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Every weekday, join full-time teacher Vicki Davis, author of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, as she dives into what matters most to classroom teachers. The best and brightest educators and idea creators will inspire you as they are interviewed on this show. You'll learn behind the scenes tips, classroom ideas, and practical mindsets for anyone working with today's kids.

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How to Assess with Respect with Starr Sackstein
10:44

Assessment is part of what teachers have to do in school. Although it is required, we teachers can make sure we assess with respect. Today's guest, Starr Sackstein, author of Assessing with Respect: Everyday Practices That Meet Students' Social and Emotional Needs, shares an overview of what is needed so that every student feels respected even as they are given the necessary feedback to improve and level up their learning.

https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e739 

Starr Sackstein - Bio As Submitted

Over 16 years ago, Starr Sackstein started her teaching career in Far Rockaway High School, eager to make a difference. Quickly learning to connect with students and develop rapport, she was able to recognize the most important part of teaching, relationships. Fostering relationships with students and peers, to encourage community growth and a deeper understanding of personal contribution through reflection, Sackstein has continued to elevate her students by putting them at the center of the learning.

Starr Sackstein currently works at Long Island City High School as a Teacher Center Teacher and ELA teacher. She spent nine years at World Journalism Preparatory School in Flushing, NY as a high school English and Journalism teacher where her students run a multi-media news outlet at WJPSnews.com. In 2011, the Dow Jones News Fund honored Sackstein as a Special Recognition Adviser and 2012 Education Updated recognized her as an outstanding educator. Currently Sackstein has thrown out grades, teaching students that learning isn’t about numbers, but about the development of skills and ability to articulate that growth.

In 2012, Sackstein tackled National Board Certification in an effort to reflect on her practice and grow as an educational English facilitator. After a year of closely looking at the her work with students, she achieved the honor. She is also a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). Sackstein also serves at the New York State Director to JEA to help serve advisers in New York better grow journalism programs.

Author of Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective, Blogging for Educators, Teaching Students to Self Assess: How do I help Students grow as learners?, The Power of Questioning: Opening up the World of Student Inquiry, Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School, Hacking Homework: 10 Strategies that Inspire Learning Outside the Classroom and most recently Peer Feedback in the Classroom: Empowering Students to be the Experts. (You can find all of the books here: https://amzn.to/3vPs9go) Sackstein co-moderates #sunchat as well as contributes to #NYedChat. She has made the Bammy Awards finals for Secondary High School Educator in 2014 and for blogging in 2015. In speaking engagements, Sackstein speaks about blogging, journalism education, throwing out grades and BYOD, helping people see technology doesn’t have to be feared. Most recently, Sackstein was named one of ASCD’s Emerging leaders class of 2016, in addition to presenting a TedxTalk about throwing out grades.

Balancing a busy career of writing and teaching with being the mom to 10-year-old Logan is a challenging adventure. Seeing the world through his eyes reminds her why education needs to change for every child.

Contact information: mssackstein@gmail.com
@MsSackstein on Twitter
Starr Sackstein, MJE Facebook Fan page

 

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.

May 10, 2021
Joel Lookadoo: 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year
09:59

Joel Lookadoo, 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, shares why he loves teaching, the stories he is seeing of teachers (and students) overcoming and encouragement for teachers now.

 Show Notes: https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e738

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Joel Lookadoo - Bio as submitted

 Joel Lookadoo is an eighth-year educator in Springdale, Arkansas who coached basketball for three years before transitioning to full-time teaching in the classroom where he has taught Algebra 1 and is a National Board Certified Teacher in High School Mathematics. He created “Beyond”, which is a college-prep program, that supports first-generation college students by mentoring students and discussing college admissions and scholarship opportunities. Lookadoo, the 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, is also certified in English as a Second Language and has led professional development on teaching English Learners, building high-performing PLCs, and standards-based grading. 

Blog: The Well-Rounded Educato‪r‬

Twitter: @CoachLookadoo

Instagram: @2020ATOY

FaceBook: @2020ATOY

May 05, 2021
The Opportunities from the Pandemic to Have Disruptive Thinking in the Classroom
14:16

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Bio as submitted

 Eric is an Associate Partner 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. 

We all have undergone disrupted thinking because of our disrupted society due to the pandemic. But many of us hope we don’t go back to business as usual. Thought Leader Eric Sheninger has a challenge for us today about what we can learn from the pandemic and the opportunities we have to use disruptive thinking in the classroom for the good of our students. Check out Eric Sheninger’s new book, Disruptive Thinking in Our Classrooms. 

Episode Sponsor: The Stone Soup Leadership Institute would like to invite you and your students to be delegates at the 17th Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainability - from June 21-25, featuring inspiring speakers from their new book, Stone Soup for a Sustainable World: Life-Changing Stories of Young Heroes. In May, there will be a teacher orientation on how to use the companion educational curriculum. At the culmination of the Summit, you will be guests at the World's Largest Book Signing. And in honor of Earth Day, the Institute is offering you a pre-order link on Amazon to buy the book at a discounted rate. Do you know any students who are passionate about sustainability? Well, from now until May 6, just go to www.coolcatteacher.com/apply and apply now

Show Notes: https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e737

Eric Sheninger's Bio as submitted

 Eric is an Associate Partner 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: http://ericsheninger.com

Twitter: @E_Sheninger

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

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

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/esheninger/

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a 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.” This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.



Apr 29, 2021
Leadership Spotlight: How a Student Held a Virtual Summer Camp in Summer 2020
12:29

Sophia is a student in Oman. During the 2020 shut down, Sophia wanted to help the children in her neighborhood have a fun learning experience -- so she created a virtual summer camp online. We can learn about learning in this example where the teacher and students are kids and everything is optional. What an exciting story.

https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e736

Sophia - Bio As Submitted

Sophia is a 15 year old rising sophomore from Cooperstown, NY, who attends Al Batinah International School in Sohar, Oman. She started a virtual camp for the children in the neighborhood as a way to offer summer activities based around art, science, STEAM, drama and Getting Ready for School! Each week she sends out several different activities based on the theme of the week. At the end of each week she sets up online meetings for the campers to attend if they want to share what they've created, what they've learned, or even just to talk about what they've been doing.

She hopes to develop the camp into virtual after-school activities once the online school year begins and get other teenagers from school involved in this venture as well. This is her first volunteering initiative and she has enjoyed creating activities for and meeting with the campers.

 

Apr 27, 2021
How to Talk About Sustainability In Your Classroom
12:04

Caring for our earth is a focus of Earth Day. Today we discuss ways that any classroom can talk about sustainability and caring for the environment, no matter the political landscape of your community or school. Teachers will find ideas they can use to help their students year-round know how to care for their environment and community.

https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e735

Episode Sponsor: The Stone Soup Leadership Institute would like to invite you and your students to be delegates at the 17th Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainability - from June 21-25, featuring inspiring speakers from their new book, Stone Soup for a Sustainable World: Life-Changing Stories of Young Heroes. In May, there will be a teacher orientation on how to use the companion educational curriculum.

At the culmination of the Summit, you will be guests at the World's Largest Book Signing. And in honor of Earth Day, the Institute is offering you a pre-order link on Amazon to buy the book at a discounted rate. Do you know any students who are passionate about sustainability? Well, from now until May 6, just go to www.coolcatteacher.com/apply and apply now

Rebecca Anderson - Bio As submitted

Rebecca came to the Alliance for Climate Education in its inception in 2008 as an Educator, and now serves as ACE’s Director of Education. Rebecca develops ACE’s science content, manages the online climate education resource Our Climate Our Future, oversees the ACE Teacher Network, and works with schools in the Reno-Tahoe area.

Rebecca holds a B.A. in Geosciences from Williams College and an M.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Colorado. For her graduate degree, she studied melting ice caps on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. Some of the ice caps she studied in 2005 are now completely gone.

Rebecca has also worked in Antarctica as a member of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Ice Core Drilling Project, where she analyzed the age of the ice core, shoveled mountains of snow, lived in a tent, and worked in an (no joke) air-conditioned room at -30ºF. When not fighting climate change, Rebecca enjoys chasing her husband Andy and young son Huck over the slopes, rocks, and trails around Truckee, CA.

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."

Apr 22, 2021
5 Ways to Teach About Earth Day
06:39

Thursday, April 22 is Earth Day. As citizens of this planet, we should all care about caring for this world. Today, Monica Burns gives us practical ways to teach and encourage students to be good caretakers of the world we live in. Every teacher will find an idea they can use any time of the year to encourage sustainability and caring for our environment.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e734

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.

Apr 21, 2021
Choose Your Own Adventure Professional Development
08:53

Professional Development can be an adventure! You can create fun, exciting professional development. With hyperdocs and a "choose your own adventure" format, Laurie Guyon helped her teachers get excited about learning new tools (and gave them a model they are now using with students.) Learn about this approach to professional development and teaching and how you can use it in your classroom.

https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e733

Laurie Guyon - Bio As Submitted

Laurie Guyon is the Coordinator for Model Schools at WSWHE BOCES and a trainer with NYSCATE. Laurie was named one of the NextGen: Emerging EdTech Leaders for 2020 with CoSN.
 
Laurie is part of the first DigCit Institute Global Impactor Cohort and is a member of the NYSCATE Social Media Team and Volunteer Hall of Fame.
 
 
Apr 19, 2021
Using Math (and a Remarkable App) to Privately Combat Covid19
15:11
Combatting the coronavirus with apps is a challenge. With privacy and tracking concerns being an issue, how can it be done? Today's guest Po Shen Lo from Carnegie Mellon University talks about an app he's invented that uses a mesh network to help his college and also Georgia Tech combat COVID-19 among their students. This is a fascinating conversation that you'll want to hear about a new way to use smartphones in a way that doesn't compromise privacy but can be used to help many kinds of societal issues.
 
 

Po Shen Lo - Bio As Submitted

Po-Shen Loh is a social entrepreneur, working across the spectrum of mathematics, education, and healthcare, all around the world. He is the founder of the free personalized learning platform expii.com, a social enterprise supported by his series of online math courses that reinvent the middle school math curriculum with a focus on creative thinking. He is also a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team. Upon the outbreak of COVID, he turned his mathematical attention to create NOVID, the world's first app to introduce the fundamentally different network radar paradigm for pandemic control.
Apr 16, 2021
5 Things We Need to Get Right As we Move Back to In Person Learning
17:28

As we consider how we move back into school, we need to think about neuroscience research about how students learn. Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath talks about stress, learning duration, homework, spaced repetition, and sleep as well as computers and technology. You can't just have a longer school day to improve learning. You also can't always expect every technology to improve learning either. 

www.coolcatteacher.com/e731

SponsorAdvancement Courses’ Tournament of Teachers bracket challenge is back again for the fourth year in a row and voting is now open from March 22 to March 31. This year’s “Remember When. . . Edition” features 32 scenarios that educators both miss and don’t miss about classroom life before 2020. Things like “taking students on field trips vs. hosting classroom parties” or “fire drills derailing your lesson vs. a broken air conditioner.” Vote for which scenarios you want to see advance in each round and see the winners announced on April 1. This is going to be fun! Visit coolcatteacher.com/tournament to learn more and start voting!

Jared Cooney Horvath - Bio As Submitted

Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, 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 10 Things Schools Get Wrong and What We Can Do About Them

Blog: https://www.lmeglobal.net/

@jchorvath

Mar 30, 2021
Augmented Reality Lessons You Can Use Now
12:40

If you need safe, fun ways for students to connect and learn while keeping their distance in the classroom then augmented reality apps might be for you. But there are best practices you can use to teach math, ELA and more using Augmented reality. In today's show Mitchell Weisburg, cofounder of the nonprofit Games4Ed, shares pedagogical best practices for using augmented reality in the classroom with 3D Bear and other tools.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e730

Sponsor: Advancement Courses’ Tournament of Teachers bracket challenge is back again for the fourth year in a row and voting is now open from March 22 to March 31. This year’s “Remember When. . . Edition” features 32 scenarios that educators both miss and don’t miss about classroom life before 2020. Things like “taking students on field trips vs. hosting classroom parties” or “fire drills derailing your lesson vs. a broken air conditioner.” Vote for which scenarios you want to see advance in each round and see the winners announced on April 1. This is going to be fun! Visit coolcatteacher.com/tournament to learn more and start voting!

Mitchell Weisberg - Bio as Submitted

Mitch helps organizations succeed in the education market. Mitch co-founded Academic Business Advisors in 2005, to help organizations reach teaches and students in the US. In 2014, Mitch co-founded Edchat Interactive with Tom Whitby and Steve Anderson, a service to share best practices among educators through live online interactive events. In January 2015, Mitch co-founded the nonprofit Games4Ed with Larry Cocco, to facilitate collaborations between educators, researchers, game developers, publishers and policymakers to further the use of games and other immersive strategies in schools. Mitch served on the Board of the Ed-Tech Industry Network (ETIN) of the SIIA from 2012-2019, was cochair from 2015-2016, and was the chair in 2019. In January 2019, Mitch became US COO of 3DBear, a Finnish EdTech company that uses Augmented Reality to motivate students to engage and learn deeply. If you are at all interested in what Mitch did before 2005, buy him a glass of wine and ask. Hint: he taught and developed over 200 courses.

Blog: https://blog.academicbiz.com/

Twitter: @weisburghm

Mar 22, 2021
4 Social Emotional Learning Strategies to Use in the Classroom Now
13:17

We know that to teach students, we must relate to educate and one of the first things we must relate to is their emotions in that moment. In today's show, Robin Fox shares four techniques you can use in your face-to-face or distance classroom to connect with your student's social and emotional lives. She reminds us that student emotions are constantly in motion but we have to help them so we can unlock their ability to live better lives, listen, and learn. Let's tune in to our student's social-emotional learning and help them succeed.

Sponsor: Advancement Courses’ Tournament of Teachers is here!

Enter now for a chance to win prizes like a $1,000 Amazon gift card and more by submitting your bracket from now until March 21. This year’s is a fun “Remember When” edition which will feature 32 scenarios that we educators miss and don’t miss about classroom life before 2020. Things like “taking students on field trips vs. hosting classroom parties” or “fire drills derailing your lesson vs. a broken air conditioner.” Voting runs from March 22-31 and you can vote for the ones you want to advance. Register now and let the tournament begin!

Show Notes: https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e728

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Robin Fox M.Ed is a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) educator, lifelong meditator, and professional improv actor. She has been working in private and public schools, K-12, as a special educator, professional trainer, and consultant for over forty years. Her SEL curriculum, SocialEyes Together® transforms children’s lives to walk forward into their future with self-confidence, empathy, and resilience. Robin is a member of the Connecticut Social and Emotional Collaborative. She is also part of a working committee revising the Components of Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Habits: Grades 4-12 for the CT State Department of Education. Visit her website at www.social-eyes.org

Blog: https://social-eyes.org

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/socialeyestogether/ 

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."

Mar 19, 2021
How to Create Massive Kahoot Games
14:49

Did you know that you can play massive Kahoot games with many students as players? Today's guest, George Pearce, talks about how he streams Kahoot games, handles security and privacy, fights bots that allow cheating and attack his Kahoot games and also how he deals with lag to make game competitions more equitable even when hundreds of miles separate the learners. He also shares the software he uses and tips to get started. You'll be able to use what you learn for any multiplayer gaming you want to hold across your school, district, or even across the world.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e728

Sponsor: Advancement Courses’ Tournament of Teachers is here!

Enter now for a chance to win prizes like a $1,000 Amazon gift card and more by submitting your bracket from now until March 21. This year’s is a fun “Remember When” edition which will feature 32 scenarios that we educators miss and don’t miss about classroom life before 2020. Things like “taking students on field trips vs. hosting classroom parties” or “fire drills derailing your lesson vs. a broken air conditioner.” Voting runs from March 22-31 and you can vote for the ones you want to advance. Register now and let the tournament begin!

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Bio as submitted

 

George is a Kahoot! Ambassador from Winnipeg Manitoba Canada. He teaches his grade 7 & 8 students math, science, and STEM. George is focused on providing students with fun, engaging, and joyful learning experiences. He is a Makey Makey certified educator, Microbit ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator and general tech enthusiast.

 

George loves to make learning a hands on experience, infusing technology, coding, and electronics into common classroom activities and projects. George also teaches his students the power and importance of contributing to online communities. He models what it means to be a connected and responsible digital citizen in global learning communities. George wants students graduating from his classroom to love learning, with the hope of fostering a life long passion.

 

 

Twitter: @GPearceWSD

Youtube: https://youtube.com/user/georgepearce & https://youtube.com/c/GBGAMING204

 



Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a 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.” This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

 

Mar 15, 2021
How to Partner with Parents During Pandemic Learning
11:45

Some schools need to reset their relationships with parents. Others want to make it stronger as they transition to a different form of learning. At the forefront of all of this is the psychological health of students during this time. JT Taylor is helping schools connect with parents and support them and today he gives advice to schools and teachers who are ready to move to better relationships with parents.

Check out the show notes and links at www.coolcatteacher.com/e727

Jahkari "JT" Taylor - Bio as Submitted

Jahkari “JT” Taylor is an award-winning educator, author, researcher, and passionate speaker. JT is a 2016 Iota Phi Lambda Emerald Educator, the 2016 Teacher of the Year for Oscar F. Smith High School, and the 2017 Overall City-Wide Teacher of the Year for Chesapeake Public Schools. JT has presented at numerous K-12 schools, colleges/universities, and professional conferences across the nation. He has been featured in a WHRO commercial titled, “The Teaching Profession,” and he was recently selected as a 2019 ASCD Emerging Leader.

With three earned degrees and over 12 years of experience working as a Special Education Teacher, a Title I Instructional Coach, and an Educational Consultant, JT brings a unique perspective to the field of education. As the CEO of Purpose Pushers LLC, JT serves as the Chief Equity Officer. He provides consulting services, job-embedded coaching, and staff development in the areas of social-emotional learning (SEL), culturally responsive teaching practices, special education, and best instructional practices for reaching all learners.

JT’s motto is simple: “Know Your Why!”

Learn more at www.purposepushers.com 

Dr. Alexander's Twitter: @purposepushers

Mar 09, 2021
3 Ways to Stress Less in Today's Classroom
13:59

Teachers are stressing over so many things. Today, Dr. Desiree Alexander tackles three of those issues: distance learning, hybrid learning, and digital equity. She shares the WHO system for evaluating technology, tips for hybrid learning, and timeless principles for considering digital equity and relating to your students and colleagues in professional and respectful ways.

Check out the show notes and links at www.coolcatteacher.com/e726

Today’s sponsor: Advancement Courses. Choose from over 280 online graduate-level PD courses in 20 subject areas that are self-paced with up to six months to complete. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and save 20% off each course by using the code COOL20. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can also receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners for continuing education requirements. Never stop learning!

Dr. Desiree Alexander - Bio as Submitted

Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator who has been in the educational field since 2002. She is currently the Regional Director of North Louisiana for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. She is the Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC. She consults with members of several schools/businesses and presents at conferences nationwide.

Dr. Alexander is lifetime certified in Louisiana in Secondary English Education, as a Reading Specialist, as a School Librarian, as an Educational Technology Facilitator, as an Educational Technology Leader and in Educational Leadership 1. She is certified in Texas as a Principal, in English Language Arts and Reading for grades 4-8 and grades 8-12, as a Reading Specialist for grades EC-12, and as a School Librarian. She holds multiple technology certifications, including, but not limited to, IC3 certification, Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, Apple Teacher 2016, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer and Expert.

She holds a Bachelor, a Master + 30, and an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University, a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Educational Leadership with a concentration in Educational Technology Leadership from Nicholls State University. She also holds a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.

She is a 2020 International Society for Technology in Education Featured Voice, 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference Featured Presenter, 2019 Customer Commitment Award Honoree from Better Business Bureau's Torch Awards for Ethics, a 2019 Shreveport National Pan-Hellenic Council Mover and Shaker, a 2017 Young Professional Initiative 40 Under 40 Awards Honoree, 2017 Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers, 2017 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator for Louisiana, 2016 Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana Member of the Year, 2015 Librarian of the Year for Louisiana Librarian Association, 2014 Leader of the Year for Region 2 Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators, and her recent campus's 2015 Teacher of the Year in the Zachary Community School District.

Learn more at www.educatoralexander.com.

Dr. Alexander's Twitter: @educatoralex

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." 

 

Mar 03, 2021
How to Close the Learning Gap
13:14

Students are returning to school and teachers and administrators know a learning gap is there. What do we do about it? How do we close the gap without stressing everyone out? Turnaround principal Rachael George tells us how.

Check out the show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e725/

Today’s sponsor: Advancement Courses. Choose from over 280 online graduate-level PD courses in 20 subject areas that are self-paced with up to six months to complete. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and save 20% off each course by using the code COOL20. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can also receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners for continuing education requirements. Never stop learning!

Dr. Rachael George - Bio as Submitted

From fighting wildland fires with the U.S. Forest Service to putting out fires in the classroom, education was the last place that Rachael thought she’d end up. It wasn’t until a hard conversation with a base manager in Grangeville, Idaho did Rachael realize she needed to put her chainsaw down and make a bigger impact on the world. Rachael is a member of the ASCD Emerging Leaders Class of 2015, an NAESP Fellow, and currently serves as the principal of Sandy Grade School in the Oregon Trail School District.

Over the past six years, Sandy Grade School has moved from being one of the lowest-ranked elementary schools in the state of Oregon to performing in the top 20% of elementary schools. Sandy Grade School has been recognized by the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) as a Model School for closing the achievement gap.

Prior to serving as an elementary principal, she was a middle school principal of an “outstanding” and two-time “Level 5: Model School” as recognized by the State of Oregon. Rachael specializes in curriculum development, instructional improvement as well as working with at-risk students and closing the achievement gap. Connect with Rachael on Twitter @DrRachaelGeorge.

www.drrrachaelgeorge.com 

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." 

Mar 01, 2021
Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus and What You Can Do About It
13:12

Dr. James Lang has six recommendations in this podcast about how we can better understand student attention and how we can get their attention while we teach - even when teaching online. This important topic will help all of us become better teachers in challenging times.

Check out the show notes and links at www.coolcatteacher.com/e724

Today’s sponsor: Advancement Courses. Choose from over 280 online graduate-level PD courses in 20 subject areas that are self-paced with up to six months to complete. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and save 20% off each course by using the code COOL20. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can also receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners for continuing education requirements. Never stop learning!

Dr. James Lang - Bio as Submitted

James M. Lang is a Professor of English and the Director of the D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. He is the author of six books, the most recent of which are Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It (Basic Books, 2020),  Small Teaching Online: Applying Science in Online Classes (2019) Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2016), and Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013). Lang writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education; his work has been appearing in the Chronicle since 1999. He has conducted workshops on teaching for faculty at more than a hundred colleges or high schools in the US and abroad, and consulted for the United Nations on the development of teaching materials in ethics and integrity. He has a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in English from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University.

Dr. Lang's Website: www.jamesmlang.com 

Dr. Lang's Twitter: @LangOnCourse

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." 

 

Feb 24, 2021
Creating Fun Family & Classroom Experiences for Kids Online #723
12:08

We can create fun ways to enjoy time with our families online in Zoom, Google Meet, Teams, and more. Today's guest, Sandi Johnson, is an IT Integrator in Indianapolis. She has created fun events for neighbors and families as well as her students to celebrate and grow closer during this time. If you are wondering how to connect with your family in new ways, listen to this show and plan some fun family events.

Check out the show notes and links at www.coolcatteacher.com/e723

Today’s sponsor: Advancement Courses. Choose from over 280 online graduate-level PD courses in 20 subject areas that are self-paced with up to six months to complete. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and save 20% off each course by using the code COOL20. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can also receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners for continuing education requirements. Never stop learning!

Sandi Johnson - Bio as Submitted

Sandi is a technology integrator at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, IN. Her career and family have allowed her to teach all over the country. She loves to follow the tech trends and develop activities with the teachers she works with. Sandi presented at ISTE last year, sharing her findings on brain research as it relates to tech use in the classroom. Sandi received a master’s degree in education from the University of Central Florida.

For more of Sandi’s fun classroom and personal products, visit her at www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Sandi-Johnson.

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." 

 

Feb 22, 2021
5 Tips to Help Busy Teachers Stay Healthy - 722
16:21

Richard Byrne is a busy teacher. He teaches full time during the day. He writes his Free Tech for Teachers Blog. He's a father of two, and active in many online spaces. And yet -- he takes time to take care of himself. Today you·ll learn how to achieve better health and wellness with these tips and ideas.

Check out the show notes and links at www.coolcatteacher.com/e722

Today’s sponsor: Advancement Courses. Choose from over 280 online graduate-level PD courses in 20 subject areas that are self-paced with up to six months to complete. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and save 20% off each course by using the code COOL20. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can also receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners for continuing education requirements. Never stop learning!

Richard Byrne - Bio as Submitted

Richard Byrne is the President of Byrne Instructional Media, LLC. which manages multiple websites and training programs for teachers. Richard is a former high school social studies teacher best known for developing the award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers. He has been invited to speak at events on six continents and would gladly speak in Antarctica too. He also provides online training and guidance for teachers and technology coaches.

https://practicaledtech.com 

@rmbyrne

 

Feb 15, 2021
721 5 Ways to Build Trust Between Principals and Teachers
11:39

Things can be a little tense between teachers and the principals, but less in-person communication can put a real strain on those relationships, and eventually, turn into distrust. To alleviate those problems, today·s guest, Craig Randall, wrote Trust-Based Observations. His experience as a counselor, coach, teacher, and principal in the US and overseas led him to develop the Trust-Based Observations model of observation and evaluation based on building trusting relationships between the principal and teacher that sparks teacher risk-taking and innovation. 

Today’s sponsor: Advancement Courses. Choose from over 280 online graduate-level PD courses in 20 subject areas that are self-paced with up to six months to complete. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and save 20% off each course by using the code COOL20. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can also receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners for continuing education requirements. Never stop learning!

Craig Randall - Bio as Submitted

Craig Randall is the author of Trust-Based Observations. His experience as a counselor, coach, teacher, and principal at schools in the US and overseas led him to develop and then write Trust-Based Observations, a model of observation and evaluation focused on building trusting relationships between principal and teacher that spark teacher risk-taking and innovation, and result in teaching and learning growth. Currently, Craig consults and trains schools on the model.

www.trustbased.com

@TrustbasedCraig

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." 

Feb 08, 2021
720 Teaching Python - How Even Younger Children Can Get an Early Start
14:18

Teaching coding can be challenging and expensive, but our guests Sean and Kelly have a solution. We can start teaching the second most popular coding language - Python - in our schools. Kelly Schuster-Paredes and Sean Tibor host the Teaching Python Podcast where they share how to help kids of all ages learn this valuable language. Before you think it is too hard or too difficult, you'll want to hear their story about how Kelly is a teacher who became a coder and Sean is a coder who became a teacher and how it can be done at your school as well.

Sponsor:  It’s a new year and time to plan your professional development with Advancement Courses. They offer over 280 online graduate-level PD courses in 20 subject areas. They are online and self-paced, so you can take them anywhere, any time with up to six months to complete. Receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners or for continuing education units that meet your state requirements. And right now, you can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20 — that’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat  and use the coupon code COOL20.

Kelly Schuster-Paredes - Bio as Submitted

Kelly Schuster-Paredes is a mom, world traveler and a netizen. She loves learning about cultures and her children were born on two different continents. Kelly has a Masters in Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology. She has taught all over the world and specializes in curriculum design, coaching and development. She got started with integrating technology in the classroom in 2003 and dabbled with app design in File Maker and HTML. She currently teaches sixth and seventh grade computer science at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is her third year using Python.

Sean Tibor - Bio as Submitted

Sean is a dad, coder, teacher, geek, marketer, salmon enthusiast, Star Wars fan, and 3D-printing nut living in Florida. Prior to teaching, he has worked in IT and marketing for [Procter & Gamble](https://www.pg.com), Kaplan University (now [Purdue University Global](https://www.purdueglobal.edu/)), and [Diagnostic Centers of America](http://www.dcamedical.com). Sean is the founder of [Red Reef Digital](https://www.redreefdigital.com), a digital marketing consulting firm and is a certified [HubSpot](https://www.hubspot.com) partner. He has a bachelor's and master's degree in information systems from [Carnegie Mellon University](https://www.cmu.edu) in Pittsburgh, PA.

Feb 02, 2021
719 Edupreneur Rising - How Educators Are Creating Side Hustles for Profit and Purpose with Dr. Will Deymaport
14:51

In today's episode, Dr. Will Deymaport talks about the trends, topics, and timeliness of something called, edupreneurship. Teachers everywhere are doing some inventive things to make ends meet. In March 2019, Dr. Will made a documentary The Edupreneur. Learn about the trends shaping how educators work and make money now besides their classroom work.

Sponsor:  It’s a new year and time to plan your professional development with Advancement Courses. They offer over 280 online graduate-level PD courses in 20 subject areas. They are online and self-paced, so you can take them anywhere, any time with up to six months to complete. Receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners or for continuing education units that meet your state requirements. And right now, you can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20 — that’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat  and use the coupon code COOL20. 

Dr. Will Deymaport - Bio As Submitted

As seen on Forbes.com, Schoology Exchange, District Administration, EdSurge, iNACOL, and TechEdge magazine, Will Deyamport, III, Ed.D. is an entrepreneurial educator who specializes in assisting educators in going digital. Dr. Will, as he is better known as, is a podcaster, writer, documentary filmmaker, and District Instructional Technologist for Hattiesburg Public School District. Dr. Will is the creator and host of The Dr. Will Show where he interviews educators and entrepreneurs on leveling up. In March of 2019, EduMatch Publishing released Dr. Will’s first documentary, The Edupreneur. The video explores the lives and careers of eight educators who have become educational consultants. You can find the documentary on Vimeo OnDemand as well as Amazon Prime.

Blog: https://thedrwillshowpodcast.simplecast.com/

Twitter: @iamDrWill

Feb 02, 2021
718 - The 5 Minute Lesson Plan with Ross McGill
11:47

In today's episode, Ross McGill, shares his powerful 5 minute lesson plan format that the UK Department of Education has listed as a best practice for teacher effectiveness and time savings. His tips will save you some valuable time. Teachers can spend hours typing up and writing a lesson plan that takes just 30 or 45 minutes to share! Ross McGill gives us a better way.

See: The 5 Minute Lesson Plan to download resources and watch more about how to follow this technique.

Sponsor: Join me at the upcoming insightful online conference, Engage 2021 sponsored by Kognity! I’ll be sharing my 50+ ways to use technology in the classroom updated with new tools and tips for the challenges of teaching in 2021. Many of your favorite speakers including  George Couros, Eric Sheninger, Monica Burns and David Geurin, and more will be sharing their expert tips with you. Engage 2021 is a must-attend online event for educators.  To register for this event, and to find out more about the speakers, go to engage.kognity.com/register. This is going to be a fantastic event where we can share experiences and explore new digital possibilities! I hope you’ll join me on February 4 for Engage 2021 sponsored by Kognity!

Ross McGill - Bio as Submitted

Ross works with pupils, teachers and school leaders across the world, supporting teaching and learning, workload and mental health. A former deputy headteacher, he has been teaching for 27 years working in some of the most challenging secondary schools in London. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain’ by The Sunday Times as a result of being most influential in the field of education. He remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day... https://www.teachertoolkit.co.uk/ross-morrison-mcgill/?ad=20190130learnaboutrossmpu

Twitter: @TeacherToolkit

Jan 28, 2021
717 A Look Back at 2020 Teaching What It Means for 2021 with Pamela Livingston Gaudet
12:52

Yes, 2020 has been a year like no other, and today's guest, Pamela Livingston Guadet, interviewed a wide variety of school tech directors to hear their stories of triage teaching during the COVID-19 emergency. Today, she shares their wisdom, including the positives, negatives, the things that shocked her, and what her research shows that everyone should know about moving forward in 2021. Pamela is the author of the book, “Like No Other School Year: 2020, COVID-19 and the Growth of Online Learning."

Sponsor:  It’s a new year and time to plan your professional development with Advancement Courses. They offer over 280 online graduate-level PD courses in 20 subject areas. They are online and self-paced, so you can take them anywhere, any time with up to six months to complete. Receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners or for continuing education units that meet your state requirements. And right now, you can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20 -- that’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat  and use the coupon code COOL20. 

www.coolcatteacher.com/e717

Pamela Livingston Gaudet - Bio As Submitted

Pamela (Livingston) Gaudet is the author of “Like No Other School Year: 2020, COVID-19 and the Growth of Online Learning”  For the book, Pamela interviewed public, independent and international school technology directors to hear their stories of triage teaching during the COVID-19 emergency including what was important and what is still needed for online learning. Pamela was a technology director and teacher at public, charter and independent schools and then moved to education technology companies where she built products used by millions of students in K-12 schools.

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."

Jan 22, 2021
Episode 716 Google Jamboard 2021 Update with Tom Mullaney
12:03

One of the most popular shows of 2018 was with Tom Mullaney on Google Jamboard so we've updated it for 2021! In this show, Tom shows us how teachers are using Google Jamboard, why it is so popular, and how you can use it to teach. Let's Jam!

Sponsor:  It’s a new year and time to plan your professional development with Advancement Courses. They offer over 280 online graduate-level PD courses in 20 subject areas. They are online and self-paced, so you can take them anywhere, any time with up to six months to complete. Receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners or for continuing education units that meet your state requirements. And right now, you can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20 -- that’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat  and use the coupon code COOL20. 

www.coolcatteacher.com/e716

Tom Mullaney - Bio As Submitted

Tom Mullaney is a Digital Learning Integration Designer for the San Francisco Unified School District. Tom’s education experience includes Special Education, Social Studies, and educational technology coaching in New York, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. He is a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer. Tom hosts the Sustainable Teaching Podcast where he interviews teachers about their careers and passions. Connect with him on Twitter, @TomEMullaney.

Blog: https://tommullaney.com/

Jan 20, 2021
Episode 715 Virtual Bulletin Boards: How School Counselors and Others Can Connect Virtually with Emma Tagariello
10:39

School counselors and teachers are working to creatively and authentically connect with students in both face to face, distance, and hybrid environments. Even in face to face, we're still at a distance. School counselor Emma Tagariello is working to connect with her students using virtual bulletin boards and other technologies. In today's show, she's sharing what being a school counselor looks like now and how she's working to help kids every day. These ideas will be great to use with upcoming holidays and seasons.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e715

Sponsor: Educaplay is inviting all educators to try their platform. You can create your own crossword puzzles, memory games, map games, scrambles, matching, and more educational activities on this versatile website. Go to www.educaplay.com, sign up for a free account. Then the fun begins! Not only can you create and share, but you can also search for activities created by other teachers and easily share them to Google Classroom. You can even win a free premium account when you share your review of Educaplay with the hashtag #EducaplaywithUS. Try out Educaplay today!
Post financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). A way of making Europe.

Emma Tagariello

Emma Tagariello is a Licensed Associate Counselor and National Certified Counselor from Madison, New Jersey. She works as a Student Assistance Counselor in the Butler, New Jersey school district, working primarily with middle school students.

Emma is passionate about connecting with students and creating a safe space as they learn to navigate through adolescence.

@RBSTagariello

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."

Jan 15, 2021
How to Overcome Your Self Limiting Beliefs with Dr. Brandon Beck
11:24

Sometimes our own beliefs can limit our ability in the classroom - these are called self-limiting beliefs. Today's guest, Dr. Brandon Beck, helps us learn how to face our self-limiting beliefs, appreciate the positive things we have done, and move forward to a brighter future.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e714

Sponsor: Educaplay is inviting all educators to try their platform. You can create your own crossword puzzles, memory games, map games, scrambles, matching, and more educational activities on this versatile website. Go to www.educaplay.com, sign up for a free account. Then the fun begins! Not only can you create and share, but you can also search for activities created by other teachers and easily share them to Google Classroom. You can even win a free premium account when you share your review of Educaplay with the hashtag #EducaplaywithUS. Try out Educaplay today!
Post financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). A way of making Europe.

Dr. Brandon Beck's Bio as Submitted

Dr. Brandon Beck is a National Board Certified teacher and Award Winning Professional Soccer Coach. He is the author of the new book "Unlocking Unlimited Potential" released from Codebreaker in December 2020.

He also holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. His primary purpose as an educator and teacher leader is a simple one: “To inspire people (adults and kids) to have faith in themselves and believe in their inner genius.”

He has been an elementary teacher for 20 years, a monolingual, dual language teacher, and holds a wide range of educational experience in versatile settings. He is also a Professor at Manhattanville College, NY, an editor and reviewer for AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, a regular presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, a motivational speaker for students and educators, a life coach, and an education consultant.

As a speaker, author, educator, and consultant his areas of expertise include:

  • Rediscovering Your “Why”
  • Self-Efficacy & Growth Mindset
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • English Language Learners
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Therapeutic Animals in schools

Dr. Beck is a Mutt-i-grees National Trainer. Mutt-i-grees is a program designed by Yale University’s School for the 21st Century in partnership with North Shore Animal League of American and the Pet Savers Foundation. The Mutt-i-grees curriculum is an innovative Pre-K – Grade 12 social-emotional learning program that brings adopted shelter dogs into schools.

Dr. Beck is also an entrepreneur, ex semi-pro soccer player, and a professional soccer coach. He is currently a nationally certified instructor for the United States Soccer Federation. In addition, he has coached High School and Premier soccer teams that have won numerous state, regional, and national championships.

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."

Jan 13, 2021
How to Engage Students in Zoom and Teach Effectively at a Distance
11:27

Many of us are learning to traverse between online and in-person learning environments. Our guest Aaron Johnson, author of Online Teaching with Zoom, shares with us how to better engage students through Zoom, so we can all teach effectively at a distance.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e713 

Sponsor: GoGuardian The State of Engagement Report 2020 has valuable classroom research and information on distance learning best practices. This must-read report is funded by GoGuardian and includes a meta-analysis of best practices in engaging distance learning. We can improve engagement with our students - no matter where they are learning. Thank you GoGuardian for sponsoring this podcast and the report. Download the State of Engagement Report 2020 now!

Aaron Johnson - Bio as Submitted

Aaron Johnson is Associate Dean of Educational Technology at Denver Seminary, a graduate school in Littleton, Colorado. As a veteran online educator, Mr. Johnson's goal is to support teachers transitioning to the online classroom and those who want to improve their teaching skills.

His books have become go-to resources for colleges, universities, and K-12 school districts. Their to-the-point style and practical ideas make them easy to read and immediately applicable. Readers describe the series as "useful," "helpful," "applicable," "reassuring," and "accessible."

His background includes work as a junior high and high school teacher, instructional designer, and faculty developer. During the initial days of COVID, Mr. Johnson was a sought-after aid to institutions that needed help transitioning their faculty to online delivery.

Books:

Blog: excellentonlineteaching.com 

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."
All opinions on this show are my own and those of my guests on the show and are not necessarily endorsed by the show's sponsor.

 

Nov 17, 2020
4 Essential Factors for Student Engagement with Mariana Aguilar
14:23

Our focus on the frontlines of education is to keep students engaged. We can never get enough ideas on how to help our students stay excited, engaged, and learning. Our guest today Mariana Aguilar is going to share with us four key factors for student engagement that she has come across in her research.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e712

Sponsor: GoGuardian The State of Engagement Report 2020 has valuable classroom research and information on distance learning best practices. This must-read report is funded by GoGuardian and includes a meta-analysis of best practices in engaging distance learning. We can improve engagement with our students - no matter where they are learning. Thank you GoGuardian for sponsoring this podcast and the report. Download the State of Engagement Report 2020 now.

Mariana Aguilar - Bio as Submitted

Mariana Aguilar leads the Research team at education technology company, GoGuardian. In her role, she seeks to understand the relationship between the digital learning experience and student outcomes. Mariana began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member teaching 3rd grade in South LA. Since then, she has worked with various education non-profits including Murmuration and Citizens of the World Los Angeles. 

Twitter: @MarMarAguilar

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."
All opinions on this show are my own and those of my guests on the show and are not necessarily endorsed by the show's sponsor.

 

Nov 16, 2020
3 Ways to Activate Genius Mode & Creativity (Even at a Distance) with David Dubczak
10:44

David "Creative Dave" Dubczak is a middle school teacher who sparks creativity. In today's show, he defines creativity and the two kinds of creative thinking to understand: divergent and convergent thinking. Then, he gives us three ways to activate "Genius Mode" and spark creativity in our students along with examples of what he's doing in his classes. We can spark creativity even at a distance!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e711

David "Creative Dave" Dubczak - Bio as Submitted

David Dubczak, a.k.a Creative Dave, loves helping people be more creative. He believes everyone has their own secret “Genius Mode,” and creative thinking is the key to unlocking it.

David has been a teacher for the past 10 years at Indianola Middle School in Indianola, Iowa, teaching Computer Science. Away from school, he is a creativity coach and consultant, helping people and businesses increase their creativity.

As an educator, his passion is teaching kids to fail. In research and development industries, the ability to fail and learn from failure is incredibly important. Schools today don't share that view, and he’s trying to change it.

David is also an award-winning playwright, and his video productions have won several awards with organizations such as the Iowa Motion Picture Association, Broadway World, and the Festigious International Film Festival Los Angeles.

David earned his Bachelor of Science in Education at Drake University and his Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology at Iowa State University. He loves to speak and workshop on creativity and productive failure.

Book him at www.CreativeDave.net, and see his other productions at www.ConjunctionMedia.com.

Nov 12, 2020
5 Ways to Be Kind Right Now with Houston Kraft
11:28

With 2020 and everything going on, there are countless reasons why being kind is important right now, both in and out of the classroom. In this episode, I sit down with fellow kindness advocate Houston Kraft, public speaker, curriculum developer, and co-founder of CharacterStrong. Houston will talk with us about the value of kindness, 5 ways to be kind right now, and where to start.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e710 

Houston Kraft - Bio as Submitted

Houston is a speaker, curriculum developer, and kindness advocate who has spoken at over 600 schools or events internationally. In 2016, he co-founded CharacterStrong - curriculum and trainings that transform the way schools teach social-emotional learning, character education, and Kindness. To date, they have worked with over 2500 schools globally serving over 1 million students. In 2019, his face was featured on Lays BBQ chip bags as someone who helps "spread smiles.” In 2020, his first book, Deep Kindness was released. His mom is his hero and her best life lesson is to “hug like you mean it.”

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."
All opinions on this show are my own and those of my guests on the show and are not necessarily endorsed by the show's sponsor.
Nov 11, 2020
How to Improve Google Classroom & Remote Learning Experiences with Kasey Bell
15:39

Teaching online is challenging for many teachers. In this show, we talk about best practices to re-engage students, the common mistakes districts are making, and teachers' importance right now. You'll find this show encouraging, challenging, and relevant to right now - and you'll get some new ideas!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e709

Sponsor: Hāpara Google Classroom is great, but as education standards evolve, there are a few things lacking. Admin teams require better analytics. Students need a one-shot view of their tasks and want everything on one page. And as you know, teachers desperately need better monitoring capabilities. All of this is possible with the Hāpara Instructional Suite that organizes teaching and learning workflows in G Suite and Google Classroom seamlessly. Go to www.hapara.com/coolcatteacher to learn more about how Hāpara can help your school.

Resources Mentioned on the Show

Kasey Bell - Bio as Submitted

Kasey Bell is a former middle school teacher turned award-winning digital learning coach at Shake Up Learning. She is also an international speaker, author of Blended Learning with Google, Google A to Z, and Shake Up Learning, blogger at ShakeUpLearning.com, host of The Shake Up Learning Show Podcast, and co-host of The Google Teacher Podcast.

Twitter: @shakeuplearning

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."
All opinions on this show are my own and those of my guests on the show and are not necessarily endorsed by the show's sponsor.
Nov 02, 2020
15 Ways to Make Google Classroom Better for Everyone
15:09

Today, I'm giving you another peek into my classroom, this time, to share tips for getting the most out of your Google Classroom. In this episode, you'll hear 15 better practices when using Google Classroom, from habits to technical tools.

The full transcript is available on the show's blog post at: www.coolcatteacher.com/e708

Sponsor - Hāpara Google Classroom is great, but as education standards evolve, there are a few things lacking. Admin teams require better analytics. Students need a one-shot view of their tasks and want everything on one page. And as you know, teachers desperately need better monitoring capabilities. All of this is possible with the Hāpara Instructional Suite that organizes teaching and learning workflows in G Suite and Google Classroom seamlessly. Go to www.hapara.com/coolcatteacher to learn more about how Hāpara can help your school.

Resources Mentioned the Show:

Vicki Davis - Bio

Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher and an Instructional Technology Director. She blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and hosts this podcast. See www.coolcatteacher.com/bio for her full bio.

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a 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."

 

Oct 29, 2020
Current Research and 4 Trauma Informed Principles to Help Students Now
18:25

We've updated the popular show from the spring with current research in October 2020 with Dr. Eric Rossen, the Director of professional development and standards for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) which has created a recent COVID19 Resource Center. In today's show, Dr. Rossen helps us understand how we can help children wherever they are learning and wherever we are teaching.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e707

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I love Impero back:drop because it really helps inform educators about a student’s health, from first aid, to sickness, to more complex mental health issues they may be experiencing. It’s FERPA, COPPA and HIPAA compliant, plus information can only be shared with permitted staff members. I hope you’ll check out Impero back:drop. You can sign up at imperosoftware.com/us/coolcatteacher.

Resources Mentioned on the Show

Dr. Eric Rossen - Bio as Submitted

Dr. Eric Rossen is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, a licensed psychologist in Maryland, and a credentialed National Register Health Service psychologist.

Dr. Rossen is currently the Director of Professional Development and Standards with the National Association of School Psychologists which has created a recent COVID19 Resource Center.

He has worked in public schools and in independent practice and has served as a college instructor and adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri and Prince George’s Community College. He has presented across the US and internationally, and published dozens of articles and book chapters related to school psychology, school safety, and trauma. He is most recently the editor of Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-Based Professionals, 2nd Edition, and coauthor of the book Applying a Trauma-Informed Framework to The IEP Process: From Referral to Development.

You can learn more about Dr. Rossen on his website: www.ericrossen.com; and follow him on Twitter: @E_Rossen

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."

Oct 26, 2020
How I Teach About Big Data and Lesson Plan
24:09

In this episode, I give you a peek into my classroom. I take a topic that isn't super simple -- databases -- and show how I teach it with 2 simple projects, some game based learning, concrete examples, and how my students all master the topic in five days.

While you might not be interested in Big Data or Databases, it is part of your student's future and so it is good to be introduced to the topic. Of interest to most of you, however, will be how I plan lessons. I design ahead for common mistakes, use concrete examples, use formative assessment and don't test but have mastery from all my students. This may sound impossible but it can be done. I hope this helps and encourages you and it also helps show how I reach kids who are at home as well.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e706

Sponsor: Planboard & Chalk As we prepare to teach in a blended or distance learning environment, a rock-solid lesson planner is a must. I use a free program called Planboard for my lesson planning. My school uses Planboard with Chalk.com’s curriculum planning tool. This powerful tool links with standards -- and gives us the ability to do some timesaving, efficient reporting and tracking. The best thing about Planboard is I can plan my lessons anywhere - on my Mac, PC or iPad. Wherever I work, my lesson plans are with me. And as I said, Planboard is FREE for teachers. I hope you’ll check out Planboard now!

Vicki Davis - Bio

Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher and an Instructional Technology Director. She blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and hosts this podcast. See www.coolcatteacher.com/bio for her full bio.

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."

Oct 24, 2020
9 EdTech Ideas to Use Now
12:32

Rachelle Dene Poth shares 9 of her favorite EdTech ideas that you can easily use now, no matter what your classroom environment requirements are. Teachers are looking for easy and helpful resources, and right now with so much going on searching for the best solutions can be overwhelming, and Rachelle is a great resource to tap into for all things EdTech.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e705 

Sponsor: Planboard & Chalk As we prepare to teach in a blended or distance learning environment, a rock-solid lesson planner is a must. I use a free program called Planboard for my lesson planning. My school uses Planboard with Chalk.com’s curriculum planning tool. This powerful tool links with standards -- and gives us the ability to do some timesaving, efficient reporting and tracking. The best thing about Planboard is I can plan my lessons anywhere - on my Mac, PC or iPad. Wherever I work, my lesson plans are with me. And as I said, Planboard is FREE for teachers. I hope you’ll check out Planboard now!

Resources from the Podcast:

Rachelle Dene Poth - Bio as Submitted

Rachelle Dene Poth is an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. Rachelle teaches Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. Rachelle has a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law and a Master’s in Instructional Technology. She is a Consultant and Speaker, owner of ThriveinEDU LLC Consulting. She serves as the past-president of the ISTE Teacher Education Network and serves on the Leadership team of the Mobile Learning Network. At ISTE19, she received the Making IT Happen Award and a Presidential Gold Award for volunteer service to education. She is also a Buncee Ambassador, Nearpod PioNear and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.

Rachelle is the author of four books, ‘In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking,” “Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU” (EduMatch) and “The Future is Now: Looking Back to Move Ahead,” Rachelle Dene’s latest book is with ISTE “Chart A New Course: A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World." Rachelle is a blogger for Getting  Smart, Defined Learning, District Administration, NEO LMS, and the  STEM Informer with Newsweek. 

Follow Rachelle on Twitter @Rdene915 and on Instagram @Rdene915. Rachelle has a podcast, ThriveinEDU available at https://anchor.fm/rdene915

Her books are available at bit.ly/Pothbooks

She has a weekly show on LearningRevolution.com, ThriveinEDU

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."

Oct 21, 2020
Smiling Behind the Mask: Face to Face School and SEL with Erica Boomsma
16:38

Erica Boomsma is in South Dakota where they have been teaching in face to face school for the last four weeks. She talks about the fears she had in going back, the protocols they are using and the positive experiences they are having amidst the masks and shields. Face to face school may be a better alternative than many imagine - even those who struggle with worry. Listen to Erica's experience and figure out how you can prepare yourself and your students for the day you walk back into your classroom.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e704 

Sponsor: Planboard & Chalk As we prepare to teach in a blended or distance learning environment, a rock-solid lesson planner is a must. I use a free program called Planboard for my lesson planning. My school uses Planboard with Chalk.com’s curriculum planning tool. This powerful tool links with standards -- and gives us the ability to do some timesaving, efficient reporting and tracking. The best thing about Planboard is I can plan my lessons anywhere - on my Mac, PC or iPad. Wherever I work, my lesson plans are with me. And as I said, Planboard is FREE for teachers. I hope you’ll check out Planboard now!

Erica Boomsma - Bio as Submitted

Erica Boomsma is a dedicated 4th Grade Teacher with 18 years of experience teaching a culturally diverse student population in Huron, South Dakota. Striving to meet the needs of her students, she absolutely loves her job because for her it is her dream come true - she is a teacher!

Twitter: @ericaboomsma 

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."

Oct 14, 2020
Creating Your Own Tutoring and Teaching Company with Megan Padden-Shin
16:11

Megan Padden-Shin has successfully built a tutoring and teaching company during the past two years. She talks about the challenges of building her business and how she's now arrived at a place where she's making more money than she did as a teacher in a traditional school. She talks about what her day looks like, gives advice to educators starting their own business, and success tips on making it through the first year of starting your business. For many educators who find themselves unable to return to face-to-face schooling, this can be a great option.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e703 

Sponsor: Trilogy Mentors Teachers, things are different for us right now but there are many opportunities for you to tutor and help students in your communities.

Today’s sponsor, Trilogy Mentors is dedicated to bringing relationship-based learning online. Trilogy Mentors is THE all-in-one platform for tutors to manage your business online. Engage with your students in their online classroom and manage your business with Trilogy’s scheduling, billing and administrative tools.

With Trilogy Mentors, you’ve got integrated back-office tools to let you easily manage admin tasks to grow your business and connect with students on the same platform from home or wherever you find yourself teaching.

Visit coolcatteacher.com/tutor, sign up for a demo and use the coupon code COOLCAT50OFF for 50% off your first month. I recommend Trilogy Mentors because they not only have an outstanding platform but offer the training, educational content, and technical support to help you easily transition online.

Megan Padden-Shin - Bio as Submitted

Megan Padden-Shin has been in the field of education for nearly 15 years. She is the owner of O.W.L. Educational Services and recently launched her own online 6-12 school called Our Wisdom Leads Academy.

Website: www.OwlEducationalServices.com 

Twitter: @educated_owl

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."

Sep 30, 2020
Research Based Strategies for Distance Learning Now with Dr. Matthew Rhoads
13:00

Dr. Matthew Rhoads is teaching at a distance and coaching other teachers to improve their teaching as well. Based in San Diego, Dr. Rhoads talks about how to integrate instructional strategies, have a teacher toolbox, how to show teachers technology, using Google Jamboard to brainstorm, how to observe and model online teaching for teachers. Additionally, he shares thoughts on how to use Zoom effectively (and not too much) and how to engage students. Finally, he reflects on attendance issues and how to help students who need it most.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e702 

Sponsor: Planboard & Chalk As we prepare to teach in a blended or distance learning environment, a rock-solid lesson planner is a must. I use a free program called Planboard for my lesson planning. My school uses Planboard with Chalk.com’s curriculum planning tool. This powerful tool links with standards -- and gives us the ability to do some timesaving, efficient reporting and tracking. The best thing about Planboard is I can plan my lessons anywhere - on my Mac, PC or iPad. Wherever I work, my lesson plans are with me. And as I said, Planboard is FREE for teachers. I hope you’ll check out Planboard now!

Dr. Matthew Rhoads - Bio as Submitted

Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. is an Educational Specialist at a secondary school in a school district located in North San Diego County. He is also a lecturer at San Diego State University on Educational Technology and Instruction as well as a student teacher supervisor for the Dual Language and English Learner department. Dr. Rhoads is also an educational consultant with Discovery Source. His new book is Navigating the Toggled Term: Preparing Secondary Educators for Navigating Fall 2020 and Beyond, which discuss how schools can navigate online, hybrid learning, and traditional classroom settings by moving interchangeably between each of these educational settings with the online instructional infrastructure and the toggled term instructional model. Navigating the Toggled Term also provides chapters on selecting edtech tools, edtech tools and their instructional applications, differentiating instruction, Special Education case management and online IEPs, reopening schools and refining reopening school plans, and instructional and organizational frameworks that can help schools and districts toggle between online, hybrid, and traditional educational settings.

Website: www.matthewrhoads.com 

Twitter: @mattrhoads1990

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."

Sep 28, 2020
Education Renaissance: Research on Returning to School after Natural Disasters with Dr. Brianna Kurtz
14:42

Dr. Brianna Kurtz, classroom teacher and researcher, studied "global practices in returning to formal schooling after interruptions in education due to natural disasters." She studied students displaced after Hurricane Maria and what helped them resume schooling successfully. Today, she shares what we can learn from her research as well as some emerging research on best practices for teaching during the pandemic.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e701 

Sponsor: Planboard & Chalk As we prepare to teach in a blended or distance learning environment, a rock-solid lesson planner is a must. I use a free program called Planboard for my lesson planning. My school uses Planboard with Chalk.com’s curriculum planning tool. This powerful tool links with standards -- and gives us the ability to do some timesaving, efficient reporting and tracking. The best thing about Planboard is I can plan my lessons anywhere - on my Mac, PC or iPad. Wherever I work, my lesson plans are with me. And as I said, Planboard is FREE for teachers. I hope you’ll check out Planboard now!

Dr. Briana Kurtz - Bio as Submitted

Dr. Brianna Kurtz has been an educator in high school and community college mathematics classrooms for fifteen years. Her research focuses on global practices in returning to formal schooling after interruptions in education due to the effects of natural disasters.

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."

Sep 21, 2020
Don’t Fall Out of the Boat with Vicki Davis
31:36

Today's 700th-anniversary message is a gift to teachers, educators, and parents everywhere. This show is a lifeline for those who need an anchor of purpose. Teachers have been confiding in Vicki that in such a turbulent time as this, many of them feel like they're careening along in a raft, in level five waters, with no end in sight. You can make it. Today is a special anniversary episode - a little longer than our usual one but from Vicki's heart to yours. Teachers, you matter! Your job is important! 

Sponsor:  Today’s sponsor, Trilogy Mentors is dedicated to bringing relationship-based learning online. Trilogy Mentors is THE all-in-one platform for tutors to manage your business online. Engage with your students in their online classroom and manage your business with Trilogy’s scheduling, billing and administrative tools. With Trilogy Mentors, you’ve got integrated back-office tools to let you easily manage admin tasks to grow your business and connect with students on the same platform from home or wherever you find yourself teaching.

Visit coolcatteacher.com/tutor, sign up for a demo and use the coupon code COOLCAT50OFF for 50% off your first month. I recommend Trilogy Mentors because they not only have an outstanding platform but offer the training, educational content, and technical support to help you easily transition online.

Show Notes from Today's Show

Thank you so much for making episode 700 possible! Hear from my heart what I'm learning in this time!

Sep 18, 2020
Creativity Now with Best Selling Author Sean Thompson
12:04

Sean Thompson, author of Creativity is Everything, talks about his first day back at school and how he is bringing creativity, physical and emotional wellbeing to his students. He also shares free courses you can use with your students and ways you can bring creativity into your classroom now.

Sponsor: Wipebook Flipchart Wipebook is an excellent solution for educators, no matter where you’re teaching. Check out Wipebook Flipchart at www.wipebook.com/coolcatteacher. These flipcharts make it SO easy to snap a picture and upload it to your Google Drive or Dropbox for quick sharing with your students and they are reusable dry erase surfaces you can use again and again. Features like dark, easy-to-see borders and the Wipebook Scan App make it simple to use. Go to wipebook.com/coolcatteacher right now -- and receive 30% off your order. Wipebook flipchart is a fantastic addition to your classroom teaching toolkit - especially if you’re teaching from home.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e699 

Sean Thompson - Bio as Submitted

Sean is an educational technology specialist at Sacred Heart International School in Tokyo. He travels extensively across southeast Asia speaking, presenting and participating in discussions regarding the effective integration of technology in an educational setting.

In 2014 he partnered up with DEEP Learning to support the team with the development, promotion and execution of professional development conferences for teachers worldwide.

Sean is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, an International Baccalaureate Educator Network Workshop Leader , a Google education Trainer and a Certified Google Educator available for professional development at your school.

Website: https://www.creativityiseverything.net/ 

Twitter: @seansensei 

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."

Sep 16, 2020
Feedback Tips for Blended and Online Learning
11:48

Feedback is important. But how do teachers give it frequently and in ways that help students learn? How can teachers have time and get this done with all that is going on this Fall 2020? Today, Matthew Johnson, author of Flash Feedback, shares his advice to help get close to kids through feedback and connections in our digital classrooms. It can be done!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e698 

Sponsor: The Wipebook Workbook is designed for everything from sketching to notetaking and includes a graph, ruled, and blank pages. It is foldable but also stands up so each student’s whiteboard can be seen in your online classroom. You can purchase the Wipebook Workbook in packs of 25.
That way, every student at home or in the classroom has their own dry-erase surface to help them visualize and work things out. These cost-effective dry erase surfaces are must-use tools for STEM Teachers.
Go towww.wipebook.com/cctpromo   and receive 30% off your order.

Matthew Johnson - Bio as Submitted

Matthew is a high school English language arts teacher from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also a writer and speaker who has spent much of the last decade in pursuit of a white whale: Feedback practices that are both effective and efficient. His journey to find more meaningful and sustainable feedback and teaching can be found on his weekly blog www.matthewmjohnson.com and in his new book Flash Feedback: Responding to Student Writing Better and Faster -- Without Burning Out. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Matthew can be found in his garden, in the kitchen, or in transit between the two with an armful of fresh produce.

Twitter: @a2matthew

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."

Sep 10, 2020
Hands On Ecology at a Distance
09:25

As you adapt lesson plans for distance learning, ecology offers great opportunities for backyard learning and learning at a distance. Today, Sara Owen talks about stream walks and outdoor classroom opportunities and how she uses the outdoors to teach. 

www.coolcatteacher.com/e697

 

Sponsor: Wipebook Flipchart Wipebook is an excellent solution for educators, no matter where you’re teaching. Check out Wipebook Flipchart at www.wipebook.com/coolcatteacher. These flipcharts make it SO easy to snap a picture and upload it to your Google Drive or Dropbox for quick sharing with your students and they are reusable dry erase surfaces you can use again and again. Features like dark, easy-to-see borders and the Wipebook Scan App make it simple to use. Go to wipebook.com/coolcatteacher right now -- and receive 30% off your order. Wipebook flipchart is a fantastic addition to your classroom teaching toolkit - especially if you’re teaching from home.

Sara Owen - Bio as Submitted

Sara is a field ecologist at the Montana Natural Heritage Program, where she leads the Wetland and Riparian Mapping Center's mapping program for the western U.S. She loves fieldwork because it allows her to explore new places while working with and learning from other ecology nerds like herself. Sara is the author of "Seth and Mattie's Big River Adventure," an educational adventure storybook that introduces young, budding ecologists (ages 7-10) to the world of stream ecology. Although she doesn't get to do it often enough, Sara loves to take kids of all ages (including those 80-year-old kids!) on Stream Walks where they flip over rocks to see who's living beneath them. She's always up to some adventure or another, which you can follow on Instagram: @thenomadicecologist

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."

Sep 08, 2020
Writing: Teaching it Right Now with Dr. Elyse Eidman Aadahl
15:56

Writing has a powerful place in our classrooms right now. Dr. Elyse Eidman-Aadahl talks about the types of writing, research about writing, and how we can teach writing in the unique spaces and places we find ourself this Fall 2020 in schools everywhere. No matter your teaching situation, you'll find some ways that you can bring writing into your classroom.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e696 

Sponsor: The Wipebook Workbook is designed for everything from sketching to notetaking and includes a graph, ruled, and blank pages. It is foldable but also stands up so each student’s whiteboard can be seen in your online classroom. You can purchase the Wipebook Workbook in packs of 25.
That way, every student at home or in the classroom has their own dry-erase surface to help them visualize and work things out. These cost-effective dry erase surfaces are must-use tools for STEM Teachers.
Go towww.wipebook.com/cctpromo   and receive 30% off your order.

Resources Mentioned in this Show

National Writing Project Newsletter
The Write Now Blog from the National Writing Project

Dr. Elyse Eidman Aadahl - Bio as Submitted

Formerly a high school teacher and teacher educator, Elyse is the Executive Director of the National Writing Project.

Twitter: @elyseea

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."

Aug 31, 2020
Epic E-Book of WebTools
09:33

 Kristina Holzweiss shares plain and simple terms some of the most timesaving, enriching online resources available to teachers today.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e695 

Sponsor: Wipebook Flipchart Wipebook is an excellent solution for educators, no matter where you’re teaching. Check out Wipebook Flipchart at www.wipebook.com/coolcatteacher. These flipcharts make it SO easy to snap a picture and upload it to your Google Drive or Dropbox for quick sharing with your students and they are reusable dry erase surfaces you can use again and again. Features like dark, easy-to-see borders and the Wipebook Scan App make it simple to use. Go to wipebook.com/coolcatteacher right now -- and receive 30% off your order. Wipebook flipchart is a fantastic addition to your classroom teaching toolkit - especially if you’re teaching from home.

Resources Mentioned in the Show

Kristina Holzweiss - Bio as Submitted

Kristina A. Holzweiss is a high school educational technology enrichment specialist on Long Island, New York. She shares ideas and resources about her school library and makerspaces on her website http://www.bunheadwithducttape.com/.

Kristina was named the School Library Journal Librarian of the Year in 2015, a National School Board 2016 - 2017 "20 to Watch" emerging education technology leader, and a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She is also the winner of the 2015 NYSCATE Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award and 2015 Long Island Technology Summit Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation Award.

Kristina is the co-author of "Hacking School Libraries: 10 Ways to Incorporate Library Media Centers into Your Learning Community," as well as two series of Scholastic makerspace books. She is an international speaker on the libraries and the Maker Movement, and has presented at conferences including ISTE, AASL, ALA, and NYSCATE. In 2016 she was invited to represent Long Island, NY in Washington, D.C. during the National Week of Making. Kristina is the Long Island Director of NYSCATE, an affiliate of ISTE, and the founder of SLIME - Students of Long Island Maker Expo.

Website: www.bunheadwithducttape.com 

Twitter: @lieberrian

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."

Aug 27, 2020
eSports: The Growing Extra-Curricular Activity NOW!
10:02

Believe it or not, gaming is gaining popularity in schools, not just as a pastime, but as part of curriculum. Dr. Kristy Custer is one of the pioneers of the video gaming movement in schools. Now is a great time to investigate esports as an extra-curricular activity that students can enjoy and remain at a distance.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e694 

Sponsor: This show is sponsored by Advancement Courses. Advancement Courses is a leader in online professional development, with over 280 courses in 20 different subjects, including topics like online instruction, social-emotional learning, and diversity, equity and inclusion. This back to school season, they’re partnering with DonorsChoose and donating 10% of all sales to help fund projects every day until September 25.
Visit advancementcourses.com/give to learn more and submit your project for a chance to get funded.When you purchase your PD from Advancement Courses use the code COOL20 to receive 20% off your course.

Dr. Kristy Custer - Bio as Submitted

Dr. Kristy Custer has been a public educator for almost 25 years. She is currently the principal at Complete High School Maize in Kansas. Over the past 20 years, she has helped lead the CHSM team to state and national honors including a Crystal Star Award for Dropout Prevention Schools, Civic Advocacy Award, Promising Practice Award, and being named a National School of Character.

Dr. Custer is a leader in character education and civic advocacy. The Kansas Health Foundation named her a Civic Health Hero, and the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals named her the 2018 Principal of the Year. Dr. Custer, has written multiple curriculum guides including:186 Days of Character, Gaming Concepts, and most recently she was part of the team called upon by the Kansas State Department of Education that helped write Kansas’ Continuation Learning Plan during the Covid-19 school shutdown.

Website: www.usd266.com/chsm 

Twitter: @CompleteHSM 

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."

Aug 26, 2020
Love Letter to Teachers: Boundaries, Good Health and Encouragement
12:26

Hello teachers, you are not alone! Shannon Reed knows all about the importance of setting boundaries and self-care and gives you encouragement to survive and thrive this fall. Let's work hard and teach well - our students need us. And as my husband told me just last weekend, "if you don't take care of yourself, no one else will!"

www.coolcatteacher.com/e693 

Sponsor: This show is sponsored by Advancement Courses. Advancement Courses is a leader in online professional development, with over 280 courses in 20 different subjects, including topics like online instruction, social-emotional learning, and diversity, equity and inclusion. This back to school season, they’re partnering with DonorsChoose and donating 10% of all sales to help fund projects every day until September 25.
Visit advancementcourses.com/give to learn more and submit your project for a chance to get funded.When you purchase your PD from Advancement Courses use the code COOL20 to receive 20% off your course.

Shannon Reed - Bio as Submitted

Shannon Reed is the author of Why Did I Get a B? And Other Mysteries We're Discussing in the Faculty Lounge, a book of essays and humor about her twenty-year teaching career, which has taken her from teaching preschool in Western Pennsylvania to teaching English and theatre at a Brooklyn public high school. She frequently contributes to The New Yorker and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and her work has been published at The Paris Review, Slate, and the Washington Post, among many others. Shannon is now a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh. You can read more about her and her work at her website

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Aug 25, 2020
How to Create a Safe and Uplifting Classroom Environment this Fall with Joseph Hamer
10:53

We don't know what the future holds but we know there are things we can do to help children cope with anxiety. We also know there are things we can do to be prepared for distance learning.  Joseph Hamer, a second-grade teacher from Wichita Kansas, and author of Brain Awakes joins Vicki to discuss how to help students and teachers cope with anxiety and stress and how to create a safe and uplifting classroom this fall.

Sponsor: This show is sponsored by Advancement Courses. Advancement Courses is a leader in online professional development, with over 280 courses in 20 different subjects, including topics like online instruction, social-emotional learning, and diversity, equity and inclusion. This back to school season, they’re partnering with DonorsChoose and donating 10% of all sales to help fund projects every day until September 25.
Visit advancementcourses.com/give to learn more and submit your project for a chance to get funded.When you purchase your PD from Advancement Courses use the code COOL20 to receive 20% off your course.

Joseph Hamer - Bio as Submitted

Inspiring children to become aware of their greatest potential is why Joseph chose the path of an educator. Mr. Hamer is known by his colleagues for creating a safe and uplifting environment for his students to continuously learn and grow. To further expand his ability to positively impact children, Joseph is currently pursuing his master's degree in administration. After beginning his own journey of awareness in 2017, Joseph started teaching his students how to monitor and manage their emotions using mindfulness. The activities made such an incredible impact on his classroom community each year that he knew he needed to develop a tool for teachers and parents to replicate the results. Thus, Joseph began his writing career to empower parents, teachers, and their children.

Website: http://www.BrainAwakes.com

Twitter: @MrJosephHamer

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Aug 24, 2020
A 4 Part Distance Learning Instructional Framework that Works
11:08

Doug Fisher has some great ideas about how to schedule break-out rooms, practice time, and other hard-to-manage areas of distance learning.

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Sponsor: This show is sponsored by Advancement Courses. Advancement Courses is a leader in online professional development, with over 280 courses in 20 different subjects, including topics like online instruction, social-emotional learning, and diversity, equity and inclusion. This back to school season, they’re partnering with DonorsChoose and donating 10% of all sales to help fund projects every day until September 25.
Visit advancementcourses.com/give to learn more and submit your project for a chance to get funded.When you purchase your PD from Advancement Courses use the code COOL20 to receive 20% off your course.

Doug Fisher - Bio as Submitted

Doug Fisher is professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High in San Diego, CA. He is the co-author of The Distance Learning Playbook, along with several other books.

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Aug 20, 2020
Successful Distance Learning for Young Kids
11:21

You may be worried that the youngest kids can't learn at a distance, but Dr. Nancy Frey, co-author of the Distance Learning Playbook comes alongside us to help us understand how it can be done. From successful online meetings to screentime and essential things to include, Nancy encourages us to do what seems impossible. She also gives us some mistakes to avoid. We can reach the youngest students at a distance and support families. Thanks, Nancy for helping us learn how.

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Sponsor: This show is sponsored by Advancement Courses. Advancement Courses is a leader in online professional development, with over 280 courses in 20 different subjects, including topics like online instruction, social-emotional learning, and diversity, equity and inclusion. This back to school season, they’re partnering with DonorsChoose and donating 10% of all sales to help fund projects every day until September 25.
Visit advancementcourses.com/give to learn more and submit your project for a chance to get funded.When you purchase your PD from Advancement Courses use the code COOL20 to receive 20% off your course.

Nancy Frey with Doug Fisher - Bio as Submitted

We are professors at San Diego State University in Educational Leadership and focus on policies and practices in literacy and school leadership. For over two decades, our work has been dedicated to the knowledge and skills of caring teachers and school leaders needed to help students attain their goals and aspirations. Our shared interests include instructional design, curriculum development, and professional learning. We are co-authors of articles and books on literacy and leadership, including This is Balanced Literacy, The Teacher Clarity Playbook, PLC+: Better Decision and Greater Impact by Design, Comprehension: The Thrill, Will and Skill, The Teacher Credibility and Collective Efficacy Playbook, and most recently The Distance Learning Playbook.

In 2007, with our colleague and friend Ian Pumpian, we founded Health Sciences High and Middle College, an award-winning open-enrollment public school in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. There we learn from students, teachers, and families every day.

We strive to have an impact in everything we do!

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Aug 12, 2020
7 Things to Consider as We Return to Learn This Fall
16:15

As we prepare to learn this fall, we need to consider some teaching best practices. In this episode we cover quite a few topics: 

  • What the fall will look like (we think)
  • How to plan for instruction
  • How to differentiate online instruction
  • Blended learning best practices
  • How to support parents
  • Using community resources to support your classroom
  • Self Care

This show includes sponsored content from Advancement Courses and is an advertorial. The 10 Minute Teacher only has several advertorials a year, but all editorial content is my own. I hope this helps you get started!

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Dawn Stansbury - Bio as Submitted

I am currently working as an Instructional Designer for Advancement Courses, A Wiley Brand. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, earned at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. My Masters Degree was earned at University of South Dakota in the area of Educational Administration.

During my years of working in elementary education, I spent time as a classroom teacher as well as a school leader, all with the Sioux City Community School District in Sioux City, Iowa. I enjoyed teaching for six years in grades 2-5 as well as working as a reading specialist. Although I loved teaching children, I spent the next thirteen years of my career as the elementary principal of a K-5 school. During my time as an elementary principal I led my building of 700 students and 80 staff members to becoming one of the first elementary STEM schools in the state of Iowa, offering many specialized programs to our students. As a STEM school we were proud to have the 2017 Northwest Iowa STEM Teacher of the Year, as well as a state of Iowa Teacher of the Year top five finalist.

I am passionate about offering educational opportunities to students and educators alike, realizing that the stronger teachers are, the better the learning opportunities for students. When we offer current and impactful learning to teachers, our students, families, and communities’ benefit. As an educational leader, I recognize that it is impossible for administrators to be all-knowing on all aspects of education. Advancement Courses offers valuable resources to educational leaders so that they can best meet the needs of their teachers and allowing those teachers to best meet the needs of their students. I am proud to be a part of providing these resources to the world of education so that we can more efficiently and appropriately differentiate the ways in which our educators are learning.

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.

Jul 24, 2020
Morgan Green the Idea Machine with Ideas on How to Improve This Fall
12:12

Educator Morgan Green is an idea machine. Here she gives us the ways she's working to improve her classroom this fall.

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Sponsor: Welcome TGR Foundation and Discovery Education as a sponsor to my podcast. For nearly 25 years, the TGR Foundation, a Tiger Woods Charity, visualized a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless. Their mission is to empower students to pursue their passions through education - instilling in them the strength and skills to persevere and define their own path.

Their award-winning curricula has already reached more than one million students. Now in the age of COVID-19 the TGR Foundation and Discovery Education introduce the first module in a new series of no-cost digital professional learning resources, empowering educators with new strategies to support student success far beyond school campuses. The PD series provides every educator, especially those from under-resourced communities, the access and materials needed to transform teaching during COVID-19 and beyond. Check it out at coolcatteacher.com/tgr.

Morgan Green - Bio as Submitted

Morgan Green is starting her seventh year of teaching high school social studies. Currently, she teaches AP U.S. History to 11th-grade students at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia. She serves as Social Studies Department Chair and is a member of Creekview’s technology committee, instructional leadership team, and the district’s Advanced Placement (AP) collaborative workgroup. Additionally, Morgan is involved at her school by serving as the founder and advisor for Creekview’s Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society chapter and group leader for Education First (EF) International Tours that she takes with her students each summer. Morgan presented in Fall 2019 at the Advanced Placement (AP) Regional Conference in Georgia and the Georgia Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference where she shared engaging ways to bring history to life using technology tools in the classroom. Morgan earned her master’s degree in instructional technology and her specialist degree in curriculum and instruction with endorsements in gifted, online learning, and leadership.

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.

Jul 20, 2020
Practical Strategies for Flipping Our Classroom this Fall
12:54

Blended learning and distance learning will be different this fall. Dig into flipping your classroom and how it looks when you teach effectively in an online classroom. How do you use video effectively?

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Kate Baker - Bio as Submitted

Kate Baker, M.Ed and MAIT, is the Senior Community Engagement Manager at Edmodo, a former high school English teacher with 20+ years of classroom experience, board member of the Flipped Learning Network, & contributing ​author of Flipping 2.​0​: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Classroom. Passionate about evolving authentic learning into digital formats, Kate leads by example and shares her expertise with the global Edmodo Community and on Twitter @KtBkr4.

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.

Jul 15, 2020
Courageous Conversations: Let's Talk about Fighting Racism with Dr. Andrea Dozier and Vicki Davis
33:58

Today, the topic of racism has brought about discussions of not only organizational reform but also reform in our personal perceptions. Today, Dr. Andrea Dozier and I will talk about hope in the midst of understanding. We approach this topic with humility and sincerity and I hope as you listen to our perspectives of being two different women living in the southern United States that we might come away realizing that we’re not as different as we might think. In this podcast, we share our thoughts about working with others, dealing with injustice, and standing for positive change.

Andrea is a friend and she also has a blog that I recommend "Strength for Your Mountain Diaries." Check out Andrea and let me know on Twitter what you think.

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Dr. Andrea Dozier - Bio as Submitted

Dr. Andrea Dozier has been providing instruction in higher education for over 18 years. She is currently employed as an assistant professor of nursing and undergraduate pre-licensure clinical coordinator at Albany State University. She is also a Faculty Internationalization Fellow.

Dr. Dozier is certified in online instruction and serves as hybrid nursing program professor, graduate faculty member, and mentor. She is a published author whose research interests include teacher efficacy, instructional methodologies, and course design in nursing education.

Dr. Dozier received her Associate of Science in Nursing in 1995 from Darton State College, Bachelor of Science from Georgia Southwestern State University (2004), Master’s from Albany State University (2012), and Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Valdosta State University (2018).

Dr. Dozier is a member of the Georgia Association for Nursing Education and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing.

Blog: https://strengthforyourmountaindiaries.blogspot.com/

Instagram: @strengthforyourmountaindiaries

Twitter: @strengthforyou1

Jul 10, 2020
5 Ways to Help Kids Improve At Math
09:41

We can help children improve their math skills. Dr. Carrie Cutler is author of "Math-Positive Mindsets: Growing a Child's Mind without Losing Yours." She shares tips to help parents and teachers help children improve at math. Additionally, she shares some things that hinder math learning and things we shouldn't be saying to kids. Let's help all children learn math!

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Sponsor: Welcome TGR Foundation and Discovery Education as a sponsor to my podcast. For nearly 25 years, the TGR Foundation, a Tiger Woods Charity, visualized a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless. Their mission is to empower students to pursue their passions through education - instilling in them the strength and skills to persevere and define their own path.

Their award-winning curricula has already reached more than one million students. Now in the age of COVID-19 the TGR Foundation and Discovery Education introduce the first module in a new series of no-cost digital professional learning resources, empowering educators with new strategies to support student success far beyond school campuses. The PD series provides every educator, especially those from under-resourced communities, the access and materials needed to transform teaching during COVID-19 and beyond. Check it out at coolcatteacher.com/tgr.

Dr. Carrie Cutler - Bio as Submitted

Dr. Carrie S. Cutler is passionate about mathematics education. A former elementary school teacher, she currently holds the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Elementary Mathematics Education at the University of Houston. As a teacher of teachers, Carrie is a sought-after presenter and award-winning university instructor. As a mom, she's just hanging in there. Her new book, Math-Positive Mindsets: Growing a Child's Mind without Losing Yours (Math Solutions, 2020) is the culmination of her 20 years in education and her zillion hours doing homework with her eight kids, ages 4-22. Find her at https://www.carriecutler.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.

Jul 08, 2020
AI and Algorithms Can Be Biased... So What We Should Do About It?
12:24

Artificial Intelligence sounds fantastic and far off, but it underlies so many things we do today. Today I talk with Jason Thacker, author of The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity about AI and ethics. He tries to explain what it is, what it does, and why we should be concerned about it as we look at our future. With up to 30% of our jobs being displaced by AI in the next ten years, we should be considering what it is and how we should be using it.

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Sponsor: Welcome TGR Foundation and Discovery Education as a sponsor to my podcast. For nearly 25 years, the TGR Foundation, a Tiger Woods Charity, visualized a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless. Their mission is to empower students to pursue their passions through education - instilling in them the strength and skills to persevere and define their own path.

Their award-winning curricula has already reached more than one million students. Now in the age of COVID-19 the TGR Foundation and Discovery Education introduce the first module in a new series of no-cost digital professional learning resources, empowering educators with new strategies to support student success far beyond school campuses. The PD series provides every educator, especially those from under-resourced communities, the access and materials needed to transform teaching during COVID-19 and beyond. Check it out at coolcatteacher.com/tgr.

Jason Thacker - Bio as Submitted

Jason Thacker serves as Associate Research Fellow and Creative Director at The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is the author of The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity with Zondervan (March 2020). He writes and speaks on various topics including human dignity, ethics, technology, and artificial intelligence. His work has been featured at Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Slate, and Politico. He holds a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is currently pursuing a PhD in Ethics and Public Theology. He is married to Dorie and they have two sons.

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.

Jul 02, 2020
What’s Hot About YouTube in Education
11:34

Tyler Daniel Tarver shares some surprising new ways to use Youtube in education. Now YouTube in the class can be a good thing!

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Sponsor: Welcome TGR Foundation and Discovery Education as a sponsor to my podcast. For nearly 25 years, the TGR Foundation, a Tiger Woods Charity, visualized a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless. Their mission is to empower students to pursue their passions through education - instilling in them the strength and skills to persevere and define their own path.

Their award-winning curricula has already reached more than one million students. Now in the age of COVID-19 the TGR Foundation and Discovery Education introduce the first module in a new series of no-cost digital professional learning resources, empowering educators with new strategies to support student success far beyond school campuses. The PD series provides every educator, especially those from under-resourced communities, the access and materials needed to transform teaching during COVID-19 and beyond. Check it out at coolcatteacher.com/tgr.

Tyler Daniel Tarver - Bio as Submitted

Tyler Tarver is the Dean of NLC College. He has over 14 million views and 60k subscribers on YouTube. He runs TarverAcademy.com, wrote 3 books, hosts podcasts, is a Google Innovator, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Trainer, and has been a teacher, facilitator, principal, and a fake Assistant Superintendent.

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 26, 2020
4 Creative Projects to Make Using Google Tools
10:29

Eric Curts shares how we can use docs, sheets, drawings, and slides with creative classroom projects. Eric is author of the new book Control Alt Achieve: Rebooting Your Classroom with Creative Google Projects and we give an overview of what you can do with Google tools.

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Sponsor: Welcome TGR Foundation and Discovery Education as a sponsor to my podcast. For nearly 25 years, the TGR Foundation, a Tiger Woods Charity, visualized a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless. Their mission is to empower students to pursue their passions through education - instilling in them the strength and skills to persevere and define their own path. Their award-winning curricula has already reached more than one million students. 

Now in the age of COVID-19 the TGR Foundation and Discovery Education introduce the first module in a new series of no-cost digital professional learning resources, empowering educators with new strategies to support student success far beyond school campuses. The PD series provides every educator, especially those from under-resourced communities, the access and materials needed to transform teaching during COVID-19 and beyond. Check it out at coolcatteacher.com/tgr.

Eric Curts - Bio as Submitted

Eric has been in education for 25 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.

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 24, 2020
How to Make Passion Projects During Distance Learning
09:23

Don Goble created a passion project for him and his students during distance learning. He tells the story of how he brought leading media experts from around the country into his classroom during the time students were staying home during the pandemic.

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Sponsor: Welcome TGR Foundation and Discovery Education as a sponsor to my podcast. For nearly 25 years, the TGR Foundation, a Tiger Woods Charity, visualized a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless. Their mission is to empower students to pursue their passions through education - instilling in them the strength and skills to persevere and define their own path. Their award-winning curricula has already reached more than one million students. 

Now in the age of COVID-19 the TGR Foundation and Discovery Education introduce the first module in a new series of no-cost digital professional learning resources, empowering educators with new strategies to support student success far beyond school campuses. The PD series provides every educator, especially those from under-resourced communities, the access and materials needed to transform teaching during COVID-19 and beyond. Check it out at coolcatteacher.com/tgr.

Don Goble - Bio as Submitted

Don Goble is an award-winning Multimedia Instructor at Ladue High School in St. Louis, MO. Don advises https://www.lhstv.net and has published numerous digital media resources for students and educators all over the world. Don is an Apple Distinguished Educator who speaks internationally at education conferences, conventions, and provides in-person/virtual professional development workshops and webinars, offering educators innovative ways to incorporate video, multimedia, and media literacy into the classroom. The National Journalism Education Association named Don as their Broadcast Adviser of the Year 2015. Connect with Don at https://www.dongoble.com or on Twitter @dgoble2001.

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Jun 23, 2020
Mathematical Modeling on Trial and the Maths Fix
17:42

The mathematics curriculum of today was created before computers. Conrad Wolfram has written a book, The Math(s) Fix and how AI can be part of this process of learning new math. He says we're "making humans into third rate calculators instead of helping humans be problem solvers." He also argues that math should be approachable for everyone and we spend too much time in schools on the wrong tasks. We even talk about some of the charts and numbers shared during the covid19 health crisis and the need for critical thinking in every area of society.

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Sponsor: Welcome TGR Foundation and Discovery Education as a sponsor to my podcast. For nearly 25 years, the TGR Foundation, a Tiger Woods Charity, visualized a world where opportunity is universal and potential is limitless. Their mission is to empower students to pursue their passions through education - instilling in them the strength and skills to persevere and define their own path. Their award-winning curricula has already reached more than one million students. 

Now in the age of COVID-19 the TGR Foundation and Discovery Education introduce the first module in a new series of no-cost digital professional learning resources, empowering educators with new strategies to support student success far beyond school campuses. The PD series provides every educator, especially those from under-resourced communities, the access and materials needed to transform teaching during COVID-19 and beyond. Check it out at coolcatteacher.com/tgr.

Conrad Wolfram - Bio as Submitted

Conrad Wolfram – Strategic Director and European CEO/Co-Founder, Wolfram Research

Conrad Wolfram, physicist, mathematician and technologist, is Strategic Director and European Co-Founder/CEO of Wolfram - the “computation company” behind Mathematica, Wolfram Language and Wolfram|Alpha (which powers knowledge answers for Apple's Siri) for over 30 years.

Wolfram pioneers new approaches to data science and computation-based development, with technology and consulting solutions that drive innovation in analytics, software development and modelling. Working with start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, it spans industries as diverse as medicine, finance and telecoms.

Conrad is recognised as a thought leader in AI, data science and computation, pioneering a Multi-Paradigm data science approach.

Conrad is also a leading advocate for a fundamental shift of maths education to become computer-based or alternatively introduce a new core subject of computational thinking. He founded computerbasedmath.org and computationalthinking.org to fundamentally fix maths education for the AI age - rebuilding the curriculum assuming computers exist. The movement is now a worldwide force in re-engineering the STEM curriculum. His groundbreaking book 'The Math(s) Fix - an education blueprint for the AI age' www.themathsfix.org is released on 10th June.

Conrad regularly appears in the media to talk about subjects ranging from decisions and data science to 21st-century education. He attended Eton College and holds degrees in Natural Sciences and Maths from the University of Cambridge.

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 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Jun 22, 2020
What Does Next Level Teaching Look like Now?
11:35

Jonathan Alsheimer is a high energy teacher who, admittedly says he isn't so great with technology. He also teaches in a school with kids who don't have access to a lot of technology. He shares how he has leveled up his learning and looks back at what he did over the last eight weeks. He also looks forward to the fall and how he's going to continue to level up over the summer.

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Jonathan Alsheimer - Bio as Submitted 

Jonathan Alsheimer is the unorthodox, energetic, and entertaining middle school teacher who refuses to live a life of limitations and works with UFC Fighters, Celebrities, and Clothing Brands. Jonathan often referred to as ""my favorite teacher"" by his students, is the author of ""NEXT LEVEL TEACHING. Jonathan, teaches at the world-renowned Fred Lynn Middle School, which was featured in two documentaries ""Relentless"" and ""Relentless: Chasing Accreditation"", has been featured as the teacher who forged a partnership with UFC Fighter and light-weight contender Paul Felder to bring a message of never giving up, fighting for their education, and empowering the students to believe in themselves, all principles that Jonathan promotes in his classroom.

Jonathan Alsheimer also partnered with Fear the Fighter, MMA clothing brand to establish a stop-bullying campaign with ""Relentless"" Principal Hamish Brewer. Jonathan Alsheimer didn't stop there and established a formed a relationship with Chris ""Drama"" Pfaff, MTV reality star and CEO of Young and Reckless to bring clothing to his ""students in need"" and worked to build student leaders in his school.

As Jonathan always says, ""Game-changing is not a cliche motto; it is a way of life... some talk about it while others live by it!"

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 18, 2020
Mastery Learning Excellence at a Distance
11:48

Rae Hughart gives fantastic ideas for tracking student learning mastery. She shares how she has applied these techniques as she has taught sixth grade math to 150 students at a distance. She also gives ideas for how to level up this summer to improve things for the fall.

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Rae Hughart - Bio as Submitted

Rae Hughart is a Middle Level Math Educator in Illinois, creator of the Teach Further Model, the Director of Training & Development for the Teach Better Team, and co-author of the “Teach Better” book and “Teachers Deserve It” book available August 2020.
Rae continues to facilitate rich discussions with educators around mastering personalized learning, providing targeted student-focused feedback, and the impact of incorporating purpose into daily learning. After being inducted into The Illinois State University Hall of Fame in 2017, Rae was awarded the 2018 First Place Henry Ford Teacher Innovator Award for her innovative educational impact.

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 11, 2020
Assessment and Grading in Distance Learning
09:22

Assessment expert Dr. Thomas Guskey reflects on the positives and negatives of assessments during distance learning. He also gives advice about how he thinks schools can improve their assessments this fall to focus on learning.

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Dr. Thomas Guskey - Bio as Submitted

Thomas Guskey is a Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. His research focuses on professional development and teacher change, program evaluation, assessment of student learning, grading and reporting, instructional effectiveness, and educational reform.

Jun 08, 2020
What Educational Leadership Looks Like Today with Dr. Joe Sanfelippo
11:40

Leadership in this season is difficult. Dr. Joe Sanfelippo talks about partnering with parents, the message he's sending to his community, and how we move forward from this challenging time towards the fall. Note from Vicki: The focus of this episode is specifically pandemic related as it was recorded two weeks ago. Other episodes relating to the events of this and last week are being recorded to share conversations relating to racial equity and injustice. 

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Dr. Joe Sanfelippo - Bio as Submitted

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Joe holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from St. Norbert College, an MS in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an MS in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Leadership, Learning, and Service from Cardinal Stritch University.

Joe is also an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Viterbo University. Joe has taught Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and 5th Grade. He was also a school counselor and high school coach prior to taking on an elementary principal position in 2005.

He has served as a principal in suburban and rural Wisconsin. Joe started the #1minwalk2work Leadership Challenge and co-authored The Power of Branding-Telling Your School's Story, Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students and Parents Love. He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader in 2016 by the US Department of Education. He attended summits at the White House for both distinctions. Education Dive named Joe 1 of 5 K-12 administrators to watch in 2018 and their National Superintendent of the Year in 2019.

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 08, 2020
7 Ways to Pick PD that Fits Your Personal Plan this Summer
10:33

Summer 2020 will need to be one of healing and rest but it is also a summer where we need to learn and level up. ln today's show, Danielle Strohmeyer talks about seven things to consider as we design a personal learning plan this summer. We've also included links to the courses from advancement courses. Typically, I only do advertorials the week of ISTE each year, but because ISTE is in the fall, I'm going ahead to share this information now to help you.

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Sponsor: Advancement Courses This Fall season is going to be different, but we’re not sure how. Whatever happens, online learning will play a huge role in our teaching. What better way to understand online learning than to take your summer PD online through Advancement Courses?
With Advancement Courses, you never stop learning. They offer over 280 graduate-level PD courses in 20 different subjects — all self-paced with up to six months to complete. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and save 20% off each course by using the code COOL20. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can also receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners for continuing education requirements. Thanks, Advancement Courses for sponsoring today’s show.

Danielle Strohmeyer - Bio as Submitted

Danielle Strohmeyer is a former primary and middle school assistant principal of an international school and a current instructional designer for Advancement Courses. She has led and cultivated educators from around the world and as well as the designed curricula in a variety of subjects to support learners of all abilities.

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 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

 

Jun 01, 2020
8 New Productivity Tools & Tips for Working from Home
18:41

Working at home changes us. It has certainly changed me as has the time away from the physical presence of my students and colleagues. Despite that some teachers and administrators say they are working less - I'm working much more. So, my method of working has had to change as well. Here are the 8 Productivity Tools and tips I've started using while working from home.

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Sponsor: Advancement Courses This Fall season is going to be different, but we’re not sure how. Whatever happens, online learning will play a huge role in our teaching. What better way to understand online learning than to take your summer PD online through Advancement Courses?
With Advancement Courses, you never stop learning. They offer over 280 graduate-level PD courses in 20 different subjects — all self-paced with up to six months to complete. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and save 20% off each course by using the code COOL20. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can also receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners for continuing education requirements. Thanks, Advancement Courses for sponsoring today’s show.

Vicki Davis - Bio

Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher and an Instructional Technology Director. She blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and hosts this podcast. See www.coolcatteacher.com/bio for her full bio.

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."

May 29, 2020
3 Things to Learn over the Summer to Be Better at Distance or Blended Learning
11:36

Like it or not, blended learning is here to stay. Today, virtual trainer and Class Tech Tips guru Monica Burns talks about what we need to be learning over the summer so we can be healthier and more successful in the fall no matter what we face.

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Sponsor: This Fall season is going to be different, but we’re not sure how. Whatever happens, online learning will play a huge role in our teaching. What better way to understand online learning than to take your summer PD online through Advancement Courses?
With Advancement Courses, you never stop learning. They offer over 280 graduate-level PD courses in 20 different subjects — all self-paced with up to six months to complete. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and save 20% off each course by using the code COOL20. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can also receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners for continuing education requirements. Thanks, Advancement Courses for sponsoring today’s show.

Monica Burns - Bio as Submitted

Dr. Monica Burns is an EdTech and Curriculum consultant, author and former New York City public school teacher. She works with schools and organizations around the world to support PreK-20 educators with thoughtful technology integration. Monica’s website ClassTechTips.com and Easy EdTech Podcast helps educators place “tasks before apps” by promoting deeper learning with technology.

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 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

May 28, 2020
Wakelet and WeVideo: Powerful Distance Learning Edtech
09:48

Teacher Bruce Reicher shares two of his favorite distance learning tools - Wakelet and Wevideo. He talks about how he uses them with students and teachers for classroom learning and teacher PD. Take a look at Wakelet for organizing files and WeVideo for editing and screencasts.

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Sponsor: This Fall season is going to be different, but we’re not sure how. Whatever happens, online learning will play a huge role in our teaching. What better way to understand online learning than to take your summer PD online through Advancement Courses?
With Advancement Courses, you never stop learning. They offer over 280 graduate-level PD courses in 20 different subjects — all self-paced with up to six months to complete. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and save 20% off each course by using the code COOL20. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can also receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners for continuing education requirements. Thanks, Advancement Courses for sponsoring today’s show.

Bruce Reicher - Bio as Submitted

Bruce Reicher has been a technology teacher for over 25 years. He's currently teaching Digital Leadership, Python Coding and Video Production at Cavallini Middle School in Upper Saddle River, NJ. Mr. Reicher's students have produced a live morning news show for the past 12 years and recently produced their 2,000th show. Mr. Reicher is an avid learner who enjoys going to Edcamps and conferences. His passion is to learn, share, teach and repeat. Mr. Reicher has been a proud Board Of Education member the past 8 years for Hawthorne, NJ public schools. https://wakelet.com/@reicher and https://sites.google.com/view/brucereicherpd/home

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 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

 

May 27, 2020
6 Tips to Close Out the School Year in Google Classroom
15:41

Google Classroom has been the tool of choice for many schools. Did you know that you need to "close out" the school year to set yourself up for success in the fall? In this episode, Kasey and I discuss how to effectively close out the school year. Check the blog post for more links to Kasey's material on this important best practice for Google Classroom.

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Sponsor: My friend Kasey Bell writes the Shake Up Learning Blog. Kasey is who I turn to when I need to train my teachers on Google Classroom and the Level 1 Google Classroom Teacher Certification Training. Right now, Kasey is offering her Google classroom master class 50% off. That’s a great deal, especially now, if you’re in the middle of distance learning or upping your Google Classroom ability. Go to googleclassroomcourse.com  and use the coupon code “homelearning” to get 50% off and take advantage of that great price and sign up for Kasey’s Google Classroom Master Class. If you need training for your entire school, like I did, check out gsuitetrainingforschools.com. Tell her Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher, sent you. Kasey rocks -- and she’ll help you become a better distance learning teacher now.

Kasey Bell - Bio as Submitted

Kasey Bell is a former middle school teacher turned award-winning digital learning coach, international speaker, author, blogger, and podcaster with a Texas-sized passion for technology and learning. Kasey is the author of the Shake Up Learning blog and book, host of The Shake Up Learning Show Podcast and co-host of The Google Teacher Podcast. As a skillful facilitator, Google Certified Innovator, and Google Certified Trainer, Kasey has led a variety of digital learning workshops across the globe and helped thousands of educators to transform their classrooms!

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 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

May 26, 2020
How to Engage Kids in Distance Learning
10:22

Are your gradebooks like Swiss Cheese? Are there kids who are just missing? Today, Mary Howard, sixth grade science teacher in New York, talks about how we can engage kids in distance learning. These are not easy times to teach but they are important times to teach. I'm here with you as you work to engage your students. Let me know how you're engaging your kids on Twitter @coolcatteacher.

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Sponsor: This Fall season is going to be different, but we’re not sure how. Whatever happens, online learning will play a huge role in our teaching. What better way to understand online learning than to take your summer PD online through Advancement Courses? With Advancement Courses, you never stop learning. They offer over 280 graduate-level PD courses in 20 different subjects — all self-paced with up to six months to complete. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and save 20% off each course by using the code COOL20. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can also receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners for continuing education requirements. Thanks, Advancement Courses for sponsoring today’s show.

Mary Howard - Bio as Submitted

Mary is a 6th grade ELA and Science teacher from Grand Island, New York 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 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 an NYSED New York State EdTech Innovator in October 2018. She has published numerous educational technology articles and has provided webinars on Virtual Environments, Virtual Reality, 3D Design, QR codes, and engagement strategies and is excited to share these experiences with the Engineering Design and the Middle-Level Science PLT. 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 2020. 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.

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 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

 

May 26, 2020
What Will School Be Like in the Fall after a COVID-19 Spring?
17:01

Today Joseph Fatheree, award-winning teacher and thought-leader talks about the conversations administrators, policymakers, and teachers are having about what "the Fall" looks like in K12 education. There are so many scenarios that could be possible but Joseph shares his thoughts. I hope you'll share your thoughts on Twitter as we talk about this.

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Sponsor: My friend Kasey Bell writes the Shake Up Learning Blog. Kasey is who I turn to when I need to train my teachers on Google Classroom and the Level 1 Google Classroom Teacher Certification Training. Right now, Kasey is offering her Google classroom master class 50% off. That’s a great deal, especially now, if you’re in the middle of distance learning or upping your Google Classroom ability. Go to googleclassroomcourse.com  and use the coupon code “homelearning” to get 50% off and take advantage of that great price and sign up for Kasey’s Google Classroom Master Class. If you need training for your entire school, like I did, check out gsuitetrainingforschools.com. Tell her Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher, sent you. Kasey rocks -- and she’ll help you become a better distance learning teacher now.

Joseph Fatheree - Bio as Submitted

Joseph 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.

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 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

May 23, 2020
Sustainability Spotlight: How to Empower Students to Tackle Sustainability Issues
09:21

We can tackle sustainability issues by empowering students. I would also think that this could apply to helping students be part of the solution for health in their communities and schools. Let's face it, if we're going to solve hard problems, we need lots of minds, hands, and feet involved in moving towards the solution. I recorded this some time ago, but you'll get some ideas (like I did) for what we can do now.

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Sponsor: My friend Kasey Bell writes the Shake Up Learning Blog. Kasey is who I turn to when I need to train my teachers on Google Classroom and the Level 1 Google Classroom Teacher Certification Training. Right now, Kasey is offering her Google classroom master class 50% off. That’s a great deal, especially now, if you’re in the middle of distance learning or upping your Google Classroom ability. Go to googleclassroomcourse.com  and use the coupon code “homelearning” to get 50% off and take advantage of that great price and sign up for Kasey’s Google Classroom Master Class. If you need training for your entire school, like I did, check out gsuitetrainingforschools.com. Tell her Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher, sent you. Kasey rocks -- and she’ll help you become a better distance learning teacher now.

Michael Walker - Bio as Submitted

Michael Walker is a Teach for America alumnus and holds a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology. He has been involved in research and education since 2005 and has taught a wide array of science courses from middle school through university. His research expertise is on climate change and how it affects both social and natural systems, with an emphasis on plant physiology and development. Michael now leads the environmental sciences and student sustainability initiatives at the Village High School in Houston, TX.

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 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

May 21, 2020
Boom Cards: Engagement for Learning from a Distance
09:54

During distance learning, some teachers have found a new way to engage students -- Boom Cards. Mary Howard is one of those teachers. She says it excites her sixth grade students in New York and gives us the low-down on why Boom Cards are so exciting and how she uses them for assessment and learning.

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Sponsor: My friend Kasey Bell writes the Shake Up Learning Blog. Kasey is who I turn to when I need to train my teachers on Google Classroom and the Level 1 Google Classroom Teacher Certification Training. Right now, Kasey is offering her Google classroom master class 50% off. That’s a great deal, especially now, if you’re in the middle of distance learning or upping your Google Classroom ability. Go to googleclassroomcourse.com  and use the coupon code “homelearning” to get 50% off and take advantage of that great price and sign up for Kasey’s Google Classroom Master Class. If you need training for your entire school, like I did, check out gsuitetrainingforschools.com. Tell her Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher, sent you. Kasey rocks -- and she’ll help you become a better distance learning teacher now.

Mary Howard - Bio as Submitted

Mary is a 6th grade ELA and Science teacher from Grand Island, New York 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 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 a 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 and is excited to share these experiences with the Engineering Design and the Middle Level Science PLT. 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 2020. 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.

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 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

May 20, 2020
Why Second and Third Chances Matter for Kids
10:50

New Hampshire State Teacher of the Year 2020, Kim Piper, works within the prison population of the state. She shares what she has learned from her time working with some amazing students in the prison system and compares it to what she learned as a middle school teacher as well. What she's discovered can help us all become better teachers who give second chances and more to those who struggle and need our love more than they need our condemnation.

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Sponsor: My friend Kasey Bell writes the Shake Up Learning Blog. Kasey is who I turn to when I need to train my teachers on Google Classroom and the Level 1 Google Classroom Teacher Certification Training. Right now, Kasey is offering her Google classroom master class 50% off. That’s a great deal, especially now, if you’re in the middle of distance learning or upping your Google Classroom ability. Go to googleclassroomcourse.com  and use the coupon code “homelearning” to get 50% off and take advantage of that great price and sign up for Kasey’s Google Classroom Master Class. If you need training for your entire school, like I did, check out gsuitetrainingforschools.com. Tell her Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher, sent you. Kasey rocks -- and she’ll help you become a better distance learning teacher now.

Kim Piper - Bio as Submitted

An educator since 1994, Kim taught middle school ELA for the majority of her career. In 2015, she began teaching ELA to adults in the care of the New Hampshire State Prison for Men, and the New Hampshire Correctional Facility for Women. The program, Granite State High School, provides courses in English Language Arts, math, science, and social studies, as well as career and technical classes. Kim tells her students at the beginning of each term, "In this room, you are a student and I am your teacher. Education is a way to reshape your identity." Kim is the 2020 NH Teacher of the Year.

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 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

May 19, 2020
5 Major Elements of a STEAM Mindset
07:33

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math comprise STEAM learning. However, there is more to a true STEM mindset than just the content. Today Tim Needles talks about five elements that comprise an effective STEAM mindset to help us bring these topics into our classrooms as we teach and learn together.

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Sponsor: In today’s challenging times, we know how critical it is to make sure kids are equipped with social and emotional learning skills to cope with the world around them. That's why I’m excited to highlight the WE Schools Program, made possible by The Allstate Foundation. It brings social and emotional learning together with service-learning, helping children build key skills such as resilience, empathy, perseverance and problem-solving. Whether you're an educator looking for ways to integrate SEL into your lesson planning, or a parent looking to support your kid's remote learning at home, go to WE.org/SEL for helpful educational resources and tips. Our friends at The Allstate Foundation and WE are committed to providing you with the resources you need to get started.

Tim Needles - Bio as Submitted

Tim Needles is an artist, writer, performer, and educator from Port Jefferson, New York. He is the author of STEAM Power: Infusing Art Into Your STEM Curriculum from ISTE books and has been teaching art and media at Smithtown School District in New York for over twenty years as well as serving as an adjunct college professor. His work has been featured on NPR, in the New York Times, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Alexandria Museum of Art, the Katonah Museum of Art, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, and The George Washington University Museum. He is the recipient of the ISTE Technology in Action Award, the ISTE Creativity Award, the National Art Educators Association AET Outstanding Teaching Award, and The Robert Rauschenberg Power of Art Award at the National Gallery of Art. He has served as a National Geographic Certified Teacher, a PBS Digital Innovator, an Adobe Education Leader as well as a TEDx speaker. He’s also a ISTE Arts and Technology PLN leader as well as a NAEA ArtEDTech officer and is active on social media, guest hosting education chats and sharing his thoughts on arts and education. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram @timneedles.

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 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

May 19, 2020
Why Kids Never Stop Moving: Neuroscience and a Student's Need to Move
13:01

Have you ever wondered why kids never stop moving? Suzanne Cresswell shares the neuroscience behind student's need for movement.

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Sponsor: In today’s challenging times, we know how critical it is to make sure kids are equipped with social and emotional learning skills to cope with the world around them. That's why I’m excited to highlight the WE Schools Program, made possible by The Allstate Foundation. It brings social and emotional learning together with service-learning, helping children build key skills such as resilience, empathy, perseverance and problem-solving. Whether you're an educator looking for ways to integrate SEL into your lesson planning, or a parent looking to support your kid's remote learning at home, go to WE.org/SEL for helpful educational resources and tips. Our friends at The Allstate Foundation and WE are committed to providing you with the resources you need to get started.

Suzanne Cresswell - Bio as Submitted

Suzanne Cresswell is an occupational and physical therapist who has worked with unique learners for over three decades. Suzanne works to educate and provide proven solutions and strategies to those that parent, instruct and work with unique learners. By creating an understanding of unique learners and their learning behavior, she helps parents, teachers and the students themselves find the ability in learning disability.

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 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

May 15, 2020
How PBL in Math Class Can Make Projects Unforgettable
09:54

In these times, part of being a teacher is to have meaningful online projects with engagement. PBL can create memorable learning with projects, and Lauren Harris uses projects to teach math.

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Sponsor: In today’s challenging times, we know how critical it is to make sure kids are equipped with social and emotional learning skills to cope with the world around them. That's why I’m excited to highlight the WE Schools Program, made possible by The Allstate Foundation. It brings social and emotional learning together with service-learning, helping children build key skills such as resilience, empathy, perseverance and problem-solving. Whether you're an educator looking for ways to integrate SEL into your lesson planning, or a parent looking to support your kid's remote learning at home, go to WE.org/SEL for helpful educational resources and tips. Our friends at The Allstate Foundation and WE are committed to providing you with the resources you need to get started.

Lauren Harris - Bio as Submitted

Lauren is in her tenth year of teaching at the high school and collegiate level and is also currently an eleventh grade dean and mathematics teacher at University Liggett School, in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. She previously was and currently is a lead speaker at the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference where she shares her passion about mathematics electivites and her History of Mathematics course.

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 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

May 13, 2020
Absolutely Essential SEL Skills We Need During the Pandemic
10:40

Students, parents, and teachers have social emotional learning skills that are needed in today's climate. Dr. Amy Cranston helps us understand how we can help our children (and families and schools) make it through this difficult time.

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Sponsor: In today’s challenging times, we know how critical it is to make sure kids are equipped with social and emotional learning skills to cope with the world around them. That's why I’m excited to highlight the WE Schools Program, made possible by The Allstate Foundation. It brings social and emotional learning together with service-learning, helping children build key skills such as resilience, empathy, perseverance and problem-solving. Whether you're an educator looking for ways to integrate SEL into your lesson planning, or a parent looking to support your kid's remote learning at home, go to WE.org/SEL for helpful educational resources and tips. Our friends at The Allstate Foundation and WE are committed to providing you with the resources you need to get started.

Dr. Amy Cranston - Bio as Submitted

Dr. Amy Cranston is a 20-year veteran educator specializing in Social Emotional Learning (SEL). She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization SEL4CA, and the author of "Creating Social and Emotional Learning Environments" (Shell Education pub, 2020).
To learn more, visit SEL4CA.org.

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 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

 

 

 

May 11, 2020
5 Ways to Build Effective Social and Emotional Learning Environments Online
10:15

The current education climate has created unique social-emotional challenges for students, parents, and teachers alike. Today, Dr. Amy Cranston helps us understand how to create effective social-emotional learning environments online. As we move forward and plan, we need to make sure that the environments we create for learning help children thrive educationally and emotionally. Here's advice to help us have these important conversations.

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Sponsor: In today’s challenging times, we know how critical it is to make sure kids are equipped with social and emotional learning skills to cope with the world around them. That's why I’m excited to highlight the WE Schools Program, made possible by The Allstate Foundation. It brings social and emotional learning together with service-learning, helping children build key skills such as resilience, empathy, perseverance and problem-solving. Whether you're an educator looking for ways to integrate SEL into your lesson planning, or a parent looking to support your kid's remote learning at home, go to WE.org/SEL for helpful educational resources and tips. Our friends at The Allstate Foundation and WE are committed to providing you with the resources you need to get started.

Dr. Amy Cranston - Bio as Submitted

Dr. Amy Cranston is a 20-year veteran educator specializing in Social Emotional Learning (SEL). She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization SEL4CA, and the author of "Creating Social and Emotional Learning Environments" (Shell Education pub, 2020).
To learn more, visit SEL4CA.org.

 

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 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

May 11, 2020
50, Fit and Fantastic: How I Celebrated My Quarantine Birthday with Joy
20:06

This past year, I turned 50, lost 50 pounds, and ran a half marathon. So much has happened recently. Challenges, ups and downs, and joys. We all have them and so do I. However, the discipline to lose the weight and to run 19.3 miles in 2 days has prepared me for this time in which we live. So, let's go on a journey of inspiration and conversation about what I'm thinking on this year's birthday!

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Sponsor: See 10 Professional Development Courses to Improve Your Online Classroom which I shared recently on my blog. I share 10 important concepts we need to level up as we transition to online learning. Today’s sponsor Advancement Courses has courses you can take in each of these areas. See these and 280 online graduate-level PD courses at advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to save 20% off your courses. Use this time to level up learning.

Host Bio.

Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher and an Instructional Technology Director. She blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and hosts this podcast. See www.coolcatteacher.com/bio for her full bio.

May 04, 2020
4 Security Issues for Schools During Distance Education
12:40

Schools spend time, resources, and focus on security. Now, that security is moving online. What was once relegated to the IT department is now everybody's business. In today's show, I share four security issues that are on my mind. First, video conferencing security. Second, encouraging parents to conduct a security audit in the content management or learning management system you are using. Third, I talk about increasing awareness of social media manipulation by countries. Finally, I share what I think will be the next attempt to steal information from your students and teachers through spearphishing.

See links to articles in the shownotes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e659 

Sponsor: See 10 Professional Development Courses to Improve Your Online Classroom which I shared recently on my blog. I share 10 important concepts we need to level up as we transition to online learning. Today’s sponsor Advancement Courses has courses you can take in each of these areas. See these and 280 online graduate-level PD courses at advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to save 20% off your courses. Use this time to level up learning.

 

Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher and an Instructional Technology Director. She blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and hosts this podcast. See www.coolcatteacher.com/bio for her full bio.

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."
Apr 24, 2020
21 Tools I Use to Manage Distance Learning
19:20

Today I share the tool kit and tips that have helped streamline distance learning at my school. Check out the shownotes for the list of tools and links.

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Sponsor:See 10 Professional Development Courses to Improve Your Online Classroom which I shared recently on my blog. I share 10 important concepts we need to level up as we transition to online learning. Today’s sponsor Advancement Courses has courses you can take in each of these areas. See these and 280 online graduate-level PD courses at advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to save 20% off your courses. Use this time to level up learning.

Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher and an Instructional Technology Director. She blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and hosts this podcast. See www.coolcatteacher.com/bio for her full bio. It is her "birthday week" this week, so she's doing some solo episodes to share some up-to-date resources from how she's helping lead her school with instructional technology that works.

Apr 23, 2020
The Covid-19 Education Question: Is this Really Learning?
09:44

As students learn from home, pundits and parents alike ask "is this really learning?" Yet, in every circumstance, students (and teachers) are learning something. What is it? 

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Sponsor: See 10 Professional Development Courses to Improve Your Online Classroom which I shared recently on my blog. I share 10 important concepts we need to level up as we transition to online learning. Today’s sponsor Advancement Courses has courses you can take in each of these areas. See these and 280 online graduate-level PD courses at advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to save 20% off your courses. Use this time to level up learning.

Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher and an Instructional Technology Director. She blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and hosts this podcast. See www.coolcatteacher.com/bio for her full bio.

Apr 23, 2020
All Systems Go – How We Went to Distance Learning without Missing a day
12:22

On a Friday, we had school in our physical building. By Monday, we had more students in our online school that we had on the previous Friday. In this episode, 10 Minute Teacher host, Vicki Davis, talks to production editor Vicki Morgan about the story at her school as the students began distance learning due to #covid19 stay at home requirements. You'll learn the tips for onboarding, orienting, and teacher professional development that can help you as you also do this for your school.

Sponsor: See 10 Professional Development Courses to Improve Your Online Classroom which I shared recently on my blog. I share 10 important concepts we need to level up as we transition to online learning. Today’s sponsor Advancement Courses has courses you can take in each of these areas. See these and 280 online graduate-level PD courses at advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to save 20% off your courses. Use this time to level up learning.

Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher and the Instructional Technology Director at Sherwood Christian Academy in Albany, Georgia. She blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and hosts this podcast. See www.coolcatteacher.com/bio for her full bio.

Apr 22, 2020
How a 17 Year Old Student in New York is Giving Back
11:03

High school junior Jameson Cohen was looking forward to Spring Baseball Season. When he found out he’d be spending it at home, he turned it into a season of giving back. Not only was he able to feed and connect with people in need, he created a special organization called “Circle of Friends” -- designed to encourage children of HealthCare workers right from his own home. This is one example of how students are giving back for National Volunteer Week April 20-25. How are you connecting?

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Disclosure: Today's guest is also a guest on the Let's Volunteer now event from today's sponsor. All opinions are my own and that of the guest.

Sponsor: The WE Schools Program, made possible by the Allstate Foundation, is kicking off National Volunteer Week with Let’s Volunteer Now! Join this free online event to help discover how virtual volunteering can help your students build SEL skills. It will be hosted on Friday, April 17 at 1pm EST on the @Wemovement Facebook channel with special guests SEL expert Dr. Amy Cranston and her brother award-winner actor Bryan Cranston, and joined by remarkable students and WE Volunteer Now campaign participants, Tyler and Jameson.

Jameson Cohen - Bio As submitted

Jameson is 17 years old from New York City. He is passionate about taking action in his community and wants to ensure he is doing everything he can to continue to spread light and positivity in the world. In light of what is happening in the world and the high demand and pressure on medical professionals, Jameson is focusing his efforts supporting health care professionals who bravely work everyday to ensure the rest of us are safe and feel protected in our homes. He has been supporting a local restaurant package and deliver meals to hospitals around New York City.

As part of National Volunteer Week (April 20 - 25), Jameson is giving back thorough the WE Volunteer Now campaign (https://www.we.org/en-CA/our-work/we-schools/we-schools-campaigns-and-curriculum/service-learning-campaigns/take-action/we-volunteer-now) -- encouraging his peers to take action and volunteer in their communities . Jameson has started “Circle of Friends”, a volunteer program that provides virtual programming to medical professionals, educators and parents who need help keeping their children engaged and excited during this uneasy time. Circle of Friends pairs a family with a volunteer over the age of 16 and arranges a 30 minute session focusing on an array of activities. From helping with homework, partaking in a “private yoga lesson” or even having a fun conversation about sports. Jameson hopes this platform is a way to support parents whilst also instilling a sense of hope within young people to continue to pursue their passions and interests during this time.

Apr 17, 2020
Top 10 Ways to Give Back While at Home
13:01

Research says that when students are engaged in service-learning, their immune system, heart rate and sense of well-being improves dramatically. Children are happiest when they feel a sense of purpose. Here are ten tips to help kids experience these positive benefits -- even while stuck at home.

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Disclosure: Note that today's guest is an advisor for today's sponsor. All content and opinions are my own and that of the author.

Sponsor: The WE Schools Program, made possible by the Allstate Foundation, is kicking off National Volunteer Week with Let's Volunteer Now! Join this free online event to help discover how virtual volunteering can help your students build SEL skills. It will be hosted on Friday, April 17 at 1pm EST on the @Wemovement Facebook channel with special guests SEL expert Dr. Amy Cranston and her brother award-winner actor Bryan Cranston, and joined by remarkable students and WE Volunteer Now campaign participants, Tyler and Jameson.

Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl  - Bio as Submitted

Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl is an expert advisor for the WE organization’s WE Schools program, which is accessed by over 18,000 schools across North America – with a special emphasis on social and emotional learning and mental wellbeing.

Dr. Kim is known as a world-renowned, American expert in the area of social and emotional learning (SEL) and sits on CASEL’s Board of Directors.  

    • Within the realm of SEL, Dr. Kim’s studies have covered the following topic areas: 
    • The correlation between social and emotional competence (SEC) and academic achievement in early adolescence (click here for 2018 research) 
    • The identification of the processes and mechanisms that foster positive human qualities such as empathy, compassion, altruism and resiliency in children and adolescents 
    • How volunteer action helps develop caring, altruistic behaviors and promotes emotional and physical well-being (click here for 2018 research)  
    • The use of mindfulness in the classroom to foster a stress-free environment (click here for 2016 research) 
    • Projects that examine the effectiveness of classroom-based universal SEL programs (i.e. Roots to Empathy, MindUp) 

Dr. Kim has over 100 publications in scholarly journals, book chapters, and reports and has edited two books on mindfulness in education, including a co-edited book (with Dr. Robert W. Roeser) published by Springer Press in 2016 titled “Handbook of Mindfulness in Education: Integrating Theory and Research Into Practice.” She has presented her research at over 200 scholarly conferences and has given over 300 presentations on the topic of children’s social and emotional development and social emotional learning.  

Dr. Kim’s research has been highlighted in several magazines and newspapers across the US, and internationally, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Le Monde, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Scientific American Mind, Neurology Now, The Huffington Post, The Telegraph, The Atlantic and many more. Her research on the Roots of Empathy was profiled on the PBS Newshour special, the American Graduate. 

Apr 16, 2020
Helping Kids Be Healthy and Whole While Learning from Home
12:34

Students can sense and even internalize the emotions their teachers are feeling, especially stress, depression and worry. Not only do we need to help kids stay physically healthy, we need to help them stay emotionally healthy. SEL expert Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl unpacks the concepts of stress contagion, the importance of routines, co-rumination and other SEL topics to help us better help today's students.

Disclosure: Note that today's guest is an advisor for today's sponsor. All content and opinions are my own and that of the author.

Sponsor: The WE Schools Program, made possible by the Allstate Foundation, is kicking off National Volunteer Week with Let's Volunteer Now! Join this free online event to help discover how virtual volunteering can help your students build SEL skills. It will be hosted on Friday, April 17 at 1pm EST on the @Wemovement Facebook channel with special guests SEL expert Dr. Amy Cranston and her brother award-winner actor Bryan Cranston, and joined by remarkable students and WE Volunteer Now campaign participants, Tyler and Jameson.

Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl  - Bio as Submitted

Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl is an expert advisor for the WE organization’s WE Schools program, which is accessed by over 18,000 schools across North America – with a special emphasis on social and emotional learning and mental wellbeing.

Dr. Kim is known as a world-renowned, American expert in the area of social and emotional learning (SEL) and sits on CASEL’s Board of Directors.  

    • Within the realm of SEL, Dr. Kim’s studies have covered the following topic areas: 
    • The correlation between social and emotional competence (SEC) and academic achievement in early adolescence (click here for 2018 research) 
    • The identification of the processes and mechanisms that foster positive human qualities such as empathy, compassion, altruism and resiliency in children and adolescents 
    • How volunteer action helps develop caring, altruistic behaviors and promotes emotional and physical well-being (click here for 2018 research)  
    • The use of mindfulness in the classroom to foster a stress-free environment (click here for 2016 research) 
    • Projects that examine the effectiveness of classroom-based universal SEL programs (i.e. Roots to Empathy, MindUp) 

Dr. Kim has over 100 publications in scholarly journals, book chapters, and reports and has edited two books on mindfulness in education, including a co-edited book (with Dr. Robert W. Roeser) published by Springer Press in 2016 titled “Handbook of Mindfulness in Education: Integrating Theory and Research Into Practice.” She has presented her research at over 200 scholarly conferences and has given over 300 presentations on the topic of children’s social and emotional development and social emotional learning.  

Dr. Kim’s research has been highlighted in several magazines and newspapers across the US, and internationally, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Le Monde, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Scientific American Mind, Neurology Now, The Huffington Post, The Telegraph, The Atlantic and many more. Her research on the Roots of Empathy was profiled on the PBS Newshour special, the American Graduate. 

Apr 15, 2020
SEL and Physical Exercise - 8 weeks of Free Lessons
07:51

Social-emotional learning is a vital part of health and wellness. Today's guest has some free word of the day SEL workouts for students. As students stay home, learn some ideas to help students be healthier at home during this time with some videos you can share with the students.

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Show Sponsor: Advancement Courses has a free micro-course  - Launching Online Learning. Register for this free micro-course. Now is the time we all need to educate ourselves on effective online teaching and I recommend this course as a great place to start. Thank you, Advancement Courses for sponsoring this show.

Rupa Mehta - Bio As Submitted

Rupa Mehta is a teacher, entrepreneur, and author who has helped thousands of adults and youth become healthier individuals. She is the founder of Nalini Method and NaliniKIDS, both based on Rupa’s wellness philosophy that true health is achieved by being both emotionally and physically connected.

“There is an age-old question in education: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We continue to place increasing value—and pressure—on paving a student’s path to professional success. But I think there is an important question that we have to ask first, and it’s a question that we should be asking people of all ages throughout their lifetime: “Who are you now, and what can you teach us?” I believe that in order for students to truly succeed when they grow up, we need to teach them the subject of self in schools.” ~ Rupa

Apr 15, 2020
Free Ideas for Teaching Middle School Math Online #RemoteLearning
09:59

Math can be taught online. In today's show, Noelle Pickering shares free ideas for teaching middle school math online. These ideas will help you teach math no matter where you or your students are online.

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Show Sponsor: Advancement Courses has a free micro-course  - Launching Online Learning. Register for this free micro-course. Now is the time we all need to educate ourselves on effective online teaching and I recommend this course as a great place to start. Thank you, Advancement Courses for sponsoring this show.

Noelle Pickering - Bio

Noelle Pickering is a former middle school math teacher and instructional coach, and now can be found online at maneuveringthemiddle.com. Maneuvering the Middle seeks to support teachers through hands-on resources, standards-aligned curriculum, and practical teaching ideas. She has the joy of being called mom by two of the sweetest and busiest boys and has been married to her biggest supporter, Michael, for ten years.

 

Apr 15, 2020
Community and #RemoteLearning Conversations with Brad Currie
08:59

How do teachers share information quickly as they have had to move to distance learning amid coronavirus school closures? Brad Currie shares how teachers are sharing #remotelearning best practices as well as what is happening with him and his school in New Jersey.

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Show Sponsor: Advancement Courses has a free micro-course  - Launching Online Learning. Register for this free micro-course. Now is the time we all need to educate ourselves on effective online teaching and I recommend this course as a great place to start. Thank you, Advancement Courses for sponsoring this show.

