TeachingWorks emerged from an initiative started at the University of Michigan, with a focus on developing a more practice-oriented curriculum for learning to teach. University of Michigan School of Education faculty have redesigned their curriculum to focus more squarely on practice and changed the ways in which time is spent on campus and in schools.
Thereafter, TeachingWorks Tags were developed in 2012, in conjunction with the METX (Measures of Effective Teaching Extension) Program. These tags allow users to search the collection easily and locate videos with specific content or characteristics. There are two kinds of tags:
-Instructional practices tags, or tags related to specific instructional practices and strategies that are being used in a lesson
-Common Core State Standards (CCSS) tags, or tags related to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts or mathematics that are being addressed in the instruction in the video.