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#WeStillTeach TV

Exciting partnership with Fox 32/My 50 highlights teacher creativity


Spread the News!

We’re excited to welcome teachers, artists and community creators to join the Chicago Teachers Union and Fox32/My50 (our beloved local affiliate, not Fox News) in launching innovative programming that provides broadcast video lessons to students across the city during the current crisis.

Many children have limited to no access to internet or enabled-devices, so this programming will serve as a lifeline, connecting your homes to their homes through educational entertainment.

Check it out and tell your students:

Tune In!

#WeStillTeach TV
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Every weekday
Channel 50

Mondays & Wednesdays: Grades K–3
Tuesdays & Thursdays: Grades 4–8
Every Friday: All Grades K–12!

Find your channel based on provider below:

Comcast / Xfinity: HD 184 / SD 8
Direct TV, Dish: 50
ATT UVerse: HD 1008 / SD 8
RCN: HD 608 / SD 8
WOW: HD 204 / SD 8

Prior episodes are now available for streaming at Fox32/My50. And new episodes are added each day after they air!

Fox32/My 50 We Still Teach Page

Educators:
Submit Your Video

Let your students and their families see your creativity on broadcast TV. Click for the Google form to submit your video. Follow the guidelines on this page.

Guidelines for Submissions

As you begin to think of ideas for content to submit, please review the following guidelines and technical tips that will help you create material that is appropriate for broadcast.

Ideas for Content:

  • Characters, Puppets
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Comedy Bits/PSAs – Drink (x) cups of water a day, remember to say Please and Thank You, wash your hands, do your chores, etc.
  • Word of the Day, Fun Facts, Silly Challenges, Get out the wiggles
  • Original songs and dance moves (we can not include music that you don’t own the rights to)

For Teachers

*Content not created in the scope of your employment for CPS*

Teachers of all disciplines and age groups are invited to submit 5-10 minutes of content suited to K–3, 4–8 or K–12 all ages, ideally programmable broadly related to a specific core or special academic subject. This is an opportunity to think of fun, creative and visual ways to engage children who may have limited access to online tools. Art projects, science experiments, fun facts and daily challenges are all welcome. Consider lessons that may allow students to examine or interact with objects in their homes. A focus on diverse, inclusive and equitable content that is reflective of our community is highly encouraged.

Please see our Quick Tip guide for information on how to best create video from home. Here’s the form to submit your content, and don’t forget to sign the participation agreement that will pop up after you submit the form.

For Community Creators

We welcome content from the community that is fun, entertaining, educational and diverse. Ideal run time is 1-2 minutes though, depending on the content and subject matter, we may be able to divide longer pieces into segments. Please note that your content may be edited to fit into available slots. Also, the show will have programming grouped into K-3, 4-8 and K-12 all ages, so consider that when creating. Also, be mindful of language beyond swearing. Make sure you scrub your content for words or comments (spoken or visible in your video) that would be inappropriate for children.

Share the CTU’s promo for #WeStillTeach TV

We’ve produced a 30-second spot that will air to promote the show and the CTU’s role in it. Take a look for yourself, and then share it around to your friends on social media!

#WeStillTeach TV

Important Details for Content Contributors

Branding

For your video to be considered for broadcast, it must be completely free of all branding, logos, promotions, etc. Any and all branding will need to be hidden or covered and creators should be careful not to use any brand names when describing items. For example, say “phone” or “smartphone” instead of “iPhone”. Please be sure to check your surroundings, including what’s in your background, to remove any items that may be problematic.

Attribution

Stories read aloud are a welcome addition to the programming line up. If you plan to read a story, please introduce books by author and title. In addition, If you are referencing any specific materials during lessons, please use the same guidelines and provide appropriate attribution.

Music

In observance of broadcast standards, you are not permitted to use any music, background or otherwise, that you don’t own the rights to, which would include singing/playing instruments.

Diversity

We are very excited to include programming that is reflective of our community. Whenever possible, teacher and community content should be diverse, inclusive and equitable in nature. Contributors are encouraged to think of creative ways to ensure that the children who are watching the show see themselves and other cultures represented in the content, curriculum and cast, when possible.

Social Media & Promotion

We encourage everyone to build excitement for this initiative on social media through the hashtag #WeStillTeach TV (space between #WeStillTeach and TV). In light of the audience for this content, please be wary of language in your posts. Content chosen for broadcast may be reused several times during the show run. With that in mind, creators should refrain from posting/reposting their content online until after the 6 week broadcast window has passed. If your content was aired, you may use the statement “This video was a part of the Chicago Teachers Union’s #WeStillTeach TV broadcast initiative, which aired on Fox32/My50” with the date on posts after the broadcast window has closed.

This Quick Tip guide summarizes what’s above and includes tips for how to record high-quality video and audio using your smartphone in your own home.

Educators:
Submit Your Video

Let your students and their families see your creativity on broadcast TV. Click for the Google form to submit your video. Follow the guidelines on this page.

Episodes

Click the episode number below to see what lessons are included in the program that day.

Week 1 • May 11–14
Ep. 01 • Mon • 5/11 • K-3

Story Time: “Bedtime at the Swamp”

Paul DeNovi reads “Bedtime at the Swamp” by Kristyn Crow and Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan, with accompaniment on slide guitar and improvised instruments.

Reading: A Michael Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Lesson

Lauren Peretz gives a lesson in phonemic awareness using rhyming words, beginning sounds, ending sounds and compound words.

Writing: Writing Tips

Karen Soto gives tips on adding details to make sentences more descriptive.

Pulitzer Center: Telling Stories Through Photographs

Freelance photojournalist Allison Shelley shows how she uses different types of photographs from her trips to Senegal, Nigeria and Ethiopia to tell stories.

Recess at Home

Jonathan Lee-Rey tells the story of the poor Boogeyman, who can’t come out from under the bed to play because the kid whose bed he haunts isn’t going out to school during Shelter at Home.

“Indoor Cat”

Carly Glenn asks her indoor cats for tips on how outdoors humans can stay indoors all the time during quarantine.

Health: Intro to COVID-19

School Nurse Dennis Kosuth teaches kids what the Coronavirus is, why it’s an unusual kind of germ and what actions are important to help stop the spread of the virus.

Wellness: Mind, Body and Spirit Revitalizer

Sensei Ulrich Butler demonstrates activities from the gentle self-defense art of Aikido and how the breathing and movements helps him achieve his goals.

STEM: Lou Chicago’s Rainy Day

James Poulos’ humorous puppet show explains why using a lot of water during a rainstorm can cause sewers to back up and flood basements in Chicago.

STEM: Observations on My Nature Walk

Mr. Araujo takes viewers on a social distancing nature walk through his local park to observe and classify birds by size, using binoculars kids can make at home with common materials.

Social and Emotional Learning: Our Garden—Waiting for Our Seeds to Grow

Arathi Jayaram helps students gradually grow a felt-board garden, using breathing techniques to help them wait patiently for the carrots to grow.

Poetry: We Teach and Learn

Amateur poet Erik Young recites a poem he wrote.

Ep. 02 • Tue • 5/12 • 4-8

Music: Find An Instrument Or Create An Instrument

Paul DeNovi shows how everyday objects around the house can be used to make music.

Pulitzer Center: Telling Stories Through Photographs

Freelance photojournalist Allison Shelley shows how she uses different types of photographs from her trips to Senegal, Nigeria and Ethiopia to tell stories.

Math: Adapting a Pizza Dough Recipe

Mike Rusin talks about how math can be used deliciously.

Recess at Home: Tony the Neighborhood Toliet

Jonathan Lee-Rey leads kids on a fun and funny adventure with Tony the Neighborhood Toilet.

Origami

Asami Iba, Cultural Exchange Facilitator for Grassroots Exchange Network-Japan (GEN-J) Program, teaches origami.

Health: Intro to Covid-19

School Nurse Dennis Kosuth teaches kids what the Coronavirus is, why it’s an unusual kind of germ and what actions are important to help stop the spread of the virus.

Wellness: Breath and Meditation Exercises

Sensei Ulrich Butler demonstrates activities from the gentle self-defense art of Aikido and how the breathing and movements helps him achieve his goals.

STEM: Lou Chicago’s Rainy Day

James Poulos’ humorous puppet show explains why using a lot of water during a rainstorm can cause sewers to back up and flood basements in Chicago.

STEM: Computer Science Unplugged

David Hernandez teaches how to count using the binary number system.

Teacher Connection: A Quick Riddle

Noe Castro has a riddle for you!

Ep. 03 • Wed • 5/13 • K-3

STEAM: Ms. Jennifer and Calcetina sing and make a puppet

Jennifer Klonsky leads kids in “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” in English and Spanish, along with her sock-puppet friend, Calcetina.

Read To Me: My Name is Celia

Andrea Malek reads aloud “My Name Is Celia”, a biography of famed Cuban-born salsa singer Celia Cruz by Monica Cruz, illustrated by Rafael Lopez.

