is searchable by topic, subject, and grade level. I viewed several outstanding videos on various topics and came away with new strategies and ideas to use in my own classroom.
I highly suggest you consider joining the site. If you complete your profile you become a founding member and enjoy more privileges such as proposing a topic and perhaps submitting a video.
Teaching Channel states their mission: “We thrive on your feedback as we rapidly grow our collection of videos and tools for online collaboration. Our mission is your mission: to improve the outcomes for all students in America.”
We know that Discovery Education offers wonderful professional development in the Teacher Center. The Teaching Channel is another great source for finding and sharing best practices. To connect with the Teaching Channel: