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The 10 Minute Teacher is your ten minute PD breakaway! The best and brightest educators and idea creators from around the world will inspire you as they are interviewed on this show. You will spend at least 30% of this year at school. So, enjoy it! Join full-time teacher Vicki Davis author of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog as she dives into what matters most to classroom teachers.

Episode Date
5 Ways to Maximize Your Summer
09:42

Today Angela Watson teaches us how to maximize our summer. If you like her ideas, take this quiz  to see if her 40-hour workweek program is right for you.

Cool Cat Teacher Vault: This is one of the most popular shows of all time and perhaps can help you with the rest of your summer. We will be taking a break and will start back up with Season 6 the last week of July!

Full transcript for this episode: www.coolcatteacher.com/e530

Angela Watson- Bio as Submitted

Angela Watson is a National Board Certified Teacher currently working as an instructional coach and educational consultant based in Brooklyn, New York. She has published four books for teachers and has maintained The Cornerstone For Teachers blog since 2003. Angela is the creator of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club, an online professional development program that has supported teachers with productivity in over 10,000 schools. Her Sunday podcast called Angela Watson’s Truth for Teachers is entering its 6th season, providing motivation and encouragement to teachers on a weekly basis.

Jul 12, 2019
Top Show of Season 5: Neuroscience Research and 5 Ways to Superior Teaching
15:48

Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath's book Stop Talking, Start Influencing:12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick is my book of the summer. His neuroscience insights shared in this podcast need deeper exploration and understanding as we design learning. Since John Medina's book Brain Rules, this book is my favorite neuroscience book out now. It is no surprise that with more than 7300 downloads and counting, this episode is the top episode of Season 5. Listen and discuss!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e529

Sponsor: Angela Watson’s 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club is designed to help you become a more organized, efficient, and balanced teacher. It helped me and can help you too. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/savetime and learn more about the club which is closing enrollment on July 15th. 

Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath's Bio As Submitted

Jared Cooney Horvath (Ph.D., MEd) is an expert in the field of Educational Neuroscience. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne, and over 150 schools internationally.

Jared’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Economist, and NOVA. He currently serves as Director of LME Global: a team dedicated to bringing the latest brain and behavioral research to teachers, students, and parents.  

His latest book is Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick.

Jul 11, 2019
Never Yell and Other Classroom Management Secrets of a Pro [Top Episode]
15:06

Classroom management is a challenge for many teachers. Stacey Corrigan talks about how she manages her classroom. From transitions to handling disruptions, Stacey talks about the 20+ year classroom journey. She even shares the mistakes she has made and how she tries to help teachers not make those same mistakes.

We're counting down the top shows of Season 5 -- this is the number 2 show of the season!

Sponsor:  Today we’re talking about classroom management. Becoming more efficient at grading and lesson planning has freed up more time for me to spend with my students. Check out Angela Watson’s 40 hour workweek club at coolcatteacher.com/savetime. Registration for this cohort closes on July 15.

Stacey Corrigan

Stacey is a picture book author and second-grade teacher with 20+ years of experience. Her debut picture book, THE PENCIL EATER, will be released by MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing in the next few months.

Stacey grew up in Elkton, MI and began writing as a columnist for a local newspaper in high school. She graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Elementary Education and Saginaw Valley State University with an MA in Early Childhood Education.

Stacey is a member of SCBWI, a 12 x 12 participant, and a Storystorm 2018 and 2019 participant.

Stacey lives in Michigan with her husband, two teenage sons, and an adorable beagle named Sadie.

Twitter: @StaceyCorrigan3

Jul 11, 2019
5 Authentic Ways to Encourage People Right Now [Best of Season 5]
12:02

Genuine appreciation that is timely and meaningful can go a long way in the classroom, between colleagues, and administrators and their teachers. So why don’t we show more appreciation? It doesn’t have to be hard as Dr. Brad Johnson explains in this simple but inspiring show about taking the time to build relationships. We can do this. Even more importantly, we must.

This week, we are counting down the top shows of season 5 and this show with Dr. Brad Johnson comes in at number three!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e527

Sponsor: Angela Watson’s 40 Hour Workweek Club cohort enrollment closes on July 15th. I’ve used it and recommend it. Go to coolcatteacher.com/savetime to learn more.

Dr. Brad Johnson

Leadership Consultant and Author

Dr. Johnson is a speaker in the fields of education and leadership.

He is author
of six books including, From School Administrator to School Leader, & Learning on Your Feet: Incorporating Physical Activity into the K-8 Classroom (Routledge).

He teaches graduate-level leadership courses and other educational courses.

Jul 09, 2019
5 Ways to Battle Burnout [BEST OF SEASON 5]
12:13

Tired teachers need strategies to stay refreshed and feel good. Today, we talk about battling burnout. This week we are counting down the top episodes of 2019. Today’s show is 5 Ways to Battle Burnout with Mandy Froehlich and it is the number 4 episode of Season 5. 

Sponsor: Angela Watson’s 40 Hour Workweek Club cohort enrollment closes on July 15th. I’ve used it and recommend it. Go to coolcatteacher.com/savetime to learn more.

Mandy Froehlich - Bio as submitted

Director of Innovation and Technology

Mandy Froehlich is the Director of Innovation and Technology for the Ripon Area School District in Ripon, Wisconsin where she supports and encourages educators to create innovative change in their classrooms.

Her passion lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as what is needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking. She consults with school districts and post-secondary institutions around the country in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, conducts workshops, and presents and keynotes nationally.

Her first book, The Fire Within: Lessons from defeat that have ignited a passion for learning, discusses mental health awareness for teachers. Her book, Divergent EDU, is based on an organizational structure she developed to support teachers in innovative and divergent thinking.

 

Jul 08, 2019
Post #ISTE19 Recap Show #notatiste19
18:41

Today is a recap of #ISTE19 from 4-time attendee Matt Miller and first-time attendees Angie Ridgeway and Nate Ridgeway. They share what people were talking about and their observations about what was missing. (Record Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019)

These three educators co-authored Don't Ditch That Tech: Differentiated Instruction in a Digital World.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e525

Matt Miller

Matt Miller is an educator, blogger and the author of “Ditch That Textbook,” a book about revolutionizing the classroom with innovative teaching, mindsets and curriculum. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. Matt is a Google Certified Innovator, PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator and two-time Bammy! Awards nominee. He writes at the Ditch That Textbook blog about using technology and creative ideas in teaching. Reach him at matt@DitchThatTextbook.com or on Twitter at @jmattmiller.

Angie Ridgeway

Angie Ridgway began her career in middle and high school Spanish teaching. She's now working with future secondary teachers and new faculty members at  University of Indianapolis. Her passion lies in supporting new teachers' work in the implementation of original pedagogies that strive to meet all students' needs. She holds an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with areas of emphasis in secondary education and Spanish.

Nate Ridgeway

Nate is a tech-loving history teacher in Indianapolis, Indiana. He specializes in lesson design and differentiation and also is licensed in Special Education Mild Interventions. He's taught in both middle school and high school settings, but currently is enjoying teaching World History & Dual Credit U.S. History. He is currently finishing a Masters degree in History at University of Indianapolis.

Jun 28, 2019
5 Ways To Bring SEL Into Edtech Classroom Use
15:13

Mark Sparvell cites current research about what students really want in their classroom and how social-emotional learning relates to education technology.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e524

Sponsor: Urkund

Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email.  The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective, and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. Just teachers can use the power of Urkund. So, if you use another text similarity detection tool, or if you haven’t used one yet, now is the time to start your free trial at www.coolcatteacher.com/detect  and learn more about Urkund today.

Mark Sparvell - Bio As Submitted

Mark Sparvell is an experienced educator with over 25 years experience leading learning for schools, systems, higher-ed and professional associations.

In his current role, he works directly with education leaders and organizations globally to identify innovative leading and teaching practice, building community and capacity by leveraging digital solutions. 

As Associate Director, Professional Learning with Principals Australia Institute, Mark designed and delivered professional learning for education systems across Australia and Asia Pacific. Mark has taught both pre-service and post-graduate studies.

As Education Leader with Microsoft, Mark developed and implemented the Global Leader audience strategy and developed the global Showcase School program.

In his current role Mark has led the Class of 2030 and Emotion and Cognition in the Age of AI global research initiatives.

Mark is the host of the monthly What’s New in Edu Youtube channel, the Teaching Happiness web-series and regular presenter at Executive Briefings, conferences and workshops.

 Education Leader

Microsoft Education Microsoft Corporation, USA | marksp@microsoft.com

Jun 27, 2019
Augmented Reality Ideas from Mary Howard's #ISTE19 Session
10:45

Mary Howard's sixth-grade class is doing amazing things with augmented reality. This 10 minute episode highlights some of the things Mary is sharing right now at ISTE19 about her work with students in augmented reality! Enjoy!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e523

Today's Promotion: Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’s 2019 Teacher’s Guide to Technology. It is a great teacher PD tool which includes videos and resources to help you learn new techniques and technologies for your classroom.

Mary Howard - Bio as Submitted

Mary Howard, a 6th-grade teacher from Grand Island, New York and an ISTE Certified Educator that has found success using digital tools that not only make learning fun for her students, but encourage critical thinking, collaboration, and create a life-long passion for learning. Whether the digital experience is related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or promotes literacy, Mary believes passionately in digital equity and the potential that technology has for reaching and engaging ALL learners. In pursuit of this passion, Mary has spent the past 10 years presenting at dozens of technology conferences across New York State and has become a globally recognized speaker on the topics of augmented reality and virtual reality in the classroom. Mary shares her strategies through her blog, http://www.yoursmarticles.blogspot.com and was featured as a NYSED New York State EdTech Innovator in October 2018. She has published numerous educational technology articles and has as provided webinars on Virtual Environments, Virtual Reality, 3D Design, QR codes and engagement strategies.

Mary’s accolades include recognition as the 2018 International Society for Technology in Education’s Virtual Pioneer of the Year and a Silver Presidential Volunteer Service award. She was a New York State Teacher of the year finalist for 2018 and an M & T Touchdown for Teachers finalist that same year.

When Mary isn’t elbows deep in her technology initiatives, she is a mother of 3 boys and devotes her free time to refereeing youth hockey and volunteering within the hockey community. She is an avid runner and hiker and is just a few peaks away from becoming an Adirondack 46er.

Jun 26, 2019
What's Hot (and Not) at #ISTE19 with Monica Burns
11:20

Monica Burns @classtechtips  talks about the hottest edtech topics right now (and those that aren't so hot) in this candid and wide-ranging conversation.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e522

Sponsor: Go to Advancement Courses use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your professional development. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. Take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional learning, classroom management, teacher wellness, special education classes and more. 

Monica Burns - Bio As Submitted

Dr. Monica Burns is a curriculum and educational technology consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and founder of ClassTechTips.com. As a classroom teacher, Monica used one-to-one technology to create engaging, standards-based lessons for students. Monica has presented to teachers, administrators and tech enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences including SXSWedu, ISTE, and EduTECH. She is a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a regular contributor to Edutopia. Monica is the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin Press, 2016) and #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scannable Formative Assessment with Technology (Corwin Press, 2017).

Monica visits schools across the country to work with PreK-20 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible. She also provides support to organizations using technology to reach children and families in need. Her mission is to help educators place tasks before apps and promote deeper learning with technology. You can find out more about working with Monica, and her books and resources by visiting ClassTechTips.com.

Jun 25, 2019
7 Hot Edtech Topics #iste19 #notatiste19
17:02

Stacey Roshan, author of Tech with Heart, talks about seven edtech topics that are sparking conversation this summer both online and at ISTE19. 

www.coolcatteacher.com/e521 

Sponsor: Urkund

Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email.  The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective, and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. Just teachers can use the power of Urkund. So, if you use another text similarity detection tool, or if you haven’t used one yet, now is the time to start your free trial at www.coolcatteacher.com/detect  and learn more about Urkund today.

Stacey Roshan - Bio as Submitted

Stacey Roshan @buddyxo is the Director of Innovation & Educational Technology at Bullis School and author of Tech with Heart: Leveraging Technology to Empower Student Voice, Ease Anxiety, & Create Compassionate Classrooms. She is passionate about discovering and bringing innovative tools into the classroom to create a safe learning environment for all students to find their voice and build confidence.

Her work has been featured in major media outlets such as USA Today, The Washington Post, CNN and PBS Newshour. She has also been named Teacher of the Future by the National Association of Independent Schools. In addition to teaching high school students to love and understand math, Stacey works closely with faculty and staff to design tech-infused lessons aimed at providing the optimal learning environment for all students.

Jun 22, 2019
No #ISTE19 Fomo - Join #NotAtIste19 and Start Learning
12:06

ISTE 2019 is here but there's no reason for all of us edtech geeks who can't go this year to miss out on the learning. The #NotAtISTE19 hasthag is already hopping. Peggy George is one of the many leaders in the #NotAtISTE19 community and she tells everyone how they can join in even when they are not there. (And how those who are joining can share and help in this community.)

www.coolcatteacher.com/e520

Today's Promotion: Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’s 2019 Teacher’s Guide to Technology. It is a great teacher PD tool which includes videos and resources to help you learn new techniques and technologies for your classroom.

Peggy George - Bio as submitted

I am a life-long educator, now officially retired, who is an enthusiastic advocate for the use of technology to support learning both in and out of schools. I live in Phoenix, AZ, and have been a professional educator for over 50 years with many roles including principal, special education director, elementary teacher, university pre-service teacher education instructor and Professional Development School (PDS) program coordinator with Arizona State University. I hosted the Classroom 2.0 LIVE weekly webinars for 9 years to support teachers with technology integration. I spend many hours weekly participating in online webinars and virtual conferences to continue my learning and collaborating/connecting with other educators around the world.

Jun 21, 2019
5 Ways to Customize Your Teacher Professional Development This Summer
11:33

Teachers need personal professional development. In today’s episode, we’re sharing five real-world examples of teachers who used their summer to improve their classroom and earn professional development credit. From combatting student anxiety, helping special needs students, rewriting a physics curriculum, building student relationships, and reducing stress school-wide -- these teachers use their learning to improve real-world problems.

The post and podcast episode are sponsored by Advancement Courses. This episode includes advertorial content as I am interviewing the sponsor of the show. This happens one episode a year during the week of ISTE.
 

 

5 Examples of Positive, Personal PD for Powerful Teacher Learning - Transcript

Vicki: Today we're doing a special episode with Krysia Lazarewicz from Advancement Courses. Now, those of you who have been listening to my podcast for a while, you know, what I think about Advancement Courses, and they have so many incredible offerings, but today we want to talk about five examples of transformative PD.

You know, in the summertime, sometimes we teachers have a difficult time figuring out, okay, what am I going to learn, and sometimes the stuff we learn, we feel like, is not relevant to what we're doing in the classroom. So, Krysia, you have some examples for us of relevant, impactful, learning. What's your first one?

 

PD Example #1: Combatting Student Anxiety with a Class in Mindfulness

Krysia: Sure, so our first one actually has to do with something that many of our educators are identifying as a big problem, which is student anxiety, and it may not be surprising to any of you, but our students are dealing with so many challenges these days: from safety drills, to weather drills, bomb threats, active shooter lockdowns, things that students don't always know how to process, and so we have a lot of educators who come to us saying: 'What can I do to make this better?'

So, this particular story is about a 2nd-grade teacher, who decided that she was going to turn her summer PD into a productive use of time in her classroom and teach herself and her students to use specific mindfulness techniques that could then her students actually turn that anxiety into productive moments of resilience.

Course mentioned in example #1:

Staying Present: Mindfulness for Better Teaching and Learning (3 Grad Credits)
Use the code COOLCAT to get a 20% discount.

So, to do this, she created her own five-minute activity that refocuses students. So, thinking about:

  • How do they reset their bodies?
  • How do they focus on mindfulness rather than fear?
  • How do they think about different ways that they can bring attention to what's happening internally, rather than focus on the fear and anxiety that happens outside?

The other really cool thing that she did, is she brought parents into this. So, she welcomed parents into the classrooms to help students learn some of these new techniques, to bring some of those ideas home.

She presented at Parents' Nights, she presented to other teachers in her building, to then, help spread some of these skills to other students, and what she found was that through doing this, her students were actually better able to manage those drills, but they were also better equipped to make it through other stressful factors like testing week, or in-class assessments, or many of the other social conflicts that we know kids experience on a day-to-day basis. So, this is a great story because it showed how one teacher can really turn some of these disruptive classroom moments into events for learning.

Vicki: So, if teachers are struggling with, you know, helping kids calm or the stress, then mindfulness may be a great option?

Krysia: Absolutely.

Vicki: Okay, so you've given us one example of transformative PD: helping our kids with anxiety and us with anxiety by mindfulness. What's another example?

 

PD Example #2: A PD Care Team for Special Needs Students

Krysia: So, another example that really happens when our educators start coming together and collaborating around professional development that they can then bring together the community. This story is about what happens when a community of educators come together to help solve a particular issue that a particular grade level may experience.

Course mentioned in Example #2.
Strategies for Addressing Student Anxiety (3 Grad Credits)
Use the code COOLCAT to get a 20% discount.

So, for this one, we had a group of educators who had a classroom of high-needs students, and what they did is they came together in what they called a Care Team to then develop specific plans for each student as they developed through that particular grade.

What's so inspiring about this approach is that we actually had a cohort of educators rallying around the specific need that their group of students had. In this cohort, what they did was they focused on developing a strategy to bring all the relevant people into a community around each student. So, they included the principal, the counselor, the occupvational therapist, classroom teachers, parents, special education liaisons: all the different roles that they could bring to help create this formulaic plan, and what came as a result of this particular cohort of teachers taking ownership is that they created a school-wide approach to helping those special students across multiple different contexts within the building.

So, again, they practiced relaxation techniques, they changed the daily schedule that they had at the school for their students, they also came up with new ways that they could manage transitions, help students learn to expect change, and help them think of different ways that they could chunk information to better see progress that those students were making, rather than letting those students just see the work left to complete.

Vicki: Cool, so this was part of a professional development they did?

Krysia: It sure was, and they came together over the summer to do that.

Vicki: Well, that's great. Okay, what's our third?

 

PD Example #3 - Rewriting a Physics Curriculum and Building a PLN

Krysia: So, we know that educators are very collaborative, but sometimes, teaching can be very isolating. So, this particular story comes from an educator, a high school physics teacher.

This teacher took two courses each worth three grad credits:

  1. Next Generation Science Standards: A New Framework for Authentic Instruction
  2. Integrating Engineering Design With Middle And High School Science Instruction
    Use the code COOLCAT to get a 20% discount.

She moved from a school building, where she was one of many teachers, to where she was the only one. She was given a curriculum to teach that required lecture and required worksheets. It wasn't what she wanted for her classroom. So, she decided that she was going to come and take a few courses so that she could connect directly with other educators across the nation to think about how she wanted to improve and rewrite that curriculum.

What I found really inspiring about this is that through taking some of these content-specific courses, she actually connected into a network of educators all across the country; they came together, they rewrote an entire curriculum, they shared resources, and through the use of this PLC, she was actually able to come up with a new curriculum over the summer, which she then was excited and inspired to use.

One of the greatest compliments I think we can get is when educators come back year after year to continue to hone and refine what they worked on, and so now we have seen her take courses three summers in a row as she continues to grow and develop the curriculum through the help of that network she created.

Vicki: Wow, that's awesome. Okay, what's our fourth?

 

PD Example #4: Building Connections with Students

Krysia: So the fourth one is: sometimes, we find that there's just that one student, and I think we all know that one student who we just can't quite seem to reach, and that's actually a motivation for a lot of educators to pick a course.

There's a student. They want a strategy that can help them with that student. Well, this particular educator decided that this year, she wasn't going to have that one student, and so she set about building a proactive plan that she could use to make it much more likely that she would have a connection with each one of her kids.

To do this, she created a series of activities at the beginning of the year with the sole purpose of making her students feel known, and what she found was that by doing this, she was able to connect with them very quickly, she was able to connect meaningfully with their parents.

She then wrote these informational pieces on cards that she kept throughout the rest of the year, and what she said is that as she found she was running into trouble connecting with those kids, she pulled out the cards, she talked with the student, and said 'Look, these are the things that we said we had in common, these are the things that you said are important to you, let's talk about one of them.'

So, by doing that, she was able to then find a way to at least open a conversation with that student. She then was also able to go to other teachers of that child and have a conversation much more specific about what she could do to find an 'in,' and she actually learned that by condensing with those other teachers in that way, the other educators were likely to help her connect with that student.

So, it opened up the door to have those courageous conversations with other teachers who may be able to help in cases when you're struggling with an individual student yourself.

Vicki: Well, you have to relate before you educate.

Krysia: Absolutely, it's important.

Vicki: Okay, so you've talked about taking care of students and improving the curriculum and helping kids be mindful. How about teachers taking care of themselves?

 

PD Example #5: Self Care and Reducing Stress At a School

Krysia: Which is one of the most important parts of teaching! So, social, emotional learning is gaining momentum for our students, but sometimes we forget that it applies just as much to ourselves, and so in this particular story, one of our students came to us because she actually said that she was 'a negative influence on our students as they endure a physically and mentally worn out teacher trying his or her best to present a substantive lesson,' and that's a direct quote.

So, what she did, is she went through and said 'Well, how am I feeling stress,' and she created a stress journal; she noted and described what those situations were, and what she found is that those stressful situations were things that resonated with other educators in her building.

She worked with her principal to have all educators create that stress journal and they found that they actually had control to change many of those pieces that were causing that stress; things like: their meeting schedule, their PD structure, policies around structures for attendance. So, what came out of this was an actual awareness that they could influence change in their building to reduce the overall stress and increase the amount of time educators spent helping students.

Vicki: Wow, I love that idea of a stress journal. I think that could be very, very helpful for everyone. So, educators, as you plan your summer, remember to select PD opportunities that are actually going to improve your classroom. We need to have professional development, so let's make it meaningful and relevant and purposeful. Thanks, Krysia!

Krysia: Thank you!

Krysia Lzarewicz - Bio as Submitted

As General Manager of Advancement Courses, Krysia Lazarewicz partners with universities and enables them to deliver practical and relevant graduate-level professional development for K-12 educators.  Prior to her current role, Krysia taught middle school math and science, as well as worked in content development for Pearson before moving to Learning House, a Wiley brand, where she supported higher education faculty in developing and delivering high-quality online programs.

Twitter: @AdvanceTeaching

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Jun 20, 2019
A Learner- Centered Innovation Model with Katie Martin
10:32

Katie Martin, an ISTE 2018 keynote, talks about the importance of putting learners at the center of your innovation model. She starts with the questions we need to ask ourselves and our students and talks about what learner-center innovation looks like. Get inspired and motivated by listening to Katie. See her ISTE 2019 presentations at www.coolcatteacher.com/katie

Sponsor: Advancement Courses

Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your professional development. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional learning, classroom management, teacher wellness, special education classes and more. You have over 240 graduate-level courses to choose from in 19 different subject areas. 

Special ISTE19 Episodes 

From Monday, June 17 to Thursday, June 27, the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast will be airing some episodes full of education technology learning from popular ISTE speakers. These are is created particularly so those educators who can't attend will have some special and exciting learning experiences - in just 10 minutes a day.

About this episode

This is an episode recorded previously with Katie Martin. Katie has four sessions this year at ISTE 2019 and you can find them at  www.coolcatteacher.com/katie - she was a keynote from ISTE 2018. We recorded this after her keynote at ISTE 2018 and are sharing it to get you excited!

