Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Every Kid Needs a Hobby Day [Video]

One of the goals of Classroom Close-up, NJ is to inspire teachers (and students, parents, etc.) by showing them the great things happening at schools around the state. It must be working because Nate's become a big fan of the show. Not every story, but he definitely likes the ones where you get to see kids doing fun stuff at school.

In this week's episode, his hands down favorite story was Hobby Day, which he would like to see implemented at his own school as soon as possible.


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

I Think The U.S. Should Adopt Middle School Debating Rules [Video]

Shame!
That definitely wasn't a debate we saw this week. It was an argument. I think it would be a lot more interesting (and fun) if the national debates adopted the Middle School Public Debate Program format and the judge declared an actual winner at the end on live TV. Imagine the outrage from the losing debater's team! The best part would be the judge explaining to each debater why they lost points.

If you want to see some real debating, check out this week's episode of Classroom Close-up, NJ featuring Stone Bridge Middle School and the Garden State Debate League.


And be sure to stick around for the dancing dinosaurs at the end the show.



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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

One-on-One with Classroom Close-up Stars

If you're looking for something to watch after tonight's debate, there's a nice bit of synergy going on over at NJTV. Recently, some of the teachers we've interviewed for Classroom Close-up have been appearing on the show One-on-One with Steve Adubato. During the interview they show clips from the Classroom Close-up stories they appeared in.

Tonight's episode features Carl Botti, the Jersey City music teacher from the KYBD Band story. You can catch it at 11:30 p.m. on NJTV or online.

 

You can read more about this interview and upcoming segments here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

On Behalf of the Show, I'd Like to Thank All of Our Faithful Viewers Who Get Up Early on Sunday [Video]

A glimpse at my Season Pass List
Since I happened to be up early on Sunday, I figured I'd do something I almost never do. I'd watch television "live", meaning while it's actually airing instead of on my beloved Tivo.

I settled into the couch, peanut-shaped remote in hand. The season premiere of Classroom Close-up, NJ was going to be on at 6:30 a.m.

Or so I thought. 

They changed our Sunday morning air time to 7:30 a.m. and I missed the memo. By the time 7:30 rolled around, the kids were awake, breakfasts were being made, and I wasn't on the couch anymore.

I watched it on Tivo later that day.

Watch 21st Century Learners on PBS. See more from Classroom CloseUp.


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