Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Teacher Channel: Best Practice Videos

One problem in education is teacher's do not get enough time to collaborate with other educators. Part of the reason is teacher spend 80% of school time in instruction which leaves on average about 3-5 hours to cover planning, grading, and meeting with other staff. In other countries such as Finland or Japan teacher have more time (~60% is spent on instruction) to collaborate with their peers which can foster a culture of professional learning and innovation.

Given how time structures are not changing in the near future, we need to find alternatives. One great resource is Teacher Channel. Here you will find a collection of videos of teachers at work sharing their best practices. To support your search you can filter by grade-level, subject-area, and topics. Access is free and you can sign in and leave comments.