Katie Martin’s Bio as Submitted


Dr. Katie Martin @KatieMartinEdu is the Head of Partnerships- West at AltSchool. Over the last 5 years, she has worked in diverse contexts to learn, research, and support deeper learning for all students. She has also served as a middle school English language arts teacher, instructional coach, and led the district new teacher mentoring program. Katie has a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in middle school education and her Ph.D. and in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on the support that impacts teacher efficacy and retention.

Blog: katielmartin.com

Book: Learner-Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion, and Unleash Genius

Jun 19, 2019
How to Design the Classroom for Learning with Michael Cohen
11:48

Michael Cohen, aka the Tech Rabbi, and author of Education by Design talks about classroom design. We should design the classroom environment for learning.

Special ISTE19 Episodes 

From Monday, June 17 to Thursday, June 27, the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast will be airing some episodes full of education technology learning from popular ISTE speakers. These are is created particularly so those educators who can't attend will have some special and exciting learning experiences - in just 10 minutes a day.

Stay tuned, also, to the Cool Cat Teacher Blog for some other learning. Many of us (me included) cannot attend ISTE 19 but there's no reason for FOMO - let's instead flip it and Learn Online Together Always!

About this episode

This is an episode recorded previously with Michael Cohen. Michael has three sessions this year at ISTE 2019 and you can find them at www.coolcatteacher.com/cohen.

Bio of Michael Cohen aka "The Tech Rabbi" As Submitted

Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, is a designer, educator and creativity instigator. He is the author of Educated By Design: Designing the Space to Experiment, Explore, and Extract Your Creative Potential.

His mission is to help educators around the world reveal their own creative abilities so they can empower students to solve interesting problems and become positive contributors to our global society.

When he isn’t traveling the world sharing his message, he serves as the director of innovation for Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School (YULA).

Blog: www.thetechrabbi.com

Twitter: @thetechrabbi

 

Jun 18, 2019
23 Gsuite Ideas to Excite Your Kids About Learning - ISTE19
11:28

Eric Curts @ericcurts  teaches us twenty-three ways to use Gsuite tools in our classroom. With ideas for Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings for all subjects and ages, you'll want to scroll down and follow the links in our enhanced show notes.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e516

Special ISTE19 Episodes 

From Monday, June 17 to Thursday, June 27, the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast will be airing some episodes full of education technology learning from popular ISTE speakers. Thes are is created particularly so those educators who can't attend will have some special and exciting learning experiences - in just 10 minutes a day.

Stay tuned, also, to the Cool Cat Teacher Blog for some other learning. Many of us (me included) cannot attend ISTE 19 but there's no reason for FOMO - let's instead flip it and Learn Online Together Always!

About this episode

This is an episode recorded previously with Eric Curts and with a full transcription (with hyperlinks) at www.coolcatteacher.com/e516 - all of his ideas are still relevant and super cool! I've taken all of the seven presentations Eric will be giving this year at ISTE and linked them for you at www.coolcatteacher.com/eric.

Eric Curts - Bio as Submitted 

Eric has been in education for 27 years and is currently serving as a Technology Integration Specialist for the Stark Portage Area Computer Consortium in Canton, Ohio where he oversees Google Apps for Education implementation, training, and support, as well as online learning and other technology integration initiatives.

Eric is an authorized Google Education Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator and provides Google Apps training to schools, organizations, and conferences throughout Ohio and across the country. He is a co-leader of the Ohio Google Educator Group (GEG) at tiny.cc/geg-ohio and runs the award-winning blog www.ControlAltAchieve.com where all of his Google Apps and edtech resources can be found. Eric is married with four children.

Jun 17, 2019
5 Ways to Work On Your Personal Brand This Summer
10:45

Many of you this summer are going to be working on your personal brand. Now, whether you think you have a brand or not, you do. And I know it’s kind of frustrating because some people just don’t want to have a brand. And if that’s you, that’s okay. But at some point, you’re going to want to change careers, or somebody is going to look at your body of work. And I think that we all need a professional body of work online. So there are five different things I’d like to encourage you as you think about your personal brand.

Full Transcript: www.coolcatteacher.com/e515 

Today's Promotion: Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’s 2019 Teacher’s Guide to Technology. It is a great teacher PD tool which includes videos and resources to help you learn new techniques and technologies for your classroom.

Jun 15, 2019
5 Awesome Things for Teachers to Do This Summer
12:02

Summer is an important time for educators. While some people debate what educators should or shouldn’t do over the summer, ultimately it is YOUR summer and YOUR plans. Here are five things to consider as you plan your summer.

Full Transcript: www.coolcatteacher.com/e514

Today's Promotion: Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’s 2019 Teacher’s Guide to Technology. It is a great teacher PD tool which includes videos and resources to help you learn new techniques and technologies for your classroom.

From the 10 Minute Teacher Vault: We are sharing the best and most popular shows of all time. Today's show is a popular show with a full blog post/transcript to share along with an infographic.

 

 

Jun 13, 2019
How to Help Kids Who Hate Math Learn It
09:43

Today Dan Meyer @ddmeyer gives us tips and advice for helping kids who hate math learn to love it. He explains the 3-Act method of teaching.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e513 

Today's Promotion: Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’s 2019 Teacher’s Guide to Technology. It is a great teacher PD tool which includes videos and resources to help you learn new techniques and technologies for your classroom.

From The 10 Minute Teacher Vault

As we finish season 5, we have been airing the most popular shows of all time. Since Apple Podcasts only holds 297 episodes, many of these popular shows are worth a re-listen. Enjoy!

Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer @ddmeyer taught high school math to students who didn’t like high school math. He has advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and TED.com. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in math education and is the Chief Academic Officer at Desmos where he explores the future of math, technology, and learning. He has worked with teachers internationally and in all fifty United States. He was named one of Tech & Learning’s 30 Leaders of the Future. He lives in Oakland, CA. http://blog.mrmeyer.com

Disclosure of Material Connection: This episode includes some affiliate links. This means that if you choose to buy I will be paid a commission on the affiliate program. However, this is at no additional cost to you.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

Jun 12, 2019
iPads in Kindergarten
09:29

Karen Lirenman (@KLirenman) and Kristen Wideen (@mrswideen) have written the definitive book on using iPads in the elementary classroom,  Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom. (This episode is from our vault of most popular shows of all time - and it was the first show! Kristen and Karen share timeless principles of excellent teaching with 1:1 and iPads in the kindergarten classroom. It deserves a relisten for everyone who hasn't heard this show!)

www.coolcatteacher.com/e512 

Today's Show Promotion: Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’s 2019 Teacher’s Guide to Technology. It is a great teacher PD tool which includes videos and resources to help you learn new techniques and technologies for your classroom.

Full Bios of our Guests


Kristen Wideen

Kristen has spent her career teaching and engaging primary school children in the United States and Canada.Through her innovative, student-driven projects, she teaches classes to take chances and develop the skills necessary to succeed in the twenty-first century. Kristen encourages her students to create, collaborate, and be open to try new things in her classroom every day. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education through the University of Windsor, completed her master’s in the art of teaching at Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan, and was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator. She frequently writes about her educational journey at www.mrswideen.com, and enjoys inspiring educators to use technology in innovative ways by speaking at conferences.

Karen Lirenman

Karen Lirenman is a multi-age Grade 1-3 teacher in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, who loves to provide her students with choice in how they learn, show, and share their knowledge. She engages them globally through video conferencing, Twitter, and blogging and uses technology as seamlessly as possibly to make this all happen. http://www.klirenman.com/

Disclosure of Material Connection: This episode includes some affiliate link. This means that if you choose to buy I will be paid a commission on the affiliate program. However, this is at no additional cost to you.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

 

Jun 12, 2019
Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and Your Classroom Everyday
11:37

So many kids struggle, especially in summer school. Popular author, Dr. Barbara Blackburn, gives us some tips to start summer school or any school year in a way to help struggling learners set goals. This must-listen episode will give you ideas for having a great summer as well.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e511

Need a summer PD learning experience. I'm recommending Jennifer Gonzalez's 2019 Teachers Guide to Technology. This awesome guide not only writes about each app, it includes video and helpful resources. Check it out at https://www.coolcatteacher.com/guide.

From the Vault

This summer as we finish season 5, we're airing some of the top shows of all time from the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast. Today's show is from Barbara Blackburn and is a great listen for those teachers working summer school this summer

Barbara Blackburn's Bio as Submitted

Barbara R. Blackburn, an international speaker, was named one of the top 30 Global Gurus in Education in 2016 and 2017. She is the author of 18 books, including 4 for administrators. She regularly collaborates with schools and districts to provide support in the areas of leadership, instructional rigor, and evidence-based instructional strategies. She can be reached atwww.barbarablackburnonline.com

Blog: www.barbarablackburnonline.com

Twitter: @barbblackburn

Jun 10, 2019
5 Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom
09:30

Want to help students learn and be more refreshed? Students need breaks too. That is why brain breaks are becoming so popular. Teacher Rob Donatelli @DTown_MrD talks about the brain breaks phenomenon. Then, Rob gives teachers five ideas he uses in his classroom for brain breaks. Take a brain break today!

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The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective, and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. Just teachers can use the power of Urkund. So, if you use another text similarity detection tool, or if you haven’t used one yet, now is the time to start your free trial at www.coolcatteacher.com/detect  and learn more about Urkund today.
 

From the 10-Minute Teacher Vault

Rob Donatelli shared these brain breaks in one of the most popular 10 Minute Teacher Podcast episodes of all time. This is another from 2017, the year we launched, but the principles are timeless. If you want to search the 100+ episodes from the show, go to our podcast vault.

Brain breaks one of those techniques you should add to your classroom toolkit. 

Rob Donatelli - Bio As Submitted

Rob Donatelli is a business & computer science teacher at Dallastown Area High School. He is also the founder of the Donatelli EdZone.

His passions include school leadership, education technology, presenting, entrepreneurship, and coaching. Follow him on YouTube at the Donatelli EdZone or on Twitter @DTown_MrD.

 

Jun 07, 2019
How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child
09:37

Tom Loud dropped out of high school because he didn’t connect with his teachers. Somehow, he connected with books though and became a high school and college graduate. Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. Today we’ll talk about unleashing the potential in every child. And yes, you’ll hear birds chirping, but that is ok!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e509

Urkund: Today’s Sponsor

Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email. Students just turn in work. Then, the teacher has the paper analyzed by Urkund.
The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective, and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. Just teachers can use the power of Urkund. So, if you use another text similarity detection tool, or if you haven’t used one yet, now is the time to start your free trial at www.coolcatteacher.com/detect  and learn more about Urkund today.
 

From the 10-Minute Teacher Vault

This is another one of the all-time-top shows of the 10 Minute Teacher. This show with Tom Loud aired in September 2017 but because iTunes only keeps 297 of the most recent shows, we wanted to take the summer opportunity to share the most inspirational shows from the 10 Minute Teacher podcast. I hope you enjoy!

Tom Loud - Bio As Submitted

Tom Loud is a first-grade teacher at Middlesettlements Elementary in Tennessee. He also serves as a Technology Teacher Leader at Middlesettlements and was recently recognized as Technology Teacher of the year along with Innovative Teacher of the Year by his district.

In addition, Loud was one of 50 Teachers in Tennessee selected to participate in an Educator Fellowship through SCORE, (The State Collaborative on Reforming Education), an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan advocacy and research institution that drives collaboration on policy and practice to ensure student success across Tennessee. Loud's passions are technology integration in the elementary grades, along with teacher motivation.

Twitter: @loudlearning

Jun 06, 2019
How to Create a Summer Writing Notebook
09:13

oday Angela Stockman @AngelaStockman challenges teachers and students to create a summer writing notebook with the #flaneur challenge. This is going to be fun! Let’s do this.

Full Transcript: www.coolcatteacher.com/e508

Today’s sponsor is Urkund.

Urkund is a remarkable plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email. Students just turn in work.

Then, the teacher has the paper analyzed by Urkund. The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective, and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. Just teachers can use the power of Urkund. So, if you use another text similarity detection tool, or if you haven’t used one yet, now is the time to start your free trial at www.coolcatteacher.com/detect  and learn more about Urkund today.

From "The Vault" of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

Angela Stockman recorded this show for summer 2017 but it can apply to this summer. If you're looking for writing ideas for summer or encouragement for your creativity, these are fantastic ideas.

This is one of the top shows of the 10-Minute Teacher of all time. Since iTunes keeps only 297 of the 500 shows, we wanted to take some of the very best of the show this summer and re-share it with our growing community of remarkable educators. Enjoy! 

Angela Stockman - Bio As Submitted

Angela Stockman facilitates professional learning experiences for K-12 literacy teachers within and beyond her home state of New York. The author of Make Writing, Angela is passionate about creating writing workshop experiences that are relevant to today’s learners and accessible to even the most resistant writers.

Jun 05, 2019
Hyperdocs: Tips and How-To's for Teachers
10:55

Lisa Scumpieru, 10th-grade Literature Teacher, gives us a crash course in Hyperdocs. She shares lesson plans, ideas, and tips for getting started quickly without hassle.

Full Transcript: www.coolcatteacher.com/e507 

Today’s sponsor is Urkund.

Urkund is a remarkable plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email. Students just turn in work.

Then, the teacher has the paper analyzed by Urkund. The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective, and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. Just teachers can use the power of Urkund. So, if you use another text similarity detection tool, or if you haven’t used one yet, now is the time to start your free trial at www.coolcatteacher.com/detect  and learn more about Urkund today.

From "The Vault" of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

Lisa Scumpieru's show aired in 2017 and remains a highly shared resource on hyperdocs. Simply put, this is a show you can share with teachers to help them get started that explains simply how it works. If a teacher is using Google Classroom, they need to use hyperdocs.

This is one of the top shows of the 10-Minute Teacher of all time. Since iTunes keeps only 295 of the 500 shows, we wanted to take some of the very best of the show this summer and re-share it with our growing community of remarkable educators. Enjoy! 

Lisa Scumpieru - Bio As Submitted

 I have taught for 23 years at North Hagerstown High School in Hagerstown, Md. I am originally from north of Pittsburgh. I have always looked at myself as a life-long learner and Twitter has helped me strengthen my PLN and my teaching. I am a Google Certified Trainer, Flipgrid Ambassador, Formative Educator, and CommonLit Advisory Board Member. Our school is 1:1 with I-pads and I am incorporating a lot of project-based learning, hyperdocs, and diverse seating. I am a fan of not teaching the entire book, but giving students the meat of the text and reading Shakespeare from the middle. My inspirations are: Matt Miller’s “Ditch the Textbook”, Dave Burgess’ “Teach Like a Pirate”, and Joy Kirr’s “Shift This”. I love to share my work and help others improve their teaching.

Jun 04, 2019
What Helps Kids Really Learn
10:50

How do kids learn and remember? Teacher Andrew Stadel, @mr_stadel founder of the popular site estimation180.com, talks about this pursuit of learning in the classroom. This topic is his summer research topic. As you ponder the classroom, look at what you’ll research to become a better teacher.

www.coolcatteacher.com/506

Today’s sponsor is Urkund.

Urkund is a remarkable plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email. Students just turn in work.

Then, the teacher has the paper analyzed by Urkund. The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective, and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. Just teachers can use the power of Urkund. So, if you use another text similarity detection tool, or if you haven’t used one yet, now is the time to start your free trial at www.coolcatteacher.com/detect  and learn more about Urkund today.

From "The Vault" of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

Andrew Stadel's show aired in 2017 and was the top show of 2017 how to help kids really learn. This is one of the top shows of the 10-Minute Teacher of all time. Since iTunes keeps only 295 of the 500 shows, we wanted to take some of the very best of the show this summer and re-share it with our growing community of remarkable educators. Enjoy! 

Andrew Stadel - Bio As Submitted

Andrew Stadel is a Digital Learning Coach for Tustin Unified School District in California, working with secondary math teachers to use and implement technology in meaningful ways to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics. Andrew is the creator of Estimation 180, www.estimation180.com, a website designed to provide students and teachers with daily challenges to help improve their number sense.

Blog: http://www.estimation180.com/

Twitter: @mr_stadel

Jun 03, 2019
5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer
09:03

Linda Kardamis talks about how we can make the most of our summer. Get ready to rock summertime with these five ideas.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e505

Blog Post/ Podcast Sponsor: Advancement Courses

Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your summer PD courses. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional learning, classroom management, teacher wellness, special education classes and more. You have over 240 graduate-level courses to choose from in 19 different subject areas. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat today and use the offer code COOL20. Tell your friends and plan your PD today!

Linda Kardamis - Bio as Submitted

Linda Kardamis provides practical advice and Biblical encouragement for Christian teachers on her website Teach 4 the Heart (http://teach4theheart.com/). She is also the author of Create Your Dream Classroom (http://teach4theheart.com/dreamclassroom) and the creator of Classroom Management 101 (http://teach4theheart.com/cm101) and Teach Uplifted (http://teachuplifted.com).

Blog: http://teach4theheart.com/

Twitter: @LindaKardamis

 

May 31, 2019
20 Ways to Have a Summer That Matters
11:36

Today I want to challenge your thinking about your summer. So, I’ve collected twenty of the best ways to make this summer one of learning. This is a blog post / podcast simulpost. You'll find the same content in slightly different form so you can read or listen to this content. Enjoy!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e504

Blog Post/ Podcast Sponsor: Advancement Courses

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May 30, 2019
How to Amplify Kindergarten and Elementary Voices
09:32

First grade teacher Danielle Moore has worked with early elementary and kindergarten students as she helps them amplify their voice. Yes, young children have something to say to the world! Danielle shows us how.

www.coolcatteacher.com/503 

Sponsor: Advancement Courses

Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your summer PD courses. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional learning, classroom management, teacher wellness, special education classes and more. You have over 240 graduate-level courses to choose from in 19 different subject areas. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat today and use the offer code COOL20. Tell your friends and plan your PD today!

Danielle Moore - Bio As Submitted

Danielle has been an elementary teacher who has taught kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. She currently teaches in Midlothian ISD in Midlothian, Texas. She is a fearless trailblazer for innovation and collaboration. Danielle loves being an advocate for her students in amplifying their voice! Technology is not just a tool used in her classroom to pass the time but it is used to transform learning and experiences beyond what pencil and paper can do.

 

May 29, 2019
10 Tips for Awesome Digital Citizenship
11:01

Tech Coach Penny Rayhill shares ten tips for awesome digital citizenship. If you're looking for some sites to explore - here they are!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e502

Sponsor: Advancement Courses

Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your summer PD courses. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional learning, classroom management, teacher wellness, special education classes and more. You have over 240 graduate-level courses to choose from in 19 different subject areas. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat today and use the offer code COOL20. Tell your friends and plan your PD today!

Penny Rayhill - Bio As Submitted

Penny Rayhill is a Technology Coach at Pinch Elementary School in Elkview, WV. She is a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator, Seesaw Ambassador, Apple Teacher, and Kanawha County Schools Apple Vanguard Coach.

Twitter: @PennyRayhill

May 28, 2019
12 Fundamentals of Success - Write Your Own Story
08:51

Jon Barth, author of the 1% Journal: 366 Challenges for Your Journey to Success encourages us teachers to write our own story. As we reflect this summer upon our past school year, now is a great time to adopt some of these principles.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e501

Sponsor: Advancement Courses

Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your summer PD courses. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional learning, classroom management, teacher wellness, special education classes and more. You have over 240 graduate-level courses to choose from in 19 different subject areas. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat today and use the offer code COOL20. Tell your friends and plan your PD today!

Jon Barth - Bio As Submitted

My name is Jon Barth and I’m a mentor, coach, and writer who loves to write stories and create resources to help you Write Your Own Story.

I believe success is the process of striving to achieve excellence, which is living up to our full potential so we can make a positive impact on the world. This journey involves giving it our best shot each day to improve in body, mind, and soul. I have developed The 12 Fundamentals of Success to help people develop the proper mindset and inspire them to take action to Write Their Own Story.

May 27, 2019
How I overcame adversity
16:25

Many people are destroyed by bullying, teasing, and the challenges of youth. Over the years, I've often contemplated why my story was so different. Why did I overcome? Why wasn't I broken beyond repair?

Today, we celebrate 500 episodes. And I've been asked these questions many times when I share a peek of the story to friends and acquaintances. So, in a spirit of authenticity, I share the story as it happened.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e500

 

May 24, 2019
Rocking TpT This Summer
10:20

Want to start working with Teachers Pay Teachers this summer? Pam Olivieri from Rockin' Resources tells us how to get started.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e499

Pam Olivieri - Bio As Submitted

Pam Olivieri is dedicated to creating a standards-based curriculum that follows her vision to MOTIVATE, EDUCATE, DIFFERENTIATE. With her 26 years of classroom experience, a Master's Degree, and a National Board Certification, she is trusted by thousands of teachers for advice on language arts instruction. Pam also offers her services as a writing coach and professional development. Why Rockin Resources for a business name? She loves 80's rock music! Connect with her via https://rockinresources.com/ or social media! You won't be disappointed!

Blog: https://rockinresources.com/

Twitter: @rockinresources

A message from Pam... I developed a writing curriculum 6 years ago for Grades 1-8. It is trademarked as Step-by-Step Writing Program. I am now launching a professional development training on how to teach writing for Grades 3-5. It is called Reluctant Writers to Rockstar Writers. It takes teachers through the writing process, sentence structure, paragraph writing, narrative writing, opinion writing, informative writing, revising, editing, and progress monitoring. I offer a free webinar for teachers on writing strategies and my secret to writing success. Here is a link that will take your audience to the webinar, special offers for the writing course, and for a freebie:    https://rockinresources.com/coolcat

May 23, 2019
Research Spotlight: Student-Centered Blended Learning
07:14

Dr. Regina Giraldo-García shares her research on what makes effective blended learning.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e498

Dr. Regina Giraldo-García Bio as submitted

Dr. Regina Giraldo-García is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow and an Adjunct Professor of Educational Research, Evaluation, and Psychological Foundations of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Foundations at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio. Her research interest includes, but is not limited to, minority students’ academic achievement, the role of mentors, parental involvement, critical thinking, and social justice in education.


Blog: https://www.linkedin.com/in/regina-giraldo-garc%C3%ADa-ph-d-0a46b830/

May 22, 2019
How to Promote Deeper Learning with the Four Shifts
09:16

The four shifts is a new education technology paradigm shared in the book Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning by Scott McLeod and Julie Graber. On today's show, Julie discusses these four shifts and how it compares to other models such as SAMR. She gives examples of effective design using technology and where many programs are falling short.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e497

Julie Graber's Bio as Submitted

Julie Graber is an instructional technology consultant
on a technology innovation team for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in Iowa where she supports educators with effective teaching, learning, leading, and technology practices. She is a passionate educator who is most interested in seeing teachers and administrators improve authentic learning experiences for students. Her many areas of expertise include deeper
thinking with technology, authentic learning, curriculum design, and performance tasks and assessments. She spent thirteen years as a technology coordinator and business and computer
teacher. Julie is an Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) coach and has coached elementary, middle, and high school teams of teachers on how to use the framework in order to increase the level of intellectual demand as well as the authenticity of the work that students are asked to do. She has
served on several state leadership teams, including the North Central Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Hub Advisory Board and the Design Team for the Iowa Competency-Based Education Collaborative, and has provided guidance for schools to increase STEM education in their classrooms and move them toward competency-based and personalized
learning. Julie is a Defined STEM, a K–12 curriculum resource curriculum with engaging project-based lessons that are based on real-world scenarios. She is also a consultant for Jay McTighe's consulting group, McTighe and Associates, where she conducts workshops for educators using the Understanding by Design curriculum framework. Julie is the co-creator of the 4 Shifts discussion protocol and a regular local, state, and national presenter focusing on authentic work and student-centered, personalized and project-based learning.

