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Freedom Writers [electronic resource]: Fighting Hatred With Language Arts

When a racial incident occurred in her classroom, 23-year-old English teacher Erin Gruwell spun it into an ongoing dialogue that ultimately changed the lives of 150 inner-city students. In this program, ABC News correspondent Connie Chung documents the story of the group that came to be known as the Freedom Writers and their exemplary teacher. Challenging them to confront hatred through writing, Ms. Gruwell led her students to publish a nationally acclaimed book about their own experiences of violence and despair. "To feel hopeless at 16 is such a tragedy. And so many kids do," she says.
Online
2006; 1998
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Girls in Physical Education [electronic resource]: Increasing Participation and Success

Why is it that involvement in physical activity for girls drops off more rapidly than for boys? This is a serious concern, as participation in school physical education programs has been shown to have a positive influence on a person's physical activity later in life. Do girls lose the attention of PE teachers who favor nurturing the physical development of boys, or do they make a conscious choice not to participate in the PE system? If so, are they aware of the harmful ramifications come adulthood? This program examines some of the reasons why girls lose interest in physical education, then focuses on a number of proven strategies to help teachers tackle the problem.
Online
2006; 2003
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Study to Win! [electronic resource]

Tabitha is the best runner on her high school track team. She has learned both physical and mental techniques that help her win long-distance races. But this spunky runner is a mega-procrastinator when it comes to schoolwork. That's all about to change as her best and brainy friends take a closer look at the techniques Tabitha uses to win races and then coach her to apply them academically. Following the Seven Big C's (COMFORT, CHARGE, CALCULATION, COMPREHENSION, CONCENTRATION, COHESION, and CONFIDENCE), Tabitha learns how to Study to Win!This energetic and information-packed video shows students how to get Organized, Make a Study Schedule, Take Excellent Notes in class, and Prepare and Preview Material. Also covered are Chapter Summaries, Writing a Rough Draft, Writing an Outline an [...]
Online
2006; 2000
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Teaching Writing Level 1 [electronic resource]: Process Approach

This program explores the process approach to writing instruction, asserting that the act of writing is more than simply the completion of a product; it is a complex, creative, and unpredictable progression of ideas and strategies. With commentary from veteran writing instructors - including Dr. Lois Matz Rosen, author of Within and Beyond the Writing Process in the Secondary English Classroom, and Michael Steinberg, author of The Writer's Way: A Process Approach to Writing - the program outlines specific group activities for each step in the process: invention, drafting, sharing work in progress, revising, and editing. Lively footage from high school and college classrooms shows instructors circulating among groups of highly engaged students, offering advice and suggestions through [...]
Online
2005
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Teaching Writing Level 2 [electronic resource]: Process Approach

This program explores the process approach to writing instruction, asserting that the act of writing is more than simply the completion of a product; it is a complex, creative, and unpredictable progression of ideas and strategies. With commentary from veteran writing instructors - including Dr. Lois Matz Rosen, author of Within and Beyond the Writing Process in the Secondary English Classroom, and Michael Steinberg, author of The Writer's Way: A Process Approach to Writing - the program outlines specific group activities for each step in the process: invention, drafting, sharing work in progress, revising, and editing. Lively footage from high school and college classrooms shows instructors circulating among groups of highly engaged students, offering advice and suggestions through [...]
Online
2005
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The Montessori Method [electronic resource]

A century ago, Maria Montessori, Italy's first female physician, inspired an educational movement. Through what has come to be known as the Montessori method, children essentially teach themselves through sensory-rich and hands-on activities facilitated by instructors who focus on nurturing their students' efforts. Useful to childcare providers as well as teachers in training, this program presents levels of Montessori education ranging from infant to elementary and explains how each level makes use of the Montessori method.
Online
2010; 2009
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The Performer [electronic resource]

Every goal, every touchdown, every home run is the product of years of arduous training-and, in most cases, a scientific strategy that melds the power of body and mind. This program explores the methods that help athletes become the competitors they long to be. In addition to weight training concepts, viewers learn the basics of a warm-up/cool-down system, focusing on decreasing the chance of injury as well as muscle development and increased vascular health. Endurance, flexibility, power, speed, agility, coordination, and reaction time are all explored in depth, within the context of setting targets and goals. Cues, visualization, and finding "the zone" are discussed.
Online
2010
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The Coach [electronic resource]

Smart athletes put their trust in their coaches. So what do smart coaches do to earn that trust? This program offers detailed suggestions, examining the physical and mental areas of a player's development in which a successful coach operates. Using interviews with professional coaches, training experts, and student athletes, the film explores various aspects of the coach's responsibilities. These include organizing an effective training session; setting training parameters based on physiology and psychology; honing communication skills and maintaining an open dialog with players; and observing all appropriate safety procedures. Footage of gymnastics, swimming, hockey, and soccer training supports the ideas in the program.
Online
2010
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Blogging in the Classroom [electronic resource]

Blogs may be driving print journalists out of business, but they're doing wonders for the teaching profession. This program helps educators learn more about blogging and the best ways to integrate it into the classroom. Showing how blogs help communicate ideas and connect readers worldwide, the video focuses on the benefits of blogging for both teachers and students. Specific topics include blogging strategies for increasing student motivation, reading comprehension, writing skills, collaboration, and healthy social interaction. Viewers will also learn about blogging for course announcements, reading assignments, professional development networking, student journalism, and other purposes.
Online
2010; 2009
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Podcasting in the Classroom [electronic resource]