Brad Currie - Bio as Submitted

Brad is the Supervisor of Instruction and Dean of Students for the Chester School District in Chester, NJ. He is also the Founding Partner of Evolving Educators LLC. Brad was recently named the 2017 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year and the 2017 NJPSA Visionary Assistant Principal of the Year. He is also part of the ASCD Emerging Leaders Class of 2014. Brad is a Google Certified Trainer, author, presenter and adjunct professor at Drew University. Brad has written four books including 140 Twitter Tips for Educators and Hacking Google for Education.

 

 

Apr 14, 2020
How Montana Teachers Are Responding to Stay At Home Challenges
11:08

Montana State Teacher of the Year, Dylan Huisken talks about online distance education learning. He shares how he is connecting with students during the Coronavirus crisis as students and teachers stay home and work to connect for learning in Montana.

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Sponsor: Advancement Courses has a free micro-course  - Launching Online Learning. Register here for this free micro-course. Now is the time we all need to educate ourselves on effective online teaching and I recommend this course as a great place to start. Thank you, Advancement Courses for sponsoring this show.

About Dylan Huisken

Dylan Huisken is the 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year and has been teaching social studies for more than a decade. His love for deep-dive history and student learning has led him to be an advocate for place-based education, especially when it comes to making sure all students are deeply educated about the tribes of their state and region.

Apr 13, 2020
An Oregon Teacher on Distance Learning at his School - Tyler Cienfuegos
08:56

Oregon was one of the earliest states to have to release students to learn from home. How are teachers handling things during coronavirus distance learning? Today, Oregon teacher Tyler Cienfuegos shares what is happening in Oregon and how they are working through issues in his state and at his school. What is your school doing, please share with me at @coolcatteacher on Twitter or on Facebook.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e648

Episode Sponsor: Advancement Courses has a free micro-course  - Launching Online Learning. Register for this free micro-course. Now is the time we all need to educate ourselves on effective online teaching and I recommend this course as a great place to start. Thank you, Advancement Courses for sponsoring this show.

 

 

Apr 13, 2020
US Edtech Policy Conversations Amidst Coronavirus Concerns with Tom Murray
13:24

What is happening at the US policy level with the coronavirus health crisis? Today, US policy influencer Tom Murray, shares what he's seeing from the national level and the conversations that are happening as policymakers wrestle with the issues that concern us all.

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Sponsor: Advancement Courses has a free micro-course  – Launching Online LearningRegister for this free micro-course. Now is the time we all need to educate ourselves on effective online teaching and I recommend this course as a great place to start. Thank you, Advancement Courses for sponsoring this show.

About Thomas C. Murray

Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools®, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, D.C. He has testified before the United States Congress and has worked alongside that body, the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered learning while helping to lead Future Ready Schools® and Digital Learning Day. An ASCD best-selling author, Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named the "2018 National/Global EdTech Leader of the Year," by EdTech Digest, the "2017 Education Thought Leader of the Year," one of "20 to Watch" by NSBA in 2016, and the "Education Policy Person of the Year" by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His best-selling book, Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today, co-authored with Eric Sheninger and published by ASCD, was released in June 2017. His most recent book, Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Impact a Lifetime, was released in October of 2019.

Prior to moving to his role in Washington, D.C., Murray served as an elementary teacher, middle school teacher, middle school principal, elementary principal, and at the district level in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He is most passionate about creating cultures of innovation where teachers are empowered to create the types of learning experiences today's modern learners need to thrive.

In addition to his role at Future Ready Schools®, Murray works directly with school and district leaders for administrative retreats, opening convocations, and professional learning days. He’s the husband of a school counselor and dad of two children, all of which are far more important to him than anything shared above.

As an author, Murray has released, or been a part of, five books:

Murray is also one of the cofounders of #edtechchat, a weekly educational technology Twitter forum, where hundreds of educators from around the world discuss topics related to the effective use of educational technology. You can connect with Tom on social media.

Apr 11, 2020
10 Trauma Informed Principles for Educators During the Coronavirus with Dr. Eric Rossen
15:15

Students experiencing the coronavirus crisis are experiencing trauma. So are teachers and parents. In today's show, learn the ten principles (and a bonus) to help us encourage and help others as we work through this crisis together. This is an important listen for those struggling to figure out how to help kids.

trauma informed

Advancement Courses is the distance education PD opportunity that I recommend for teachers. Now is the time to learn online even as we’re teaching online. First, Advancement Courses and I are hosting a webinar on April 2 at 7 p.m. ET to talk about 10 Principles of Effective Distance Learning.
Join me and the experts from Advancement Courses as we talk about 10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices for you right now. Go to coolcatteacher.com/onlinebest to register to join us.

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Dr. Eric Rossen

Dr. Eric Rossen is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, a licensed psychologist in Maryland, and a credentialed National Register Health Service psychologist. He currently serves as the director of professional development and standards for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Dr. Rossen has worked in public schools and in independent practice and has served as a college instructor and adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri and Prince George’s Community College. He has presented across the US and internationally, and published dozens of articles and book chapters related to school psychology, school safety, and trauma. He is most recently the editor of Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-Based Professionals, 2nd Edition , and co-author of the forthcoming book Applying a Trauma-Informed Framework to The IEP Process: From Referral to Development being released April 2020.

You can learn more about Dr. Rossen on his website: www.ericrossen.com; and follow him on Twitter: @E_Rossen

Apr 01, 2020
Effective Learning in an Online Classroom
12:35

How I teach students to be effective learners in an online classroom. This episode is an audio version of my presentation to students about how to be effective learners in an online classroom. Check out the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-o4BE6Gkhw&t=3s

www.coolcatteacher.com/e645

 

Mar 31, 2020
Teaching Kids with "Paper Packets" due to Coronavirus closures with Dee Ross Kalman
09:57

Some teachers (and students) don't have a choice. Because they have no internet connection, school closures mean "paper packets." Three weeks of them. Today's teacher recorded this episode the day she spent at school making three weeks of paper packets and how she struggled to bring excellent teaching home to her students even when technology is out of the question.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e644

Dee Ross Kalman

Dee Ross Kalman (she/her) is a middle school STEM teacher in Hackensack, NJ. She has taught in New Jersey public schools for 13 years and is formerly a special education & mathematics educator. Ms. Kalman's is focused on building empowerment through student choice, established in safe, fail-forward environment, and loudly raising the gender & minority equity in the STEM field.

Mar 12, 2020
Teaching Science Online with Chris Anderson #remotelearning
10:18

As schools are working to blend teaching or go completely online, what about science? Isn't science supposed to be totally hands-on? In today's session, we interview an instructional technology coach and the executive producer of Science Around Cincy, a web series that features the scientists and engineers in the Cincinnati area. He reflects on how to use resources to teach science and how to make it as hands-on as possible even at home. 

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Resources Mentioned on the Show

All the episodes of Science Around Cincy are tied to science curriculum and have paired teacher resources for students to connect what they watch in the videos to what th EU need to learn in the classroom. They can be found at https://sciaroundcincy.com/teacher-resources/

Chris Anderson

bio as submitted

Chris Anderson is a passionate science educator and host and executive producer of Science Around Cincy, a web series that features the scientists and engineers in the Cincinnati area. In addition to Science Around Cincy, Chris is an instructional coach for the Hamilton County ESC, working with the teachers and students of Cincinnati Public Schools.

Blog: https://sciaroundcincy.com/ 

Twitter handles: @theScienceJedi and @SciAroundCincy

Mar 11, 2020
16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus
09:46

As we struggle with the coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, many of us educators are figuring out how to prepare to teach online. Blended learning (having a face to face and an online classroom) is best. We have one more reason-- when you already have an online space for your classroom, it is a smaller step to teaching totally online when necessary. Whether you want to or not, go ahead and set up now.  I'll also be sharing more resources this week on my blog, podcast, and social media accounts and in my newsletter. Get the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e642 

Mar 10, 2020
Motivating Your School on Mondays with Mark French
09:30

Dr. Mark French is a principal who is redefining the role. Not only is his book he co-authored "Principals in Action: Redefining the Role" but he lives it every day on the playground, in the lunchroom, and everywhere around his campus. Today he talks about how he starts strong on Mondays inspiring and encouraging his campus to be the greatest version of themselves.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e641 

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Mark French - Bio As submitted

Mark French is a veteran educator with 38 years of experience, 23 as an elementary school principal. Some of Mark's accomplishments include serving as President of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association, being named Minnesota's 2015 National Distinguished Principal and coauthoring the book, Principals In Action: Redefining the Role.

Blog: www.PrincipalFrench.com 

Twitter: @PrincipalFrench

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Mar 09, 2020
5 Steps to Regain Control of Your Classroom with Linda Kardamis
10:10

Is your classroom out of control? Are you struggling to teach but student behavior is getting in the way? Today, classroom management expert, Linda Kardamis gives us a place to start.

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Linda Kardamis - Bio As submitted

Linda Kardamis taught middle school math before being led to become the founder of Teach 4 the Heart (https://teach4theheart.com/) - a website centered on providing practical advice, encouragement, and support for Christian teachers. As part of her calling to uplift educators everywhere, Linda has compiled three books: Create Your Dream Classroom, Take Heart & Teach, and Teach Uplifted.

She is also the creator of online courses such as Classroom Management 101 and Beyond Classroom Management, and her Teach 4 the Heart podcast is enjoyed by a growing number of educators.

All of Linda's work and programs focus on her faith-based passion and calling to help teachers across the country and around the globe excel and thrive in their teaching adventures and careers. Linda is also a wife and mom of four littles, which, of course, keeps things interesting.

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Mar 07, 2020
4 Ways to Go Upstream to Solve Problems with Dan Heath
16:54

You can solve problems by going Upstream. Dan Heath, the author of the new book Upstream, talks about the principles the Chicago Public School system used to go from a 52% graduation rate to one close to 80% in just a few years. Some of the same principles were used in Rockford, Illinois to be the first city that eradicated homelessness. Dan shares four strategies to move upstream to solve problems in schools and in our world today.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e639 

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Dan Heath - Bio As Submitted

Dan Heath and his brother, Chip, have written four New York Times bestselling books: Made to Stick, Switch, Decisive, and The Power of Moments. Heath is a senior fellow at Duke University’s CASE center, which supports entrepreneurs fighting for social good. He lives in Durham, North Carolina. The Heath brothers’ books have sold more than three million copies worldwide and have been translated into thirty-three languages.

Blog: https://heathbrothers.com/

 

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Mar 06, 2020
How Kids Can Design in AR and VR with Robert Kalman
10:01

Robert Kalman's middle schoolers are designing in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). In this episode, Robert gives us his insights and tips into the best tools and tips in AR and VR today. From Google Tour Creator, CoSpaces, Merge Cube (with Tinkercad) and Panaform - Robert will share simple tools you can start using with your students today.

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Tools Robert Discusses in the Show

Robert Kalman - Bio as Submitted

Robert Kalman is a middle school Digital Design Teacher and Technology Coordinator/Integrator for the Ramsey School District in New Jersey. Robert loves working with teachers to incorporate effective educational technologies, and students to experiment with innovative tools, such as physical computing, game design, 3D/AR/VR applications, and web design/coding platforms.

Blog: robertkalman.com

Twitter: @robert_kalman

Instagram: @robert_kalman

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Mar 04, 2020
How to Program (and Use) Google App Scripts with Alice Keeler
12:37

If you're using the Google Suite for Education, Google App Scripts can save you time. Alice Keeler talks about how she programs Google App scripts, some add ons she's made, and some you can use to help improve what you're doing in your classroom!

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Alice Keeler

Teacher and mom of 5, Alice Keeler is the Google-crowned “Queen of Spreadsheets”, an international speaker on teaching and EdTech integration, co-author of 5 books, Google Certified Innovator, Google Apps Developer, founder of #coffeeEDU, and has degrees in Mathematics and Educational Media Design and Technology. Alice shares her expertise through online workshops at alicekeeler.com/goslow, blogs at alicekeeler.com and tweets @alicekeeler.

(bio as submitted)

 

Mar 03, 2020
Coronavirus, Kobe Bryant and News Literacy with Darren Hudgins
18:31

As the Coronavirus spreads, so does the news about it. Some stories are accurate. Some stories are not. And some stories are full of half-truths. All designed to get people to read and for the clicks to come. Today's guest, Darren Hudgins is co-author of Fact VS Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking In The Age of Fake News (ISTE 2018). He helps us understand triggers, news literacy, and how we can help our students effectively analyze news in a world where health issues and news tend to go viral. We have to help our students live in this world. Have the conversations now.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e636 

Darren Hudgins

Bio As Submitted

Darren Hudgins is the CEO of Think | Do | Thrive and the co-author of Fact VS Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking In The Age of Fake News (ISTE 2018). In both capacities, he works with educators, school leaders, districts, and school organizations to help them build experiences that promote thought, play, and innovative strategies. He believes these strategies strengthen human capacity efforts, drive action, and inspire the souls of social servants so that all students can thrive. Learn more about his 20 plus years in education at about.me/darren_hudgins.

Twitter: @dhudgins

Instagram: @dhudgins

Free Resource on this topic: Darren's Free News Literacy Resource (Presentation)

 

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Mar 02, 2020
5 Reasons Using Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers is a Bad Idea with Jody Stallings
12:46

Some districts and schools use test scores to hold teachers "accountable." But what if this practice is hurting the very kids it is trying to help. Teacher and columnist Jody Stallings shares what he uncovered when he looked at this practice and why using test scores to evaluate teachers is a very bad idea.

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Jody Stallings - Bio As Submitted

Jody Stallings has been an award-winning public school teacher in Charleston, South Carolina, since 1992. He is director of the Charleston Teacher Alliance and an adjunct professor with the American Public University System.

He writes the weekly “Teacher to Parent” column for which he is the recipient of the 2018 first place award in column writing from the South Carolina Press Association.

https://www.facebook.com/teachertoparent

Twitter: @stallings_jody

 

Feb 28, 2020
What Really Engages Students with Heather Wolpert-Gawron
09:59

Heather Wolpert-Gawron surveyed over two thousand students from every US state and type of school to find out what engages them in learning. She discovered some surprising trends that will impact how we teach teachers to teach and how we look at a school altogether. Variety may not only be the spice of life but it may be the spice of learning!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e634

Heather M. Wolpert-Gawron - Bio as Submitted

Heather Wolpert-Gawron is an award-winning middle school teacher and 21st Century Learning & PBL coach. She is the author of Just Ask Us: Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement (Corwin/AMLE), which shares the results of a nationwide survey of 6th-12th graders and what engages them as learners. She is also the author of DIY for Project Based Learning for ELA and History (Taylor & Francis) and DIY for Project Based Learning for Math and Science (Taylor & Francis). She is a staff blogger for Edutopia, a proud member of the California Writing Project, and a National Faculty member for PBLWorks (formally the Buck Institute for Education).

Heather is passionate about Project Based Learning and believes the Maker Movement for teachers is in curriculum design. Heather believes curriculum design itself should tell a story, and she helps her students craft the tale. Heather lives with her husband and two boys in Los Angeles where they play Dungeons & Dragons every week, building their cross-over stories and adventures together.

 

 

Feb 28, 2020
Take the LEAP - Don't Sit and Stick with Elisabeth Bostwick
08:39

Creating the culture in your classroom can help you be a better and happier teacher and can help your students learn better and be happier too. Today's guest, Elisabeth Bostwick takes us into her classroom to share how she creates a luminous learning environment where learners are empowered by authentic learning that unleashes their potential. Get motivated to reach every child!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e633

Elisabeth Bostwick - Bio As Submitted

Elisabeth Bostwick is a multi-award-winning educator who is passionate about creating the conditions to spark curiosity and unleash creativity to empower learning. She is the author of, Take the L.E.A.P.: Ignite a Culture of Innovation and co-author of Education Write Now, Volume II: Top Strategies for Improving Relationships and Culture. As an innovative teaching and learning consultant and instructional coach supporting K-12 teachers, Elisabeth works alongside educators to create inclusive and equitable classroom cultures where every learner thrives. Elisabeth is driven to deepen learning; leveraging highly effective strategies that engage and empower all learners to maximize growth. With her passion for creating a long-lasting, positive impact on education, Elisabeth inspires others to identify how we can cultivate systemic change and develop essential success skills to ensure learners are future-ready.

 

Feb 27, 2020
Organic Edtech Coaching with Adam Juarez
09:21

Edtech coaching can be improved with "walkarounds" and interaction between edtech coaches and teachers. Adam Juarez talks about organic edtech coaching and how to cultivate those relationships.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e632 

Adam Juarez - Bio as Submitted

Adam Juarez is a 6-12 Technology Integration Coach for Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District. He leads teachers in implementing technology into their lessons through one-on-one coaching, demo lessons and professional development. He is the founder of the Cardinal Innovation Center: A Student-Centered Virtual and Physical Learning Space Designed to Empower. In addition, he is a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, 2017 CUE Leroy Finkel Fellowship Finalist and co-founder of the Twitter chat #CVTechTalk. He frequently presents at ISTE, CUE, EdTechTeam and Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) events.

Feb 25, 2020
Smart Risk Taking in Education with Kristen Nan
08:31

Take risks in education to build relationships, have difficult conversations, and make progress. Kristen Nan, a third-grade teacher, co-authored a book with her assistant superintendent. It was a risk, for sure, but Kristen talks about the risks she is and has taken in her classroom and how it has improved learning for everyone. Get inspired to take your own risks.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e631

My Productivity Secrets: I make my own planner pages. If you want a copy of them and information on how I stay organized, buy the Do What Matters Book and resources. I sell them direct for $9.95 because I've included over 100 templates that I have used at some point in my life and career (including those when I was a stay at home.)

Kristen Nan - Bio As Submitted

An educator for the last 23 years, Kristen Nan’s passion for building relationships with her students, colleagues, and community continues to ignite change for the better! Kristen has served as an emotional support teacher, learning support teacher, and classroom teacher from Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to her current role as a 3rd-grade teacher, Kristen is an author, national speaker, consultant. With keeping a future-ready mindset at the forefront for every child, she has been recognized as an award-winning educator for innovative practices. Kristen’s recent release, “ALL IN, Taking a Gamble in Education” is co-authored by Jacie Maslyk and focuses on the importance of risk-taking, chances, and building relationships between teachers and administrators.

Kristen Nan - Bio As submitted

An educator for the last 23 years, Kristen Nan’s passion for building relationships with her students, colleagues, and community continues to ignite change for the better! Kristen has served as an emotional support teacher, learning support teacher, and classroom teacher from Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to her current role as a 3rd-grade teacher, Kristen is an author, national speaker, consultant. With keeping a future-ready mindset at the forefront for every child, she has been recognized as an award-winning educator for innovative practices. Kristen’s recent release, “ALL IN, Taking a Gamble in Education” is co-authored by Jacie Maslyk and focuses on the importance of risk-taking, chances, and building relationships between teachers and administrators.

Twitter: @nankr1120

https://kristennan.com/

 

 

 

Feb 24, 2020
5 Ideas for Building Staff Morale with Brad Shreffler
08:20

How do you build staff morale? Brad Shreffler has five ideas to help us as you work to build bridges of trust and relationship with your colleagues at school. Enjoy coming to school because you love working with your colleagues.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e630

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Brad Shreffler - Bio as Submitted

Brad Shreffler is an instructional technology coach from Central Florida. He is also the host of the Planning Period Podcast, where he talks with other education stakeholders about education, teaching, and the problems facing the field. He is passionate about changing the shape of education for the betterment of students and teachers. Find his podcast at https://www.bradshreffler.com.

Twitter: @BradShreffler

Planning Period Podcast - https://www.bradshreffler.com

 

 

 

Feb 21, 2020
Why I #LoveTeaching with Vicki Davis
11:00

As part of #LoveTeaching week, I recorded some thoughts on why I love teaching. But I also have to share some of my heart about teaching, our future, and all of the amazing things our profession does for the future. Please share your story for #LoveTeaching week too!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e629

Vicki Davis - Host

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and Instructional Technology Director. She has been blogging at the Cool Cat Teacher blog since 2005 and has traveled the world and written two books about edtech and collaborative technologies. She has hosted the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast since 2017 where she interviews many of the most remarkable educators on the planet about what matters to K12 educators.

Feb 20, 2020
How to Know You Make a Difference with Christie Thompson #LoveTeaching
11:10

In this heartwarming episode, Christie shares one of the stories of how she knows she is making a difference. She also shares encouragement for the days when teachers fall short. For 21 years, Christie Thompson has loved teaching. She's a guidance counselor and teacher of the year for her school this year in Texas. As we continue to celebrate #LoveTeaching week, remember to share your story of why you love to teach.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e628 

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Christie Thompson - Bio as Submitted

Christie Thompson, School Counselor

A native Arkansan, I relocated to Sherman, Texas, to begin my 20-year teaching career and was awarded New Secondary Teacher of the Year for the district. I then taught English in Plano ISD and earned my Master's degree in English from SMU. I was voted Dowell Campus Teacher of the Year in 2011 by my peers and served as a campus leader in various roles, including 504 and RTI Coordinator.

My transition into the field of counseling was fueled by my passion for advocating for and building relationships with students. I have a special interest in biblio counseling because I love harnessing the power of literature and its insight into the human experience. Well-written books help increase students’ self-awareness and self-esteem, build empathy, and aid in students' ability to face developmental crises.

I am joining the Bennett family after serving Faubion Middle School as a school counselor for the last year and a half. At Faubion, I was able to make a positive impact and help remove barriers to students’ academic success.

My mission is to provide a proactive, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate program so that students leave Bennett ready to launch into their individual journeys to become successful, productive citizens and lifelong learners in a diverse and changing world.

My husband, Julius, and I are the proud parents of two: Samantha (22) - a Davidson College '19 graduate and Jay (16) - a sophomore at McKinney Boyd High School.

Blog: https://mrsthompsonliveskind.weebly.com/about-me.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thompsliveskind

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Feb 19, 2020
Powerful Student Voices with Leah Juelke: Helping the World Understand Kids #LoveTeaching
10:38

Leah Juelke, 2018 North Dakota State Teacher of the Year, works with EL English and Speech in Fargo, North Dakota. She has helped children under her care tell their stories and have a voice for their experiences. Recently, some of her students help shape state policy towards refugees by telling their stories. Hear the brave, heartbreaking and heart making words of Leah Juelke and her students as we continue to celebrate why we #LoveTeaching this week.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e627 

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Leah Juelke - Bio as Submitted

Leah Juelke is the 2018 North Dakota Teacher of the year. She served as a medic in the Army, has taught overseas and has traveled to 27 different countries. She currently works as a high school EL English & Speech Communications teacher in Fargo, North Dakota. Leah is the president of the Dakota TESOL Organization and a founding member of the North Dakota State Teacher of the Year State Chapter and Teacher Cabinet. As a social justice advocate, Leah has worked to spread cultural awareness within her school, community and across the United States. Through her Journey to America and Green Card Voices Projects, she has helped amplify her refugee and immigrant students' voices and give them a platform to be heard so that they can work to spread cultural acceptance. She has successfully created a school environment of inclusion and has opened her doors to facilitate collaboration within the community. She has speakers, community members and university students in her class daily, working with her high school students. She strives to create active learning experiences for her students and strongly believes in 'a classroom without borders'. In addition to being a teacher and case manager, she is also an award-winning debate and student congress coach.
Leah has presented at conferences around the region and continues to inspire teachers, pre-service teachers and students with her energetic personality and extensive knowledge of strategies for diverse learners.
Leah's list of accolades include:
​❖ 2020 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow Award
❖ 2020 Global Teacher Prize Winner Nominee
❖ 2019 NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence California Casualty Award
❖ 2019 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence
❖ 2019 NEA Benefits Award Finalist
❖ NASDTEC 2019 Forward Fund Award
❖ North Dakota State University Horizon Alumni Award 2019
​❖ 2019 National Sanford Teacher Award
❖ North Dakota Teacher of the Year 2018
❖ National Teacher of the Year Nominee 2018
❖ Education First Global Teacher Fellowship- Berlin 2018
❖ Fargo Public Schools Teacher of the Year 2017
❖ Comm. Speech & Theater Association of North Dakota Debate Coach of the Year 2017
❖ CSTAND Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2017

Blog: https://ellfargosouth.weebly.com/about-ms-juelke.html

Twitter: @NDTOY2018

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Feb 18, 2020
Teaching Fireworks: Why Zest Simmons Loves Teaching #LoveTeaching
09:37

We can get out of education, but the kids can't. Today's students need educators who love them and who love teaching. Zest Simmons, award-winning AP Teacher and Alabama State Teacher of the Year 2019 tells the story of how she ignites learning and loves students in her classroom. We can reach every child. Zest talks about how.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e626 

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Zest Simmons - Bio as Submitted

Inspired to become an educator by her own teachers, Zestlan Simmons, a National Board Certified teacher, was once told by a family friend to “reconsider her options” when she shared her dream. However, for her, the joy of seeing students engaged in mastering writing skills has been the catalyst for pursuing her dream. This love of empowering students with the awareness of their capabilities led her to return to Booker T. Washington (BTW) Magnet where she once benefited from an arts education through the Carver Creative and Performing Arts Program (CCPAC), which is now BTW. In her role as an educator at BTW, she contributes to cross-curricular planning initiatives, which encourage art and academic teachers to collaborate on special projects and classroom instruction.  

When her school partnered with  the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and A+ College Ready,  she started teaching Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Composition in 2009 and was recognized by NMSI as the AP English Teacher of the Year for increasing the AP Language exam scores for minority students.

In 2017, she pursued a certification in Instructional Leadership so that she could continue to mentor new teachers. Her greatest joy has been to see her former students become teachers in Montgomery, in Alabama, and in the nation

Twitter: @ZestlanSimmons

Instagram: @zsimmons99

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Feb 17, 2020
Get Inspired and Celebrate #LoveTeaching Week with Stacey McAdoo
11:38

Love Teaching Week Begins Today! February 14 is the beginning of #LoveTeaching week. Each day there are challenges and prompts so check Twitter and We Love Teaching.org (https://www.weloveteaching.org/) for how you can participate. Today we start as Stacey McAdoo, Arkansas State Teacher of the Year 2019, tells her story of why she loves teaching! Get ready to be inspired.

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Stacey James McAdoo - Bio as Submitted

2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Stacey McAdoo of the historic Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, had a vision over twenty years ago that she would one day stand and speak to a crowd of millions. She interpreted that vision to mean she would change the world as a writer, educator, and an advocate for students. Today her vision is reality as she represents the voice of 34,000 educators and 500,000 students across Arkansas.

McAdoo mixes passion and poetry to amplify the voices of her students, honor the history of her school, and unite her community. She has participated in several literacy/spoken word organizations such as the SanKofa Poets, Word Up! Poetry Troupe, and Foreign Tongues. McAdoo is an Educator to Educator Facilitator with AEA and the AVID (a college and career readiness program) Coordinator. Teaching Tolerance recently featured her as a student advocate. Author of “Sweet Melanin Messages” and “Baring My Soul,” McAdoo is the sponsor of the Writeous Poets, co-produced the radio show entitled “The Writeous Hour” and has published two books of her students’ works entitled: “Stage A: Where Students Think, Speak and Dream” and “A Writeous Look at the Crisis.”

 

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Feb 14, 2020
Nicholas Provenzano's 4 Ready to Go tips for Project Based Learning and Maker Spaces
10:07

How do you get started with project-based learning (PBL) and Makerspaces? Nicholas Provenzano, the author of the book, Beyond the Poster Board, gives us four tips to get started with effective PBL and Makerspace use in your school and classroom.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e624 

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Nicholas Provenzano - Bio as Submitted

Nicholas Provenzano is the Technology Coordinator and Makerspace Director at University Liggett School in Michigan. He is also an author, makerspace builder, international keynote speaker, and consultant.

He writes on his website, TheNerdyTeacher.com, Edutopia.org, as well as many other prominent educational websites. He has been featured on CNN, Education Week, and other media outlets. He has been recognized as the Technology Teacher of the Year by MACUL and ISTE.

Nicholas is a Google Certified Innovator, ASCD Emerging Leader, Microsoft Minecraft Mentor, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, Adobe Education Leader, and a TEDEd Innovative Educator.

His best-selling books, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, The Maker Mentality, and Beyond the Poster Board can be found on Amazon. Nicholas is sharing plenty of nerdy things on Twitter and Instagram at @TheNerdyTeacher.

Twitter: @TheNerdyTeacher

Instagram: @TheNerdyTeacher

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Feb 13, 2020
Trust and Grace in the Classroom with Alana Stanton
09:30

Each year, many educators select a word or two for the year. Kindergarten teacher Alana Stanton, shares her words, "Grace" and "trust" and how she applies them to her classroom, student and parent relationships, and her teaching practice every day. Get inspired to do and be more and to live life with trust and grace every day. What is your word?

www.coolcatteacher.com/e623 

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Alana Stanton - Bio as Submitted

Alana Stanton is a kindergarten teacher at Mulberry Elementary in Gwinnett County, Georgia. She has taught several grades over her 14 year career including K-3 literacy special, first grade, second grade, kindergarten, and technology special. Alana believes that relationships always come first in the classroom and the classroom should be a place where students thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. She currently writes for her blog, More Than A Lesson where she shares the stories of her classroom and her heart.
Twitter: @stantonalana

Feb 12, 2020
4 Emerging Edtech Trends in 2020 with Nikolaos Chatzopoulos
07:30

Nikolaos Chatzopoulos shares four trends that are shaping how his schools teach with technology. From coding to robotics and augmented reality and his favorite (which he saved for last), learn how a leading-edge K-8 program is using technology to teach all students the skills and thinking capacities they need to be successful in the modern era.

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Today’s sponsor: Advancement Courses. Choose from over 240 online graduate-level PD courses in 19 subject areas that are self-paced with up to six months to complete. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and save 20% off each course by using the code COOL20. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can also receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners for continuing education requirements. Never stop learning!

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Nikolaos Chatzopoulos - Bio As Submitted

Director of Innovation & Technology at Plato Academy Schools, founder of @st4tevent, Co-founder @EdCampTampaBay.

Blog: http://techtrends4teachers.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chatzopoulosn

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."
Feb 11, 2020
Engagement & Edtech in Social Studies with Dustin Harnish
10:37

You can blend old fashioned relationships with modern edtech if you know how. Teacher Dustin Harnish proves it. Dustin Harnish teaches seventh-grade social studies with Spheros, 3d printing, and engaging activities. But he uses far more than technology to engage students. Listen all the way to the end to learn how he ends his school year with a powerful bang! Let's engage kids and use edtech. We can reach kids!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e621

Dustin Harnish - Bio as Submitted

Dustin Harnish is a seventh grade Social Studies teacher for the Troy School District in Troy Michigan. His educational interest is to create a highly innovative classroom that maximizes student engagement. Through thirteen years teaching, he has had stops in the Chicagoland area and Southeast Michigan creating empathetic learning environments for all his students.

Twitter: @MrDustinHarnish

 

Feb 10, 2020
Jon Orr's 5 Ways for Parents to Help Kids with Math
12:33

Parents can encourage math success just like reading success. Today, Jon Orr helps parents through five things they can do to help their child become more successful at math. These can be applied from very young children to older students. Math is something everyone can do but we must be patient and help people have a mindset for success. Give parents and kids hope by sharing this show with those who need it.