May 21, 2019
What's New In Digital Leadership version 2
10:34

Eric Sheninger has rewritten his popular book Digital Leadership. In this show, learn what he added and what has changed. With over half the book being rewritten and changed, you'll want insight into what trends are important if you're going to be a digital leader in schools.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e496

Get Version two of his book now - https://amzn.to/2VNSldT

Eric Sheninger's Bio as Submitted

Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership & Learning with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this, he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership, his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement.

Blog: ericsheninger.com

Twitter: @E_Sheninger

Instagram: esheninger

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EricCSheninger

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/NMHSPrincipal

 

 

 

May 20, 2019
5 Ways to Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom Now
11:23

To create a classroom culture of inquiry, we can follow these five techniques. Connie Hamilton, author of Hacking Questions: 11 Answers That Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e495

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Connie Hamilton - Bio as Submitted

Connie Hamilton Ed.S. has 25 years in education as teacher, instructional coach, elementary/secondary principal and K-12 district administrator. She is currently the curriculum director in Saranac Community Schools, is an international educational consultant and presenter, and the author of two books, including her latest, Hacking Questions.

Teachers describe her workshops as meaningful and engaging as she models quality instructional methods that can be used in the classroom tomorrow. She applies her deep understanding of pedagogy in workshops such as Questioning, Gradual Release of Responsibility, Student Engagement, Feedback, and more.

Connie spends most of her year facilitating classroom observations in a collaborative setting so teachers can learn from one another as they implement new strategies with students. She brings these experiences to her workshops to help teachers put research into practice in ways that make sense. Visit Connie's webpage at https://conniehamilton.net/ or find her on Twitter @conniehamilton.

May 17, 2019
Talking to Kids About Poverty
11:09

Jaime Casap, Google's Education Evangelist, grew up in poverty. Today, he shares his story and encouragement to help teachers reach children from a variety of backgrounds. You'll want to listen to this encouraging show!

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Jaime Casap - Bio As Submitted

Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the potential of digitalization as an enabling capability in pursuit of promoting inquiry-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation into our education policies and practices.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on learning, skill development, and the future of work. He is the coauthor of “Our First Talk About Poverty,” as a way to talk to children about poverty. Jaime helped launch the Phoenix Coding Academy, a public high school in Phoenix, AZ, focused on computer science as part of an inquiry-based learning model. He teaches a 10th-grade communication class at the school. He also guest lectures at Arizona State University.

He speaks on education, digitalization, innovation, generation z, and the future of work at events around the world. You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap and watch his YouTube career advice videos at www.youtube.com/jaimecasap

 

May 16, 2019
How to Set Goals for Your Library This Summer
10:49

While we have to finish well, those of us who are returning to another year as an educator have to look forward to plan. Today, media specialist Amanda Johnson talks about the massive success of some new sections she added to the library last summer and how she's going to improve her library even more this summer. The goal is to encourage students to read and what Amanda is discovering might surprise you.

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Amanda Johnson - Bio As Submitted

Amanda Johnson is the media specialist at Meadow View Elementary in Henry County, Virginia. As a first year librarian, Amanda has hit the ground running with her students, setting up the library in Henry County's new elementary school.

A 2015 graduate of Mary Baldwin College with a degree in English with minors in education, coaching & exercise leadership, and history, Amanda went on to receive a Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Louisiana State University in 2018.

Amanda strives to be an innovative educator in a 1:1 iPad school, embracing the wide array of technology available in the media center. Wanting the library to be an enhancement and extension of the classroom, Amanda has tried to incorporate and further classroom lessons in the library through virtual reality, circuitry experiments, coding, green screen video production, and more. As a lifelong learner, every day is an adventure for Amanda and her 670 elementary school students!

May 15, 2019
Martians in Your Classroom, STEM, and Making Makerspaces Accessible
10:26

The first person to walk on Mars has already been born and is in our classrooms today, so the  experts tell us. He or she could be in your classroom or mine. The question is if we're equipping that child and the others to go behind them with the knowledge and intuitive exploration of making things work together for success through rich making and STEM spaces. Today we talk to Rachael Mann, author of The Martians in Your Classroom: STEM in Every Learning Space.

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I will curate a Wakelet collection to go along with the podcast: https://wakelet.com/@RachaelEdu

Rachael Mann - Bio as Submitted

Rachael Mann is the founder of #TeachlikeTED and coauthor of The Martians in Your Classroom. She speaks and writes about the future of education and helps educators rethink the learning spaces of today. Prior to #TeachlikeTED, Rachael was the Network to Transform Teaching and STEM Professional Learning Director for Northern Arizona University’s AZK12 Center and State Director for Educators Rising Arizona. A former high school Career and Technical Education teacher and hailing from a family of educators, she has 14 years of classroom teaching experience. Rachael is a Google Certified Educator with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She is a founding member of the Council on the Future of Education, President-Elect for the NCLA Executive Board, and serves on the Region V Policy Committee.

 

Blog: https://rachaelmann.co/

Twitter: @RachaelEdu

May 14, 2019
Alec Couros on Spearfishing, Citizenship, and Lateral Reading
11:46

Schools are being targeted with "spearfishing" attacks - a new form of phishing that is quite deceptive. Citizenship encompasses digital citizenship and the importance of lateral reading are three of the motivating topics tackled today with education thought-leader Dr. Alec Couros.

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Dr. Alec Couros - Bio as Submitted

Alec Couros is a professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, in Saskatchewan, Canada. An award-winning educator, Alec helps his undergraduate and graduate students take up the incredible affordances of our connected world through the integration of educational technology in teaching and learning.

Alec is also a well-recognized scholar and researcher who has given hundreds of keynotes and workshops around the globe on diverse topics such as connected/networked learning, digital citizenship, social media in education, and critical media literacy, providing educators, students, and parents with the knowledge necessary to take advantage of and thrive in our new digital reality.

Finally, Alec is a passionate advocate of openness in education and demonstrates this commitment through his open access publications, considerable digital presence and contributions, and highly successful MOOCs and open boundary courses.

Blog: http://couros.ca/

Twitter:@courosa

May 13, 2019
5 Ways to Leverage Play In Your Class Today
10:38

Play belongs in every classroom. Today, Jill Vialet shows us how.

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Bio as submitted

Jill Vialet is the Founder and CEO of Playworks, the leading nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children's social and emotional health. For more information, visit: www.playworks.org.

 

Blog: https://www.playworks.org/about/staff/meet-ceo-founder/  

Twitter: @jillvialet

 

May 10, 2019
Music Teachers of Excellence with the CMA Foundation
09:25

Music education helps students engage with learning and has many positive benefits. Today's guest, Tiffany Kerns, Executive Director of the CMA Foundation talks about remarkable music teaching and their quest to recognize the top music teachers in the United States.

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Related Resources

  • Music education gives students an exciting and creative reason to be in the classroom. Student engagement in music class creates better attendance, which translates to higher test scores and graduation rates.
  • There is significant data proving the positive impact music has on a student’s ability to retain, learn, and articulate information. This is seen especially in reading – without an improvement in literacy alone, our country will not be able to properly support this generation.
  • Some of the benefits of music education include higher graduation rates, a greater chance of post-secondary success, social and emotional development, and shaping the next generation to be collaborative, creative and forward-thinking leaders.

 

Previous Shows Relating to This Topic

Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

K-6 Educational Music Videos: Selecting the Right Videos for Learning

Making Music with iPads and #edtech

 

Tiffany Kerns - Bio as submitted

A common thread throughout Tiffany Kerns’ career has been her dedication to creating meaningful change and advocacy for nonprofit organizations. Paired with a steadfast focus on improving the philanthropic model of giving, Kerns has lead the Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation in their mission of enriching music education programs across the United States, working to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in music.

Established as the philanthropic arm to the Country Music Association (CMA), the CMA Foundation has invested over $25 million into music education programs across all 50 states. As executive director, Kerns is responsible for the growth, development, and execution of the nonprofit’s charitable investments by creating strategic partnerships, working with policy leaders and implementing an impact-driven grant process.

Kerns works with each and every grantee organization to provide strategic planning, compliance, project management, and community impact. She oversees advocacy efforts for the CMA Foundation at the state and federal level, which includes working with more than a dozen community partners to elevate the cause.

Kerns also oversees the CMA’s collegiate program CMA EDU, which currently has 25 collegiate chapters nationwide and works to educate students on the music industry by providing opportunities to hear from industry professionals and participate in a hands-on work experience alongside marketing and tour production.

Before joining the CMA Foundation, Kerns was the director of development at The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For over six years, Kerns filled various roles in special events and development. Driven by her passion to grow the organization and fueled by her exceptional leadership skills, single-handedly, Kerns implemented new fundraising initiatives and opportunities across the Southeast and Pacific Northwest regions. After expanding her footprint in nonprofit management and learning the biotech industry in San Francisco, Kerns moved to Nashville to develop and strengthen the donor portfolio for CFF which ultimately led her to CMA.

Kerns is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she received a BA in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration.

Blog: https://www.cmaworld.com/foundation/

Twitter: @cmafoundation

May 09, 2019
PBIS, Discipline, and Compassion Fatigue
11:22

When I shared a USA Today Article on PBIS on my Facebook page, teachers started responding and yelled volumes about mis-implementation mis-understandings and mis-use of discipline -- specifically PBIS -- in their schools. So, Melissa Man, special education teacher with her Master's in Counseling agreed to come on the show and talk about the topic. What do you think?

Melissa Mann's Bio as Submitted

Melissa Mann is a special education teacher with the Madison County School System. She has taught both self-contained and collaborative students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. Melissa is dual certified in Elementary Education and Special Education. She also has a Master's in School Counseling and is a certified school counselor. Melissa presented at ISTE in 2015, and she has presented for the past eight years at Alabama's state technology conference and at various local conferences. Melissa is also a trainer with Simple K-12.  Her portfolio can be found at: www.bit.ly/TechTreasures

 

Blog: https://techtipsforthek-6classroom.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @mnmann

 

May 08, 2019
Raspberry Pi Guy, Rocketboards & Robots
13:23

Matt Timmons-Brown is the "Raspberry Pi Guy" on Youtube. If you don't know what the Raspberry Pi is, it is an amazing small computer from which you can make amazing things. Matt is the author of Learn Robotics with Raspberry Pi. This 19-year old student at the University of Edinburg talks about how he interested himself in Computer Science and shares his insight on how to engage his generation in a powerful career.

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Matt Timmons-Brown - Bio as Submitted

Matt, The Raspberry Pi Guy YouTube channel, author of Learn Robotics with Raspberry Pi, available now: http://mybook.to/raspirobots, BEng Computer Science & Electronics Undergraduate at The University of Edinburgh

May 07, 2019
How to Build Trust with Your Students
13:25

Students need to trust their teachers. The result is better relationships, better learning, and a better quality of experience for everyone -- teachers and students included! Today's featured educator is CJ Reynolds, a teacher in West Philadelphia. CJ shares how to build relationships with students in some unconventional and cool ways. He also talks about why his YouTube channel has become so popular and how teachers can get motivated every day (not just Mondays.)

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CJ Reynolds - Bio As Submitted

CJ Reynolds teaches high school literature and The History of Hip-Hop in West Philadelphia. He is also the creator of the YouTube channel, Real Rap with Reynolds which aims at helping new and burned out teachers be the teacher they always wanted to be.

 

Blog: https://www.realrapwithreynolds.com/

Twitter: @realrapreynolds

May 06, 2019
5 Ways to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed
09:32

This time of year is a challenging one for educators. It is easy to feel overwhelmed. Today's show will encourage and help you to overcome that overwhelmed feeling with 21-year educator Jon Harper.

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Bio as Submitted

Jon is the author of My Bad: 24 Educators Who Messed Up, Fessed Up and Grew, the host of My Bad and the co-host of Teachers’ Aid. During his 21 years in education, Jon was a nationally board certified teacher, a math coach and is currently an assistant principal at Sandy Hill Elementary School in Dorchester County.

Twitter: @Jonharper70bd

May 03, 2019
How to Transform the American High School
10:41

Dr. Sarah Fine, co-author of  In Search of Deeper Learning, The Quest to Remake the American High School talks about her research into remarkable high school experiences. Also, check the show notes for a transcript.

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Dr. Sarah Fine, Bio as Submitted

Dr. Sarah Fine is an educator, ethnographer, and the co-author of In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School. She currently directs the High Tech High Graduate School of Education's Teaching Apprenticeship Program and also serves as a Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of California San Diego. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Education Week, and a range of academic journals.

 

Twitter: @sarahmfine

May 02, 2019
How to Give Effective Feedback that Works
08:38

Teachers spend hours giving effective feedback only to have students not respond or use it to improve. In this case, one could argue that the teacher isn't giving effective feedback because it is not being used to learn. Twelve-year English teacher turned principal Jordan Catapano helps us have more effective feedback that actually works to improve learning.

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Jordan Catapano - Bio As Submitted

Jordan Catapano taught English for twelve years in a Chicago suburban high school, where he is now an Assistant Principal. In addition to being National Board Certificated and head of his school’s Instructional Development Committee, he also has worked with the Illinois Association of Teachers of English and has experience as a school board member for a private school. You can follow him on Twitter at @BuffEnglish.

 

Twitter: @BuffEnglish

May 01, 2019
Digital Equity: How to Understand The Problems Facing #Edtech
10:41

Dr. Nicol R. Howard champions digital equity issues for children. What are those issues? How can we help? Today we take a dive into digital equity and the issues we should all consider -- and it is not just those with poverty who may not have access. Hear the surprising thing realized at the end of the show.

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Related Resources

Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for Teacher Prep Programs

Pre-order --- Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for the K-12 Classroom

Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers Through Connected Resources

Journal pubs:

Howard, N.R. (2018). EdTech Leaders’ Beliefs: How are K-5 teachers supported with the integration of computer science in K-5 classrooms?. Technology, Knowledge and Learning. doi:10.1007/s10758-018-9371-2

Howard, N.R. & Ifenthaler, D. (2018). Integrating STEM Opportunities for Young Learners. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 23(2), 1-3. doi: 10.1007/s10758-018-9364-1

Nicol Howard, Ph.D. - Bio As Submitted

Nicol R. Howard, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of Redlands. She has served as an educator in various capacities over the past 19 years. She has taught at the high school level (9th – 12th grades and Special Education), grades K through 5, and she was a Program Specialist in Personalized and Blended Learning. Nicol has also taught in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University.

Nicol is the outgoing co-chair for ISTE’s Digital Equity Network, and she is the past chair for the American Educational Research Association’s Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning SIG. Her research foci are equitable uses of technology in K16 classrooms, STEM Education opportunities and achievement, and teacher education concerns. Her writing has appeared in the Corwin Connected Educators Series Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers Through Connected Resources, Urban Education Journal, International Journal of Educational Technology, EduCause, Edutopia, and eCampus News.

Blog: https://www.nicolhoward.com

Twitter: @nicolrhoward

 

Apr 30, 2019
Motivating Thoughts for Teachers
09:13

Preventing burnout, finding the right colleagues, communication, the struggle with perfection... these topics are just some of the encouragements that 30-year special education teacher-turned-college-professor Pat Hensley has for teachers everywhere. This South Carolina teacher has a message of hope and encouragement from her experience in education that will help all of us get motivated this Monday!

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Pat Hensley - Bio as Submitted

Pat taught students with special needs in public school for over thirty years. Now she teaches at the university level to preservice teachers and teachers getting their master's degree in special education. She was nationally board certified in 2002 and in 2006 was Mauldin High School's Teacher of the Year and a Greenville County School District Teacher of the Year Top 10 Finalist.

Blog: http://successfulteaching.net

Twitter: @looneyhiker

Apr 29, 2019
5 Things to Know About Gen Z Kids
08:57

Shalini Shankar has been studying Generation Z. From spelling bee's to sports, this generation seems to be professionalizing their childhood. Learn more about this generation so you can be a better teacher for them.

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Shalini Shankar is Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of three books, including Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal about Generation Z’s New Path to Success. She is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist whose ethnographic research focuses on youth, media, language use, race & ethnicity, and Asian diasporas. She is the mother of two Gen Z children.

 

Blog: shalinishankar.net

Twitter: @shalini_shankar

Apr 26, 2019
How Can We Help Lonely Kids and Improve School Safety?
10:42

Joe Fatheree helped co-organize a recent national summit on school safety in the United States. In today's show, Joe talks about the summit, what schools are doing nationwide on safety, and the need to help lonely children who are struggling.

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Joe Fatheree's Bio as Submitted

Joe Fatheree is an award-winning author, educator, and filmmaker. He has received numerous educational awards, including Illinois Teacher of the Year and the NEA's National Award for Teaching Excellence. He was recently named one of the Top 10 Teachers in the World by the Varkey Foundation. He has served as the Director of Strategic Projects for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year in Washington, D.C. and is the instructor of creativity and innovation at Effingham High School in Illinois.

Fatheree's television work has aired nationally on PBS, The Documentary Channel, Hulu, and the MLB Network. He is the recipient of 3 Mid America Emmy Awards and a Telly.

Apr 25, 2019
Standards-Based Grading: How to Start the Journey
10:41

Standards-based grading -- where students are assessed by specific standards -- is being discussed or implemented in many districts. Today we talk to an award-winning French teacher turned Instructional Technology Program Manager who can help us understand the pitfalls and possibilities of successful implementation. Nicole Naditz will also give us advice for getting started with standards-based grading as well.

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Nicole Naditz - Bio as Submitted

Nicole has been a Program Specialist in Instructional Technology at San Juan Unified School District since 2018. Prior to that, she taught French for 25 years, winning numerous awards for her work designing authentic relevant learning experiences for her students. Her most notable awards include finalist for California State Teacher of the Year, 2012 and ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, 2015.

Nicole is a sought after speaker and facilitator of professional learning on the topics of literacy, student voice, social justice, standards-based grading and more. You can see her 2015 acclaimed “TOY Talk” on standards-based grading here: https://youtu.be/UYQpqWwStCw.

Blog: http://www.3rs4teachers.wordpress.com

Twitter: @NicoleNaditz

Apr 24, 2019
11 Essential Chrome Extensions (And a New Browser)
08:47

Extensions can be useful, helpful tools for parents and teachers. There are pitfalls and pluses from each extension and ways to use them in the classroom. In this episode, I'll put my geek hat on and share eleven essential chrome extensions and information on the new web browser, Brave, and why people are using it. In the show notes, I share the links. Enjoy!

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Apr 23, 2019
5 Tips to Help Students Feel Valued in the Classroom
10:28

Students need to feel valued. Today's featured educator Crystal Willis from Instagram and TpT as "SunflowersandSped" shares five important tips to help students feel valued. From noticing strengths to not making a simple mistake that makes people feel dumb -- Crystal has practical tips to help all of us better make children feel loved.

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Crystal Willis - Bio as Submitted

Crystal from SunflowersandSped is an educator with more than ten years of special education classroom experience. Her credential is in mild to moderate special education with a certification in ELA. She has taught in both public and private school settings for elementary, middle, and high school grades, and is currently helping to oversee the implementation of a special ed program at a private school in Southern California. Crystal uses her IG account to connect with other sped teachers, parents, and students. She has a passion for making sure all special ed students feel seen, valued, and loved. As a student who struggled with dyslexia herself, she shares her story to build connections and community with her students and their families.
What's next? Crystal is releasing her very own SunflowersandSped podcast in May. The podcast will give multiple perspectives on special education from the students, teachers, parents, and community. She'll be interviewing people representing each perspective, as well as sharing stories, strategies, and resources. The goal of the podcast is to inspire hope and community building.

Apr 22, 2019
5 Ideas for Helping Parents Read with their Kids (No Matter Their Age)
10:49

Frederick Douglass said, "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." Reading is important. Today, we talk to reading expert, Amy Mascott, about how parents and teachers can help older children develop a love of reading. 

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Amy Mascott - Bio as Submitted

Amy Mascott @teachmama is the creator of teachmama.com <https://teachmama.com/>, where since 2008, she has shared tools and resources parents can use to become the best teachers they can be for their children. A reading teacher, author, and influencer, Amy has truly expanded the walls of her classroom, lending her expertise at local and national events all around the country. Amy resides in the DC Metro with her three crazy-cool kids, a dog, a bird, and a hamster.

Book Releasing June 1: 

Setting the Stage for Rock-Star Readers: Help Young Children Develop a Lifelong Love of Reading

Raising a Rock Star Reader

Apr 19, 2019
Girls and STEM: The Google 20% Project That Encourages Girls to go Into STEM
11:14

Girls and people of color need role models who look like them. Today's show is a team of people at Google who have done just that. Komal Singh is a Google Engineer and recruited other Google employees to participate in a powerful 20% time project that encourages girls to go into STEM. Learn about the project, the vision, and how you can share it with girls in. Ara the Star Engineer is a book to inspire girls.

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Komal Singh Bio as Submitted

Komal Singh is an Engineering Program Manager at Google, and creator of kids’ STEM bestseller ‘Ara The Star Engineer’. She has been featured on Globe & Mail, Forbes, Financial Post, CTV, BuzzFeed, Google, The Social, The Record, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Geena Davis Institute, and more.

Her journey in tech. spans over 14 years. As a software engineer and tech manager at Accenture, she lead teams to design and launch systems for many Fortune 500 clients. She currently works at Google as an Eng. Program Manager working on ‘cool products and infrastructure’ that impact billions of people around the globe.  

Singh is also a keynote speaker, a mentor, a mother to two mini droids, a ceramicist, diversity & inclusion advocate [mango lover, zen seeker, globetrotter, overall good human].

Komal grew up in India and studied Computer Science at Delhi University and later moved to Canada to complete her Masters’ in Com. Sci. from Simon Fraser University. A globetrotter at heart, she has traveled to over a dozen countries, and currently lives in Waterloo, Canada with her husband and two little kids.

Singh debuted as an author with the release of her empowering STEM book “Ara The Star Engineer” (her 20% passion project at Google) that was a bestseller on launch day. The book is being translated to more than 10 languages and has been converted to many immersive experiences. The book series sets to inspire children (esp. minorities) to explore the magic of STEM by featuring real-life women engineering leaders of diverse backgrounds, with a storyline inspired by fantastical innovation lands (e.g. Googleplex) and engineering problem solving (e.g. code a robot to count stars).

Email: singh [dot] komal@gmail.com

Twitter: think_oid@ & arastarengineer@

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/komals1/

Book Website: www.arastarenginer.com

 

Apr 18, 2019
Can Schools Be Fair? Restorative Justice and Improving Your School Culture
11:59

Desmond Tutu says, “Restorative justice says "No, the offense affected a relationship" and what you are seeking for is to restore the relationship, to heal the relationship.” Today, Brad Weinstein and Nathan Maynard, authors of Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice help us understand how restorative justice should work and some examples that will help us understand the successful implementation.