Read To Me: Brown Bear, Brown Bear

David Araujo reads aloud and enacts the beloved children’s classic “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” by Bill Martin and Eric Carle.

STEM: The Weather Song

Laura Kristek sings and signs her sunny weather report.

Health: Eating Healthy

Joana Ziarko and her stuffed friend, Broccoli Rob, teach students why and how it’s important to stay healthy.

Music : Sana Sana, The Frog by Maestra Marisol and Maestro Renato

Maestra Marisol Ceron and Maestro Renato Ceron tell the story, in English and Spanish, of a little girl who hurts herself and the frog who makes her better.

Health: Intro to Covid-19

School Nurse Dennis Kosuth teaches kids what the Coronavirus is, why it’s an unusual kind of germ and what actions are important to help stop the spread of the virus.

Writing : How to Find the Setting of a Story

Miss Nicki Jackson teaches how the when and where of a story establish its setting.

Writing Tips with Ms. Soto: Subject Order

Karen Soto explains why we always put ourselves last in our sentences.

Arts: Origami

Asami Iba, Cultural Exchange Facilitator for Grassroots Exchange Network-Japan (GEN-J) Program, teaches origami.

Teacher Connection: A Message From Ms. Graff

Cheryl Graff has a message to students about how she is using her time in this pandemic for personal growth.

Teacher Connection: Daily math and reading challenge

Zoe Zaranko has a fun challenge for her students.

Ep. 04 • Thu • 5/14 • 4-8

Music: Find An Instrument Or Create An Instrument

Paul DeNovi shows how everyday objects around the house can be used to make music.

STEM: Engineering Design—Marble Run in Spanish!

Halle Quezada shows students how to design and build different types of marble runs.

STEM: Engineering Design—A Catapult!

Halle Quezada shows students how to build and test a catapult using different household materials.

Pulitzer Center: Telling Stories Through Photographs

Freelance photojournalist Allison Shelley shows how she uses different types of photographs from her trips to Senegal, Nigeria and Ethiopia to tell stories.

Health: Intro to Covid-19

School Nurse Dennis Kosuth teaches kids what the Coronavirus is, why it’s an unusual kind of germ and what actions are important to help stop the spread of the virus.

Wellness: Breath and Meditation Exercises

Sensei Ulrich Butler demonstrates activities from the gentle self-defense art of Aikido and how the breathing and movements helps him achieve his goals.

STEM: Lou Chicago’s Rainy Day

James Poulos’ humorous puppet show explains why using a lot of water during a rainstorm can cause sewers to back up and flood basements in Chicago.

Ms. G and a Smelly Sock Science Experiment

Michelle Grinberg has a two minute science experiment with salt, pepper a spoon and her roommate&rsquol;s super smelly sock.

Teacher Connection: A Message From Ms. Graff

Cheryl Graff has a message to students about how she is using her time in this pandemic for personal growth.

Ep. 05 • Fri • 5/15 • All

Language Arts: The Dinosaur and the Horse Show (Letter Sounds)

Jeffery McLain teaches about the sounds of the letters H and D with horse and dinosaur dolls.

Story Time: There’s Nothing to Do

Albert Ramirez reads “There’s Nothing to Do” by James Stevenson.

Reading: A Michael Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Lesson

Lauren Peretz gives another lesson in phonemic awareness using rhyming words, beginning sounds, ending sounds and compound words.

Kids Connection: What Do You Do With an Idea?

Student Tyson O’Brien-Rusin reads aloud “What Do You Do With An Idea?” by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom.

Kids Connection: Stay Fit!

Student Xaiden Irons shows how he’s using a trampoline to stay fit during quarantine.

Read to Me: Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Andrea Delgado reads “Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids” by Carol McCloud and David Messing.

Music: A Canoa with Mr. W.

Justin Wrzesinski leads students on a trip down the Amazon River with a Brazilian folk song.

Wellness: Mind, Body and Spirit Revitalizer

Sensei Ulrich Butler demonstrates activities from the gentle self-defense art of Aikido and how the breathing and movements helps him achieve his goals.

STEM: Lou Chicago’s Rainy Day

James Poulos’ humorous puppet show explains why using a lot of water during a rainstorm can cause sewers to back up and flood basements in Chicago.

Health: Intro to COVID-19

School Nurse Dennis Kosuth teaches kids what the Coronavirus is, why it’s an unusual kind of germ and what actions are important to help stop the spread of the virus.

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