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Jon Orr - Bio as Submitted

Jon is a math teacher at John McGregor Secondary School in the Lambton-Kent District School Board in Ontario Canada. When not teaching his students and spending time with family he leads workshops and presentations on teaching pedagogy in the math classroom. He is a co-host of the podcast Making Math Moments That Matter along with his friend Kyle Pearce. Lately, he is excited about promoting struggle in his students and talking math with primary aged kids while creating math prompts for MathBeforeBed.com. You can follow his classroom lessons, routines, and educational thoughts at Mrorr-isageek.com and also on Twitter: @MrOrr_Geek

Website: https://makemathmoments.com

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

 

Feb 07, 2020
The Power of Reflection and Conversation with Paul O'Neill #pln365
11:51

Sharing and reflecting make us better educators. Today the founder of #pln365 gives us a transparent look into his journey and encourages us to take one of our own.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e619

Paul O'Neill  - Bio As Submitted

Paul O'Neill is an educational game changer from New Jersey. Using reflection and connection, he continues to grow each day and creates a competitive advantage for others through the power of belief.

Twitter: @pauloneill1972

 

 

Feb 06, 2020
Misconceptions About Kids With Learning Differences in the Classroom
11:56

As students with learning differences are put into general classroom spaces, many teachers have misconceptions about including these special students in their classrooms. Dr. Rebekah Dyer talks about these misconceptions and how we can work to reach every child.

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Dr. Rebekah Dyer - Bio as Submitted

Dr. Rebekah Dyer is an associate professor in the college of education at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. The courses that she teaches focus on special education. She is the faculty advisor for two clubs on campus; Best Buddies and Canyon Inclusive. Both clubs focus on the inclusion of individuals with disabilities. She is the current president of the Arizona Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

She graduated from Arizona State University West with a bachelor’s degree in special education and a dual certification in both regular and special education. She completed her master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. Dr. Dyer graduated with a doctoral degree in organizational leadership with an emphasis in special education from Grand Canyon University in the Fall of 2018. Her dissertation research focused on the inclusion of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in disability ministry programs. She presented her research at an International Autism Conference in Nanjiing, China.

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drdyer/ 

Feb 05, 2020
Tech Tools for School Counselors
11:43

School counselors are unique. They have unique needs as they help guide students and perform duties at their school. Today, guidance counselor, Steve Sharp helps guidance counselors know the tools that can help them level up.

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Steve Sharp - Bio As submitted

Stephen Sharp is co-author of Amazon Best-Selling Book and 2019 Hot New Release - 50+ Tech Tools for School Counselors. Steve is a school counselor and Apple Certified Educator. He has worked to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be healthy and successful in the 21st century. Stephen previously worked in his school district as a technology leader, and been served on the governing boards of both his local and state school counseling associations. Stephen completed his M.Ed at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and BA from Lycoming College.

Stephen was a contributing writer on the use of technology and career exploration in Voices from the Field, Orientation to the Counseling Profession.

Stephen Sharp is a co-founder of the Leadership Summit, a community-based social justice network to provide students the language and tools to understand and combat the many forms of oppression.
Stephen is a Nationally Certified School Suicide Prevention Specialist, and continues to work with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to pilot an electronic behavioral health screening for schools. He works tirelessly across the state to provide education and training on mental health, substance abuse, inequality, and a world changed by technology.

Stephen frequently presents on technology, emerging career skills, mental health and race in education. Stephen was named the 2017 Pennsylvania Middle School Counselor of the Year.

Feb 04, 2020
Student Leadership Through a Student-Led Podcast
10:40

Award-Winning Culture is a student podcast led by teacher Hans Appel. Hear the story behind this exciting student podcast and get inspired to start a student podcast at your school. He shares his starting story, how he keeps it going with an annual podcast retreat, and how he surprises his students with a listener testimonial video. You'll find ideas to inspire your students however they are using their voice to help others.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e616 

Hans Appel - Bio As submitted

Hans Appel has worked as a counselor in the Richland School District for the past 19 years and at Enterprise Middle School since it opened. He’s passionate about school culture, servant leadership, and kindness. In 2018, EMS was awarded the ASCD Whole Child Award for the State of Washington and the Global “Class Act Award” for creating a culture of excellence through kindness, service, and empathy. Additionally, they were selected as a finalist in the 2019 PBIS Film Festival and took the top prize in the Community, Parents, and Staff category.

In 2018, Hans launched his own blog about School Culture and rolled out a student-led leadership podcast called Award Winning Culture: Hosted by Wildcat Nation, which can be subscribed, listened or reviewed on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, PodBean, and Libsyn.

Hans’ blogs have appeared on DisruptED TV magazine, CharacterStrong, and PBIS Rewards. He’s written social-emotional lessons for CharacterStrong. Furthermore, he has been featured on numerous educational podcasts speaking his brand of school culture into existence.

He’s been a contributing writer on three upcoming educational books: “ Define Your WHY” “Reflective Impact Journal” and “ALL IN: Taking a Gamble in Education.” Currently, he’s working on his own book about school culture.

Hans is a part of the coveted Teach Better Speakers Network and presents at conferences, schools, and districts all over the country. Topics include: Creating an Award-Winning Culture, Amplifying Student Voice, Student-Led Podcasting, and Infusing Servant Leadership through PBIS.

Blog: http://www.awardwinningculture.com/

Twitter: @HansNAppel

Instagram: @awardwinningculture

Feb 03, 2020
5 Steps to Gamify Your Elementary Classroom
11:25

How could you take your whole elementary classroom year and gamify it? What if everything students learn could gain them XP (experience points?) What if you can reach those strugglers by making a classroom on mission? Today, Heather Marrs, a teacher and instructional coach from Oregon, takes us through the five steps she used to gamify her elementary classroom and give us the tips and tricks she learned to motivate every learner.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e615 

Sponsor: Adobe I use Adobe Premiere Rush to teach digital filmmaking in my classroom. I love it because videos and the editing projects move seamlessly between all of my student’s devices. Check out this and other Adobe resources including some from my friend Todd Nesloney on the Education Trailblazers Pinterest board that you can view at coolcatteacher.com/adobepins.

Heather Marrs - Bio As submitted

Heather Marrs is an Instructional Coach at Eagle Rock Elementary in Eagle Point, Oregon. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Seesaw Ambassador, Book Creator Ambassador and FlipGrid Ambassador. Heather is passionate about integrating technology in education to amplify student voice, increase communication, and engage students. She has been a presenter at ISTE 2019, NCCE 2016-19, the Southern Oregon EdTech Summit 2015-18, and IntegratED 2017-18. Heather is the founder and main moderator of the Oregon EdChat which can be found at #OrEdChat on Twitter. She enjoys being a connected educator and providing professional development both locally and regionally. Outside of teaching, she is a wife and mother of two amazing kiddos.

Blog: https://hmarrs24.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @hmarrs24

Resource: I've created a Google site that accompanies a three-day workshop that I do on gamifying your classroom at the elementary level. It's called Next Level Gamification: https://sites.google.com/eaglepnt.k12.or.us/nextlevelgamification3day/home

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."
Jan 31, 2020
Silicon Valley Teacher Spotlight: Mike Messner
10:55

Mike Messner teaches seventh-grade social studies in Silicon Valley. He shares his stories of the tech they use, what Silicon Valley parents like (and don't like), and how he has joined an online PLN to bring state of the art to his classroom.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e614

Sponsor: Adobe I use Adobe Premiere Rush to teach digital filmmaking in my classroom. I love it because videos and the editing projects move seamlessly between all of my student’s devices. Check out this and other Adobe resources including some from my friend Todd Nesloney on the Education Trailblazers Pinterest board that you can view at coolcatteacher.com/adobepins.

Mike Messner - Bio As Submitted

Mike Messner is a social studies teacher at Los Altos High School in Silicon Valley. He has also taught at Skyline College, the College of San Mateo. Santa Clara University and Wilcox High School. Mike is a Google Certified Teacher and a member of the #4OCFPLN network. He lives with his wife, son, and beagle in Mountain View, CA.

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."

Jan 30, 2020
STEM and Makerspaces in the Language Arts Classroom
09:16

Language arts classrooms can use more than books to teach. Kate Hodges, a language arts teacher in Ohio, shares how she uses project-based learning (PBL), making, and more to help students learn language arts.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e613 

Sponsor: Adobe I use Adobe Premiere Rush to teach digital filmmaking in my classroom. I love it because videos and the editing projects move seamlessly between all of my student's devices. Check out this and other Adobe resources including some from my friend Todd Nesloney on the Education Trailblazers Pinterest board that you can view at coolcatteacher.com/adobepins.

Kate Hodges - Bio As Submitted

Kate Hodges is a fifth-year English Language Arts teacher at Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. She currently holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Cincinnati. Her thesis work explored how STEM infused projects influenced creative self-efficacy in her students.

Blog: https://wordpress.com/view/mshisflippin.wordpress.com

Twitter: @_KateHodges

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."
Jan 29, 2020
How to Use Fortnite for Education in the Classroom
10:33

Fortnite has a physics engine in the game. Unknown to many educators, Fortnite has three modes of play. While Battle Royale is a first-person shooter, the creative mode is not. Some educators are creating private islands (for free) that their students can make Rube Goldberg machines and other creations. Today's guest, Mike Washburn, is on the educator advisory board for Fortnite. He takes us through lessons that teachers are teaching in Fornite and also the two warnings that educators need to keep in mind when teaching with this tool.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e612 

Sponsor: Adobe I use Adobe Premiere Rush to teach digital filmmaking in my classroom. I love it because videos and the editing projects move seamlessly between all of my student's devices. Check out this and other Adobe resources including some from my friend Todd Nesloney on the Education Trailblazers Pinterest board that you can view at coolcatteacher.com/adobepins.

Mike Washburn - Bio As Submitted

Mike is co-host of the popular education podcast OnEducation, founder of the OnPodcastMedia Network, and the Head of Curriculum & Training for Logics Academy in Canada.

In his prior role as a Computer Science teacher, he created a custom-made curriculum, using elements of game design and game-based learning, to captivate and engage his students. He has had the opportunity to share his approach to Computer Science education at ISTE (2015, 2018), FETC (2019, 2020) BIT (2014, 2019), CONNECT (2019, 2020), Schoology NEXT (2018), as well as in interviews with major newspapers (Toronto Star, 2017). Mike’s Grade 8 curriculum, which asked students to spend the entire school year designing their own video games, from proposal to pitch, graphics to BETA and release has seen him be recognized as a thought-leader in Computer Science education.

Mike is a Google Certified Educator, an Apple Teacher, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, a Global Minecraft Mentor, and a member of the Prezi Educators Society. Mike is a sought after keynote speaker who challenges educators to never stop learning.

Mike challenges all educators to never stop learning and always be reaching for what’s next. He has an unshakable resolve to change the world through technology education. You can follow Mike on Twitter @misterwashburn and visit his personal site at https://www.mikewashburn.net/

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."
Jan 28, 2020
How to Build School Culture and Student Relationships
07:17

We can build a positive school culture that includes good student relationships. From building a wall of dreams to bringing our best energy, Danny Steele encourages us to grow and connect with colleagues and students.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e611 

Sponsor: Adobe I use Adobe Premiere Rush to teach digital filmmaking in my classroom. I love it because videos and the editing projects move seamlessly between all of my student's devices. Check out this and other Adobe resources including some from my friend Todd Nesloney on the Education Trailblazers Pinterest board that you can view at coolcatteacher.com/adobepins.

Danny Steele - Bio As Submitted

I'm an educator, author, and speaker. This year marks my first as an assistant professor at the University of Montevallo.

Blog: www.steelethoughts.com

Twitter: @SteeleThoughts

Instagram: @SteeleThoughts

Books: I co-authored Essential Truths for Teachers
and Essential Truths for Principals.

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."
Jan 27, 2020
5 Starters for a Strong Team
15:06

You can't always pick your team but you can start helping your team come together and work like one. Jamy Bechler, host of the Success is a Choice podcast shares five ways to start building a strong team today. From knowing your purpose to developing leaders, adding value, connecting, and sharing responsibility - learn some lifelong principles of leadership.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e610 

Sponsor: Discovery Education

Today’s podcast is sponsored by Discovery Education. They have two STEM challenges running now. The Stanley Black and Decker Making for Good Student Challenge runs now through Thursday, January 30, 2020 for students in the US in grades 9-12. 

The CITGO Fueling Education Student Challenge is for students in the US in grades 5-8 now through February 13, 2020. Both challenges have students designing STEM or STEAM solutions to our world’s problems and submitting their solutions via video and an online application form. 

These are two fantastic STEM education projects that will encourage design thinking, sustainability, and computational thinking as well as video-related presentation skills. Join in today!

Jamy Bechler - bio as Submitted

Jamy Bechler is the host of the “Success is a Choice” podcast and is the author of "The Bus Trip" and “The Leadership Playbook". The former college basketball coach and high school athletic director now travels across the country speaking and consulting with sports teams and educators about leadership, culture, motivation, and teamwork. Jamy is also a certified John Maxwell Leadership Coach and you connect with him on twitter https://twitter.com/CoachBechler or at his website https://JamyBechler.com

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."
Jan 24, 2020
3 Questions to Spark Change
12:26

Relationships are a key component of change. We have to relate to educate. We also have to relate to cooperate with our peers. Today, Vernon Wright, creator of the Zero Apology Zone, shares some drivers of change including three questions you don't want to miss.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e609

Sponsor: Discovery Education

Today’s podcast is sponsored by Discovery Education. They have two STEM challenges running now. The Stanley Black and Decker Making for Good Student Challenge runs now through Thursday, January 30, 2020 for students in the US in grades 9-12. 

The CITGO Fueling Education Student Challenge is for students in the US in grades 5-8 now through February 13, 2020. Both challenges have students designing STEM or STEAM solutions to our world’s problems and submitting their solutions via video and an online application form. 

These are two fantastic STEM education projects that will encourage design thinking, sustainability, and computational thinking as well as video-related presentation skills. Join in today!

Vernon Wright - Bio As Submitted

Vernon Wright is an entrepreneur, speaker, leader, veteran educator, show host, associate editor, and consultant with 15 years of experience in large, urban school districts. He has served as a teacher, teacher leader, campus administrator, and central office leader. Vernon has shared his experiences numerous times over the years at the campus, district, regional, state levels and beyond garnering acclaim from recognized industry leaders.

Vernon has collaborated literally across the world with some of the biggest names in educational leadership and entrepreneurial pursuits. He has an established presence on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube (@TheWrightLeader), has an online apparel store (ZeroApologyZone.com) and as well as a coaching and consulting company that focuses on elevating leadership performance.

Unabashedly he stands as a voice for the people with no apologies. He espouses the three cornerstone values of Connect, Impact, and Scale as the foundation of his pursuits. Vernon welcomes you to the #ZeroApologyZone.

Blog: ZeroApologyZone.com

Twitter: @TheWrightLeader

Instagram: @TheWrightLeader

YouTube: The Wright Leader

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."
Jan 23, 2020
3 Free Ways Teachers and Students Can Collaborate Globally
10:29

Connect your classroom! It can be done. Today Michael Drezek takes us into the "Our Global Classroom" Community and shares three of the many ways students are collaborating. Join in!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e608 

Sponsor: Discovery Education

Today’s podcast is sponsored by Discovery Education. They have two STEM challenges running now. The Stanley Black and Decker Making for Good Student Challenge runs now through Thursday, January 30, 2020 for students in the US in grades 9-12. 

The CITGO Fueling Education Student Challenge is for students in the US in grades 5-8 now through February 13, 2020. Both challenges have students designing STEM or STEAM solutions to our world’s problems and submitting their solutions via video and an online application form. 

These are two fantastic STEM education projects that will encourage design thinking, sustainability, and computational thinking as well as video-related presentation skills. Join today!

Resources

Michael Drezek - Bio As submitted

Michael is the District Technology Integrator for Lake Shore Central School District in Angola, NY. He is passionate about supporting teachers in stepping out of their comfort zones when using educational technology. He is also passionate about empowering students and creating opportunities for them to grow as digital and global citizens. Michael is a Google Certified Innovator, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and former NYSCATE Teacher of the Year. Michael has regularly presented regionally, nationally and internationally and has also delivered several Ignite Talks. He is an organizing member of Global Maker Day, Global Ed Student Chat and Our Global Classroom. Michael is also a contributing author to the book DigCitKids and added the foreword to the book The Journey to the Y in You. Michael was recognized as a NYSCATE Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Michael resides outside of Buffalo, New York and when not in the classroom you might be likely to find him at the local ice hockey arena playing, coaching or just enjoying a game.

Blog: https://michaeldrezek.com/

Twitter @m_drez

Instagram @mdrez07

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michael.drezek.7

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/michael-drezek-88b789152

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."
Jan 22, 2020
What's Hot (and Not) in Google Classroom with Alice Keeler
11:24

Google Classroom is a tool that can help build relationships between students and teachers. But not everything is perfect. Google Classroom Guru Alice Keeler talks about what is hot and not in Google Classroom and how teachers are using it to teach. Enjoy!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e607 

Sponsor: Discovery Education

Today’s podcast is sponsored by Discovery Education. They have two STEM challenges running now. The Stanley Black and Decker Making for Good Student Challenge runs now through Thursday, January 30, 2020 for students in the US in grades 9-12. 

The CITGO Fueling Education Student Challenge is for students in the US in grades 5-8 now through February 13, 2020. Both challenges have students designing STEM or STEAM solutions to our world’s problems and submitting their solutions via video and an online application form. 

These are two fantastic STEM education projects that will encourage design thinking, sustainability, and computational thinking as well as video-related presentation skills. Join in today!

Alice Keeler - Bio As Submitted

Teacher and mom of 5, Alice Keeler is the Google-crowned “Queen of Spreadsheets”, an international speaker on teaching and EdTech integration, co-author of 5 books, Google Certified Innovator, Google Apps Developer, founder of #coffeeEDU, and has degrees in Mathematics and Educational Media Design and Technology. Alice shares her expertise through online workshops at alicekeeler.com/goslow, blogs at alicekeeler.com and tweets @alicekeeler.

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."
Jan 21, 2020
Be "the One" for Kids
09:31

Children need educators to reach into their world and relate to them. When struggling students find an educator who connects to them, life change can result. While one educator can't possibly reach every child, every educator can reach some child. Over a lifetime, every educator could possibly transform many children. Today, Ryan Sheehy, principal and author of Be the One for Kids: You Have the Power to Change the Life of a Child, challenges us with stories, anecdotes, and timeless truths to "Be the One" for some of the children in your classrooms and schools.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e606 

Sponsor: Discovery Education

Today’s podcast is sponsored by Discovery Education. They have two STEM challenges running now. The Stanley Black and Decker Making for Good Student Challenge runs now through Thursday, January 30, 2020 for students in the US in grades 9-12. 

The CITGO Fueling Education Student Challenge is for students in the US in grades 5-8 now through February 13, 2020. Both challenges have students designing STEM or STEAM solutions to our world’s problems and submitting their solutions via video and an online application form. 

These are two fantastic STEM education projects that will encourage design thinking, sustainability, and computational thinking as well as video-related presentation skills. Join in today!

 

Ryan Sheehy - Bio As Submitted

Ryan was raised in Southern California where his diverse educational experiences all started. He attended public school, private school, and was homeschooled. He has seen and been part of all types of education systems, which gives him a different perspective. Ryan is a passionate educator that has made it his mission to help everyone live up to their potential and unleash their power to change the life of a child.

He also has an immense dedication for kids and for making sure all educators understand the power they have in a child's life. Ryan was a physical education teacher for ten years before taking the leap from teacher to administrator. After serving two years as a high school vice-principal, Ryan is now the lead learner/principal of an elementary school in Concord, California. Ryan prides himself as being someone who can build a strong school culture and that is exactly what has happened at the schools where he has served as an administrator.

Ryan works in the community where he lives, which allows him to build many relationships that foster a great learning environment for staff, students and families. Ryan also travels and speaks about creative educational practices and how we all have the power to Be the One for Kids. Ryan also speaks about Incorporating Technology, Being an Educator In Action, Creating a School Where No One Wants To Leave, and many other topics. He moderates a variety of Twitter chats and is very active on social media. Ryan is the author of Be The One For Kids and co-author of Principals In Action.

Ryan's wife, Barbara, and four children, Robert, Joshua, Julianna, and Zachary, are the light of his world. Ryan and his family reside in Concord, Ca

Blog: www.ryansheehy.us

Books: Be the One for Kids: You Have the Power to Change the Life of a Child
Principals in Action: Redefining the Role

Twitter: @sheehyrw

Instagram: @sheehyrw

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."
Jan 20, 2020
5 Ways to Find Project Based Learning Ideas
08:54

Project-Based Learning is a powerful tool. Today's show gives us ideas for where we can find new and innovative project ideas and create them ourselves. Dr. Jennifer Pieratt, author of "Keep it Real with PBL" for both elementary and secondary students, shares how she finds many of the project ideas that she creates and shares at crafted curriculum.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e605 

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Jennifer Pieratt - Bio As submitted

Jenny Pieratt, Ph.D. is an international educator and expert in Project-Based Learning. Jenny is an author, business owner, and mother, and lives in Cardiff by the Sea, CA.

Blog: https://craftedcurriculum.com/

Twitter: @crafted_jennyp

Instagram: @crafted_jennypieratt

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

PBL Resources: https://craftedcurriculum.com/project-based-learning-ideas/

 

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."

 

Jan 17, 2020
How to Teach Social Emotional Learning with the Arts (aka SEAL)
12:50

Elizabeth Peterson was learning about SEL and as an art teacher, she knew she could teach Social Emotional Learning with the arts. So, she did. Then, she called it SEAL. Learn what she did, how it impacted students and her thoughts on this method of teaching social emotional learning.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e604 

Today's Sponsor is Advancement Courses. Now is the time to plan your professional development with Advancement Courses. They offer over 240 online graduate-level PD courses in 19 different subject areas. These online classes can be taken anywhere, anytime with up to six months to complete.

You can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20. That's just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. Go to www.advancementcourses.com/coolcat.

Elizabeth Peterson - Bio As Submitted

Elizabeth Peterson is a teacher, author and professional development provider through her website www.theinspiredclassroom.com. An arts integration specialist, she has provided workshops, retreats and online courses for educators for over 14 years. Elizabeth's latest work is in SEAL, Social-Emotional Artistic Learning, where she teaches a framework that empowers teachers to reach and teach their students while integrating the arts with SEL. For more information about SEAL, visit www.teachSEAL.com.
http://www.theinspiredclassroom.com/
http://www.teachseal.com/

 

 

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."
Jan 16, 2020
How to Teach Bravery
12:49

Bravery, vulnerability, acceptance of others, acceptance of yourself -- these can be difficult things to teach. Today's guest, Michelle Cottrell-Williams talks about how she teaches this in her classroom.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e603 

Today's Sponsor is Advancement Courses. Now is the time to plan your professional development with Advancement Courses. They offer over 240 online graduate-level PD courses in 19 different subject areas. These online classes can be taken anywhere, anytime with up to six months to complete.

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Michelle Cottrell-Williams - Bio As submitted

Michelle Cottrell-Williams @WakeHistory has taught in the Social Studies Department at Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA since 2006. Her favorite classes to teach are Sociology and ESOL World History II. Michelle is the Social Studies Department Chair, co-Instructional Lead Teacher, and was named Teacher of the Year in 2017. She strives to model vulnerability and empathy so that her students leave her classroom each day a little braver than the day before.

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."
Jan 15, 2020
3 Basic Things Every School Should Teach Relating to Technology
10:14

Sixty-seven percent of STEM jobs will be in computing. Schools and teachers have the daunting task of lining up the needs of today's workforce with what is being taught. Jorge Valenzuela, the author of Rev Up Robotics, discusses the three things schools should be teaching so students are ready. He says schools should focus less on bright and shiny things and should dig into the basics. Hear an overview of computational thinking, algorithms, and robotics with Jorge Valenzuela.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e602 

Today's Sponsor is Advancement Courses. Now is the time to plan your professional development with Advancement Courses. They offer over 240 online graduate-level PD courses in 19 different subject areas. These online classes can be taken anywhere, anytime with up to six months to complete.

You can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20. That's just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. Go to www.advancementcourses.com/coolcat.

Jorge Valenzuela - Bio As Submitted

Educational coach Jorge Valenzuela is a teacher at Old Dominion University and the lead coach for Life Long Learning Defined. His work is aimed at helping schools understand and implement computational thinking, computer science, STEM, and project-based learning. Currently, Jorge presents nationally on these topics; is an award winner, a published researcher, the author of Rev Up Robotics, an education advocate, and frequent contributor to books, academic journals, how-to blogs, podcasts, and webinars.

Jan 14, 2020
6 Steps to Be a Better Communicator
10:13

Communication can be challenging for many who feel invisible. In today's show, Dr. William Lane offers encouragement for those who struggle to communicate. With six simple steps, he helps us understand how to empower those who struggle to communicate by starting small. I hope this show will help educators both empathize and encourage our students (and colleagues) who struggle to communicate.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e601 

Today's Sponsor is Advancement Courses. Now is the time to plan your professional development with Advancement Courses. They offer over 240 online graduate-level PD courses in 19 different subject areas. These online classes can be taken anywhere, anytime with up to six months to complete.

You can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20. That's just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. Go to www.advancementcourses.com/coolcat.

Dr. William Lane - Bio As Submitted

Dr. William Lane is a dynamic, engaging, and sought-after international speaker with a gift for sharing his own inspirational story and success strategies to create effective interpersonal communication skills. As a talented educator of those with special needs and the teachers who teach them, his knowledge was born through helping countless individuals like himself who have struggled with communication difficulties. Through Dr. Lane's proven techniques, audiences have learned how to better connect with those around them by adopting the tools he shares to initiate and maintain conversations, become more engaged, active listeners, and finally, begin to fit in.

Book: Stop Being Invisible: Overcoming Communication Barriers

Twitter: @drwilliamlane

Jan 13, 2020
5 Mindsets to Teach Better Today
11:04

Settling in the land of complacency is no place for a truly remarkable teacher. Remark-ability begins in your ability to level up and learn a little more every day. Today, Rae Hughart from #teachbetter gives us five mindsets to help us teach better in 2020. 

www.coolcatteacher.com/e600 

Rae Hughart - Bio As submitted

Rae Hughart is a Middle-Level Math Educator in Illinois, creator of the Teach Further Model, the Director of Training & Development for the Teach Better Team, and co-author of the “Teach Better” book.

Rae continues to facilitate rich discussions with educators around mastering personalized learning, providing targeted student-focused feedback, and the impact of incorporating purpose into student daily learning. Through building partnerships with local businesses, Rae continues to support educators in designing dynamic, impactful, effective, and connected content - showing the impact of teaching beyond the four walls of a classroom and altering a community into an authentic resource for developing leaders.

After being inducted into The Illinois State University Hall of Fame in 2017, Rae was awarded the 2018 First Place Henry Ford Teacher Innovator Award for her innovative educational impact through the Teach Further Model. Additionally, Rae serves on several Educational Boards including the Association of Illinois Middle Schools (AIMS).

Website: TeachBetter.com

Twitter: @RaeHughart

Instagram: @RaeHughart

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.
Jan 10, 2020
The Surprising 1-Day Motivational Intervention that Improves Student Achievement
11:29

A surprising intervention was shown to improve grades. The intervention took one day and was a very minimal activity by most considerations. Dr. Lauren Eskreis-Winkler digs into the research and shares what they learned.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e599

Dr. Lauren Eskreis-Winkler - Bio As Submitted

As a researcher, Lauren tries to motivate people who struggle with goal achievement. She has developed and disseminated motivational interventions in the U.S., West Africa, Australia, Macedonia, and the UK. These interventions aim to motivate individuals across the spectrum – struggling athletes, students in grade school and college, individuals in the workforce, smokers trying to quit smoking, and unemployed individuals on the job market. Lauren has studied the science of motivation in collaboration with businesses, educational organizations, Minor League Baseball teams, the Macedonian Ministry of Education, and the World Bank.

Jan 09, 2020
How to Make Math Moments That Matter
11:16

Math shouldn't break your heart. It should excite you and your students. But how? Let's move from boring, rote, repetitive math to a math class that sparks curiosity, makes sense and ignites joy. Kyle Pearce, co-creator of mathmoments.com gives us a high-level view of how every math teacher can make math moments that matter. Then, dig into the resources that help us do it.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e598 

Note from Vicki: This week is a whole week of motivational podcast episodes. Our regular theme days will return next week. Enjoy and have an amazing 2020.

Sponsor: Check out the free webinar for math teachers – how to transform your textbook into a curiosity machine – go to coolcatteacher.com/freemathwebinar to learn more about this free webinar being held four times in January 2020. This is a free webinar and one of the leaders is Kyle Pearce. While the webinar is free, if you choose to purchase their course, I will be paid a small affiliate fee at no additional cost to the purchaser.

Kyle Pearce - Bio As Submitted

Kyle is the K-12 Mathematics Consultant with the Greater Essex County District School Board, where his passion for mathematics fuels him to uncover creative ways to spark curiosity and fuel sense making through the inquiry process using tasks that are contextual, visual and concrete.

He shares his most recent noticings, wonderings, and reflections in mathematics pedagogy and effective uses of technology by delivering workshops across North America and blogging on www.makemathmoments.com, www.tapintoteenminds.com, www.mathisvisual.com, on the Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast, and @MathletePearce on Twitter

Jan 08, 2020
How to Help A Student Who Is Always In the Principal's Office
13:53

Some students just seem to "live" in the principal's office. How do we help those students change their behavior and connect with their classmates and teachers? Today, award-winning principal, Andy Jacks, says that he spent most of his younger years in the principal's office. Some reached him and some did not, but it has shaped the discipline practices in his school. Certainly, Andy's "non-negotiables" when it comes to discipline may challenge the status quo in many schools. As you discuss discipline and reaching children, however, he has some important points to help all educators be more empathetic to the student who just can't seem to stay out of trouble.

Note from Vicki: This week is a whole week of motivational podcast episodes. Our regular theme days will return next week. Enjoy and have an amazing 2020.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e597 

Sponsor: Check out the free webinar for math teachers – how to transform your textbook into a curiosity machine – go to coolcatteacher.com/freemathwebinar to learn more about this free webinar being held four times in January 2020.

Andy Jacks - Bio As Submitted

Dr. Andy Jacks has a passion for the success of every single child ensuring that school is a place filled with meaningful relationships and support for even the most at-risk students. Andy is the principal of the award-winning Ashland Elementary School in Northern Virginia and has led their turnaround to skyrocket student achievement and eliminate suspensions. Dr. Jacks also serves on the Autism Society of Northern Virginia’s Board of Directors, is an NAESP Fellow leading the Center for Innovative Leadership, and is a national speaker. Andy and his school have received numerous recognitions including Nationally Distinguished Principal, Virginia Principal of the Year, School Bell Award, State Excellence Award, Business Partnership of the Year, and a visit by U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Connect with him at andyjacks.co or on Twitter and Instagram @_AndyJacks.