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Bios as Submitted

Brad Weinstein works as an administrator at the Purdue Polytechnic High School Network in Indianapolis, Indiana as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. He is a co-author of Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice. Brad is a co-founder of BehaviorFlip, a restorative behavior management system that helps build empathy and responsibility in students. He is the creator of @teachergoals, one of the most popular educational accounts in the world on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Brad served as principal for two years at Irvington Preparatory Academy on the eastside of Indianapolis. Brad taught for 11 years, including roles as a coach and STEM department chair. He won Teacher of the Year in 2016 at Zionsville West Middle School in Whitestown, Indiana. Brad holds a B.A. in Education from Purdue University, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University, and completed a Principal Licensure Program from Indiana Wesleyan University. Connect with him on Twitter @WeinsteinEdu

Nathan Maynard works as an administrator at Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis, as the Dean of Culture. He also is the Co-Founder of BehaviorFlip, a restorative behavior management system that helps build a culture of empathy and responsibility. Nathan studied Behavioral Neuroscience at Purdue University and has been in the field for over ten years working with at-risk populations. He was awarded "Youth Worker of the Year" through dedicating his time with helping underserved and underprivileged youth involved with the juvenile justice system.

He has been facilitating restorative practices for over ten years in a wide range of educational settings. Nathan is passionate about addressing the school-to-prison pipeline crisis and closing the achievement gap by implementing trauma-informed behavioral practices. Nathan has expertise in Dialectical Behavioral Coaching, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Youth Development, Restorative Justice, and Trauma-Informed building practices to assist with creating positive school climates. Connect with him on Twitter @NmaynardEdu.

Apr 17, 2019
Will AI Help Education or Ruin It? The Pitfalls and Possibilities of AI.
12:58

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is only as moral and as good as those who create it. Today, AI ethics thought-leader Joe Fatheree and I discuss this topic.

Without discussing the ethics of AI and its algorithms, we risk opening the ultimate Pandora’s box of technology problems when we should instead work to get hope out of the AI box and keep the demons that could misuse and abuse us locked away. I’m not too sure we currently have the moral capacity and knowledge of right and wrong to wisely use AI. Either way, AI is here and we can be part of the conversation or we can sit in the corner and say “Nah Nah Nah I can’t hear you” until AI hears us and builds a cage around our little corner from which we cannot escape because ultimately, the key to any technology is crafted by those who make themselves part of the conversation.

 

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My favorite thing is that you can work at your own pace, create things for use in your classroom today, and you can have six months to complete the courses. Right now, my listeners can save 20% off each course with code COOL20 at Advancement Courses.

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Joe Fatheree is an award-winning author, educator, and filmmaker. He has received numerous educational awards, including Illinois Teacher of the Year and the NEA's National Award for Teaching Excellence. He was recently named one of the Top 10 Teachers in the World by the Varkey Foundation. He has served as the Director of Strategic Projects for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year in Washington, D.C. and is the instructor of creativity and innovation at Effingham High School in Illinois.

Fatheree's television work has aired nationally on PBS, The Documentary Channel, Hulu, and the MLB Network. He is the recipient of 3 Mid America Emmy Awards and a Telly.

Apr 16, 2019
Improve Student Behavior Now!
12:35

Need to improve classroom management? Today Darrian Tanner, the Florida State High Impact Teacher award winner for 2016-2017 and 2018-2019 talks about how to help teachers improve their classroom management skills.

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Sponsor: Advancement Courses, a 30-year leader in teacher PD, is kicking off their Spring Sale! Use the code COOL 20 to save 20% off each course.

Advancement Courses has over 240 graduate-level courses in 19 different subject areas. Topics include teaching foundational topics and emerging trends in K-12. The courses are all online and self-paced. Graduate credit is available with an official transcript from their CAEP and regionally accredited university partners. Thousands of teachers across the country become better at Advancement Courses.

My favorite thing is that you can work at your own pace, create things for use in your classroom today, and you can have six months to complete the courses. Right now, my listeners can save 20% off each course with code COOL20 at Advancement Courses.

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Darrian Tanner's Bio as Submitted

Ms. Tanner is currently a 10th grade ELA teacher in Kissimmee, FL. This school year will mark ten years of teaching secondary ed ELA. She has been awarded the Florida State High Impact Teacher Award for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school year. She has taken upon a new and second position as a TSL mentor on her school campus where she mentors seven first year teachers. She is a proud graduate of Michigan State University College of Ed. Her passion will always be the classroom, but she has ventured out into the Professional Development arena where she does training for educators on the topics of Student Behavior/Teacher Authority and Literacy.

She also published her first ebook Finally Some Answers: 50 Classroom Solutions for the Secondary Ed Teacher in 2016.

Apr 15, 2019
5 Writing Strategies and Tools to Reach Every Learner
10:13

Do your students hate to write? If you need quick ideas to help reach reluctant and struggling writers, Michele Haiken will help us learn more!

Michele Haiken, Ed.D. is an educator and ISTE author. She has taught middle school English for the past 20 years and an adjunct professor of literacy for the past twelve years. She is the author of Personalized Learning (ISTE, 2018) and forthcoming New Realms for Writing (ISTE, 2019). Connect with her at @teachingfactor

www.coolcatteacher.com/e470

 

Apr 12, 2019
Unconventional Project Based Learning That Engages Students
10:26

Noa Daniel talks about how unconventional project-based learning and how we can engage students with learning. If you're struggling with student engagement, this is for you.

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Noa is a passionate educator and an enthusiastic learner. She is a classroom teacher, podcaster, blogger. She is also a coach, consultant and Chief Building Officer at Building Outside the Blocks, creating projects and initiatives for students and educators that build skill, autonomy, community, and connection. https://buildingoutsidetheblocks.com/

Apr 11, 2019
My Kids Hate Their Desks! (And What I Did About It!)
10:53

Brooke Markle, a veteran middle-level English educator, realized that her kids hated their desks. They wiggled. They moved. They struggled to pay attention. So, with a limited budget, she decided to change her classroom to give students a choice. The results are exciting. 

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Apr 10, 2019
Principal Frank DeAngelis - Part 2
08:33

Frank DeAngelis was principal of Columbine high school in 1999 and remained the principal until 2015 when all of the students who were in PreK at the time of the shooting graduated. His story of resilience and leadership is one that will inspire you to be there for your students even when times are tough. He tells his story in "They Call Me 'Mr. De: The Story of Columbine...'"

www.coolcatteacher.com/e467 

Apr 09, 2019
Columbine's Frank DeAngelis - The Story of Columbine's Heart, Resilience, and Recovery
11:31

Frank DeAngelis was principal of Columbine high school in 1999 and remained the principal until 2015 when all of the students who were in PreK at the time of the shooting graduated. His story of resilience and leadership is one that will inspire you to be there for your students even when times are tough. He tells his story in "They Call Me 'Mr. De': The Story of Columbine's Heart, Resilience, and Recovery"

www.coolcatteacher.com/e466

 

Apr 08, 2019
Neuroscience Research: 5 Ways to Superior Teaching
16:23

Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath gives us five ways that recent neuroscience research can help us improve our classroom teaching.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e465 

Todays' sponsor is NetRef, join me on Tuesday, March 26 at 4 pm ET for a free webinar, 5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology. Register now.

Mar 21, 2019
How a Little Graphic Novel is Inspiring Teachers to Think
10:08

Today's show is an inspiring look into some of the truths of teaching from Josh Stumpenhorst, author of the graphic novel, Drawn to Teach, about the real life of teachers and how we can improve. 

www.coolcatteacher.com/e464 

Todays' sponsor is NetRef, join me on Tuesday, March 26 at 4 pm ET for a free webinar, 5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology. Register now.

Mar 21, 2019
What Happens When a Statistics Class is Taught with PBL
11:12

Emma Chiappetta, Utah State Teacher of the Year 2017, uses a project-based learning approach for statistics. For those who think you cannot teach difficult content without heavy testing, Emma offers an alternative view on what is working in her classroom now.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e463 

Todays' sponsor is NetRef, join me on Tuesday, March 26 at 4 pm ET for a free webinar, 5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology. Register now.

Mar 20, 2019
Advice from a Filmmaking Pro About How to Help Kids Make Movies
10:53

Movie making teachers and students can benefit from practical advice from a professional film editor. Not just a film editor, Steven Hullfish has interviewed many of the top film editors in the world and shared what he learned in Art of the Cut

www.coolcatteacher.com/e462

Todays' sponsor is NetRef, join me on Tuesday, March 26 at 4 pm ET for a free webinar, 5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology. Register now.

Mar 19, 2019
15 Ways to Get More Motivated This Week
11:30

If you're struggling and need some encouragement, today's show is for you. Mike Roberts, author of Chasing Greatness: 26.2 Ways Teaching is Like Running a Marathon, shares fifteen ways to get motivated this week. 

www.coolcatteacher.com/e461

Todays' sponsor is NetRef, join me on Tuesday, March 26 at 4 pm ET for a free webinar, 5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology. Register now.

Mar 18, 2019
5 Things About Effective Digital Citizenship You Need to Know
08:04

Mike Ribble, a digital citizenship expert, shares five important things every educator should know about digital citizenship. 

www.coolcatteacher.com/e460

Todays' sponsor is NetRef, powerful Internet monitoring software for your school and classroom.

 

Mar 15, 2019
How To Help Kids Ask More Amazing Questions Now
10:04

The Right Question Technique is being used by educators around the world to help children ask better questions. Erin Murphy talks about how we can implement some simple techniques to improve student questions today.

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Todays' sponsor is NetRef, powerful Internet monitoring software for your school and classroom.

Mar 14, 2019
5 Essential Things Teachers Need to Know About UDL
10:57

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) doesn't have to be mind-boggling. Today's guest is international UDL expert Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D. She talks about what we need to know and also the common mistakes educators make when starting to use UDL.

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Mar 13, 2019
What Educators Need to Know Right Now About Digital Citizenship - Part 2
08:24

In part 2 of this show, we discuss the addictive nature of social media and other important digital citizenship issues. Internet safety expert Anne Collier shares.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e457

Todays' sponsor is NetRef, powerful Internet monitoring software for your school and classroom.

 

Mar 12, 2019
What Educators Need to Know Right Now About Digital Citizenship Part 1
09:15

Anne Collier, Founder and Executive Director of The Net Safety Collaborative and SocialMediaHelpline.com, shares what we need to know about social media in this two-part series. We'll post the first post on Monday with the second part of the series on Tuesday. Come back to this blog post for the second part!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e456

Todays' sponsor is NetRef, powerful Internet monitoring software for your school and classroom.

Mar 11, 2019
5 Ways to Achieve Balance
09:25

Mandy Froehlich gives teachers advice on how to achieve balance between their classroom and personal life. It is difficult but these ideas can help.

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Mar 08, 2019
What This Writing Expert Learned That Will Make You a Better Teacher
10:42

Angela Stockman has been spending time with students as she teaches them to improve and enjoy their writing. She's learned some remarkable things that she shares on this show.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e454

 

Mar 07, 2019
Why Teaching Languages is Actually Very Important
10:20

Diego Ojeda, co-founder of @LangchatPLN talks about the importance of languages and why we need to know them even in a world of translators and AI.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e453

 

Mar 06, 2019
How to Use Augmented Reality in Language and Literature Classes
08:28

TW Williamson, a teacher in Taiwan, is helping language and literature teachers use Augmented Reality (AR) in exciting ways. Dive into this new technology and see how it is being used.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e452

 

Mar 05, 2019
Momo Reflections -- The Warning: My Thoughts on What We Can Learn from "Momo"
11:28

The Momo scam/hoax/threat has inspired some thoughts about what we should learn so we can prevent such a time-wasting but hurtful thing from spreading again in the future.

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Mar 04, 2019
5 Ways to Teach Using Art
08:14

Nicola Giardina, author of The More We Look, the Deeper It Gets: Transforming the Curriculum Through Art shares five ways we can incorporate art into our teaching.

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Mar 01, 2019
Why Playful Learning Is So Important in the Classroom and the Real World
09:05

David Gann, Professor of Innovation and Technology Management, shares what his research has shown about playful learning in the business world and classroom. This is a great show for those who think "play" is a bad word and to realize that play is applicable at all levels of success.

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Feb 28, 2019
How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education
10:51

Michael Cohen, aka the Tech Rabbi, and author of Education by Design talks about classroom design. We should design the classroom environment for learning.

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Today's sponsor is Empatico a powerful global collaborative tool for ages 7-11. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/empatico 

Feb 27, 2019
How to Use Alexa Devices in the Classroom
09:27

Dr. Brian S. Friedlander talks about the Amazon Alexa devices and why so many teachers are excited about them. www.coolcatteacher.com/e447 

Today's sponsor is Empatico, a free global collaborative app for students aged 7-11. coolcatteacher.com/empatico  

Feb 26, 2019
Reclaiming Our Calling #MotivationMonday
09:26

Get motivated and remember why we want to teach with principal Brad Gustafson. www.coolcatteacher.com/e446  Sponsored by Empatico, an amazing free way to collaborate for ages 7-11 www.coolcatteacher.com/empatico 

Feb 25, 2019
5 Essential Practices for Designated and Integrated ELD
10:58

Elizabeth Iwaszewicz talks about five strategies for designated and integrated ELD /ELA.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e445  Today's sponsor is Metaverse. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/metaverse  to learn more.

Feb 22, 2019
AI in the Classroom
11:51

Michelle Zimmerman talks about AI in the classroom and her new book that shares what we should be doing in this topic. www.coolcatteacher.com/e444  sponsored by: Metaverse - learn more at www.coolcatteacher.com/metaverse 

Feb 21, 2019
Creating in AR and VR in the Classroom
11:32

Jaime Donally talks about how students can create with AR and VR in the classroom. coolcatteacher.com/e443 Today's sponsor is Metaverse. Check them out at coolcatteacher.com/metaverse 

Feb 20, 2019
AR and VR in the Classroom
11:48

Augmented Reality an Virtual Reality in the classroom with Hall Davidson. www.coolcatteacher.com/e442  Today's sponsor is Metaverse. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/metaverse  to try this app for free.

Feb 19, 2019
25 Days of Making: When Educators Make, Create, and Have Fun
09:07

Learning to make and create can be a challenge but hundreds of educators took the challenge. Aaron Maurer talks about the 25 days of making. You can join in! www.coolcatteacher.com/e441

Today's sponsor is Metaverse. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/metaverse to try this app for free. Use the code ARforEDU to try the new classroom Collections feature.

Feb 18, 2019
5 Ways to Battle Burnout
10:51

Tired teachers need strategies to stay refreshed and feel good. Today, we talk about battling burnout.

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Feb 15, 2019
Valentine's Gift: Confessions of the Pain, Joy, and Love of Teaching
24:34

Today's show is different - it is longer than usual. I share some stories of insults, struggles, mistakes, and joys of teaching. The hope is that you'll be encouraged, not feel alone, and remember why we do this profession. These are my stories digging back many years in some cases of the things that have changed my view and made me a better teacher - even when they were hard. Teaching, your job is so important. I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day!

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Feb 14, 2019
This is What Happens When You Teach From Antarctica
11:17

Developing an "explorer's mindset" is the goal. To help nurture the explorer's mindset in his students, Donnie Piercey traveled to Antarctica and connected with his students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e438 

Right now, 10-minute Teacher Listeners can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20 at advancementcourses.com/coolcat. (That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours.)

Feb 13, 2019
Fantastic Apps I Use Every Day
09:06

I have picked five of my essential classroom tools. Pick one today to try with your students. I've also added some of my favorite new productivity tools for my smartphone, iPad, and a few new ones for my Mac.

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Right now, 10-minute Teacher Listeners can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20 at advancementcourses.com/coolcat . (That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours.)

Feb 12, 2019
Revealing the Heart to Breakthrough to the Unreachable Student
11:36

Basil Marin's story of struggle to success will inspire every teacher to reach the unreachable student. He is now an assistant principal and spreading the word of what happens when a teacher believes in the unreachable child. We all have unreachable stars in our classroom if we'll just look for them.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e436

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Feb 11, 2019
5 Popular Must-Watch Videos with Inspiring Stories That Will Make You Smile
11:54

Trevor Muir’s Facebook videos are getting millions of views. Hear the touching teacher stories that are resonating and have teachers sharing. See the videos at: www.coolcatteacher.com/e435 

The Teacher’s Guide to Technology 2019 is here! See www.coolcatteacher.com/guide  to learn more about this handy, useful guide from Jennifer Gonzalez.

Feb 08, 2019
Secrets of Accessible Online Content You Need to Know
08:41

In some of the statistics about online accessibility, we see that, up to 20% of people are excluded from websites when our site is not accessible. More than that - federal lawsuits for non-compliance have risen 180% from 2017 to 2018 in the United States. Today, we dig into a university that is making progress on accessibility and compliance. www.coolcatteacher.com/e434 

Feb 07, 2019
Pioneering Excellence for Better Computer Science Now
12:10

Doug Bergman, author of Computer Science K12: Imagine the Possibilities, gives an overview of the things we should be teaching students relating to Computer Science from kindergarten to high school. From small programmable robots to programming languages at the upper level, Computer Science is an essential 21st Century skill and method of thinking and creating that is applicable to many fields besides Computer Science.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e433  The Teacher’s Guide to Technology 2019 is here! See www.coolcatteacher.com/guide  to learn more about this handy, useful guide from Jennifer Gonzalez.

Feb 06, 2019
Valuable Virtual Reality Things Every Teacher Should Know
12:41

The impossible, dangerous, counterproductive, or experience are perfect experiences for virtual reality. Teacher Steven Sato shares with us the kinds of virtual reality experiences that are useful in the classroom.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e432

The Teacher’s Guide to Technology 2019 is here! See www.coolcatteacher.com/guide  to learn more about this handy, useful guide from Jennifer Gonzalez.

Feb 05, 2019
Beware of Time-Wasting Low Level Technology Learning
12:53

Tom Murray reflects on his first 1:1 program seventeen years ago with Palm Pilots. He's concerned that we often celebrate low-level learning. "Just because something is digital does not mean it is any good," says Tom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e431 

The Teacher’s Guide to Technology 2019 is here! See www.coolcatteacher.com/guide  to learn more about this handy, useful guide from Jennifer Gonzalez.

Feb 04, 2019
5 Authentic Ways to Encourage People Right Now
11:25

Genuine appreciation that is timely and meaningful can go a long way in the classroom, between colleagues, and administrators and their teachers. So why don't we show more appreciation? It doesn't have to be hard as Dr. Brad Johnson explains in this simple but inspiring show about taking the time to build relationships. We can do this. Even more importantly, we must. www.coolcatteacher.com/e430 

Feb 01, 2019
How to Make Science Thrilling from a "Jurassic Park" Mind
12:27

Dr. Ray Havasay was a scientist consulted on the making of the original Jurassic Park. Now, she is Executive Director of The Center for Science Teaching and Learning where she specializes in helping engage students in exciting science learning. www.coolcatteacher.com/e429 

Jan 31, 2019
How to Get Your Students Out of the Box
11:09

How can you get your students out of the box when you educate them in a box? Check out a revolutionary way to educate with arts, ag, and nature by digging into Chattahoochee Hills Charter School outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Executive Director, Chester Asher, shares what they've learned, the pitfalls of such an approach, and how his school has the lowest suspension rates in Fulton County, Georgia and why he thinks that is the case. www.coolcatteacher.com/e428 

Jan 30, 2019
Building Good Relationships with Your Students' Parents
11:55

Today's parents like a different kind of communication. Student videos. Some information and not others. Mike Daugherty, a Director of Technology in Ohio, has been studying this topic and experimenting for the last several years to find optimal ways to communicate with today's parents. Today, he shares what he has learned. www.coolcatteacher.com/e427 

Jan 29, 2019
Building Positive Relationships Between Administrators and Teachers
09:30

While teachers might need to put students first, Dr. Brad Johnson makes the point in his book Putting Teachers First: How to Inspire, Motivate, and Connect with Your Staff that administrators need to focus on teachers in order to help students. He also shares techniques for building positive relationships between administrators and teachers including a different take on classroom visits to make them more positive.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e426 

Jan 28, 2019
5 Sure Fire Ways to Create Remarkable Graphics
10:04

Tony Vincent is a pro at creating graphics. His blog and work is full of amazing graphics. Today, he teaches us five sure-fire ways to create remarkable graphics. We can teach our students or use them to promote the causes we care about.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e425 

Jan 25, 2019
How Should We Evaluate Leaders?
13:45

Dr. Toby Travis, Headmaster and leadership consultant, talks about the effective methods of evaluating school leaders, focusing on the research. www.coolcatteacher.com/e424 

Jan 24, 2019
No 1:1 devices? You can be an awesome tech using school anyway!
10:36

Gail Charnick and her teachers are using a variety of technologies and showing that you don't have to be 1 to 1 to be leading edge.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e423 

Jan 23, 2019
Virtual Valentines & 2 other cool, fun collaborative ideas for teachers
08:02

Dyane Smokorowski talks about Virtual Valentines, a Doodle project, and a fun trip with teachers to the San Diego Zoo this summer. Dive in!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e421 

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Jan 22, 2019
How to Motivate Teachers to Change
10:42

Motivating change in ourselves and others can be challenging but it can be done. Join Joy Kirr, 7th grade ELA Teacher, with surprising insight on why teachers really change!

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Jan 21, 2019
5 Ways to Connect Young Adults with Reading
11:31

Librarian Karen Scott challenges us with some non-traditional practices to get kids interested in reading including organizing her library by genre and using social media and graphics to inspire a love of reading. www.coolcatteacher.com/e420 

Advancement Courses has expertly-crafted classroom courses. Use the code COOL20 to get 20% off your course at www.advancementcourses.com/coolcat .

Jan 18, 2019
How We Disenfranchise Students of Color
17:28

Self-examination and reflection are important parts of improving our teaching practice. With this in mind, Josh Parker encourages us to reflect upon our practice as a teacher with working with a diverse population of students. This show is designed to make us think and open our eyes to mistakes we might be making without realizing it. So, for Thought Leader Thursday, today, we'd like to challenge you to consider if you have areas to improve in your classroom relating to students of a different ethnic background from your own. www.coolcatteacher.com/e419 

Advancement Courses has expertly-crafted classroom courses. Use the code COOL20 to get 20% off your course at www.advancementcourses.com/coolcat.

Jan 17, 2019
3 Awesome Minutes: Question Formulation Techniques (QFT)'s
09:05

Chris Fancher talks about how to use question formulation techniques (QFT)'s in your classroom by sharing what he does in his. This simple 3 minutes can change your classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e418 

Advancement Courses has expertly-crafted classroom courses. Use the code COOL20 to get 20% off your course at www.advancementcourses.com/coolcat.

Jan 16, 2019
Preservice Teachers in a Virtual Co-Op Program
13:23

Dr. Sam Fecich runs a virtual co-op program for her preservice teachers. This program not only helps her preservice teachers learn while doing authentic work, but it helps teachers get help for their classrooms. What a great idea! www.coolcatteacher.com/e417

Advancement Courses has expertly-crafted classroom courses. Use the code COOL20 to get 20% off your course at www.advancementcourses.com/coolcat.

Jan 15, 2019
Telling our Student's Stories
12:51

Students have stories to tell. As educators, we can impact our profession by sharing the stories of student successes (and perhaps struggles.) In today's episode, Jamie Ewing talks about his new YouTube channel and why he finds sharing student stories to be a powerful way to help the profession of teaching. www.coolcatteacher.com/e416

Advancement Courses has expertly-crafted classroom courses. Use the code COOL20 to get 20% off your course at www.advancementcourses.com/coolcat.