Using three simple ingredients-a microphone, audio software, and server space-anyone can publish lectures, readings, and performances on the Internet. So what's stopping teachers from incorporating such an exciting new technology into the classroom? This program helps educators realize the power of podcasting and put it into action. Viewers will learn how podcasts can disseminate class lectures, additional lecture notes, and study guides while opening up alternative teaching perspectives, bridging the gap with disabled learners, and building media literacy. Also included are resources for searching and finding existing podcasts, such as public radio directories and websites that serve as podcast archives.
Online
2010; 2009
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Evaluating a Training Program [electronic resource]

Athletes of all levels require training programs that take into account the specific needs of their sport as well as their own individual strengths and weaknesses. What makes a successful athletics training program? This video identifies the key components and investigates the methods used to evaluate, modify, and improve training programs. From the goal-setting and motivation required for success to the analysis of fitness components and the application of training methods and principles, this program provides a framework for both the planning and evaluation of effective training programs.
Online
2010; 2009
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The Young Composers Challenge [electronic resource]

Witness the drama of a spelling bee combined with the spectacle of concert music! This film features five teenaged composers racing the calendar for the chance to have their original work performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Viewers meet composer and philanthropist Stephen Goldman, whose passion for music has led him to create a unique opportunity for young classical composers. From a free workshop on composition to thrilling performances before a live audience, Goldman's challenge narrows down the group to a handful of gifted, driven teens who must transform their ideas into professionally scored music in six months. Each faces personal obstacles - from relationship dilemmas to visual disability to distractions from other art forms - as they struggle through the creative [...]
Online
2010
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How Change Happens [electronic resource]: Breaking the "Teach as You Were Taught" Cycle in Science and Math

This program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, showcases innovative teaching techniques as performed by science and math professors at Hampshire College, the University of Massachusetts, and Springfield Technical Community College. In seminars and full-blown lectures, these instructors have succeeded in increasing their students' engagement with the subject matter by applying active learning, cooperative group work, and alternative test-taking techniques. How Change Happens is an excellent tool for stimulating discussion among faculty members about course and curriculum reform.
Online
2005; 2000
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A Gift for Math [electronic resource]

Endowed with an elementary representation mechanism, the human brain is naturally predisposed toward mathematics. This program seeks to understand the biological basis of humankind's "gift for math"-and why, beyond that baseline computational ability, some people are capable of scaling the highest peaks of mathematical comprehension. Experiments with animals, studies of very young children, cases involving patients with brain injuries, and analysis of brain imaging data are included.
Online
2005; 2000
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Inventing the Future [electronic resource]: K-16 Connection in Science

In spite of a growing dependence on technology, studies show that as students move through grade levels they become progressively less interested in the sciences. This program illustrates how teachers can use inquiry-based learning, a powerful teaching method, to motivate students to deepen their understanding about the world around them. Students tackle problems and ask questions instead of simply memorizing concepts in the abstract. What makes this video unique is that it shows teachers using this approach in their classes across grade levels, from kindergarten to college.
Online
2005; 2001
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Making Schools Work [electronic resource]: Robert Slavin on Success for All

In this interview, Robert Slavin, Ph.D., talks with Hedrick Smith about Success for All, a comprehensive, research-based reading and math program for elementary and middle schools. The most important objective, says Dr. Slavin, "is to get every single child to be successful, every single child to master the basic curriculum, to achieve the higher-order objectives that every parent would want for their child and that our society demands." The genesis, evolution, implementation, and replication of Success for All are covered, as are the initiative's core elements. Criticism of SFA's controversial scripting for teachers to ensure uniformity of instruction is also addressed.
Online
2006; 2005
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Making Schools Work [electronic resource]: Conversations With Anthony Alvarado and Eric Smith

In this interview, Anthony Alvarado, the dynamic architect of controversial principal-centered educational reforms in New York City and San Diego schools, and Eric Smith, Ed.D., who has risen to national prominence as superintendent of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Anne Arundel County school districts, join Hedrick Smith to describe their methodologies and examine the results of their policies and initiatives.
Online
2006; 2005
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Classroom Challenge [electronic resource]: Debating Darwin in the 21st Century

As the controversy over intelligent design and science education heats up, open-minded discussion about the issue can be in short supply. This ABC News program sorts through arguments on both sides, examines the debate in the context of America's larger political climate, and explores its fundamental questions: Are evolution and I.D. incompatible? Is exposure to both ideas harmful or beneficial to schoolchildren? Does fossil evidence make evolution immune to challenge? Astute commentary from ABC News' George Stephanopoulos sums up I.D.'s implications for students, teachers, and parents.
Online
2006; 2005
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Intelligent Design vs. Evolution [electronic resource]

Confronting one of the most complex and potentially divisive issues on the American cultural landscape, this ABC News program examines the intellectual and political forces that support the teaching of intelligent design in public schools. The video focuses on the Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based think tank that has generated widespread enthusiasm-and criticism-for making I.D. part of science curricula. Also featured is an in-depth debate between George Will and Cal Thomas, two conservative commentators who differ on whether a non-testable, quasi-religious belief should be promoted in biology courses. The result is an effective springboard for class discussion on an extremely challenging topic.
Online
2006; 2005
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Math Can Take You Places [electronic resource]

With American schools struggling to boost mathematics scores, math teachers need all the guidance they can get. This bilingual program contains a powerful tool-chest full of lesson demonstrations, professional development videos, and an interactive quiz-all designed to help educators develop real-world teaching examples and applications. Five segments feature a high-energy middle-school teacher in action, leading students through measurement, equivalency, domain/range/reasonableness, problem-solving, and patterns. Five additional segments focus on professional development, presenting tips from experienced teachers on honing algebraic thinking, incorporating video and the Internet, implementing manipulative learning tools, and showing how math is used in everyday life.
Online
2006; 2005