Twitter: @_AndyJacks

Instagram: @_AndyJacks

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.
Jan 07, 2020
Kids Are an Opportunity Not An Obligation with Hamish Brewer
13:22

Every child can achieve. Children are an opportunity not an obligation. Celebrate individuality. Sacrifice together. Make no excuses. Principal Hamish Brewer will be back at his school this week skateboarding down the hallway and giving high fives as he inspires his school and students to achieve their best. Hamish, the author of the book Relentless: Changing Lives By Disrupting Educational Norms, will inspire you.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e596

Sponsor: Check out the free webinar for math teachers - how to transform your textbook into a curiosity machine - go to coolcatteacher.com/freemathwebinar to learn more about this free webinar being held four times in January 2020.

Hamish Brewer - Bio from His Website

Hamish Brewer, the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal in Northern Virginia isn't your normal principal. Hamish is high octane, constantly calling on his students to "Be Relentless. Mr. Brewer has become known as an educational disrupter who transcends the status quo and typical educational norms.

Mr. Brewer was recognized in 2017 as the NAESP Nationally Distinguished Principal and Virginia Principal of the year. He has also been recognized as the 2016 VAESP School Bell Award and ASCD Virginia Impact Award. In 2018 Hamish was named a Northern Virginian of the year by Northern Virginia Magazine and the 2018 Principal of the Year for the national publication - Education Dive and Prince William County Public Schools 2019 Principal of the Year.

Under his leadership - his elementary school was recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Title 1 School, and Hamish has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest middle schools in the state of Virginia.

Hamish spent years developing and honing his leadership and expertise as an emergency responder in the Fire and Rescue Service, working at one of the busiest Volunteer Fire Stations on the Eastern Seaboad.

Mr. Brewer is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker - motivating and inspiring audiences everywhere, including being recognized as a TEDx speaker.
Originally from New Zealand where he earned his first degree from the University of Auckland. Mr. Brewer is currently a doctoral student at Virginia.

Mr. Brewer serves at the state level as the Federal Relations Coordinator on the Board of Directors with the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals. He is a school turnaround and school improvement specialist, working some of the most at-risk students in the United States.

Mr. Brewer was highlighted as a Hometown Hero by Fox 5 in Washington, DC. With more than 32 million views and his story has become a viral sensation being highlighted on all the national news broadcasts, including with NBC and Lester Holt. Mr. Brewer is also being featured in a skateboarding humanitarian documentary Humanity Stoked.

 

Jan 06, 2020
5 Random Ideas to Revv Up Your Classroom
14:19

David Sladkey has been teaching for over thirty two years. Today, he shares five random but very helpful ideas with teachers everywhere. From a new way to track requests to go to the bathroom to a unique cooperative learning strategy and a super cool brain break, you'll grab five ideas you can use right away.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e595

David Sladkey - Bio As Submitted

David Sladkey has taught mathematics at Naperville Central High School in Naperville Community Unit School District #203 for the past 25 years of his 32 years teaching. He is currently teaching Blended Algebra 1 and Precalculus.

He has a variety of passions including student engagement, movement in the classroom, student empowerment and technology. Outside the classroom, he is an author, speaker, blogger, cyclist, husband, father and proud grandpa.

David holds a B.S. in mathematics and a B.A in education from North Park University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University.

Dec 20, 2019
Behind the Magic of Disney Education
11:40

Education needs to be relevant and exciting to students. The Disney Youth Education program hosted me at the end of this past summer to experience three of their programs first-hand. In today's podcast, I interview the director of the program Aaron Joyner to talk about the philosophy behind Disney's education magic. I also share some of my first-hand experiences and observations from the trip.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e594

Aaron Joyner - Bio As submitted

In his role as a Youth Facilitation Manager for Disney Youth Programs, Aaron supports and manages the delivery of over 18 education experiences across Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts. Disney Youth Programs are valuable learning experiences for students that harness the power of Disney storytelling and the magic of Disney parks.

Website: https://www.disneyyouth.com/

More information about Disney Youth Programs can be found on our blog (https://disneyyouth.com/blog/) and the Disney Parks Blog (https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/) Educators interested in learning more about Disney Youth Programs can visit our website (https://www.disneyyouth.com/) or call us at 1-877-WD-YOUTH

Disclosure of Material Connection: This episode is about a topic where I was hosted by a company, Disney. 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."
Dec 19, 2019
How to Help Everybody Do Math
11:38

Learning can be hard. Many students struggle. Teachers can struggle to help students learn content but what do we do when students have thinking that is limiting their ability to learn. In today's show, we talk about math, but the language and metaphors that Vanessa Vakharia shares today can be used in any subject. These ideas can help any teacher improve helping students overcome a mindset of self-defeating thoughts. 

Vanessa Vakharia - Bio As Submitted

Vanessa Vakharia, a.k.a. The Math Guru, is a dedicated teacher, published author of a math book for kids, podcast host and leading expert in the field of youth engagement in education. She runs a math and science tutoring centre in Toronto and is a frequent speaker at math education conferences, in addition to regular media interviews on the topic.

Blog: https://www.themathguru.ca/

Twitter: @themathguru

Instagram: @themathguru

Facebook: https://facebook.com/themathguru

Vanessa's thesis on how media affects girls' perception of their math ability, "Imagining a World Where Paris Hilton Loves Math": https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.2304/power.2012.4.1.57

Dec 18, 2019
How to Talk to Students About the Deep Fake
12:22

Conversations with students about things that are meaningful, relevant, and part of the fabric of their lives is an important part of cultivating savvy citizens. Today's guest, teacher Chelsey Greer, talked with her students about the disturbing phenomenon of the Deep Fake. She used episode 572 with Wesley Fryer as a tool to open the conversation. 

www.coolcatteacher.com/e592

Chelsey Greer - Bio as Submitted

My name is Chelsey Greer. I am teaching technology education for the first time this year after five years of teaching in elementary classrooms. Technology and education are my passion and I’m beyond excited to be starting my career as a technology education teacher. I am also a coach to a first-year team of sixth and seventh graders with the Odyssey of the Mind program. I have so much to learn and I look forward to all the challenges and exciting moments ahead!

Outside of school, I’m a mom to an incredible little girl and wife to my loving husband. My husband, Casey, is an engineer and loves to get involved in the projects I’m doing with my students. Together, with my mom, our family is working to re-establish the farm that’s been in my family for generations. There are so many great things to look forward to in life and we all strive to do what we love in life.

Dec 17, 2019
How Teachers Can Learn Awesome Things Every Day
10:20

Kelly Christopherson has taught for twenty-five years and has been helping educators use to level up their learning for most of that time. As one of the leaders on #saskedchat (Saskatoon Ed Chat on Twitter), he has seen classrooms transform and is now studying the impact of social media on classroom pedagogy. Come to the edge of research and learning as we discuss how teachers are learning. Not surprisingly, many offline techniques are still important!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e591

Kelly Christopherson - Bio As Submitted

I am a father of 8 amazing children. I have taught for 25 years with 10 years as a classroom teacher, 13 years as a K-12 administrator and 2 years as a sessional lecturer. I am the co-founder and moderator of #saskedchat which is a weekly Twitter chat that takes place every Thursday at 8 pm CST. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Regina where I am researching the perceived effects of teachers' use of social media on classroom practices.

Dec 16, 2019
5 Ways to Improve Relevance in Our Classrooms Now
13:21

Part of being remarkable is that students believe your class and content applies to their life. On the 10 Minute Teacher, we want to help you be a more remarkable educator, so today, Denis Sheeran, author of  Instant Relevance, Using Today's Experiences to Teach Tomorrow's Lessons, shares five ways we can become more relevant in our classrooms today. 

Students need to feel like what they do relates to their daily lives. Here's how to relate!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e590

Sponsor: The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?” Artwork submissions for this free youth art contest are accepted this year from November 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020. Teachers can download a FREE K-12 standards-aligned lesson plan on car design that includes STEM concepts and art. Go to www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com/CoolCat to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today. Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today

About Denis Sheeran

Denis Sheeran the author of two books for teachers, Instant Relevance, Using Today's Experiences to Teach Tomorrow's Lessons, and Hacking Mathematics: 10 Problems That Need Solving. He travels across the country delivering keynotes, full-day workshops, and small group professional development to teachers and administrators. Denis has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education with a minor in Music and is pursuing his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. Denis taught high school math, from Algebra to Advanced Placement, for thirteen years at Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, Illinois and supervised the mathematics programs in Sparta, Edison, and Chatham NJ. Denis lives in Sparta, NJ with his wife, four children and his litter box trained dog, Scout.

Dec 13, 2019
3 Ways to Thank Administrators
13:20

Thankfulness is modeled and shown by how we appreciate those around us. In today's show, Dr. Frank Buck gives some creative ways to thank administrators. If you're planning ahead for the holidays, you'll have time to work on these ideas at your school.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e589 

Sponsor: The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?” Artwork submissions for this free youth art contest are accepted this year from November 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020. Teachers can download a FREE K-12 standards-aligned lesson plan on car design that includes STEM concepts and art. Go to www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com/CoolCat to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today. Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.

 

Dr. Frank Buck - Bio As submitted

Frank Buck (FrankBuck.org) is a veteran school administrator, productivity author, speaker, and coach. "Global Gurus Top 30" ranked him #1 "Time Management" category for 2019.

Blog: https://FrankBuck.org

Twitter: @DrFrankBuck

Instagram: @DrFrankBuck

Pinterest: pinterest.com/DrFrankBuck

Facebook: Facebook.com/DrFrankBuck
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."

Nov 14, 2019
Creating Positive Learning Environments
12:09

As we lay out our rooms and organize our spaces, we can make our learning environments more positive spaces to interact, collaborate and work together. Today Kevin Stoller gives us ideas to make our learning environments more positive places to interact.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e588 

Sponsor: The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?” Artwork submissions for this free youth art contest are accepted this year from November 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020. Teachers can download a FREE K-12 standards-aligned lesson plan on car design that includes STEM concepts and art. Go to www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com/CoolCat to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today. Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.
 

Kevin Stoller - Bio As Submitted

Kevin Stoller is Co-Founder and CEO of Kay-Twelve, with the mission to improve 10,000,000 students' learning environments. He is the author of Creating Better Learning Environments and hosts the Better Learning Podcast.

 

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."

Nov 07, 2019
Using Comics to Teach Chemistry (and more!)
09:09

Science can be difficult for low to average readers. Today, we'll dig into the power of comic books to help us teach difficult subjects to students by making learning reachable and approachable. C.A. Preece works to reach every learner by working to make science approachable and understandable. 

 www.coolcatteacher.com/e587 - to see show notes and examples of comics he uses.

Sponsor: The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?” Artwork submissions for this free youth art contest are accepted this year from November 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020. Teachers can download a FREE K-12 standards-aligned lesson plan on car design that includes STEM concepts and art. Go to www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com/CoolCat to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today. Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.

 

C.A. Preece - Bio As Submitted

MY BACKGROUND
I am a high school chemistry teacher and have been for seven beautiful years, now. Using facilitated diffusion, knowledge was beaten into my fertile mind at Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky granting me the power of holding a piece of paper that says: Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry at Morehead State University as well as a Master's of Arts in Teaching. In addition, I have taken 30+ graduate chemistry and education hours from the University of Kentucky in the pursuit of a Ph.D. in S.T.E.M. Education.
Along with teaching and grad school, I write! My first publication was in July 2017 with CheMystery! A graphic novel aimed at providing quality chemistry knowledge through the lens of superheroes. Also, I do science consulting. I have had the pleasure of assisting Frank Barbiere, Greg Rucka and the creators of Doctor Puppet on projects.

MY PASSION
Teaching, science and reading comics! I love comics of all kinds but the ones that truly win my heart are comics with great characters and even greater science. This medium is a great way to communicate many ideas and since science is so graphic, I think it can be a beautiful marriage when done right.
Here are some of my favorite characters:
Marvel- Captain America/Black Bolt
DC- Firestorm
Indy- Dr. Solar

PANELS on Science in Comics
Lexington Comic Con 2015 with Bob Hall and Kody Chamberlain
D.C.'s Awesome Con 2015 with Duncan Rouleau and Tom King
Baltimore Comic Con 2015 with Mark Waid and Ramona Fradon
Lexington Comic Con 2016 with Matt Hawkins and Nathan Fox
Indiana Comic Con 2016 with Neal Adams​
Lexington Comic Con 2017
Heroes Con 2017 with Josh Reynolds, Shari Brady, and Matt Brady
KSTA Conference 2017 on Using Science Comics in the Classroom with Josh Woodward
Derby City Comic Con 2017 with Megan Scholar
Lexington Comic Con 2018 with Jim Shooter and Erica Schultz
+ ConGlomeration 2018
+ Indy Pop Con 2018

Blog: http://atomicuniverse.org/index.html

Twitter: @AtomicUniverse

Instagram: @Atomic_Universe

Kickstarter: Fire! Salt! Slime! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1547322454/fire-salt-slime

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."
Nov 05, 2019
The Golden Bell of Justice
13:21

Recently, I came across a story that my mother had adapted when she was a teacher to use to teach students about caring for others who had done things for them. During this time of Thanksgiving and approaching Christmas, it is easy for many of us (kids included) to become self-absorbed and to forget those who have done so much. So, feel free to use today's story as you want but also to use it as a personal challenge to make a list of those this season who deserve your extra attention and notice.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e586 

Sponsor: The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?” Artwork submissions for this free youth art contest are accepted this year from November 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020. Teachers can download a FREE K-12 standards-aligned lesson plan on car design that includes STEM concepts and art. Go to www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com/CoolCat to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today. Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.

 

Your Challenge: Plan Ahead of Gratitude

Your challenge today is to find someone who needs and deserves attention, respect, and care this season and to give it to them. I also encourage you to help your students have empathy, love, and gratitude towards others who pour into their lives. If you want to use this story or play it, feel free but it is certainly one you can adapt.

You can tell stories to students to teach points and ideas. In fact, I would argue that stories are one of the best, most timeless ways to teach. I love to find good stories and tell them to my students to make them think or teach a point.

Nov 04, 2019
5 Fast Ways to Give Positive Feedback
10:44

Have you ever made the mistake of giving students or others the kind of feedback you want to receive - but it just falls flat? For example, I'm a "word" kind of person and I can float on a compliment for days. However, some people I know are visual. Others like to hear a person's voice. Still, others really love graphics or video. We all need to be excellent at giving quick and impactful feedback. Principal Meredith Akers uses many methods to give encouragement and feedback to her staff. Today you'll learn about five quick and memorable ways to make someone's day. Students, colleagues, teachers, and family will be impacted in positive ways with these ideas. Then, I hope you'll take the time to use at least one of them to encourage someone right now!

 Get the links to these apps and ideas in the full show notes here www.coolcatteacher.com/e585 

Sponsor: The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?” Artwork submissions for this free youth art contest are accepted this year from November 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020. Teachers can download a FREE K-12 standards-aligned lesson plan on car design that includes STEM concepts and art. Go to www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com/CoolCat to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today. Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.

 

 

Meredith Akers – Bio As Submitted

Meredith Akers is an Elementary Principal who believes that the best way to help others grow is to build relationships, offer support, serve, love, and be transparent about how she is working to grow herself. Her daily aspiration is to make a positive impact and to leave those she serves better off for having interacted with her.

Blog: https://meredithakers.com/

Twitter: @meredithakers

  

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Nov 02, 2019
Math Problems that Unlock Student Thinking
11:03

Filled with dread, some math teachers have a problem. As they give problems to students to work their students become problems. Behavior problems. Boredom problems. Sometimes the problem is that students aren't excited by the problems. However, math can be exciting. The "Open Middle" math problem format is NOT talking about middle school math, although it applies to middle, high school, elementary, and even college math just the same. Robert Kaplinsky, a math teacher and author on the "open middle math" talks about how math teachers can unlock student thinking and interest in how problems are posed to students. Busy math teachers can listen to this quick episode to get an introduction to open middle math and see if they want to dive deeper. Math can be exciting!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e584 

Sponsor: The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?” Artwork submissions for this free youth art contest are accepted this year from November 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020. Teachers can download a FREE K-12 standards-aligned lesson plan on car design that includes STEM concepts and art. Go to www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com/CoolCat to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today. Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.
 

Challenge

Check out these resources from Robert for math teachers. Robert says, "I created these free Depth of Knowledge matrices that teachers love: https://robertkaplinsky.com/tag/dok-matrix/"

Add Robert Kaplinsky to your PLN (Bio As Submitted)

Robert Kaplinsky has worked in education since 2003 as a classroom teacher, teacher specialist for Downey Unified School District, instructor for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and presenter at conferences around the world. He created the #ObserveMe movement, wrote the book Open Middle Math is president of Grassroots Workshops and co-founder of the website https://www.openmiddle.com/.

Blog: https://robertkaplinsky.com

Twitter: @robertkaplinsky

Instagram: @robert_kaplinsky

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

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/robertkaplinsky/

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Oct 31, 2019
Why Kids Need Life Skills (including how to cook!)
09:34

Students need life skills. Some schools are adding in courses to help students cook, care for their families, manage their money and more life skills. Others have always had these courses. Today we interview a teacher, Andrea Moore, who started her career as a literature teacher but teaches many practical things to her students every day.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e583 

Sponsor: The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?” Artwork submissions for this free youth art contest are accepted this year from November 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020. Teachers can download a FREE K-12 standards-aligned lesson plan on car design that includes STEM concepts and art. Go to www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com/CoolCat to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today. Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.
 
 

Challenge

Does your school teach life skills? Do your students know how to cook? Have conversations with your students and among your staff if your school is equipping students for real life.
 

Andrea Moore - Bio As submitted

Andrea Moore is in her 16th year of teaching at Twin Cedars Jr./Sr. High School near Bussey, IA, where she is currently teaching Family and Consumer Sciences and Health to 7-12 graders. She lives with her husband of 27 years and has two grown children.
 
 
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Oct 30, 2019
20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity
15:08

Creativity is something that we have to nurture as teachers. In this blog post and episode, I share some of the ways I believe nurture creativity in students.

See the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/582 

Sponsor: The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?” Artwork submissions for this free youth art contest are accepted this year from November 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020. Teachers can download a FREE K-12 standards-aligned lesson plan on car design that includes STEM concepts and art. Go to www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com/CoolCat to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today. Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.

 

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Oct 29, 2019
The Surprising Science of Life Changing Moments
11:29

Have you ever had a moment when your life changed? Perhaps it was a comment or it was a moment and although it may not have seemed to be anything to others around you, you experienced a seismic shift in how you viewed yourself. Dr. Michael Rousell studies these moments and relates them to neuroscience. Today he shares the surprising science behind the commonalities in these life-changing moments. As teachers, we hope to be part of these moments.

You could say these small but very epic life-changing moments are the seconds that could take years of relationship building and effort to cultivate and then, light a bolt of lightning - it happens - and a child is transformed for the good. You'll want to learn to understand these moments as a teacher. This is one of those episodes to share and discuss due to the exciting impacts it can have in the life of children.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e581 

Sponsor: The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?” Artwork submissions for this free youth art contest are accepted this year from November 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020. Teachers can download a FREE K-12 standards-aligned lesson plan on car design that includes STEM concepts and art.
 
Go to www.ToyotaDreamCarUSA.com/CoolCat to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today. Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.

Show Notes about Surprising Moments

  • Most moments that transformed people were in moments that surprised people.
  • Flattery doesn't work and seems to be "empty calories for kids.  "
  • When you deliver a comment, make it declarative so it doesn't sound empty.
  • Learn how to share comments in a way that can transform how a child views him or herself.
  • What is a surprise from a neuroscience perspective and how does it help children change their views?
  • How to pain struggles in the landscape of life.

Michael Rousell, Ph.D. - Bio as Submitted

I’m a teacher, associate professor, psychologist, and author. I taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. As an academic, I study formative moments, those events that instantly change what you believe about yourself.

My next book is titled, The Power of Surprise: How Our Brain Secretly Changes Our Beliefs, (not yet published).

My slogan: Whoever learns the most wins. You can see my recent TEDxSalem talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5O6mFWpgZo

Blog: michaelrousell.com

Articles:

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Oct 28, 2019
5 Ways to Empower Girls
10:00

Lynn Colón, co-author of Empowering Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More, helps us understand what schools need to be doing to intentionally empower their female students to achieve more. Lynn shares some of her journey and the nuances of understanding girls today.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e580 

Lynn Colón - Bio As Submitted

Lynmara Colón brings the perspective of a teacher, assistant principal, and principal positions she has held since joining education in 2003 to her work in literacy. As principal of Mary Williams Elementary School in 2014, she served over 1,000 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade and was able to increase reading engagement by leading a culture of literacy.

She now heads the office that provides comprehensive registration services to English learners and immigrant children, including translation and interpretation services, to a school division serving over 90,000 students. These students represent 124 countries and 149 languages. Colón holds two master’s degrees: a degree in curriculum and instruction, and the other in educational leadership. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education through Old Dominion University.

Book: Empowering Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More

Blog: leadwithmagic.com

Twitter: @TheColon_s

Instagram: LynmaraCosme

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Oct 27, 2019
Self Care Tips and Advice to Be Your Best
11:40

Take care of yourself! We often tell each other this as teachers and rightly so. I once read that teachers work the same amount of time in ten months that most people work in a year. Teaching is not for the faint of heart or weak of the back but we must rest and stay strong to be our best. But how? Today, Mandy Froehlich gives us advice for self-care.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e579 

Challenge

Press pause and take a few minutes after listening to this show to evaluate how you are doing with self care. If you do not change something, what will be the result of the direction you're heading with your health? Make one change.

Mandy Froehlich - Bio As Submitted

Mandy Froehlich passionately encourages educators to create innovative change in their classrooms. A former Director of Innovation and Technology, technology integrator, and teacher, she has experience at many levels of the organizational structure. Her interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. She consults internationally with school districts and post-secondary institutions in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, mental health support for educators, and how to create organizational change. Her first book, The Fire Within: Lessons from defeat that have ignited a passion for learning, discusses mental health awareness for teachers. Her second book, Divergent EDU, is based on an organizational structure she developed to support teachers in innovative and divergent thinking.

Blog: www.mandyfroehlich.com

Twitter: @froehlichm

Free Self Care Course: divergentedu.thinkific.com

Instagram: @divergentedu

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

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Oct 25, 2019
How to Design Learning Spaces in Libraries
10:25

Many schools are reimagining the learning spaces that some call libraries or media centers. Carolyn Foote takes us to the center of this trend to take us inside how she redesigned her learning space and the thought process behind it. As you plan your school's strategy, you'll want to have conversations about this show.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e578 

Carolyn Foote - Bio As Submitted

Carolyn Foote is a techno-librarian, fascinated by the confluence of technology, students, and libraries. A White House Champion of Change in 2013, and recipient of the AASL Library Collaboration Award in 2019, she is a leader in the library field, especially on 1:1 technologies, library design, and student voice. Her blog can be found at Not So Distant Future http://www.futura.edublogs.org.

Twitter: @technolibrary

Favorite Hashtags: Follow the #TXLCHAT and #TLCHAT hashtags for all things libraries!

Instagram: @technolibrary

Oct 23, 2019
Getting past STEM Labels into real STEM Learning
09:51

Lots of things are labeled "STEM" these days but many of them are just rote instructions for students to follow. Is this truly STEM learning? Taylor Ryan is STEM coordinator for his school as they work to integrate STEM into every class. He shares what he's learned about true STEM learning in the past year in this role. Hear about STEM from the trenches of a school that is doing it.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e577 

 

Challenge

Have conversations about the STEM learning at your school. Is it authentic STEM learning? What could you apply from this podcast in terms of longer-term or shorter projects? How about cross-curricular?

Taylor Ryan - Bio As Submitted

Taylor is a teacher and STEM Officer at Fulford Academy, a private school in Brockville, Ontario.

School Website: https://fulfordacademy.com/

 

Oct 22, 2019
Overcoming Your Fears (and Helping Kids Do It Too)
09:24

Tara Martin has written a book to help children (and adults) face their fears called Cannonball In! Today, we talk about a powerful metaphor and the risks of life and how sometimes we have to jump! Enjoy!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e576 

 

Your Challenge

I have a saying in my office by Eleanor Roosevelt that says “do something every day that scares you.” Again, we’re talking rational risk and getting out of our comfort zone. So, that’s your challenge – get out of your comfort zone today.

Tara Martin - Bio As Submitted

Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator, speaker, and author. Her ambition is to lead a culture of innovative change and to motivate others to become the best they can be, all while staying REAL--
Relatable
Exposing Vulnerability
Always Approachable, and
Learning Through Life.

Blog: http://www.tarammartin.com/

Books:

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Oct 21, 2019
5 Ways to Greet Your Students
10:52

Thom Gibson has fun ways to greet students as he walks around campus. He shared them on Twitter recently and I started using some of them and it adds a whole element of fun and engagement while interacting with students. Learn about these ideas and become the kind of person that kids love to greet!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e575 

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Links from this Show

For more on how Thom greets his students, listen to his narrative about it here.

Five Ways Thom Greets His Students

  1. Merry Mini Fist Bump Monday
  2. Happy Two Thumbs up Tuesday
  3. Waving Wednesday
  4. Thankful Thursday - shake hand and asks what they are thankful for that day
  5. High 5 Friday

I've adopted some of these and have adapted my own. I do Happy Fist Bump Friday and Happy Thumb Wrestle Thursday.

Thom Gibson - Bio As Submitted

Thom Gibson is a two-time teacher-of-the-year educator in Austin, TX, teaching math, robotics, YouTube Video Production, and the esports elective. He's the creator and host of the 'Stories from the Classroom' podcast, he posts weekly teacher vlogs / teaching tip videos on his YouTube channel, and is the creator of the 'Create & Manage A Classroom Economy' course for teachers.

Outside of education, he's a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, learner of Mandarin, an avid runner, a chicken wing connoisseur, and is actively involved in his church. I created a course for teachers on how to create & manage a classroom economy. http://thomgibson.com/classroomeconomy

Blog: http://thomgibson.com

Twitter: @gibsonedu

Instagram: @gibsoneducation

Facebook: http://facebook.com/gibsonedu

YouTube: http://youtube.com/gibsonedu

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/thomgibson

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Oct 18, 2019
Unique Teacher Appreciation Ideas
11:31

"Room service" door hangers are one of the unique ideas that André Sasser shares on the show. From a Woot Wagon to more, André talks about little things that encourage her as a teacher. I also talk about the "fun committee" at my school and some ideas to build community and collegiality.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e574 

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Challenge

Make someone's day or implement one of these ideas at your school to help your school have more fun!

André Sasser - Bio As Submitted

André Sasser has been teaching math in Louisiana for ten years. She is currently teaching 6th-grade math, 7th-grade math, Geometry, Algebra II, Dual Enrollment Statistics, and an Introduction to Education class for future educators. Teaching math is a dream come true for André.

She comes from a family of educators, and teaching is all she has ever wanted to do. Peek into André’s classroom and you will find her students engaged in math conversation, working problems on the vertical whiteboards, or enjoying a Desmos activity. Her daily goal is to make math class an exciting experience for every student who walks through her door.

Blog: https://sassafracs.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @MrsSasser

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Oct 17, 2019
3 Ways to Engage Families in Your Classroom
10:56

Families want to engage in classrooms but as students get older, it can be challenging. In today's episode, Jeromie Heath helps teachers understand how to engage families in the classroom in positive, proactive ways.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e573 

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Challenge

Engage your parents one way this week.

Jeromie Heath - Bio As Submitted

Jeromie Heath is an expert on instilling and igniting the love of learning.  As a National Board Certified Teacher with 16 years of experience, he's crafted successfully-proven innovative student and family engagement strategies that he's developed as he taught in diverse elementary school demographics (including Title 1, High ELL, High Poverty, and Advanced Learning).  Jeromie's students gain nation-wide attention for doubling test scores! He's developed the KEYS to his success in engaging students and now shares these highly effective strategies in engaging and informative workshops, trainings, pds, and coaching sessions.

Blog: https://sites.google.com/site/mrheathfunteacher/home

Twitter: @teachheath

Instagram: @teachheath

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Oct 16, 2019
Understanding The Deep Fake: A Troubling Trend
20:49

Deep fake videos are now possible. In this disturbing trend, convincing videos, audio, and photos are viewed and shared by those who somehow think you can trust what you see and hear. Wesley Fryer takes us deep into the world of deep fakes in this resource-full lesson in a trend that is dangerous and threatening, particularly for a gullible population. This is a special extended episode of the 10 minute teacher and includes resources in the show notes.

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Links from this episode

Can be found in the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e572 

Wesley Fryer- Bio As Submitted

Dr. Wesley Fryer is a teacher, technology director, digital learning consultant, author, digital storyteller, and change agent. With respect to school change, he describes himself as a “catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning.” He is the Director of Technology for the Casady School in Oklahoma City. In 2013-2015 he taught 4th and 5th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools in Oklahoma.

Wesley completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2011. He is the author of several books on effectively using digital technologies to communicate and assess learning.

His “Mapping Media to the Curriculum” book series and digital literacy framework focuses on helping students “show what they know” with media and create digital portfolios. He is an organizer for Oklahoma EdCamp and the PLAYDATE OKC professional development conferences. He has taught technology integration courses for in-service and pre-service teachers as an adjunct instructor for the University of Montana, the University of Central Oklahoma, the University of North Texas, and Wayland Baptist University.

Wesley has served as an organizer for the annual K-12 Online Conference since it began in 2006. His blog, “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” (www.speedofcreativity.org) was selected as the 2006 “Best Learning Theory Blog” by eSchoolnews and Discovery Education, and is utilized regularly by thousands of educators worldwide.

He leads 3 day iPad Media Camps, STEM camps for teachers and students, and digital oral history workshops with Storychasers. Wesley is a passionate advocate for digital oral history and works to empower people to archive the stories of their families and community.

Blog: https://www.wesfryer.com/

Twitter: @wfryer

Show What You Know With Media (PBL Resource by Wes): http://showwithmedia.com/

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Oct 15, 2019
How and Why to Create Powerful Relationships with Students
13:20

Do you have that difficult student who seems to fight you each time you try to reach him? Coach D was that student. He tells a powerful story of a teacher who was a reacher in his life and changed his life with a two-minute conversation in sixth grade. For all of those teachers who struggle to reach students (as many of us do), this show is for you.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e571 

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That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can take courses on helpful topics like classroom management, teacher wellness, education technology, special education classes and more. Advancement Courses is flexible and lets you work at your own pace to create things to improve your classroom. 

 

Darrell Andrews - "Coach D" - Bio As Submitted

Darrell “Coach D” Andrews is an internationally recognized education/workforce development consultant, strategist, motivator and author.

His books, Believing The HYPE-Seven Keys To Motivating Students of Color, The Purpose Living Teen-A Teen’s Guide To Living Your Dreams and The Parent As Coach-Developing A Family Dream Team has transformed thousands of students, teachers, educators and parents worldwide. His story, 5 Garbage Bags and a Dream is one of the top stories in the national bestseller Chicken Soup For The African-American Soul.

As an expert and motivator, he has been invited to be a featured speaker at conferences such as the National PTA, The National Association of Secondary School Principals, ASCD and many state, regional and local events.

Coach D takes great pride in the fact that he and his team of associates have been invited to present motivational strategies at thousands of schools and workforce development organizations all over the USA.