Jan 14, 2019
5 Questions We Ask While Using Rubrics
12:31

Rubrics can be helpful. But when are they not helpful? What mistakes do we make when using rubrics? English teacher, Dr. Scott N. Forrest shares the five questions they ask at his school when working with rubrics.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e415 

Jan 11, 2019
Breaking Lockstep Test Prep in Schools
15:10

Jerry Blumengarten has been working with schools for years. But when his local schools in Florida where he has retired have turned away his free offer of help because they have no time, Jerry fights back by talking about how we need to break this "Lockstep Test Prep" mentality. This episode will make you think. www.coolcatteacher.com/e414 

Jan 10, 2019
Injury Free VR, VR in Healthcare, and Future VR Classroom Trends
14:17

Preventing injuries during VR in the classroom and some interesting future VR trends in healthcare and the classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e413

The 40-Hour Workweek program will help you cut down the number of hours you spend on your job and help you become more productive. It closes on January 10, so check out www.coolcatteacher.com/40 and learn more about this fantastic program that Vicki recommends.

Jan 09, 2019
VR Nausea, Safety and other Virtual Reality Protocols to Keep Kids Healthy and Learning
12:20

Got a VR Headset? Did you know some of them cause nausea? Jaime Donally, talks about virtual reality in the classroom and shares everything we need to know! Part 1 of 2 www.coolcatteacher.com/e412

The 40-Hour Workweek program will help you cut down the number of hours you spend on your job and help you become more productive. It closes on January 10, so check out www.coolcatteacher.com/40 and learn more about this fantastic program that Vicki recommends.

Jan 08, 2019
Never Yell and Other Classroom Management Secrets of a Pro
16:42

Stacey Corrigan shares her classroom management secrets (and some mistakes). This show challenges teachers to reconsider what works (and doesn't) in their own classroom.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e411

Sponsor: The 40-Hour Workweek program will help you cut down the number of hours you spend on your job and help you become more productive. It closes on January 10, so check out www.coolcatteacher.com/40 and learn more about this fantastic program that Vicki recommends.

Jan 07, 2019
ENCORE: 20 Tech Tips to Shake Up Learning
13:18

Kasey Bell shares her tech tips for helping teachers make progress with technology. She also shares the biggest mistake she's made as a teacher relating to edtech.

https://www.coolcatteacher.com/20-tech-tips-shake-learning/ 

Dec 24, 2018
ENCORE: Trade the Cow and Start the Year Well
08:10

Start the year right with this motivational story about Will Rogers. "Trade the Cow."

The next 40-hour workweek club from Angela Watson starts in January. Go to coolcatteacher.com/40 to get early bird materials and an early bird access price.

Dec 20, 2018
ENCORE: 5 Habits of Healthy Teachers
10:57

Jen Burdis, teacher, and two-time American Ninja Warrior Competitor shares her secrets for staying healthy as a teacher.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e370

The next 40-hour workweek club from Angela Watson starts in January.

Go to coolcatteacher.com/40  to get early bird materials and an early bird access price.

Dec 19, 2018
ENCORE: Math Success with No Textbook
12:10

Mandy Tolen shares how she teaches math, engages students and teaches to standards with NO TEXTBOOK. From choose your own adventure stories to other engaging methods, all teachers will have something to learn from this teacher who ditched her textbook and enhanced learning.

Join Augmented Reality Classroom enthusiasts as they talk about the pedagogies of teaching with AR. This free webinar will be on Wednesday, December 19 at 9 pm ET and is cosponsored by #ARVRinEDU chat, 3D Bear, and I will be moderating. Go to coolcatteacher.com/arwebinar to register.

Dec 18, 2018
ENCORE: 5 Creative "Googley" Tech Tools to Get Kids Creating
11:20

#5 Show of Season 4 -- Evan Mosier from Iowa teaches us some awesome Googley ideas to start our school year with excitement and creativity.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e406

Join Augmented Reality Classroom enthusiasts as they talk about the pedagogies of teaching with AR. This free webinar will be on Wednesday, December 19 at 9 pm ET and is cosponsored by #ARVRinEDU chat, 3D Bear, and I will be moderating. Go to coolcatteacher.com/arwebinar to register.

Dec 17, 2018
5 Things to Keep in Mind When Implementing Technology
12:05

Dr. Joshua Elliott talks about what we need to consider when implementing new technology. He also shares some favorite technologies for his college classroom (and his elementary son's classroom, too.)

www.coolcatteacher.com/e405

Join Augmented Reality Classroom enthusiasts as they talk about the pedagogies of teaching with AR. This free webinar will be on Wednesday, December 19 at 9 pm ET and is cosponsored by #ARVRinEDU chat, 3D Bear, and I will be moderating. Go to coolcatteacher.com/arwebinar to register.

Dec 14, 2018
Student Authored Interviews: An Empowering Way to Help Students Lead
10:00

Daniel Miyake from Los Angeles talks about how his students interview on-campus visits. He also shares how students help convey the vision for the school in their work. www.coolcatteacher.com/e404

Join Augmented Reality Classroom enthusiasts as they talk about the pedagogies of teaching with AR. This free webinar will be on Wednesday, December 19 at 9 pm ET and is cosponsored by #ARVRinEDU chat, 3D Bear, and I will be moderating. Go to coolcatteacher.com/arwebinar to register.

Dec 13, 2018
Strategies to Help Kids Love Reading
11:34

Barb Gilman (known as @barbinnebraska) has a classroom rich with a love of reading. Today she talks about strategies any teacher can use to help kids love reading. She starts with a sign posting what she's reading now! I've heard other educators (including my friend Todd Nesloney) who have teachers in their schools post what they are reading.

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Join Augmented Reality Classroom enthusiasts as they talk about the pedagogies of teaching with AR. This free webinar will be on Wednesday, December 19 at 9 pm ET and is cosponsored by #ARVRinEDU chat, 3D Bear, and I will be moderating. Go to coolcatteacher.com/arwebinar to register.

Dec 12, 2018
3D Printing in a STEM Classroom
11:46

David Ternent, a teacher in a middle school STEM classroom, shares how he has used his 3D printers to transform and excite kids about learning STEM concepts.

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Join Augmented Reality Classroom enthusiasts as they talk about the pedagogies of teaching with AR. This free webinar will be on Wednesday, December 19 at 9 pm ET and is cosponsored by #ARVRinEDU chat, 3D Bear, and I will be moderating. Go to coolcatteacher.com/arwebinar  to register.

Dec 11, 2018
top Chef: Cooking Up Instructional Greatness with Fun PD
10:50

Allison Starling talks about a fun "PD Event" she plans for her school that makes innovation fun. She discusses how she styles this event and what teachers learn.

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Sponsor: Take the Goodbye, Teacher Tired Challenge: 5 Days to Doing Fewer things Better by Angela Watson. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/challenge  and join.

Dec 10, 2018
5 Ways to Help a Teacher
10:29

Debbie Scott has started the "Help a Teacher" Facebook page. Learn how it works and join in supporting teachers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e400

 

Dec 07, 2018
Games and Play Based Learning in the Classroom
11:29

Play can be used to teach. C. Ross Flatt from the Institute of Play, talks about exemplars and best practices for play in the middle and high school classrooms.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e399 

Dec 06, 2018
Formative Assessment in Kindergarten
15:10

Becky Holden talks about formative assessment in kindergarten. From notetaking on how knowledge is forming as students are learning to the importance of understanding a child's learning path, Becky relates this topic to all ages as we discuss the best practices in formative assessment.

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SPONSOR: Join a Free Personalized Learning Session with Me and TextHelp! This Thursday, December 6 from 1-3 pm Eastern Time, Edweek is hosting an event about personalized learning. I'll be co-hosting a panel conversation on how I help kids learn how to personalize their own learning, how we can differentiate instruction, and we'll have an "old fashioned" tool share at 2 pm in the room. Even if you cannot attend live, you can sign up to review the links and transcripts later. Get ready to talk about Personalized Learning. Just go to text.help/coolcatteacher and join the conversation.

Dec 05, 2018
Innovative Science Teaching in Grades 6-12
12:00

Isabella Liu is a science teacher in Hong Kong who is using technology with her grade 6-12 classrooms. From augmented reality to game-based learning and online portfolios, she has a variety of ideas to share about how she amps up her science teaching with technology. www.coolcatteacher.com/e397

SPONSOR: Join a Free Personalized Learning Session with Me and TextHelp! This Thursday, December 6 from 1-3 pm Eastern Time, Edweek is hosting an event about personalized learning. I'll be co-hosting a panel conversation on how I help kids learn how to personalize their own learning, how we can differentiate instruction, and we'll have an "old fashioned" tool share at 2 pm in the room. Even if you cannot attend live, you can sign up to review the links and transcripts later. Get ready to talk about Personalized Learning. Just go to text.help/coolcatteacher and join the conversation.

Dec 04, 2018
5 Ways to Help Kids of All Ages Code #HourofCode
10:13

Happy Hour of Code Week. Here are your ideas to get started. Brian Aspinall, author of Code Breaker: 15+ Ways to Get Started with Coding, shares how students from kindergarten to high school can start to learn coding. He also discusses why the argument that every child won't become a coder just doesn't hold water. Enjoy Hour of Code week!

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SPONSOR: Join a Free Personalized Learning Session with Me and TextHelp! This Thursday, December 6 from 1-3 pm Eastern Time, Edweek is hosting an event about personalized learning. I'll be co-hosting a panel conversation on how I help kids learn how to personalize their own learning, how we can differentiate instruction, and we'll have an "old fashioned" tool share at 2 pm in the room. Even if you cannot attend live, you can sign up to review the links and transcripts later. Get ready to talk about Personalized Learning. Just go to text.help/coolcatteacher and join the conversation.

Dec 03, 2018
5 Ways to Use Augmented Reality in the Classroom
12:27

Lindsay Fell is using augmented reality in the classroom (and so much more.) Today she shares five favorite augmented reality tools (plus one more.)

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Today's sponsor: Project Pals has a useful classroom collaborative platform that lets you create and manage projects for your students. Right now, my students are creating and managing a project as they are creating a podcast to record powerful stories from the recent storms in our area. Project Pals connects with Google Classroom but also lets me see detail on which students are contributing and participating. I also love the task board which is a Trello-like Kanban board that let students create, assign, and complete tasks. I will be featuring this tool on my blog and newsletter this week- go to projectpals.com and sign up today.

Nov 30, 2018
Transformational Teaching in Troubled Times - Part 2 - Sia Kyriakakos
10:41

Sia Kyriakakos teaches art in Baltimore but she teaches far more than art. In part 2 of this conversation with a teacher who is working to become relevant and relatable, see how Sia is teaching in tough times.

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Today's sponsor: Project Pals has a useful classroom collaborative platform that lets you create and manage projects for your students. Right now, my students are creating and managing a project as they are creating a podcast to record powerful stories from the recent storms in our area. Project Pals connects with Google Classroom but also lets me see detail on which students are contributing and participating. I also love the task board which is a Trello-like Kanban board that let students create, assign, and complete tasks. I will be featuring this tool on my blog and newsletter this week- go to projectpals.com and sign up today.

Nov 29, 2018
Transformational Teaching in Troubled Times - Part I - Sia Kyriakakos
10:45

Sia Kyriakakos teaches art in Baltimore but she teaches far more than art. In part 1 of this conversation with a teacher who is working to become relevant and relatable, see how Sia is teaching in tough times.

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Today's sponsor: Project Pals has a useful classroom collaborative platform that lets you create and manage projects for your students. Right now, my students are creating and managing a project as they are creating a podcast to record powerful stories from the recent storms in our area. Project Pals connects with Google Classroom but also lets me see detail on which students are contributing and participating. I also love the task board which is a Trello-like Kanban board that let students create, assign, and complete tasks. I will be featuring this tool on my blog and newsletter this week- go to projectpals.com and sign up today.

Nov 28, 2018
Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom
14:41

Master music teacher Amy Burns shares how Seesaw has become a portal for musical performances for parents and grandparents. She shares her game-changing best practices for the elementary music classroom.

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Today's sponsor: Project Pals has a useful classroom collaborative platform that lets you create and manage projects for your students. Right now, my students are creating and managing a project as they are creating a podcast to record powerful stories from the recent storms in our area. Project Pals connects with Google Classroom but also lets me see detail on which students are contributing and participating. I also love the task board which is a Trello-like Kanban board that let students create, assign, and complete tasks. I will be featuring this tool on my blog and newsletter this week- go to projectpals.com and sign up today.

Nov 27, 2018
Rewiring Education: Lessons Learned from Apple's First VP of Education
13:53

John Couch, Apple's first VP of Education hired by Steve Jobs, talks about education as it should be. From the early research from Apple to current technologies, learn about what we should be doing in education with challenge based learning. www.coolcatteacher.com/e391  

Today's sponsor: Project Pals has a useful classroom collaborative platform that lets you create and manage projects for your students. Right now, my students are creating and managing a project as they are creating a podcast to record powerful stories from the recent storms in our area. Project Pals connects with Google Classroom but also lets me see the detail on which students are contributing and participating. I also love the task board which is a Trello-like Kanban board that let students create, assign, and complete tasks. I wrote a review on Project Pals.

Nov 26, 2018
Student Created Learning (A Timeless Learning Priniciple)
14:15

Pam Moran and Ira Socol talk about the timeless principle of student-created learning. What does this look like?

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Nov 08, 2018
How Do I Help My Students Use iPads? Helping Kids Troubleshoot iPads and Use Them Effectively
09:47

Pana Asavavatana won the ISTE Kay Bitter Award for 2018 as a top technology using kindergarten teacher. In today's show, she digs deep about how she teaches her students to use iPads.

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Nov 07, 2018
Are Smartphones in the Classroom a Smart Move?
11:16

Liz Kolb evaluates where we've come with smartphones in the classroom a decade after writing one of the original educational books about using cell phones in the classroom. 

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Nov 06, 2018
How to Hold Better Meetings
11:21

Rushton Hurley talks about how to run more exciting and effective meetings in schools.

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Nov 05, 2018
Overcoming 5 Barriers to the Implementation of PBL
12:01

John Larmer, the editor at the Buck Institute, talks about common barriers to effective project-based learning and how to overcome them.

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Today's sponsor is Projectpals.com, a fantastic platform for students to plan, create, and manage their own projects (and for teachers to coach.) Learn more at projectpals.com.

Nov 02, 2018
Gold Standard Project Based Learning: Project Based Teaching
11:23

After much research, Suzie Boss shares what makes excellent project-based teaching and gives a sneak peek into her book by the same name.

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Today's sponsor is Projectpals.com, a fantastic platform for students to plan, create, and manage their own projects (and for teachers to coach.) Learn more at projectpals.com.

Nov 01, 2018
A Personalized High School: How It Works
13:39

Julia Bamba leads a personalized high school. After three years, they are graduating their first senior class. Learn about their successes and lessons from this revolutionary approach to learning being piloted in many US districts.

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Today's sponsor is Projectpals.com, a fantastic platform for students to plan, create, and manage their own projects (and for teachers to coach.) Learn more at projectpals.com.

Oct 31, 2018
An Artificial Intelligence Curriculum in Middle School
13:31

Dr. Justin Aglio has partnered with Carnegie Mellon and MIT to develop a middle school curriculum teaching Artificial Intelligence. Learn how they did it and what they are teaching in today's episode.

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Today's sponsor is Projectpals.com, a fantastic platform for students to plan, create, and manage their own projects (and for teachers to coach.) Learn more at projectpals.com.

Oct 30, 2018
Atomic Habits for Teachers and Students
15:02

James Clear, author of Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones, talks about healthy habit building for students and teachers. 

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Today's sponsor is Projectpals.com, a fantastic platform for students to plan, create, and manage their own projects (and for teachers to coach.) Learn more at projectpals.com.

Oct 29, 2018
5 Ways for Teachers to Take Back Time and Make the Most of It
10:47

Sarah Johnson is a leader who is passionate about stemming burnout through sharing the balance message for fellow educators, elevating women in leadership, and inspiring others with faith-filled leadership. She has been a teacher for grades 6-12, a principal for 4k-12, and is currently leading on a broader scale through consulting, coaching, and speaking. She believes leadership is a calling and is proud to answer every day!

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Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Oct 26, 2018
The Neuroscience of Play, Games, and Learning (and Why Fortnite Might Not Be So Bad After All)
14:09

Dr. Dave Neale is a researcher in the psychology of play and learning at the Centre for Play, Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) at The University of Cambridge. Today he talks about the neuroscience of play, games, and learning in the classroom. (We also discuss a little about Fortnight.)

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Sponsor:  Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Oct 25, 2018
Important Things I've Learned and Want to Teach from Disaster
10:52

Today, I share some things from my home that I've learned and want to teach as a result of Hurricane Michael. www.coolcatteacher.com/e377

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat  and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Oct 18, 2018
I was hit by Hurricane Michael: What You Need to Know About Tech When You Have No Technology
22:31

We have no power. No Water. No cell service. We were hit by Hurricane Michael and as we've lived through the first four days without necessities - here are the important things you and your children need to know to stay safe when disaster hits. I wish with all my heart that I wasn't qualified to share this, however, if you want to keep your family safe and want to know what to teach your students about disaster preparedness, we have compiled our must-haves in terms of technology and knowledge.

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Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Oct 16, 2018
How School Leaders Can Motivate Instructional Innovation: A Teacher's Quest for Progress
12:27

Thomas Arnett, a senior research fellow in education for the Christensen Institute, talks about a recent paper he co-authored about "The Teacher's Quest for Progress"

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Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Oct 15, 2018
Fall Break on the 10-Minute Teacher

In the meantime, look up your favorite topic and listen to back shows of the 10-Minute teacher at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast. Thanks for listening!

Oct 08, 2018
Eduprotocols for Littles with Jon Corippo
13:47

Eduprotocols for kindergarten and early elementary with the book's co-author Jon Corippo. Instead of selecting many apps, many are now recommending just a few tools/protocols for how things are taught with edtech. Then, it becomes about the content and not the tools.

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Sponsored by: The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. 150+ apps for your student iPads or Google Play devices inside one powerful app. Standards-aligned. Personalized to each student. Powerful analytics. Start your free trial today at www.coolcatteacher.com/reallygoodstuff.

Oct 05, 2018
Kindergarten Kindness Superheroes and the DNA of Kindergarteners
11:56

Laurie McIntosh shares how her kindergarten kindness "superheroes" wear their capes and spread kindness around their community. She also shares how she surveys student's DNA (dreams, needs, and abilities) and a touching story about the impact this has on the classroom.

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Sponsored by: The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. 150+ apps for your student iPads or Google Play devices inside one powerful app. Standards-aligned. Personalized to each student. Powerful analytics. Start your free trial today at www.coolcatteacher.com/reallygoodstuff.

Oct 04, 2018
Gaming in Early Elementary in Education in Australia
10:07

Helen Kardiasmenos talks about early elementary gaming and how she is using gaming in her classroom in Australia. She is doing so many cool things to teach all subjects to teach her students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e373

Sponsored by: The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. 150+ apps for your student iPads or Google Play devices inside one powerful app. Standards aligned. Personalized to each student. Powerful analytics. Start your free trial today at www.coolcatteacher.com/reallygoodstuff.

Oct 03, 2018
iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education
12:46

Emily Lynch talks about how to use iPads in the classroom to differentiate instruction. So many good ways exist to use iPads but how can we personalize it and make it unique? Today as our ongoing spotlight this week on K-2 education, we focus on iPads with younger students and differentiating instruction with them.

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Sponsored by: The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. 150+ apps for your student iPads or Google Play devices inside one powerful app. Standards aligned. Personalized to each student. Powerful analytics. Start your free trial today at www.coolcatteacher.com/reallygoodstuff .

Oct 02, 2018
Motivating Teachers of K-2 Students
11:09

Karen Lirenman inspires K-2 teachers to reach their students. She teaches us her secrets to innovating and staying positive.

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Today’s Sponsor: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection

The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection is here! (Read my review.) This app is a digital supplemental curriculum solution for K-2nd grade - aligned with standards it includes over 150 curated apps inside their one simple app to install. I was blown away when I took a recent tour and saw that you can customize a playlist of games for each student based on standards and the personal needs of each student.

Finally, we get the feedback that we need on apps for young children and meet content standards. You’ll want to sign up for your free 30-day trial at coolcatteacher.com/reallygoodstuff and remember - it is only one app - all of the other apps are inside this one simple digital learning collection from Really Good Stuff. Now, that’s good stuff for every K-2nd grade iPad or Google Play enabled tablet!

Oct 01, 2018
5 Habits of Healthy Teachers
11:20

Jen Burdis, teacher and two-time American Ninja Warrior Competitor, shares her secrets for staying healthy as a teacher.

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Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

Sep 28, 2018
1 Way to Help Kids with the Trauma and Drama of Life (and a Free Journal to Help You Do It)
13:11

The Imagine Project has free journals and lesson plans that help students cope with the drama and trauma of life. Dianne Maroney helps teachers understand writing strategies shown to help children appreciate resilience in themselves and one another.

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Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

Sep 27, 2018
Flexible Seating: Before and After

Fourth grade teacher Justine MacKinnon helps us understand how flexible seating has changed her fourth grade classroom.

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Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

Sep 26, 2018
Flexible Seating: Before and After
10:52

Fourth grade teacher Justine MacKinnon helps us understand how flexible seating has changed her fourth grade classroom.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e368

Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

Sep 26, 2018
Making a Yearbook with Google Slides
13:23

Jennifer Scott saves her school tens of thousands as they make their yearbook with Google Slides. She’ll also announce a giveaway of her new course that teaches you how to do it. Let’s dig into making yearbooks with Google Slides!

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Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

Sep 25, 2018
MasterMind Educator Groups: Build Safe Spaces for Innovation
12:18

Mastermind groups are innovative ways to create safe spaces for teachers to grow and learn together. In this show 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki shares how she has facilitated Mastermind groups successfully. She talks about the pitfalls and challenges of creating spaces to innovate and why mastermind groups aren’t for every teacher.

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Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

Sep 24, 2018
5 Ways to Teach Digital Citizenship (and the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship)
12:10

Students need to know how to safely navigate their digital world. In this show, I share how I teach the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship in 5 simple steps. Enjoy!

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Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

Sep 21, 2018
14 Million People Read Her Classroom Tweet About 1 Question She Asks Students
12:23

André Sasser, 9-year math teacher, tweeted something that has been viewed by 14 million people. This simple statement has transformed Andre’s classroom in powerful ways. Learn about the question and the changes that have made her math classroom a more exciting place. www.coolcatteacher.com364

Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20.

With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

Sep 20, 2018
Geo-Inquiry in Project Based Learning
12:16

Geo-inquiry helps students learn through geographic based explorations. Geo-inquiry expert Jim Bentley (author of the free National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Educator Guide) talks about what this project-based learning method looks like in his fifth grade classroom.

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Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

Sep 19, 2018
3 Interesting Trends in Online Education Content (That You May Not Know)
10:54

Online content must be riveting, interesting, and should educate students. Andrew Pass @apasseducation talks about trends in online education and shares the trends we should understand as educators.

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Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

Sep 18, 2018
How to Unleash Student Motivation to Succeed
12:34

 

Teaching motivation and metacognitive principles is challenging.  While he started as a journalism teacher, now Chris Holmes @cholmes66 works with students to try to help them understand motivation and success principles. He will share with us what works (and doesn’t) and also will tackle misconceptions and misapplications of the word “grit.” You can’t just tell students to “have grit” but there are things you can say instead.

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Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

Sep 17, 2018
5 Ideas to Experience Inquiry in Your Classroom
13:55

Kimberly Mitchell talks about how we can promote inquiry in the classroom. From helping students to effectively generate questions to modeling curiosity, we have five practical ideas to bring inquiry into our classroom.

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Powerschool has fantastic a fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar including my "Digital Dozen: 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom". PowerSchool is my only recommended SIS and LMS.

Sep 14, 2018
All 4's and 5's: Secrets to AP Teaching Success
15:05

AP US History Teacher, Andrew Sharos, talks about how to create a collaborative environment that helps students learn and succeed in AP courses.

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Powerschool has fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar including my "Digital Dozen: 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom". PowerSchool is my only recommended SIS and LMS.

Sep 13, 2018
Remarkable Teaching: Student Created Virtual Reality Projects
15:40

Sean Wybrant, 2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year, has students building virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. They are programming in advanced ways with a full motion capture lab. Even more amazing are the methods Sean is using to teach his students.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e358  

PowerSchool has fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar including my "Digital Dozen: 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom". PowerSchool is my only recommended SIS and LMS.

Sep 12, 2018
What's in Your Edtech Bag: Trends and Tools from Educators and the World
11:32

David Hopkins, author of Emergency Rations #EdTechRations: What’s so important we can’t leave it at home?, talks about the educational technology that educators around the world carry in their bags and pockets.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e357

Sponsor: PowerSchool has a fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar including my "Digital Dozen: 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom". PowerSchool is my only recommended SIS and LMS.

Sep 11, 2018
The Thank You Project: #MondayMotivation
13:30

Teacher Morgan Toal shares the powerful writing project that she calls the "Thank You Project" - what a great way to be kind and considerate and teach writing at the same time!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e356  

Sponsor: PowerSchool has fantastic a fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar including my "Digital Dozen: 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom" and an upcoming webinar on "Best Practices for a Balanced Assessment System." PowerSchool is my only recommended SIS and LMS.

Sep 10, 2018
5 Ideas for A Positive Cultural Impact
09:46

Aaron Polansky gives us five exciting ways to have a positive cultural impact in your school on Monday.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e355 

Sep 07, 2018
Language Teacher: Cultural Awareness and Story to Excite Kids about Learning Spanish
10:28

Jennifer Degenhardt talks about how she uses stories in Spanish to help students engage with learning Spanish.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e354 

Sep 06, 2018
The Secret Agents of Jordan Jackson Elementary School
12:23

Rayna Freedman inspires her elementary students with a spy-themed classroom experience that runs throughout the year. Learn how she does it and why in this fun Wonderful Classroom Wednesday.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e353 

Sep 05, 2018
Let's Try Because Our Students Need Us: A Story of Persistence
07:17

IT Integrator, Evan Mosier, and his teacher friend, Tom, have a remarkable story of persistence when first working to integrate Google Classroom. Be inspired to overcome and persist because our students need us to do it!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e352 

Sep 04, 2018
Motivating Kids with Nontraditional Memory Techniques
10:16

Oskar Cymerman shares some unique memory techniques we can use to help kids learn and remember.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e351 

Sep 03, 2018
5 Inspirational Thoughts for Teachers
14:55

Encouragement and inspiration for teachers from a classroom teacher. Ideas, research, and inspiring thoughts we can all use for our classrooms.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e350 

Sponsor: Read my review of the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset at www.coolcatteacher.com/vr  and learn how to enter to win a STEAM Lab Makeover from Acer and Microsoft, who are giving away 10 Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headsets and 10 Acer Aspire 7 laptops. Learn how at coolcatteacher.com/vr.

Aug 31, 2018
Lesson Planning with the Classroom Chef Model
08:58

John Stevens talks about a method of lesson planning to help teachers "serve up" more exciting lessons to students.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e349

Sponsor: Read my review of the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset at www.coolcatteacher.com/vr  and learn how to enter to win a STEAM Lab Makeover from Acer and Microsoft, who are giving away 10 Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headsets and 10 Acer Aspire 7 laptops. Learn how at coolcatteacher.com/vr.

Aug 30, 2018
Student-Driven Hyperdocs
09:59

Kate Bradford and Brett Miller share their secrets for student-driven Hyperdocs. Taken from their popular ISTE 2018 session, learn about the next evolution of Hyperdocs and how they're being used in the classroom.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e348 

Sponsor: Read my review of the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset at www.coolcatteacher.com/vr and learn how to enter to win a STEAM Lab Makeover from Acer and Microsoft, who are giving away 10 Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headsets and 10 Acer Aspire 7 laptops. Learn how at coolcatteacher.com/vr,

Aug 29, 2018
Whose Land? Understanding Indigenous Peoples Through Edtech
10:41

Michael Furdyk from Taking IT Global talks about some global initiatives to help students understand indigenous peoples and develop empathy.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e347

Aug 28, 2018
Motivating Kids to Read and Write: Sparks in the Dark
13:08

Todd Nelsoney and Travis Crowder talk about some of the ideas to get kids excited about reading and writing from their book "Sparks in the Dark." We can motivate and excite kids about reading and writing.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e346

Aug 27, 2018
5 Creative "Googley" Tech Tools to Get Kids Creating
11:23

Evan Mosier from Iowa teaches us some awesome Googley ideas to start our school year with excitement and creativity.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e345

Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

Aug 24, 2018
#Supermuch teaching in the classroom and online
12:59

Jody Green and Dr. Tim Greene talk about taking teaching to the next level with #supermuch. We discuss what going to the next level in the classroom and in online learning means both at the secondary and college level.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e344 

Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

Aug 23, 2018
Inspiring Creative Writers in Fifth Grade
12:54

Classroom teacher Faith Maria Brody talks about how she inspires a love of writing in her fifth graders.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e343 

Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

Aug 23, 2018
AR, VR, and MR for All Classrooms
11:25

Augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality are terms being thrown around in technology circles. But what do the mean? How are they being used in the classroom? Jaime Donally talks about these technologies in simple language and helps us understand the classroom applications of them.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e342

Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

Aug 21, 2018
A Learner Centered Innovation Model
10:35

Katie Martin, an ISTE 2018 keynote, talks about the importance of putting learners at the center of your innovation model. She starts with the questions we need to ask ourselves and our students and talks about what learner-center innovation looks like. Get inspired and motivated by listening to Katie.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e341

Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

Aug 20, 2018
5 Ideas to Tap Social Media to Enhance PD and Student Learning
12:08

Nikki Robertson, ISTE Librarians Network President Elect, shares five ways to use social media to enhance professional development and improve student learning. Can you use Snapchat to connect with parents? Can social media be effective professional development? Nikki shows us how.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e340

Aug 17, 2018
Hacking Early Learning
09:44

Jessica Cabeen, the 2017 Minnesota National Distinguished Principal, and talks about how we can hack and improve early learning. This is a must-listen for kindergarten principals and teachers.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e339

Aug 16, 2018
Math Success with No Textbook
10:54

Mandi Tolen shares how she teaches math, engages students and teachers to standards with NO TEXTBOOK. From choose your own adventure stories to other engaging methods, all teachers will have something to learn from this teacher who ditched her textbook and enhanced learning.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e338

Aug 15, 2018
20 Tech Tips to Shake Up Learning
10:56

Kasey Bell shares her tech tips for helping teachers make progress with technology. She also shares the biggest mistake she's made as a teacher relating to edtech.

See the infographic and more information about Kasey at www.coolcatteacher.com/e337

Aug 14, 2018
Trade the Cow and Start the School Year Well
07:50

Start the school year right with this motivational story about Will Rogers. "Trade the Cow."

www.coolcatteacher.com/e336

 

Aug 13, 2018
Why Kids Can't Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student's Need to Move (#1 Episode of Season 3)
13:56

Students have reasons for how they behave, particularly if they have learning differences and learn in unique ways. Occupational and physical therapist, Suzanne Cresswell, helps us understand children and why some of them just can’t stop moving.

Sponsor: www.coolcatteacher.com/e335

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 15, 2018
Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders (#2 Episode of Season 3)
10:55

Emerging administrator leaders and administrators are participating in an emerging leadership virtual mentorship program created by Jodie Pierpoint and many volunteers. Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e334

SPONSOR: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 14, 2018
5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons (#3 Episode of Season 3)
13:00

Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, was a history teacher. It shows. In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. This is one to share with your history department.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e333

Sponsor: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 13, 2018
5 Ideas for Writing with Technology (#4 episode of Season 3)
10:14

Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. These creative ways will help you think about how to help children, particularly those who struggle with handwriting and typing.

Show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e332

Sponsor: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 12, 2018
5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management (#5 Episode of Season 3)
10:58

We need more strategies than fist to five or thumbs up thumbs down. Teacher Mike Roberts give five strategies that can help us with formative assessment AND classroom management. #5 Episode of Season 3 of the 10-Minute Teacher

www.coolcatteacher.com/e331

Sponsor: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 11, 2018
5 Awesome Things for Teachers to Do This Summer (e330)
12:06

Summer is an important time for educators. While some people debate what educators should or shouldn’t do over the summer, ultimately it is YOUR summer and YOUR plans. Here are five things to consider as you plan your summer.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e330

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 08, 2018
IT Coaches Leading Change in the Classroom (e329)
09:04

Instructional Technology Coaches can be helpful advisors for teachers if they learn strategies of encouragement and empowerment. Deb Ramm helps us learn the techniques to help powerful improvement happen in classrooms.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e329

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 07, 2018
Helping Kids Cope with Tragedy: The Experience in One Jazz Band (e328)
09:06

One middle school had to cope with the tragic death of a classmate. This story features how one remarkable teacher and his jazz band helped a whole school cope.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e328

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 06, 2018
The Facebook Scandal: What Can We Learn as Educators (e327)
10:21

Professor Britt Wattwood has moved his college classes off Facebook. Today he reflects on the implications for educators and how he’s talking about the Cambridge Analytica scandal with other educators.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e327


Sponsor: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 05, 2018
Dr, Barbara Blackburn: Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and in Class Everyday (e326)
11:34

So many kids struggle, especially in summer school. Popular author, Dr. Barbara Blackburn, gives us some tips to start summer school or any school year in a way to help struggling learners set goals. This must-listen episode will give you ideas for having a great summer as well.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e326

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 04, 2018
Todd Finley: 5 Ways to Overcome Cognitive Overload (e325)
13:28

Cognitive overload happens to students and teachers. Often looking like ADHD, cognitive overload can happen for a variety of reasons including challenges to your working memory. Learn some ways to help your students and yourself when you struggle with cognitive overload.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e325

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 01, 2018
Elizabeth Merce: Ditch the Clips in Kindergarten (And Here's What to Do Instead) #ditchtheclips (324)
12:16

Moving clips in kindergarten can not only embarrass children but causes privacy concerns with many experts. There are alternatives! Kindergarten teacher, Elizabeth Merce, urges teachers to “ditch the clips” and shares what you can do instead.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e324


Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

May 31, 2018
Using the Real-World Classroom Model When Teaching Finance (e323)
10:35

The Real-World Classroom model of teaching finance is part simulation part game. Invented by Brian Bean, this model of teaching is transforming Texas classrooms and beyond.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e323

SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.

Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package.  The winning nominator and his or her nominee each win a $20,000 package including one 7000 series SMART Board and SMART Document Camera, 30 Chromebooks, and SMART training and implementation. Enter a great teacher today.

May 30, 2018
Kasey Bell’s 8 Great Ways to Use Google Slides (e322)
12:23

Kasey Bell teaches us eight great ways to use Google Slides. From stop motion to video controls and cool add ins for formative assessment and graphics, learn about this Swiss Army Knife of Google tools - Google slides.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e322

Today’s guest Kasey Bell is author of Shake of Learning and is just releasing her Google Certification courses this week from May 28 to June 10, you can sign up for these awesome Google Certification courses from one of the best Google Certified Trainers I know, Kasey Bell. Just go to coolcatteacher.com/shake to learn more about these awesome courses.

May 29, 2018
Awesome Mentoring: First Year Teacher Lindsay Godlman Tells All (e321)
12:48

Helping first-year teachers learn and grow is a challenge facing education systems worldwide. Today we take a peek into the second part of a 2 part series highlighting the relationship between Lindsay George and Stephanie Goldman. Not only do they use Google Docs to plan, but they have a positive personal relationship. It isn’t just luck -- this is personal.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e321

SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.

Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package.  The winning nominator and his or her nominee each win a $20,000 package including one 7000 series SMART Board and SMART Document Camera, 30 Chromebooks, and SMART training and implementation. Enter a great teacher today.

May 28, 2018
Gerald Aungst: 5 Principles of the Modern Mathematics Classroom (e320) #mathchat
09:24

The 5 C’s of the awesome math classroom are conjecture, communication, collaboration, chaos (listen to the show and don’t be afraid), and celebration according to 25-year educator Gerald Aungst. Gerald is author of Five Principles of the Modern Mathematics Classroom and gives us an overview of what makes an incredible math classroom.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e320

May 25, 2018
District Leadership: Teacher-Driven Curriculum Design (e319)
11:55

More than 60 teachers in Dr. Steven Weber’s district helped write their math curriculum. Now, they are excited. Learn how this process not only helps develop curriculum, it also develops teacher leaders and promotes the important conversations that need to happen.
Show Notes:  www.coolcatteacher.com/e319

May 24, 2018
Marynn Dause: Literature Performance Odyssey with Performances and Student Leadership (e318)
11:48

They only had a few days to teach the entire Odyssey. So, teacher Marynn Dause met with her students. They decided to follow the pattern of Homer and become storytelling bards themselves with powerful results. Marynn shares this innovative approach to teaching the Odyssey invented by her students along with their advice for using this method in your classroom.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e318

May 23, 2018
Laura Dennis: Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards (e317)
10:23

Hyperdocs literacy task boards and Flipgrid are two favorite tools of Laura Dennis, a third-grade teacher. Learn more about how Laura’s classroom has become more modern and simplified with these valuable tools.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e317

May 22, 2018
Stephanie Goldman: ACE Mentor Relationship Building with Google Drive and Google Classroom (e316)
12:51

Stephanie Goldman and her first-year mentee Lindsay George have used Google Drive and Google Classroom to supercharge their mentor/mentee relationship. Stephanie calls this the ACE method of mentoring: Access, Collaboration, and Experimentation. Learn this powerful method of mentoring. Part 1 with next week being Lindsay George, the other half of this experience.


Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e316

May 21, 2018
Trevor MacKenzie: 5 Ideas to Bring the Inquiry Mindset into Your Classroom Today (e315)

Fantastic ideas to bring the inquiry mindset into the classroom including curiosity jars, provocations and more.

Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e315

May 18, 2018
Trevor MacKenzie: 5 Ideas to Bring the Inquiry Mindset into Your Classroom Today (e315)
11:50

Fantastic ideas to bring the inquiry mindset into the classroom including curiosity jars, provocations and more.

Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e315

May 18, 2018
Ann Oro: Developing a Digital Citizenship Curriculum (e314)
12:18

Ann Oro helped her diocese develop curriculum standards for digital citizenship by grade level. Ann also talks about the fifth-grade course piloted by Seton Hall.


Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e314

May 17, 2018
Carrie Pierce: Discovery and Inquiry Based Learning in Math (e313)
10:18

Math teacher Carrie Pierce talks about promoting discovery and inquiry-based learning in math.


Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e313

May 16, 2018
Special Student Episode: "Ticked off Teens" Talk about Social Media (e312)
07:27

In this episode, three of Vicki Davis' students share their thoughts about social media. This edtech tool Tuesday showcases three students with an opinion but also how podcasts can help students develop their voice.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e312

May 15, 2018
Kayla Delzer: Student Leadership in Social Media, Score Reporting, and Parent-Teacher Conferencing (e311)
11:04

Kayla Delzer motivates us to relinquish control and empower students with three powerful examples. We can do this!

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e311

Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

May 14, 2018
James O'Hagan: 5 Reasons to Bring ESports to your School (e310)
14:01

Esports are coming to state high school athletic competitions, college sports, and intramurals now. Today, esports pioneer James O’Hagan explains the phenomenon and how Gamer-Scholars are emerging as successful examples of a new sport.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e310

SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.

Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package.  The winning nominator and his or her nominee each win a $20,000 package including one 7000 series SMART Board and SMART Document Camera, 30 Chromebooks, and SMART training and implementation. Enter a great teacher today.

May 11, 2018
Linda Kardamis: How to Finish The School Year Strong (e309)
09:49

Finish well. Today, Linda Kardamis shares common mistakes to avoid and positive things to do that will help you have a successful finish to your school year.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e309

SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.

Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package.  The winning nominator and his or her nominee each win a $20,000 package including one 7000 series SMART Board and SMART Document Camera, 30 Chromebooks, and SMART training and implementation. Enter a great teacher today.

May 10, 2018
Lindsey Danhoff: Kindergarten and Early Elementary Passion Projects (e308)
10:04

Kindergarteners explore their “wonderings” in Lindsey Danhoff’s classroom. Lindsey gives practical advice for passion projects with younger aged children.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e308

SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.

Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package.  The winning nominator and his or her nominee each win a $20,000 package including one 7000 series SMART Board and SMART Document Camera, 30 Chromebooks, and SMART training and implementation. Enter a great teacher today.

May 09, 2018
Vicki Davis: 7 Strategies I Use When Students Make Apps (or Do Any Genius Projects) e307
15:35

Host Vicki Davis will give you 7 strategies to use for making apps, student passion projects, making movies, or any type of long-term project where you have the students brainstorm and create.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e307

SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.

Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package.  The winning nominator and his or her nominee each win a $20,000 package including one 7000 series SMART Board and SMART Document Camera, 30 Chromebooks, and SMART training and implementation. Enter a great teacher today.

May 08, 2018
Hope King: How to Engage Students and Find Your Creative Breakthrough (e306)
13:20

Hope King from Ron Clark Academy has an inspiring message for teachers about using your creativity to engage students. She talks about how every teacher can make their classroom more exciting and why it is necessary.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e306

SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.

Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package.  The winning nominator and his or her nominee each win a $20,000 package including one 7000 series SMART Board and SMART Document Camera, 30 Chromebooks, and SMART training and implementation. Enter a great teacher today.

May 07, 2018
Wanda Terral: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death (e305)
11:27

Safe experiences with monitoring and support can help children understand digital safety. In today’s show Wanda Terral talks about how to help kids understand digital safety.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e305

NetRef: Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/netref

May 04, 2018
Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual (e304)
10:52

Kyle Pearce talks about how to make math visual for students. Discussing current theories supporting effective math teaching, Kyle helps us understand how to improve math understanding with kids who struggle.

Show Notes:  www.coolcatteacher.com/e304

NetRef: Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/netref

May 03, 2018
Denis Sheeran: How We Should be Teaching Math in Classrooms Today (e303)
10:53

Math teacher Denis Sheeran talks about what math should (and shouldn’t) be. Make math meaningful and real with these tips and ideas.

Show Notes:  www.coolcatteacher.com/e303

NetRef: Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/netref

May 02, 2018
Bethany Petty: Using Edtech to Enhance Learning - e302
11:03

Education technology must enhance learning. If it doesn’t, why use it? Today’s guest, Bethany Petty gives us pointers and shares a common pitfall of those implementing new technology in the classroom.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e302

NetRef: Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/netref

May 01, 2018
Wade King: Find Your Creativity Wildcard - e301
09:06

We can unleash our creativity as teachers if we want to inspire our students. Co-author of Wildcard, Wade King, shares how.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e301

NetRef Sponsor: Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/netref

Apr 30, 2018
5 Googley Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month (e300)
09:41

Eric Curts gives us five Googley ways to celebrate Poetry Month. From blackout poetry to rhymefinding extensions, learn about some tools you can use all year long in your language arts classes.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e300

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Apr 27, 2018
Building a Classroom Community by Having Parent Parties (e299)
09:42

Engage parents any time of the year with these strategies. Parent parties are fun, exciting ways to help parents and improve relationships. You can do this even now.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e299

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Apr 26, 2018
Flipping Awesome Physics with an Asynchronous Flipped Gameful Mastery Learning Classroom (e298)
10:42

Jonathan Thomas-Palmer teaches physics. Students start with a zero and level up as they use videos, one on one help, and game-based mastery to master physics.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e298

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Apr 25, 2018
Making Better Videos and Movies with Students (e297)
09:52

Digital filmmaking can successfully be integrated into any class. Learn practical tips and ideas from Joe Brennan.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e297

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Apr 24, 2018
What To Do When Someone Hates You (e296)
12:43

There is one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing. Say nothing. Be nothing.” says Aristotle. Criticism comes with breaking new ground. Criticism comes with putting yourself out there. But how do you respond when that criticism turns to hatred?

http://www.coolcatteacher.com/what-to-do-when-someone-hates-you/

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Apr 23, 2018
5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School (e295)
10:56

Brian Page has ideas to bring financial literacy to every school. Whether you want games, curriculum, or to know what’s next in financial literacy, this is a must-listen podcast for anyone working with financial literacy in their school.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e295

April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET Twitter chat and lots of financial literacy resources. Sponsored by Discovery Education and CME Group, join in www.coolcatteacher.com/econ

Apr 20, 2018
The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It) (e294)
09:32

David Petro has been using Twitter for his math PD for more than eight years. Learn about the current trends in hashtag learning and the popular techniques for harvesting learning from this social network.

Show Notes:  www.coolcatteacher.com/e294

April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET Twitter chat and lots of financial literacy resources. Sponsored by Discovery Education and CME Group, join in www.coolcatteacher.com/econ

Apr 19, 2018
Bringing Literature to Life in Open Sim (e293)
09:46

Mary Howard’s students build and learn in Open Sim, a virtual world like Second Life. From building architectural constructs to understanding the Diary of Anne Frank, literature comes alive in this virtual world.

Show Notes:  www.coolcatteacher.com/e293

April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET Twitter chat and lots of financial literacy resources. Sponsored by Discovery Education and CME Group, join in www.coolcatteacher.com/econ

Apr 18, 2018
Open Badges in Elementary School (e292)
09:36

Some elementary classrooms are using open badges for competency acquisition by students. In today’s show, Amy Cooper talks about how this is done, the advantages, and insights on student motivation.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e292


April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET Twitter chat and lots of financial literacy resources. Sponsored by Discovery Education and CME Group, join in www.coolcatteacher.com/econ

Apr 17, 2018
Infographics in Education with Eileen Lennon (e291)
10:32

Infographics are powerful communication tools. Today, infographic pro Eileen Lennon shares how she uses infographics, creates them, and why they’re such a powerful tool.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e291

April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET Twitter chat and lots of financial literacy resources. Sponsored by Discovery Education and CME Group, join in www.coolcatteacher.com/econ

Apr 16, 2018
5 Ways to Bring Computational Thinking and STEM Together (e290)
10:12

STEM and Computational Thinking go together. Today’s guest is a PhD, Biomedical engineer and STEM Teacher. Stephanie Zeiger helps us see the potential of STEM and computational thinking.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e290

Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22.  coolcatteacher.com/earth Check out their NGSS aligned Science games for grades 3-8.

Apr 13, 2018
Understanding ADHD and Helping Kids Succeed (e289)
11:03

Katherine Firestone helps parents and kids with ADHD. Having been diagnosed with ADHD herself, Katherine is uniquely positioned to help us understand what to do to help children with ADHD and their parents.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e289

Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22.  coolcatteacher.com/earth Check out their NGSS aligned Science games for grades 3-8.

Apr 12, 2018
Merge Cube Mania in Middle School (e288)
12:19

Karen Bosch explains why Merge Cubes are so hot, how they are being used in classrooms, and how she’s using them to build critical thinking and creativity in her school. Join Merge Cube Mania!

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e288

Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22.  coolcatteacher.com/earth Check out their NGSS aligned Science games for grades 3-8.

Apr 11, 2018
How to Host a Student Media Festival (e287)
10:38

Mike Lawrence, current organizer of the longest running student media festival in the country, shares how to set up and run your own media festival. With a big hat tip to our mutual friend Hall Davidson who started this event, we learn the ins and outs of student media festival and how you can “steal” their ideas and run your own!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e287

Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22.  coolcatteacher.com/earth Check out their NGSS aligned Science games for grades 3-8.

Apr 10, 2018
Mathivating Kids to Get Excited About Math (e286)
15:02

Get Mathivated with Kim Thomas. She literally speaks math and has exciting things to do each day of the week for her students. (She also has quite an interesting way to handle difficult behavior including profanity.)

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e286

Apr 09, 2018
5 Ways to Bring Sustainable Food Systems into Your School (e285)
08:31

Julie Willcott talks about how we can bring sustainable food systems and understanding into our schools with these five simple ideas.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e285


Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

Apr 06, 2018
Teaching Isn't Rocket Science - It's Way More Complex (e284)
09:06

Dr. Doug Green challenges our thinking about school, how we should teach, and the flaws with the testing programs we have in education today.

Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e284

Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

Apr 05, 2018
Elearning Engagement with Persuasive Design Strategies (e283)
11:05

Elearning design needs to engage and persuade the learner to know how to engage with the content and learning. Dr. Laurie Korte talks about e-learning design that engages learners and common mistakes of e-learning and blended learning classrooms.

Show Notes www.coolcatteacher.com/e283


This Thursday, April 4 at 2pm ET/11 am PT join me for 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom sponsored by PowerSchool. Register at http://coolcatteacher.com/digital today.

Apr 04, 2018
Drones in the English Classroom (e282)
08:26

Santha Walters uses drones in her English classroom to teach writing, collaboration and more.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e282

This Thursday, April 4 at 2pm ET/11 am PT join me for 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom sponsored by PowerSchool. Register at http://coolcatteacher.com/digital today.

Apr 03, 2018
Connecting Parents to Student's Digital Lives (e281)
11:14

Mike Daugherty is helping connect the parents at his school to the digital lives of students. How can schools connect with parents to relate better to students? We learn how today.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e281

This week I'll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. Shift #1 is that Students are collaborators. My interactive display is the common workspace for the whole class.

Apr 02, 2018
5 Ideas for Writing with Technology (ENCORE)
10:22

Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. These creative ways will help you think about how to help children, particularly those who struggle with handwriting and typing.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e280

Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

Mar 23, 2018
Why Kids Can’t Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student’s Need to Move [ENCORE}
13:53

Students have reasons for how they behave, particularly if they have learning differences and learn in unique ways. Occupational and physical therapist, Suzanne Cresswell, helps us understand children and why some of them just can’t stop moving

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e279

Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

Mar 22, 2018
Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders (ENCORE) e278
10:59

Emerging administrator leaders and administrators are participating in an emerging leadership virtual mentorship program created by Jodie Pierpoint and many volunteers. Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e278

Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

Mar 21, 2018
5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons (ENCORE 277)
12:05

Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, was a history teacher. It shows. In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. This is one to share with your history department. 

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e277

STLinATL will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

Mar 20, 2018
Maker Monday: How Start the Week with Creativity and Purpose (ENCORE 276)
09:21

John Spencer, coauthor of two different best-selling books, Launch and Empower, talks about the creativity (and test score) boosts his classes experienced when he began Maker Mondays.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e276

Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

Mar 19, 2018
5 Ways NOT to Implement Next Generation Science Standards (e275)
11:25

Patti Duncan shares some of the common mistakes she finds that schools implementing  Next Generation Science Standards make. If you’re implementing NGSS in your school or state, this is a must listen.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e275  

Sponsor: Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now.

Mar 16, 2018
Learning Science Through Authentic Investigation (e274)
10:56

Kate Dobrzenski spotlights K-4 innovative science practice. She discusses how to incorporate the observation of phenomena and other Next Generation Science Standards in elementary science.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e274


Sponsor: Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now.

Mar 15, 2018
Flipping Awesome Science (e273)
10:05

Marc Seigel, a contributing author to Flipping 2.0, talks about an innovative flipped science classroom. How do lessons flow? What are common mistakes? How do students make progress? Learn all this and more in this quick, 10-minute show.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e273

Sponsor: Legends of Learning has an amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now.

Mar 14, 2018
6 Super Science Edtech Ideas (e272)
10:57

Leah LaCrosse shares six edtech ideas science teachers can start using today to improve learning and excite students about science.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e272

Sponsor:  Legends of Learning has an amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now.

Mar 13, 2018
Active Learning in the Science Classroom (e271)
10:43

Thirty-three-year Presidential Award Winning science teacher Glen Westbroek believes in creating active learning experiences in his science classroom. Today we kick off science week on the 10-Minute Teacher talking about active learning, Next Generation Science Standards, and what an engaging science classroom looks like.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e271

SPONSOR: Legends of Learning has an amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now.

Mar 12, 2018
5 Ideas to Change Teaching with Digital Tools with Meg Ormiston (e270)
10:03

In today’s show Meg Ormiston gives us an idea for each of the 5 C’s: creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and computational thinking.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e270

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Mar 09, 2018
Rethinking Professional Development so It Actually Improves Teaching (e269)
11:01

Teachers need to have say in their own PD, but how do you help teachers become intrinsically motivated to learn? Today, Jarod Bormann, author of Professionally Driven: Empower Every Educator To Redefine PD talks about designing PD that works and interests teachers.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e269

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Mar 08, 2018
Game Based Learning in Action (e268)
10:12

Game-based learning might not be what you think. On today’s show Matthew Farber, author of  Game Based Learning In Action: How an Expert Affinity Group Teaches with Games, talks about how to effectively use games in the classroom. He shares a four-part model including playing the game, debriefing, reflecting, and then creating.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e268

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Mar 07, 2018
Podcasting How To's and Tips with Jeff Bradbury (e267)
10:50

Jeff Bradbury, IT Coach and Podcaster at the Teachercast Network and I talk about education podcasting and how it all works.

SHOW NOTES: www.coolcatteacher.com/e267

SPONSOR: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Mar 06, 2018
Blessings for the Broken Teacher (e266)
13:09

Award Winning teacher Aimee Ross talks about how she’s learned from her students through struggle, brokenness and the ups and downs of life. Today’s show is an inspiring look into the journey of teaching, being recognized for your work, and realizing that the students really are why we teach.

SHOW NOTES: www.coolcatteacher.com/e266

SPONSORAdvancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Mar 05, 2018
5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology (e265)
09:31

Elementary Math can be exciting. Check out these five ideas to use technology to make math exciting.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e265


This week I'll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. Shift #1 is that Students are collaborators. My interactive display is the common workspace for the whole class. I use it as a digital workspace, to display any screen for the whole class to see, as a large multi-touch drawing and brainstorming space and so much more. My interactive display is a must-have device. I wouldn't want to teach without one. Recent research shows that large interactive displays are vital to the classroom ecosystem.

Mar 02, 2018
Why We Still Need to Know Things in the Age of Google (e264)
14:27

We hope that kids will learn critical thinking skills in one class and then apply it to another. However, MIT Teaching Systems Lab Director, Dr. Justin Reich, shares that this may not be so. Today we discuss current research that is shaking up how people think about learning.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e264

This week I'll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. Shift #1 is that Students are collaborators. My interactive display is the common workspace for the whole class. I use it as a digital workspace, to display any screen for the whole class to see, as a large multi-touch drawing and brainstorming space and so much more. My interactive display is a must-have device. I wouldn't want to teach without one. Recent research shows that large interactive displays are vital to the classroom ecosystem.

Mar 01, 2018
Happy Apples: Fun PD Subscription Boxes for Teachers Made by the District (e263)
08:19

Crystal Marshall-Krauss and her colleagues at the district office in Howard County, Maryland have created a fun way to excite teachers about professional development. They’ve created “Happy Apples” subscription boxes for their teachers around a variety of subjects. Learn about this innovative PD idea and how your district can craft these boxes for your teachers.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e263


This week I'll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. Shift #1 is that Students are collaborators. My interactive display is the common workspace for the whole class. I use it as a digital workspace, to display any screen for the whole class to see, as a large multi-touch drawing and brainstorming space and so much more. My interactive display is a must-have device. I wouldn't want to teach without one. Recent research shows that large interactive displays are vital to the classroom ecosystem

Feb 28, 2018
Simple Steps to Teach Kids to Program (e262)
10:19

Teaching kids to code starts with helping them understand the concepts behind coding before you get into syntax. Aditya Batura, Programmer and Entrepreneur, talks today about the concept of helping every student understand computational thinking.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e262

This week I'll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. Shift #1 is that Students are collaborators. My interactive display is the common workspace for the whole class. I use it as a digital workspace, to display any screen for the whole class to see, as a large multi-touch drawing and brainstorming space and so much more. My interactive display is a must-have device. I wouldn't want to teach without one. Recent research shows that large interactive displays are vital to the classroom ecosystem.

Feb 27, 2018
5 Ways to Promote Health and Happiness in Every Classroom (e261)
09:50

Here's what I do to prevent problems before they happen. www.coolcatteacher.com/e261

Feb 26, 2018
5 Teacher Myths and How to Dispel Them (e260)
10:58

Teachers are not all saints, nor are they all slackers. -- These are just two of the myths that social studies teacher Aaron Pribble tackles in this motivating, uplifting talk about what it is really like to be a teacher in America today.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e260

Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools with special tips, videos, and screenshots to get you started. See www.coolcatteacher.com/guide  for more information.

Feb 23, 2018
Creating a Vision for Your School and Getting Buy In from Stakeholders (e259)
10:39

Strategic planning for your school or district can take a variety of forms. In today’s show, learn how one successful district has tackled this process and how they are getting buy-in from teachers on the vision during the second year of implementation. Lynn Fuini-Hetton works in Salisbury Township District in Pennsylvania

www.coolcatteacher.com/e259


Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools with special tips, videos, and screenshots to get you started. See www.coolcatteacher.com/guide  for more information.

Feb 22, 2018
Iditarod Teacher: How to Connect and Learn from the Iditarod Race (e258)
09:22

Heidi Sloan is the Iditarod teacher for this year. It starts on March 3 - 18. Get free lesson plans, connect with a musher and get your kids excited. See http://iditarod.com/edu/category/teacher-on-the-trail/

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e258

Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools with special tips, videos, and screenshots to get you started. See www.coolcatteacher.com/guide  for more information.

Feb 21, 2018
Google Jamboard (e257)
09:44

Google Jamboard is a fun interactive app. There’s hardware too, but don’t be worried. The free app has lots to play with. You just download it on Google Play or iTunes and use it with your touch Chromebook or iPad after listening to Tom Mullaney share how it works. Enjoy this fun, free tool. 

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e257

Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools with special tips, videos, and screenshots to get you started. See www.coolcatteacher.com/guide for more information.

Feb 20, 2018
The Compassionate Achiever: Understanding Empathy and Compassion So We Don't Burn Out (e256)
14:03

Dr. Chris Kukk, author of the The Compassionate Achiever, combines neuroscience with social sciences to discuss why compassion helps us achieve more. He also shares the difference between empathy and compassion and why one of these is a recipe for burnout.
Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e256

Feb 19, 2018
5 Ways to Stop Bullying in Every School (e255)
10:02

School culture and policies are part of what helps us combat bullying in schools. Rick Rando, school empowerment speaker, shares what schools can do to help stop bullying.


www.coolcatteacher.com/e255

Feb 16, 2018
School Counselors Helping More Women Go Into Computer Science (e254)
11:40

Guidance counselors are challenged to encourage students into exciting opportunities that fit their skills and abilities but also to be careful not to stereotype. Today, Angela Cleveland talks about the tips, resources, and ideas to help encourage young women to go into Computer Science.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e254

Feb 15, 2018
Teach the Whole Preschooler: Nurturing Developing Minds (e253)
11:14

Cindy Terebush talks about the common mistakes of preschool programs. She also shares awesome success stories and tips for helping your preschool be the best in today’s era. She shares the challenges of teaching things at a younger age and why standards may not be a problem while implementation can be.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e253

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Feb 14, 2018
Sit With Us App: How Kids are Fighting Bullying One LunchTable at a Time (e252)
10:18

Natalie Hampton, a senior in Los Angeles, was bullied and ate alone every day. After she transferred schools, she found teachers and other students who wanted to make sure no one ate alone. Her “Sit with Us” app and clubs are sweeping the US and other countries as kids use social media to find other kids and stand against bullying.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e252


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Feb 13, 2018
Beat Boredom: Engaging Tired-Out Students in Critical Thinking (e251)
11:53

Students can seem tired and bored, but we can engage them in learning. Martha Rush has ideas and inspiration to help us reach our students this week!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e251


Matific is Today's Sponsor: The US Matific Games have the warm up week starting February 14-20. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games now. www.coolcatteacher.com/math

Feb 12, 2018
5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management (e250)
10:58

We need more strategies than fist to five or thumbs up thumbs down. Teacher Mike Roberts give five strategies that can help us with formative assessment AND classroom management.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e250

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Feb 09, 2018
Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades (e249)
12:06

Fun, exciting tools and techniques can help very young kids understand math and learn computational thinking. Today’s guest, Steve Floyd, tells us how.

 

Show notes: http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e249


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Feb 08, 2018
Admin Hack: Easy Paperless Contact Logs (e248)
10:58

Administrators and teachers have so many contacts with parents. Today’s guest, Meredith Akers, has gone paperless with her contact logs. She talks about how she did it, the time she’s saving, and her recommendations for building relationships with parents by becoming more organized with your contact logs.

Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e248


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Feb 07, 2018
iPad Magic: 6 Ideas Every iPad Teacher Needs to Know (e247)
10:48

Want to show your cursor on the iPad screen? Want to find the cents button? Want to help a student with a unique character spell their name? There’s a trick for these things and more on the iPad. Today, Tony Vincent shares six ideas every iPad teacher needs to know.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e247

Matific is Today's Sponsor: The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. www.coolcatteacher.com/math

Feb 06, 2018
Change One Simple Thing to Start Your Journey to Remarkable Teaching (e246)
09:38

You can change one simple thing to help transform your classroom. Change is a decision, not to leap forward but to take one small step and then another. Today, Pam Moran finishes up our series encouraging us to take small steps that make a big difference. She also helps us understand the mistake we make when we look too big picture and forget the small things we can do. Thank you, Pam for your time and wisdom and I hope everyone has enjoyed this four-part series with a truly remarkable educator. www.coolcatteacher.com/e246

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Feb 05, 2018
5 Home and Smart Phone Filtering Options for Parents (e245)
11:15

Children with smartphones have unfiltered access to the Internet unless their parents make a decision to filter. Today, we discuss five options for filtering and why it is something parents should discuss with IT Director Mike Daugherty from Ohio.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e245

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Feb 02, 2018
Why Kids Can't Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student's Need to Move (e244)
14:04

Students have reasons for how they behave, particularly if they have learning differences and learn in unique ways. Occupational and physical therapist, Suzanne Cresswell, helps us understand children and why some of them just can’t stop moving.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e244

Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. Jennifer gives you a description in simple language, a screenshot of the tool in action and then a play button that takes you to a video about how the tool works. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide

Feb 01, 2018
Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders (e243)
11:11

Emerging administrator leaders and administrators are participating in an emerging leadership virtual mentorship program created by Jodie Pierpoint and many volunteers. Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e243

Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. Jennifer gives you a description in simple language, a screenshot of the tool in action and then a play button that takes you to a video about how the tool works. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide

Jan 31, 2018
Effective Digital Citizenship Education (e242)
10:49

Digital citizenship education doesn’t work in a lecture format. Dr. Kristen Mattson, author of Digital Citizenship in Action talks about how they’ve integrated digital citizenship into all of their courses at her school and how you can too.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e242


Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. Jennifer gives you a description in simple language, a screenshot of the tool in action and then a play button that takes you to a video about how the tool works. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide

Jan 30, 2018
Kids Co-Creating Curriculum (e241)
09:42

Students can co-create curriculum and their classrooms with teachers for powerful learning experiences. Learn how students are teaching each other drone piloting and other examples from Albemarle County, Virginia with Superintendent Pam Moran.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e241


Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. Jennifer gives you a description in simple language, a screenshot of the tool in action and then a play button that takes you to a video about how the tool works. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide

Jan 29, 2018
5 Ideas to Include Every Child in Your Classroom (e240)
09:20

We can include every child in our classroom with these five important reminders from inclusion expert, Toby Karten.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e240

PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have a free webinar “Preparing Students for Success: Measuring What Matters” about preparing students for success and measuring what matters. Jake Cotton, a superintendent from Virginia, will be sharing.

Jan 26, 2018
College Admissions Tips and How To's for Parents and Teachers (e239)
11:43

Every student is different. Finding the “perfect” college is different for every student. Don’t fall into the common traps of college admissions. Jennifer Ann Aquino talks about helping every college-bound student find their personal fit.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e239

PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have a free webinar “Preparing Students for Success: Measuring What Matters” about preparing students for success and measuring what matters. Jake Cotton, a superintendent from Virginia, will be sharing.

Jan 25, 2018
Inquiry-Based Learning in the History Classroom (E238)
09:17

Josh Eby shares how he uses inquiry-based learning in his history classroom. He also discusses how he’s become a better teacher after returning to the classroom after 12 years in administration and why it was one of the best decisions he’s ever made. Happy Wonderful Classroom Wednesday -- teachers of all subjects will learn some ideas from this one. (Including how long we need to wait when asking a question!

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e238

Sponsor: PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have a free webinar “Preparing Students for Success: Measuring What Matters” about preparing students for success and measuring what matters. Jake Cotton, a superintendent from Virginia, will be sharing.

Jan 24, 2018
Virtual Valentines: Get Ready Now to Join In the Fun! (e237)
12:41

Virtual Valentines are an incredible global project in February. If you want to join a group of teachers doing Virtual Valentines, you’ll want to listen to the show and sign up by February 2. Also learn about other projects throughout the year and how teachers design these projects to meet standards. So much fun!

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e237


PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have a free webinar “Preparing Students for Success: Measuring What Matters” about preparing students for success and measuring what matters. Jake Cotton, a superintendent from Virginia, will be sharing.

Jan 23, 2018
Educating Kids for Life NOT for Tests (Pam Moran part 2 - e 236)
13:28

Pam Moran, superintendent in Albemarle County in Virginia, shares about some cool virtual reality in Virginia, some challenges with helping new teachers get started, and how she thinks education is entering a new Renaissance of creativity and innovation. Get motivated today listening to Pam. This is part 2 in our series with Pam.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e236


PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have a free webinar “Preparing Students for Success: Measuring What Matters” about preparing students for success and measuring what matters. Jake Cotton, a superintendent from Virginia, will be sharing.

Jan 22, 2018
5 Ideas for Writing with Technology (e235)
10:26

Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. These creative ways will help you think about how to help children, particularly those who struggle with handwriting and typing.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e235


Screencastify is the top screencasting tool for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. It saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. Get started at screencastify.com/coolcat. If you want to go for unlimited editing, request a quote for your school and be sure to mention Cool Cat Teacher for a discount.

Jan 19, 2018
SEL & Classroom Safety: 3 Lessons from Sandy Hook Every Educator Should Know (e234)
12:00

Scarlett Lewis, mother of a 6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook shooting, has turned her heartbreak into a passion to prevent school violence. In this show, she shares practical information to promote social-emotional learning and what we should all be doing to help kids become healthy. In addition to making schools safer, the research shows these things also improve learning and help kids become healthier adults.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e234

Jan 18, 2018
Books to Africa and My Personal Transformation to a Global Educator (e233)
11:22

Julie Hembree and her students are sending Books to Africa. But that’s not all. She’s also started the Cultivate World Literacy Project and more. Learn about her transformation into a global educator because her students got excited and led the way.

Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e233
Screencastify is the top screencasting tool for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. It saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. Get started at screencastify.com/coolcat. If you want to go for unlimited editing, request a quote for your school and be sure to mention Cool Cat Teacher for a discount.

Jan 17, 2018
Engaging Kindergartners with Technology: Augmented Reality, Ipads, QR Codes and More (e232)
10:43

Greg Smedley Warren @kindersmorgie shares his tips and tricks for using technology in kindergarten.
Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e232

Screencastify is the top screencasting tool for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. It saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. Get started at screencastify.com/coolcat. If you want to go for unlimited editing, request a quote for your school and be sure to mention Cool Cat Teacher for a discount.

Jan 16, 2018
From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran (e231)
09:50

Pam Moran has been a leader in education reform in Virginia over the past several years as the state moved from testing to transformation. In today’s episode, she talks about the transformation, why they needed change, and implementing successful change. This multi-part series will run over the next several Mondays.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e231

Screencastify is the top screencasting tool for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. It saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. Get started at screencastify.com/coolcat. If you want to go for unlimited editing, request a quote for your school and be sure to mention Cool Cat Teacher for a discount.

Jan 15, 2018
Middle School STEAM: 5 Ways to Amp it Up! (e230)
10:47

Exciting STEAM projects can ignite and excite any middle school. Today, Pauline Roberts gives us five important ingredients for amping up STEAM in middle school.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e230

Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit.

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Jan 12, 2018
Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL (e229)
10:45

Kathleen McClaskey talks about the research on learning styles and the alternatives for teaching and reaching every child. Today’s show will help you think about the research many of us have used for years to design lessons.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e229

Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit.

Solve a mystery. Meet Next Generation Science Standards. Have fun!

Go to http://www.coolcatteacher.com/firelab today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.

Jan 11, 2018
iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment (e228)
13:01

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. However, his formative assessments have a twist -- students are all answering DIFFERENT math questions. This intriguing research is a must listen for any school with access to technology. You do not need iPads to implement and learn from this research.

Sean’s book is Teaching over Testing.  Enter the contest to win a copy of the book. Just go to the show on iTunes and leave a review and your Twitter handle. We’ll draw one random winner.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e228

Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit.

 Solve a mystery. Meet Next Generation Science Standards. Have fun!

 Go to http://www.coolcatteacher.com/firelab today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.

Jan 10, 2018
7 Productivity Power Tools for the Busy Educator (e227)
12:11

Become more productive today with these seven tools from Dr. Frank Buck. Automate what you can and save time.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e227

Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit.

 Solve a mystery. Meet Next Generation Science Standards. Have fun!

 Go to http://www.coolcatteacher.com/firelab today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.

Jan 09, 2018
Maker Monday: How Start the Week with Creativity and Purpose (e226)
09:22

John Spencer, coauthor of two different best-selling books, Launch and Empower, talks about the creativity (and test score) boosts his classes experienced when he began Maker Mondays.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e226

Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit.

Solve a mystery. Meet Next Generation Science Standards. Have fun!

Go to http://www.coolcatteacher.com/firelab today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.

Jan 08, 2018
5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons (e225)
12:05

Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, was a history teacher. It shows. In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. This is one to share with your history department.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e255

Richard Byrne the author of Free Technology for Teachers has some fantastic professional development courses including a course for history / social studies teachers. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/edtech and plan your professional development for 2018.

Jan 05, 2018
Recognizing Human Trafficking and What To Do About It in Schools (e224)
14:56

Human trafficking is on the rise in the United States. Some states now include human trafficking in their definition of child abuse. Others do not. In today’s show, Ashley Burkett talks about the signs that a child is being trafficked, how children are being recruited, and what schools should be doing. This is an important topic to discuss so we can protect innocent children.


www.coolcatteacher.com/e224

Jan 04, 2018
How to Assess Your District: the Global Challenge Project as a Case Study
12:50

A district is assessing itself with a massive project for 800 eighth graders. No grades. Just learning and sharing. Despite worries that it wouldn’t work - it has been working for years and is just getting better. Learn about the Global Challenge Project with Mark Wise.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e223


Jennifer Gonzalez is updating her Teacher’s Guide to Technology for 2018 with over 200 tools and many new ones. Here’s the link http://www.coolcatteacher.com/guide

Jan 03, 2018
8 Tried and True Edtech Tools to Try in 2018 (e222)
12:03

Sometimes the best tools have been around awhile. Steve Dembo @teach42 talks about the tried and true tools that teachers should still use.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e222


Richard Byrne has some fantastic courses for history teachers, getting started with GSuite and more. Check out his courses and coaching at www.coolcatteacher.com/edtech.

Jan 02, 2018
What To Do When Students Come to You Unprepared and Other Reflections (e 221)
11:37

As Thomas Paine recommends we must ‘smile in trouble, gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.” In today’s show we discuss how teachers should respond when students come to us unprepared and other reflections on teaching with International Educator Patrick Holt.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e221


Angela Watson’s 40-Hour Workweek Club is a fantastic course to help teachers become more productive, more effective, and more balanced with their lives. Go to http://www.coolcatteacher.com/40

Jan 01, 2018
What Helps Kids Really Learn [Number 1 Episode of 2017 - Encore]
11:08

How do kids learn and remember? Teacher Andrew Stadel, @mr_stadel founder of the popular site estimation180.com, talks about this pursuit of learning in the classroom. This topic is his summer research topic. As you ponder the classroom, look at what you’ll research to become a better teacher.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e220

Richard Byrne the author of Free Technology for Teachers has some fantastic professional development courses. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/edtech  and plan your professional development for 2018.

Dec 29, 2017
5 Ways to Connect with Your Students Over the Break [Encore Episode]
10:05

Today Connie Hamilton @conniehamilton gives us five ways to connect with our students over the break. This is the number two episode of 2017. Listen to it now and plan ahead for by picking one or more of these ideas.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e219


Trim Three (or more!) Hours off Your Workweek Now - January 2 www.coolcatteacher.com/trim

Dec 28, 2017
5 Mistakes Teachers Make the First Week of School
11:06

Linda Kardamis @LindaKardamis shares five mistakes teachers make the first week of school. Remember that January is a fantastic time to “reboot.” So, if you made one of these mistakes, work to start over and correct those mistakes. This is the number three episode of 2017.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e218

Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com, a great holiday gift for your kids or grandkids. The creative courses at Jam.com are project based, creative and FUN. Use the code COOLCAT50 to get $50 off your course. And remember that you can sign up for a 14 day FREE trial of any course with your child aged 7-16. Drawing. Minecraft. Legos. And more!

Dec 27, 2017
Google Classroom Top New Features to Learn
10:58

Today Alice Keeler @alicekeeler shares the must-try new features of Google Classroom. She also teaches us how we can learn Google Classroom features and hacks over the summer (even without students.) A must listen for people using Chromebooks or Google Classroom.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e217

Dec 26, 2017
5 Easy Brain Breaks to Do In Class with Rob Donatelli [Encore Episode and the 5th top show of 2017]
08:51

Want to help students learn and be more refreshed? Students need breaks too. That is why brain breaks are becoming so popular. Teacher Rob Donatelli @DTown_MrD talks about the brain breaks phenomenon. Then, Rob gives teachers five ideas he uses in his classroom for brain breaks. Take a brain break today!


www.coolcatteacher.com/e216

Dec 25, 2017
Get Motivated To Do Project-Based Learning Right with Ross Cooper [Encore Episode and the 6th top show of 2017]
12:22

Ross Cooper, the co-author of Hacking PBL, helps us get motivated to think about project-based learning differently.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e215


Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com, the perfect last minute holiday gift for your kids or grandkids. The creative courses at Jam.com are project-based, creative and FUN. Use the code COOLCAT50 to get $50 off your course. And remember that you can sign up for a 14 day FREE trial of any course with your child aged 7-16. Drawing. Minecraft. Legos. And more!  

Dec 22, 2017
23 GSuite Ideas to Excite Kids About Learning with Eric Curts [Encore Episode and 7th top show of 2017]
10:15

Eric Curts @ericcurts  teaches us twenty-three ways to use Gsuite tools in our classroom. With ideas for Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings for all subjects and ages, you’ll want to scroll down and follow the links in our enhanced show notes.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e214


Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com, the perfect last minute holiday gift for your kids or grandkids. The creative courses at Jam.com are project-based, creative and FUN. Use the code COOLCAT50 to get $50 off your course. And remember that you can sign up for a 14 day FREE trial of any course with your child aged 7-16. Drawing. Minecraft. Legos. And more!  

Dec 21, 2017
5 Ways to Be an Unforgettable Teacher Encore Episode and 8th top show of 2017]
10:57

Chuck Poole shares five ways to be an unforgettable teacher or an unforgettable coach. He also gives us links to some free cards he shares with students and parents. Get inspired with some fantastic advice on reaching students.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e213


Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com, the perfect last minute holiday gift for your kids or grandkids. The creative courses at Jam.com are pproject-based creative and FUN. Use the code COOLCAT50 to get $50 off your course. And remember that you can sign up for a 14 day FREE trial of any course with your child aged 7-16. Drawing. Minecraft. Legos. And more!  

Dec 20, 2017
Classroom Videos: How-to Tips and Tricks - Show #9 of 2017 - Encore Episode
10:50

Videos are the modern essay. If you can’t create them, you can’t start a movement, can’t sell a product, or promote an idea. Of all the things I teach, helping kids tell digital stories through video is probably one of the most important. Today’s guest is a perfect guide for those of us who want to make videos with students. Simply put, Tim Betts rocks YouTube history. As a certified YouTube educational channel, he’s one of those that history teachers will love! But he also teaches us how to do this with students.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e212


Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com, the perfect last minute holiday gift for your kids or grandkids. The creative courses at Jam.com are project-based, creative and FUN. Use the code COOLCAT50 to get $50 off your course. And remember that you can sign up for a 14 day FREE trial of any course with your child aged 7-16. Drawing. Minecraft. Legos. And more!  

Dec 19, 2017
5 Ways to Teach How the Brain Learns with Ramona Persaud - Encore Episode number 10 of 2017
09:56

Today Ramona Persaud @ramonap director of the film, Grey Matters, talks about how we can teach kids the way the brain learns.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e211


Check out the free resource: “Goodbye Teacher Tired: 5 Days to Doing Fewer Things Better” from Angela Watson. Save time. Teach better.

Dec 18, 2017
Unleashing the Potential of Every Child
08:23

Tom Loud dropped out of high school because he didn’t connect with his teachers. Somehow, he connected with books though and became a high school and college graduate. Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e210

Dec 15, 2017
Thinking Routines in the Classroom - Encore Episode and #12 in downloads for 2017
10:59

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. After participating in Harvard’s Project Zero, she is applying and using the methods in classrooms and with teachers. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. Karen was the 2015 Tennessee State Teacher of the Year and I interviewed her at the NNSTOY Conference in DC this summer.

 

www.coolcatteacher.com/e209


The 10-Minute Teacher started on February 1 of this year and already has over 400,000 downloads! Thank you to all of you who are listening to the show. If you like the show, would you go to coolcatteacher.com/iTunes and leave a review on the 10-Minute Teacher on iTunes. I appreciate it so much!

Dec 14, 2017
Helping Autistic Students Travel by Making Books - encore episode #13 of 2017 of the 10-minute teacher
10:49

Autistic children can struggle with unfamiliar places. However, one teacher of the year has found a way to help improve traveling experiences for autistic children and their families. Brett Bigham has created a way to use books to help special needs and young children prepare to go to new places. Learn about this technique and how to help children travel who may have fears. You can even make books for kids (or some older students might be able to as well.) What a life-changing concept! Ability books for those with special needs.


www.coolcatteacher.com/e208

Dec 13, 2017
What Great Teachers Do - Encore episode - #14 of 2017 of the 10-Minute Teacher
13:06

Global Teacher Prize finalist Joe Fatheree talks about what great teachers do. He shares his observations and also his hopes for improving the profession.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e207


Check out the free resource: “Goodbye Teacher Tired: 5 Days to Doing Fewer Things Better” from Angela Watson. Save time. Teach better.

Dec 12, 2017
5 Ways to Help At Risk Children Succeed (e206): Encore Episode Best of 2017
11:10

Today Basil Marin @basil_marin takes us on a journey to help at risk children with these five steps. From the inspiring books to the essential mindsets, Basil will help us reach at risk kids because he speaks from experience. This episode is a special encore episode and #15 of the 2017 year for #10MT.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e206

Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.

Dec 11, 2017
5 Lies I used to Believe About Teaching But I Don’t Anymore (e205)
13:09

When I first started teaching, I used to believe some things about the profession that I just don’t believe anymore. In today’s final episode of season 2, I reflect on those lies and how I’ve grown in my practice.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e205

Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.

Dec 08, 2017
Virtual Reality (VR) as a new educational paradigm (e204)
11:52

Several virtual reality options are available for classrooms. Today’s guest, Enrique Cachafeiro talks about the hardware, software options, and future of virtual reality. He also discusses how educators can join the innovators who are crafting and exploring this new education paradigm today. If you’re interested in VR, today’s show is a must listen.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e204

Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.

Dec 07, 2017
Teaching History with Simulations and Game Based Learning (e203)
11:10

History teacher David Harms uses simulations to teach history. Whether it is World War 1, 2, the Cold War or the American Civil War, learn how these immersive “games” teach history much more deeply than most textbooks.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e203

Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.

Dec 06, 2017
7 Things to Know About Coding in the Early Childhood Classroom with Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers from Tufts University (e202)
09:14

Today, Dr. Marina Umashchi Bers from Tufts University discusses her research findings about what works (and doesn’t) with young children in the classroom. You’ll get creative ideas for hands-on programming that works for early childhood.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e202


Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.

Dec 05, 2017
How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson (e201)
13:05

Teachers don’t have to be experts or “geeks” to use coding to improve literacy, use higher order thinking skills, and excite students in their classrooms. Elementary and primary students can learn to code. For Hour of Code week this week, learn how you can go past the Hour of Code and use coding all year long!

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Dec 04, 2017
How to Be a Change Leader in Your School (e200)
10:23

We can be change leaders and help our school improve and grow. Rebecca Wattleworth gives us tips to be a change leader no matter what school we’re working in right now.

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Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication. To find out why, read www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz or go to bloomz.com to get started setting up your school or classroom now! December and January are great months to roll out Bloomz with your parents, so you can start 2018 strong.

Dec 01, 2017
199: 7 Secrets to have a Better Thanks-Living All Year Long
12:36

You can have a more thankful, joyful year all of the time. In today’s show, I share seven secrets to live a more joyful, thankful life all year long.

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Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication. To find out why, read www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz or go to bloomz.com to get started setting up your school or classroom now! December and January are great months to roll out Bloomz with your parents, so you can start 2018 strong.

Nov 30, 2017
4 Geeky Gifts for Teachers - 2017 Edition
12:17

Leslie Fisher, a favorite geek of many teachers, has some cool gift ideas for teachers (or your favorite geek.)  I hope you get some ideas for your favorite teacher-geek.

Get links to these gift ideas here: www.coolcatteacher.com/e198


Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication. To find out why- read www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz or go to bloomz.com to get started setting up your school or classroom now! December and January are great months to roll out Bloomz with your parents, so you can start 2018 strong.

Nov 29, 2017
197: 8 Great Gifts for Administrators
09:07

Dr. Frank Buck talks about what to get administrators (and what not to give them.) We have an entertaining chat about all the ideas to make this holiday season very special for your administrator.

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Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication. To find out why- read www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz or go to bloomz.com to get started setting up your school or classroom now! December and January are great months to roll out Bloomz with your parents, so you can start 2018 strong.

Nov 28, 2017
196: How Parents and Teachers Can teach Empathy and Empowerment in the Aftermath of Tragedy
10:26

Joe Mazza shares how parents can help students have empathy and become empowered changemakers in the face of tragedy. In this special show, we give tips to parents and teachers about things they can do this season to help kids serve others affected by tragedy.

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Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication. To find out why read www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz or go to bloomz.com to get started setting up your school or classroom now! December and January are great months to roll out Bloomz with your parents, so you can start 2018 strong.

Nov 27, 2017
195: 5 Ideas for Fantastic Professional Development
10:16

Dyane Smokorowski, “Mrs. Smoke” talks about what makes excellent professional development. We talked at NNSTOY about training that inspires and helps teachers change.

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FlexPath – only at Capella University  – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. This subscription-based tuition model doesn't limit the number of courses you can complete during each 12-week period, enrolling in up to two courses at once, for one flat tuition rate. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.

Nov 17, 2017
194: She Hired Me! Betty Shiver, the woman who convinced me to become a teacher
15:16

In today’s show, Betty Shiver, my former curriculum director and the person who convinced me to become a teacher and I talk about teaching. We discuss hiring, inspiring, and having conversations that inspire people to change and improve their classrooms.

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FlexPath – only at Capella University  – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. This subscription-based tuition model doesn't limit the number of courses you can complete during each 12-week period, enrolling in up to two courses at once, for one flat tuition rate. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.

Nov 16, 2017
193: My student's views on learning and teaching -- Brent Johnson #stuvoice
13:13

Brent Johnson is a senior at Westwood Schools. He has taken my classes for the last four years. We have a frank conversation about technology and a win in the National 4H Competition as a result of some apps he made in my class. Brent has come a long way!  I hope you find this conversation inspiring.

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FlexPath – only at Capella University  – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. This subscription-based tuition model doesn't limit the number of courses you can complete during each 12-week period, enrolling in up to two courses at once, for one flat tuition rate. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.

Nov 15, 2017
192: Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech
10:25

Mandy Froehlich talks about a tool she uses in her classroom, Flipsnack. Learn how she uses this tool.

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FlexPath – only at Capella University  – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. This subscription-based tuition model  doesn’t limit the number of courses you can complete during each 12-week period , enrolling in up to two courses at once, for one flat tuition rate. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.

Nov 14, 2017
191: Amazing Grace Adkins - my 89 year old learning lab director and the most amazing woman I know
20:24

Mrs. Grace Adkins is a hero, mentor, and teacher to many. With a 56-year generation-spanning career as an educator, Mrs. Adkins approaches her 90th birthday still teaching, loving kids, and riding over 100 miles on her bike each week. Meet a truly remarkable woman and a personal mentor, Mrs. Grace Adkins.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e191

FlexPath – only at Capella University  – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. This subscription-based tuition model doesn't limit the number of courses you can complete during each 12-week period, enrolling in up to two courses at once, for one flat tuition rate. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.

Nov 13, 2017
190: Global Education Conference 2017 with Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon
12:08

Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, Global Education Conference co-chairs, talk about the Global Education Conference 2017 that runs from November 13-16. Go to globaleducationconference.com to join in.

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Nov 10, 2017
189: Different Schools for a Different World
11:17

Dr. Scott McLeod, co-author of Different Schools for a Different World, has a frank conversation about the change that needs to happen, how long it will take to happen, and the next steps for promoting creativity in schools.

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Got 5 minutes? That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll win technology and prizes to help your STEAM project come to reality. The entry period ends this week - Thursday, November 9 is the last day! Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more. Good luck!

Nov 09, 2017
188: Blowing up the Curriculum with the Learning Journey Model
11:37

Mark Engstrom shares a personalized model for learning that he calls the “Learning Journey Model.” After students accomplish a core competency, they personalize their learning journey much like the “game of LIFE” board game.

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Got 5 minutes? That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll win technology and prizes to help your STEAM project come to reality. The entry period ends this week - Thursday, November 9 is the last day! Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more. Good luck!

Nov 08, 2017
187: Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers
10:37

Lisa Scumpieru, 10th-grade Literature Teacher, gives us a crash course in Hyperdocs. She shares lesson plans, ideas, and tips for getting started quickly without hassle.

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Got 5 minutes? That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll win technology and prizes to help your STEAM project come to reality. The entry period ends this week - Thursday, November 9 is the last day! Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more. Good luck!

Nov 07, 2017
186: 10 Keys to Purpose Driven Learning
11:18

Michael Matera @mrmatera, author of Explore Like a Pirate, talks about Purpose Driven Learning in the classroom.

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Got 5 minutes? That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll win technology and prizes to help your STEAM project come to reality. The entry period ends this week - Thursday, November 9 is the last day! Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more. Good luck!

Nov 06, 2017
185: 5 Reasons to Try a Whole Novel Approach in Your Classroom
09:25

Ariel Sacks, author of Whole Novels for the Whole Class, shares five reasons to try a whole novel approach. She also explains how this approach works and some advantages for teachers.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e185


Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Nov 03, 2017
184: How to Build Great Teachers
11:41

Dan Brown talks about practical things we can do to help build grade teachers. From best practices to policy, Dan shares what works (and some of what doesn’t.) If you’re in preservice education or work with teacher professional development, this podcast episode has some fantastic tips.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e184

Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Nov 02, 2017
183: Grit in the Classroom
09:50

Laila Sanguras, author of Grit in the Classroom, defines grit, shares the misinformation about grit, and talks about developing it in our students.

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Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Nov 01, 2017
182 Computer Science Teaching Tips with Alfred Thompson
10:41

Alfred Thompson talks about the trends in teaching Computer Science. Topics include:

  • How to get kids moving as you teach programming
  • What happens when a school has every student learn Computer Science
  • How to engage young women in Computer Science Programming


Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Oct 31, 2017
181: Shattering Perfect Teacher Myths
09:49

Aaron Hogan shatters myths about teaching. Empower yourself as a teacher with the knowledge you do not have to be perfect. Learn how to build collegiality and support other teachers.

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Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Oct 30, 2017
180: 5 Ways to Be an Unforgettable Teacher
10:27

Chuck Poole shares five ways to be an unforgettable teacher. He also gives us links to some free cards he shares with students and parents and more.

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Oct 27, 2017
179: Why Teachers Should Talk About Teaching
10:23

Tom Rademacher, author of It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and slightly unprofessional) Book About Teaching, shares why teachers should tell their story. (And how they can do it without losing their job.)

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Oct 26, 2017
178: Secrets of Great District Leadership
10:35

Superintendent Randy Ziegenfuss talks about secrets of transformational district leadership. Encouraging innovation. The role of principals. The mistakes many districts make in transformational change. The importance of the district team. These are all topics discussed today.

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Oct 25, 2017
177: 7 Global Project Ideas from a Leading 3rd Grade Classroom
10:38

Vickie Morgado from Canada has her third graders connecting with the world! Learn about global Kahoots, how she tweets with her class and more global collaborative techniques in this show.

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Oct 24, 2017
176: Include Every Child in your Classroom
09:29

Get inspired to include every child as fourth-grade teacher, Kelly Malloy shares us how she focuses on children. So many teachers struggle to get results and include everyone, we can do this!

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Oct 23, 2017
175 5 Ways to Help Numbers Come Alive
11:21

Dr. Rebecca Klemm @numbersalive shares how to help numbers come alive for all ages. From toddler to teenager to PhD, Rebecca informs us about the building blocks that build math success.

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Oct 20, 2017
174 Finding Passion and Purpose: Barbara Bray
09:46

Barbara Bray talks about personalizing learning in the classroom. She teaches us strategies and helps us think about how to make our classrooms better.

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Oct 19, 2017
173 A Teenage Bullying Story
09:02

Sarah Beeghley @the-geeky_girl has been called by a US Senator to tell her story as part of anti-bullying legislation. Hear her story and advice to teachers.

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GradeCam lets you create assessments with formats including multiple choice, true/false, number grids, rubrics, and even handwritten numeric answers that can be read and scored by Aita - Gradecam's Artificial Intelligence Teaching Assistant. Score assessments, generate reports, and transfer grades automatically. Work smarter instead of harder. Sign up for your 60-day free trial at gradecam.com/coolcatteacher

Oct 18, 2017
172 K-6 Educational Music Videos: Selecting the Right Videos for Learning
09:17

Joanna and Matt Pace write videos on a popular YouTube channel, Hopscotch. Joanna is an elementary teacher and Matt is a songwriter from Las Vegas. Their 7 Continents song has almost 300K views. Today they talk about what makes a great learning video and how to select good videos on YouTube for K-6 students.

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Oct 17, 2017
171 Purpose-Full Education #MotivationMonday
11:06

Dr. Amy Fast, author of It's the Mission, Not the Mandates, talks about how to regain the purpose of education in schools. From making your school mission move from the letterhead to what we do in schools and more, get motivated to make your school more today!

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Oct 16, 2017
170 5 Ways to Add Morning Meetings to Special Ed Classrooms
10:15

Dr. Felicia Durden shares methods behind having a powerful morning meeting in special education classrooms. From routine to celebrations, we talk about how to start the day well in special education classrooms.

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Oct 13, 2017
169 Bullying and Cyberbullying: The Things You Need to Know
14:06

Anne Collier helps us understand the statistics on bullying and cyberbullying. We talk about targets, those who bully and how to respond when helping those embroiled in this situation

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Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Oct 12, 2017
168 Making Google Masters for Kids of All Ages
11:55

Lee Ann Yonker helped start the #MiniGoogleMasters movement in her school in K-3rd grade, demonstrating littles can be tech savvy too! Now having moved to 5th grade, Mrs. Yonker is continuing her tech encouragement with the #MakingGoogleMasters. We talk about what students of all ages can do. She also shares her micro-credential badging approach.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e168 

Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Oct 11, 2017
167 6 Tech Treasures for Special Ed Teachers (K-6) #edtech #spedchat
11:06

Special ed teacher Melissa Mann shares six of her favorite edtech tools for the special education classroom. From collecting data to parent communications to taking care of yourself, Melissa has something for every classroom (as well as a pretty cool pep talk!)

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Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Oct 10, 2017
166 How to Make Your Teaching Something Special #SomethingSpecialEDU
09:57

Rushton Hurley, author of Making Your Teaching Something Special: 50 Ways to Become a Better Teacher, gives us ideas to build rapport, review for tests, and improve our teaching that will help us be better teachers.

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Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Oct 09, 2017
165: 5 Things That Happen When We empower Students
09:42

AJ Juliani, author of Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning talks about the empowerment of students. How teachers can be the “guide on the ride” and help students find their passions. We can do this!

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e165

Sponsor: Book Creator. Previously on the 10-Minute Teacher, guests have mentioned Book Creator as one of their top apps for the iPad. Well, now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. This is great news! Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, using the Chrome web browser. (This tool would be perfect for following the techniques described in today's show.)

Oct 06, 2017