Blog: https://www.coachdspeaks.com

Twitter: @coachdspeaks

Facebook: https://www.linkedin.com/in/coachdspeaks/

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

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Oct 14, 2019
5 Ways to Survive (and Thrive) at Teaching
09:47

Chad Klein is a 22-year educator. He shares his advice for teachers to take care of themselves and love teaching in this quick motivational talk.

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Chad Klein - Bio as Submitted

I’ve been teaching and coaching since 1997. I’ve worked with mainly middle years’ students. I coach volleyball, baseball, basketball and golf and help as a trainer with a local youth football team. I am also a three term local association president. I have a loving, patient wife and I’m a proud dad. I believe in wanting the best for my students and players and pushing them to reach their highest potential.

Twitter: @mrchadklein

Oct 11, 2019
Using Games to Help Reluctant Readers and Writers (and More)
10:52

Dr. Lee Graham is working with teachers to teach them principles of game-based learning to teach writing. Her anecdotes of classroom behavior-changing results are - pardon the pun - game-changing. Learn more.

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Dr. Lee Graham - Bio As Submitted

Dr. Lee Graham teaches courses in educational technology and pre-service teaching at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. Her initial contact with Verena Roberts and Vicki Davis in 2014 helped her to futher her understanding of game-based learning and open education.

Publications: https://suny.academia.edu/LeeGraham

Oct 11, 2019
Technical Writing with Drones in the Traditional Literature Classroom
09:34

Jeremy Rinkel has added technical writing to his traditional English Literature course. As a form of relevant non-fiction writing, Jeremy uses drones, robots, and 3d printers to give students an exciting topic on which to write their how-to and technical manuals. Dive deeper into what he's doing and learn how to apply it to your classroom.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e568 

 

Jeremy Rinkel - Bio as Submitted

Jeremy is a husband, father, and high school English teacher. He earned a Masters in Educational Policy from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Teaching from Greenville University.

His goal is to inspire students, teachers and anyone he comes into contact with to be a life long learner. Jeremy believes education is the key to solving our world's problems.

​​In his free time, Jeremy enjoys travelling, writing, spending time in coffee shops, and spending time with his family watching old TV shows on Netflix. In the summer, he can be found at a Lake Sara in Central Illinois teaching Standup Paddleboard Yoga.

Blog: jeremyrinkel.com  

Twitter: @RinkelJeremy

Oct 09, 2019
How to Make Programming Easier
10:33

Programming doesn't have to be so hard. Computer Science teacher, Michael Backus, gives us advice to help make programming easier.

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Michael Backus - Bio As Submitted

\Michael Backus teaches computer literacy and computer science at Teeland Middle School in Wasilla, Alaska. As the creator of the https://www.akrobotnerd.com, he has shared many projects that he has developed over the years, the most famous being his Artificial Intelligence with Arduinos curriculum.

His most recent project is Build and Program Games with Arduino, a curriculum that introduces students to Arduino by walking them through how to make an electronic Tug-o-War and Simon Says game.

In addition to creating curriculum, Michael also writes software to make life easier for teachers. His most recent work is a trio of G Suite add-ons (Document Evaluator, Slideshow Evaluator, and Spreadsheet Evaluator) that make communicating assignment requirements, managing peer evaluations and grading much faster and easier.

Oct 09, 2019
How to Empower Teachers
10:58

Administrators can empower teachers and principal Evan Robb shares some of the techniques. Evan is author of The Ten- Minute Principal and The Principal’s Leadership Sourcebook: Practices, Tools, and Strategies for Building a Thriving School Community. 

 

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Evan Robb - Bio as Submitted

Distinguished Principal, TEDx Speaker, Author

Evan Robb is presently Principal of Johnson-Williams Middle School in Berryville, Virginia. He has over twenty years of experience serving as a building level principal including opening a Junior High School in Warren County, Virginia. Prior to being a school principal, he was an English teacher, department chair, and Assistant Principal. Early in his career, Evan received the Horace Mann Educator of the Year Award. In addition, the NCTE Commission on Reading selected him to serve on its board. Evan leads sustainable change initiatives that transform school culture, increase achievement, and prepare students for their future. In addition to being a full-time principal, Evan speaks across the country on leadership, how to improve literacy in schools, the digital principal, social media, how to involve all staff in goal setting, how to organize effective work teams, and the impact of culture and positivity on work.

His first book titled, The Principal’s Leadership Sourcebook: Practices, Tools, and Strategies for Building a Thriving School Community was published by Scholastic in the fall of 2007. His newest book, The Ten- Minute Principal is being published by Corwin in May 2019. Evan and Laura Robb collaborated with Davis Burgess Publishing to write, Team Makers which will be published in the summer of 2019. In addition, Evan and Laura will publish, A School Full of Readers with Benchmark Education in the fall of 2019.

Evan gave his first TEDx Talk titled, Two Ways to Get Into a Swimming Pool in June 2019 at TEDxFieldstoneDriveEd. Evan’s talk has stories of his leadership journey, challenges, and choices he made along the way.

Please explore The Robb Review Blog and ScholasticEDU for more of his thoughts on teaching, learning, and leadership. The Robb Review Blog focuses on looking ahead, not looking back. Evan also has a podcast, The Robb Review Podcast. He has been named one of the top 25 educational leaders to follow on Twitter. Scholastic EDU named Evan one on the 10 educators to follow on Twitter.

Twitter: @ERobbPrincipal

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

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erobbprincipal/

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Oct 08, 2019
5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar
07:57

Colby Sharp author of Game Changer! Books for All shares some ways to improve your classroom library without spending any money at all. There are some ideas for all of us here.

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Colby Sharp - Bio As Submitted

Colby Sharp is a husband and father of five. He teaches fifth grade in Parma, Michigan. Colby is the co-founder of Nerdy Book Club, and he serves on the Nerd Camp Michigan team. He co-hosts The Yarn podcast with Travis Jonker. Colby currently serves as the president-elect of the Michigan Reading Association. He co-authored Game Changer! Book Access for All Kid with Donalyn Miller, and he is the editor of The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection.

Blog: http://www.mrcolbysharp.com

Twitter: @colbysharp

Book: Game Changer! Books for All

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Oct 07, 2019
When I Knew It Was Time to Leave the Classroom
11:32

Starr Sackstein reflects on when she knew it was time to leave the classroom. 

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Starr Sackstein - Bio As Submitted

Over 16 years ago, Starr Sackstein started her teaching career in Far Rockaway High School, eager to make a difference. Quickly learning to connect with students and develop rapport, she was able to recognize the most important part of teaching, relationships. Fostering relationships with students and peers, to encourage community growth and a deeper understanding of personal contribution through reflection, Sackstein has continued to elevate her students by putting them at the center of the learning.

Starr Sackstein currently works at Long Island City High School as a Teacher Center Teacher and ELA teacher. She spent nine years at World Journalism Preparatory School in Flushing, NY as a high school English and Journalism teacher where her students run a multi-media news outlet at WJPSnews.com. In 2011, the Dow Jones News Fund honored Sackstein as a Special Recognition Adviser and 2012 Education Updated recognized her as an outstanding educator. Currently Sackstein has thrown out grades, teaching students that learning isn’t about numbers, but about the development of skills and ability to articulate that growth.

In 2012, Sackstein tackled National Board Certification in an effort to reflect on her practice and grow as an educational English facilitator. After a year of closely looking at her work with students, she achieved the honor. She is also a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). Sackstein also serves at the New York State Director to JEA to help serve advisers in New York better grow journalism programs.

Author of Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective, Blogging for Educators, Teaching Students to Self Assess: How do I help students grow as learners?, The Power of Questioning: Opening up the World of Student Inquiry, Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School, Hacking Homework: 10 Strategies that Inspire Learning Outside the Classroom and most recently Peer Feedback in the Classroom: Empowering Students to be the Experts. (You can find all of the books here: https://amzn.to/2Me7gX8 ) She blogs on Education Week Teacher at “Work in Progress” where she discusses all aspects of being a teacher and education reform. Sackstein co-moderates #sunchat as well as contributes to #NYedChat. She has made the Bammy Awards finals for Secondary High School Educator in 2014 and for blogging in 2015. In speaking engagements, Sackstein speaks about blogging, journalism education, throwing out grades and BYOD, helping people see technology doesn’t have to be feared. Most recently, Sackstein was named one of ASCD’s Emerging leaders class of 2016, in addition to presenting a TedxTalk about throwing out grades.

Balancing a busy career of writing and teaching with being the mom to 10 year old Logan is a challenging adventure. Seeing the world through his eyes reminds her why education needs to change for every child.

Contact information: mssackstein@gmail.com
@MsSackstein on Twitter
Starr Sackstein, MJE Facebook Fan page

Oct 04, 2019
Unconventional Project Based Learning that Engages Learners
10:30

Project Based Learning (PBL) works if you know how to bring it into your classroom. Today, Noa Daniels shares how.

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Noa is a passionate educator and 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/

 

Oct 02, 2019
8 Apps to Improve Your Health (and helped me lose 28 pounds)
13:39

I've lost 28 pounds since late June and am running 8-10 miles a week. And yes, I just turned 50 and feel great. In this show, I'll share the apps and tips for living a healthier lifestyle including the "eating plan" I'm using at My Shibboleth.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e562

 

Oct 01, 2019
One Surprising Thing About Gen Z Everyone Should Know
14:23

The Millennials aren't the youngest generation anymore. Generation Z is here. They are the kids in K12 education right now who have only known social media and the Internet. Ninety percent of preschool children are online. This has good and bad consequences. Dig deep as researcher Dr. Tim Elmore helps us understand Gen Z, their anxiety, and unique strengths.

"The average adolescent today has the same level of anxiety as a psychiatric patient in the 1950's." says cognitive behavioral therapist, Dr. Robert Laheay. Let's learn how to help this generation survive and thrive.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e561

Dr. Tim Elmore - Bio As Submitted

Tim Elmore: Millennial Expert & Generation Z Expert

Dr. Tim Elmore, CEO and Founder of Growing Leaders, is a best-selling author and international speaker. A world-renowned expert on Generation Y and Generation Z, Dr. Elmore uses his knowledge to equip educators, coaches, leaders, parents, and other adults to impart practical life and leadership skills to young adults that will help them navigate through life. His new Book is Generation Z Unfiltered. (Preorder)

Sep 30, 2019
5 Easy STEM Activities any Teacher Can Do
09:14

Today high school math teacher, Chris Woods, gives us simple ideas of STEM activities any teacher can do. Get some ideas for how you can integrate STEM in the classroom.

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Chris Woods - Bio as Submitted

Chris Woods has taught High School Math for over 20 years in rural Michigan. After sharing relevant STEM connections with his own students for years, Chris realized that not every teacher notices STEM everywhere. He decided to start sharing all of the ideas from his classroom, simple examples of STEM in the world around us everyday, ideas of how STEM is more than just robots and 3d printing and a buzzword used by politicians. Chris also started the STEM Educator Podcast to give educators a voice and share how they're incorporating STEM in simple ways into their classrooms. He continues to promote a STEM mindset while speaking at conferences, on his YouTube channel, at school science nights, and most importantly in his classroom.

Blog: http://dailystem.com/

Twitter: @dailystem

Podcast: The STEM Everyday Podcast https://remarkablechatter.com/category/podcasts/stem-everyday/

Sep 27, 2019
How to Help Bilingual Students
13:45

Dania Santana, author of the bilingual children's book, Sebastian's Game Day Surprise, and multicultural parenting expert, shares how we can reach bilingual students. She discusses the current thought on best supporting bilingual students.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e559

 

Challenge

Have a conversation with one of your bilingual students and reflect on their situation based on what you've learned in today's episode.

I also share some responses to a recent question about engagement with ideas from teachers.

 

 

Dania Santana - Bio As Submitted

Dania Santana is a multicultural parenting expert who raises cultural awareness to create social change. She is also a published author and speaker on the subject of multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion.

Twitter: @DiversityUS

Blog: https://embracingdiversity.us/ 

Sep 13, 2019
4 Steps to Improve Student Engagement
12:23

Engaging students can be a challenge. A student from Jeromie Heath's class shares her perspective on learning and why she wanted to learn for Jeromie in this episode. Today, join in the conversations about learning and engagement and all your own thoughts on social media.

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Jeromie Heath - Bio As Submitted

Jeromie Heath's students experience a revitalization in the love of learning. Jeromie's passionate mission to engage every student is the key to more equitable learning higher quality education, helping to close opportunity gaps, higher student growth/performance, and happier learners. 

His students love school, love learning, and love each and every day.  He attributes this increase in student engagement and performance based on the 3 key principles of engagement: accessibility, value, and stimulation. These three principles include innovative and effective methods that inspire, motivate, and challenge every learner.  These methods not only produce results in student growth on test scores, but also (and more importantly) create experiences for life-long learners.

He is a NBCT who holds experience in teaching in several diverse elementary schools.  He now shares his 3 key principles to student engagement all across America.  His presentations are not only informative - they are dynamic.  For more info, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/teachermrheath/jeromie-heath-presenter-and-trainer

Sep 11, 2019
3 Add Ons to Solve Problems in Google Classroom (Programmed by 1 Teacher)
11:45

Michael Backus had a problem as he was teaching in Google Classroom. So, he programmed add-ons to solve the problem of needing checklists attached to his Google Classroom assignments. He saw a problem and programmed a solution, first by creating an add-on for just within his district. Many people don't know that this is possible or that add on's can be just within a district. We also discuss a "make your own extension" resource by Wanda Terral. Learn about Google Classroom teaching practices as well as a problem-solving attitude that you can bring to your own school.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e557

Today's Challenge

As I mentioned in the show, I was in Memphis this summer, Wanda Terral had a mini class on programming an extension for your district. There are teachers creating add ons and extensions inside their district.

So, your challenge today is to explore and look at the add ons inside your favorite Google App and to find at least one time-saving add on or browser extension. After you find it, or if you already have one – share it to #edtechfind on the social media of your choice.   

Resources

Michael Backus - Bio as Submitted

Michael Backus teaches computer literacy and computer science at Teeland Middle School in Wasilla, Alaska. As the creator of the https://www.akrobotnerd.com, he has shared many projects that he has developed over the years, the most famous being his Artificial Intelligence with Arduinos curriculum. His most recent project is Build and Program Games with Arduino, a curriculum that introduces students to Arduino by walking them through how to make an electronic Tug-o-War and Simon Says game. In addition to creating curriculum, Michael also writes software to make life easier for teachers. His most recent work is a trio of G Suite add-ons (Document Evaluator, Slideshow Evaluator, and Spreadsheet Evaluator) that make communicating assignment requirements, managing peer evaluations, and grading much faster and easier.

Blog: https://learn.akrobotnerd.com

 

Sep 10, 2019
Teen Genius Says "I Learned Nothing from Lecture"
09:43

She was named America’s Top Young Scientist of 2017 by the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, with a patent-pending device to detect lead in water faster than any other current techniques. She then open-sourced this device so people can use the technology across the world. In today's show, Gitanjali talks about her learning journey and the teachers who reached her (and the pedagogies that didn't.) This show is a must-listen for science teachers and teachers everywhere.

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Bio As submitted

Gitanjali Rao is 13 years old and is an 8th grader at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, CO. She was named America’s Top Young Scientist of 2017 by the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, with a patent-pending device to detect lead in water faster than any other current techniques. She is a Davidson Young Scholar since 2012 and has received several scholarships and awards for achievements in science, arts and community service. She is an active STEM promoter and is involved in promoting STEM-based activities in schools, clubs and the community. She was selected as the STEM Scout of the Year in 2016-2017 and was selected as one of the 12 delegates to Report to the Nation in the year 2017-2018.

She was recognized as a Forbes 30 under 30, for science and invention. She is also an EPA Presidential award winner and is recognized as a Gloria Barron 'Young Hero' Honoree for community impact.

Gitanjali has open-sourced her lead detector invention processor and app code for the community and it has been used for other applications. She is continuing to perform accuracy testing in Denver Water for the lead sensor and has partnered with an incubator to create reproducible devices.

Gitanjali has won awards for her writing in national and international contests. She published her first book at the age of 9, called, “­Baby Brother Wonders.” The self-illustrated book, based on the story that won 2nd prize in the PBS national writing contest, described the world through her younger brother’s point of view. Gitanjali has also won first place in the International Aviation Art Contest for last four years at the state level. She was a “TIME for Kids” Kid reporter for the 2017-2018 school year and wrote articles bringing awareness to Flint crisis. Apart from writing and art, Gitanjali is part of STEM Scouts and 4-H club.

Some of Gitanjali’s hobbies include playing the piano, Indian classical dancing and singing, swimming, fencing, and baking. She has been playing classical music for almost 8 years. She shares her talent of playing piano in local assisted living centers.

Gitanjali is on the board of Directors for an organization called Children’s Kindness Network that spreads an anti-bullying message and promotes the importance of kindness in all of us. She conducts workshops in elementary schools and hopes to educate children about kindness when they are still young.

Gitanjali interns in summer at the "The 3D printing store" to shadow designers. She is conducting research in the University of Colorado, Denver in the Department of Cell Biology to find a solution for prescription opioid addiction using the latest in genetic engineering. Gitanjali is also working on implementing a Cyberbullying app based on AI/Machine Learning in the community along with a team and they were awarded a grant of $5K from eCybermission (Army Educational Program).

She recently gave four TEDx talks three in India and another in Nashville apart from speaking in several girls' and global conference and being a UNICEF panelist about the role of Youth to power the planet.

Gitanjali aspires to study genetics and epidemiology. She hopes to keep writing, discovering, and sharing her knowledge in the future.

Sep 09, 2019
5 More Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom
10:31

Rob Donatelli shares with us five more easy brain breaks. As a follow up to one of the most popular 10 Minute Teacher episodes, 5 Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom, Rob gives us more ideas to bring to our classroom. 

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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.

Blog: http://donatelliedzone.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @DTown_MrD

Aug 30, 2019
4 Ways to Build Relationships That Matter
11:59

Charles "Chuck" Poole shares how to build relationships that matter. While content and passion for our content and the craft of teaching are all essential parts of teaching that cannot be dismissed - relationships with students are also in the mix as an essential part of reaching today's students. We can do this! Let's listen, learn, and apply this in our classrooms!

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Challenge

Select a colleague or student and intentionally work this week to build a relationship with that person using something you learned in this show. Remember -- we can listen but we don't learn until we DO something with it.

Charles Poole - Bio as Submitted

Chuck Poole is a veteran teacher of nearly 20 years who has made it his mission to inspire and encourage teachers all over the world to be the best they can be. He is the visionary behind http://www.teachonomy.com/, a podcaster, the author of "uNforgettable: Your Roadmap to Being the Teacher They Never Forget," and the host of the upcoming virtual Teacher Success Summit (http://www.teachersuccesssummit.com/). Chuck lives in New Jersey with his wife and enjoys mentoring, creating laughter in the classroom, and the continued pursuit of his next adventure.
 
Twitter: @cpoole27
Instagram: @teachonomy
 
 
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Aug 29, 2019
4 Ways to Use Improv to Teach
10:24

Mel Paradis, author of Teaching Improv: The Essential Handbook, shares four ways to use Improv to teach in the classroom. Here are some fantastic ideas to share in your classroom.

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Challenge

Use improv in the classroom to teach your CONTENT at least one time!

Mel Paradis - Bio as Submitted

For more than 25 years, Mel Paradis has performed and facilitated improv with groups ranging from preschoolers through adults. Mel is a certified elementary teacher, currently working as a gifted and talented teacher and coordinator for five elementary schools in Wyoming. Since 2011, she has been a member of Jackson Hole’s improv comedy troupe, The Laff Staff (https://www.facebook.com/TheLaffStaff/). Her passion for writing, love of teaching and addiction to improv drove her to write the book Teaching Improv: The Essential Handbook. She lives on the backside of the Teton Mountain Range in Idaho with her husband and two children.
 
Twitter: @ParadisMel
 
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Aug 28, 2019
The Oculus Quest: Why It Is a Game Changer
11:46

Virtual Reality is improving for use in the classroom. Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality Education Expert, Jaime Donally, thinks that the Oculus Quest is a game-changer for the classroom. From less "queasiness" to some amazing apps, Jaime explains why she thinks the Oculus Quest is such a big deal.

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Challenge

Learn about the Oculus Quest and  virtual reality for your challenge today:

Jaime Donally - Bio from Her Website

Jaime Donally is a passionate technology enthusiast. She began her career as a math teacher and later moved into Instructional Technology. Her desire to build relationships have brought about opportunities to collaborate with students and educators around the world. She provides staff development and training on immersive technology as an edtech consultant.

Her latest adventures include the launch of Global Maker Day and the #ARVRinEDU community. She works as an author and speaker to provide practical use of augmented and virtual reality with more resources at ARVRinEDU.com.
 
Twitter: @jaimedonally
Instagram: @jaimedonally
 
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."
Aug 27, 2019
5 Ways to Step Back into the Classroom Better Than We Ever Were Before
13:21

Students need our help to regulate their own emotions. Today, psychologist Dr. Jody Carrington helps us understand five ways we can connect with our students and help them regulate their emotions. Understanding these simple principles can help us connect, improve classroom management, and be better teachers.

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Challenge

We learned 5 ways to step back in but today, I’m giving you the Name that Child Challenge. I challenge you to call the names of as many children as possible in a positive way today as many times as possible. If you do this challenge with a friend, then share at the end of the day the kind of response you received from the children.

Dr. Jody Carrington - Bio from Her Website

I grew up on a farm in rural Alberta.
My parents were high school sweethearts. My brother and I grew up together in a pretty happy place. Then my parents divorced. As adults, my brother and I learned that we had a full biological sister – who my parents had given up for adoption before we were born. I learned that even when you have a “secure base” and “safe haven”, sometimes you need a little help sorting out “your story”. For me, sorting out my own early story helps me be a better writer of the next chapters of my story – the one’s called “wife”, “mother”, “sister”, “friend”, and “psychologist”.

My “story” of becoming a psychologist started at Red Deer College. I transferred to the University of Alberta, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts with distinction in 1998. I completed a year-long internship during that degree with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and became very passionate about police work and the significant toll that trauma can take on people. I was also lucky enough to spend some time working with some amazing families through Ronald McDonald House and I also volunteered with Victim Services. I then continued my studies at the University of Regina with the thought of pursuing a career in Police Psychology. Although I loved that work, my passion began to shift to families, especially those who experienced trauma. I completed my pre-doctoral residency in Nova Scotia in 2006 where I trained primarily in Cognitive-Behavioural and Narrative approaches. I completed rotations both with adults and children and learned that I really enjoyed understanding the “stories” of children—particularly those who had difficult experiences.

I returned home to Alberta and accepted a job at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary on the Inpatient and Day Treatment Units, a position that would forever change the course of my career. I quickly learned my “cognitive-behavioral skills” were not enough for kids and families with long and often traumatic stories with multi-generational influences. I needed to connect in order to have any significant impact. Desperate to learn more about attachment, I set off on a quest for mentors who “got it” and have been very lucky to have been influenced by some of “the greats”.

You will see a lot in my story about attachment. I have learned the power of the relationship. Empathy. Connection. I have learned that these are important for anyone who might want to understand their story and shift it in some way. Or heal in some way. Or repair it in some way. Or change their story once and for all. So that their next chapter as “teenager”, “spouse”, “parent”, or “friend” can be better. I have worked with adults and children, as well as families, and I would be honored to learn about your story and perhaps influence your next chapters.

 
Twitter: @jodycarrington
Instagram: @drjodycarrington
 
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."
Aug 26, 2019
5 Ways to Curate Texts That Inspire Readers
10:48

Students need to be surrounded by books that inspire them to read and rejoice in books. But how do we curate those texts to inspire our readers? Julie Wright gives practical advice for librarians and all of us teachers (including me) who like to surround students with rich texts that inspire reading.

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Sponsor: Advancement Courses is today's 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 DonorsChoose.org projects. Go to coolcatteacher.com/give to submit your project. AND if you need some awesome PD, 10 Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with the 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 code COOL20.

Today's Challenge

Use this episode as a conversation starter about ensuring that all students are engaged in their education.

Also, check out "Build Your Stack: Short Texts, Big Engagement" by Julie.

Julie Wright - Bio As Submitted

With over twenty-five years of experience in rural, suburban, and urban settings. She is the co-author of What Are You Grouping For?, Grades 3-8: How to Guide Small Groups Based on Readers—Not the Book (Corwin, 2019.) She is currently working on a new book focused on the power of using short texts, to be released later this year by Benchmark Education.

Website: www.juliewrightconsulting.com

Twitter: @juliewright4444

YouTube: What Are You Grouping For? Webinar

Aug 23, 2019
Equity Programs in New York State
14:14

Dr. Anael Alston is Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Access, Equity and Community Engagement in the New York State Education Department. He talks about what works to engage young men of color in education and his journey and passion for helping all students engage in school and do their best. If this is your heart's passion, you'll want to hear what Anael has to say.

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Advancement Courses is today's 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 DonorsChoose.org projects. Go to coolcatteacher.com/give to submit your project. AND if you need some awesome PD, 10 Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with the 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 code COOL20.

Dr. Anael Alston - Bio As Submitted

Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, Dr. Anael Alston “Dr. A” is currently the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Access, Equity and Community Engagement in the New York State Education Department. In this capacity, he informs educational policy across the state and administers over $200 million dollars to help support students across New York State from pre-Kindergarten through college. Prior to that, he was the Superintendent of Schools for the Hamilton Central School District. As a superintendent, Dr. A distinguished himself as one of the few superintendents across the state to have a 100% graduation rate while moving an agenda that included creating a program that allows international students to pay tuition to attend public school and involving the entire school community in creating a Board-adopted 5-year strategic plan to improve access, opportunity, and fiscal responsibility to the small rural school district. A recognized leader in the field, this year Dr. A was a main stage featured speaker at MBK Rising!, the inaugural national gathering marking the 5th year anniversary since President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper.

A former Golden Gloves champion, Dr. A fights for children each day knowing that if not for the battles waged for him as a child, he would not be where he is today.

Twitter: @DrAAlston

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."
Aug 22, 2019
Giving Teachers Choice in their Professional Development
11:43

Meredith Akers is a principal who has been using some unconventional methods of teacher PD. In this episode, she talks about the revolutionary way she recently held teacher PD (using video instruction and face to face meetings) and what she learned. Let's give teachers choice in their professional development about what they learn. Of course, we all must continue to improve our craft of teaching and need to learn, but giving choice as to content can make professional development more relevant and helpful.

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Advancement Courses is today's 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 DonorsChoose.org projects. Go to coolcatteacher.com/give to submit your project. AND if you need some awesome PD, 10 Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with the 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 code COOL20.

 

Your Challenge for This Episode

Today, your challenge is to discuss with your administrators and colleagues some ways that teachers can experience the opportunity to make choices in their own PD. Use today's episode as a conversation starter about what could work in your district. Also remember the advice Meredith gives about having the conversation earlier in the day and not at the end. I think this is important advice we can use. Please share what you're doing! I'm @coolcatteacher on Twitter and instagram.

Meredith Akers - Bio As Submitted

Meredith Akers is an Elementary Principal who believes that the best way to help others grow is to build relationships, offer support, serve, love, and be transparent about how she is working to grow herself. Her daily aspiration is to make a positive impact and to leave those she serves better off for having interacted with her.

Blog: http://blog.acthompson.net

Twitter: @meredithakers

 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."

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Aug 21, 2019
Secrets for Fun, Engaging Computer Science that Changes Kids Lives
12:20

Alfred Thompson has secrets that transform Computer Science classrooms. Yet, he shares them openly. Project-based learning. Passion-based learning. Problem-based learning. These three P's of teaching perfection have been a mainstay in Alfred's classroom for many years. In today's episode, Alfred uncovers how his classroom works, the impact it has on student lives, and how his students learn outside their classroom. Congratulations to Alfred for winning the Computer Science award at ISTE - it is very deserving.

Advancement Courses is today's 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 DonorsChoose.org projects. Go to coolcatteacher.com/give to submit your project. AND if you need some awesome PD, 10 Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with the 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 code COOL20.

 

Alfred Thompson - Bio As Submitted

Alfred Thompson teaches high school computer science at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua NH. Prior to teaching Alfred worked in the software industry for many years.

Blog: http://blog.acthompson.net

Twitter: @alfredtwo

Instagram @alfredtwo

 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."

Aug 20, 2019
Using Amusement Parks, Mud Runs, and Escape Rooms to Inspire Your Classroom
10:06

Student engagement! We need it! Today's guest, John Meehan, shares inspiring stories that help us use amusement parks, mud runs, and escape rooms to inspire exciting lessons in our classroom. John is the author of EDrenaline Rush: Game-changing Student Engagement Inspired by Theme Parks, Mud Runs, and Escape Rooms. Get excited. Let's do this!

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Advancement Courses is today's 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 DonorsChoose.org projects. Go to coolcatteacher.com/give to submit your project. AND if you need some awesome PD, 10 Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with the 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 code COOL20.

John Meehan - Bio As Submitted

John Meehan is an eleventh grade English teacher and instructional coach at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He is the author of EDrenaline Rush: Game-changing Student Engagement Inspired by Theme Parks, Mud Runs, and Escape Rooms., which is now available from Dave Burgess Consulting everywhere books are sold.

FTC Disclosure

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."

Aug 19, 2019
5 Ways to Step Back from Burnout
15:27

 In the high-stress, fast-paced job of teaching - burnout can happen to anyone. In today's show, we talk about recognizing burnout, how to get help, and steps to tackle it when it happens. Amber Harper, an expert on the topic of burnout, discusses what we can do to help ourselves be our best for our students and families.

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Challenge: Take the burnout quiz.

Amber Harper - Bio As Submitted

Amber is a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator and her mission is to help teachers beat burnout by helping them to activate their own self-empowerment. As a former elementary teacher, she knows how challenging the education profession can be and offers support for teachers struggling with burnout through her podcast, website, and free Facebook Group.

Blog: www.burnedinteacher.com

Twitter: @burnedinteacher

- Free Teacher Burnout Quiz: www.burnedinteacher.com/burnoutquiz
- The Burned-In Teacher Training eBook: bit.ly/burnedinbook
- Burned-In Teacher Training Course: https://www.burnedinteacher.com/workwithme

Aug 16, 2019
Opportunities for Genuine Student Leadership
11:20

Students need real leadership opportunities - not just running a note to the office or other tasks that may be called "leadership" but really aren't. Adam Welcome, co-author of Empower our Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More

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After listening to today’s show, I think you will take one of two challenges:

1 - Give students a genuine way to lead in your classroom. 

2 - Have a conversation with a colleague about student leadership and how your school is nurturing it and what you can do to improve student leadership opportunities.

Adam Welcome - Bio As Submitted

Adam has been a teacher, Principal, Director of Innovation for a district with 35,000 students and enjoys pushing the envelope to always do what's best for kids!

Adam was Principal of the Year for his region, a 20 To Watch for the National School Board Association, guest blogger for EdWeek, NAESP magazine, and many other publications. Adam also consults and works with many education companies as a way to improve their product for others!

Adam is passionate about technology integration with all educators and a huge advocate of social media and connecting with other educators from across the country. Adam makes it clear that kids come first and has preached the message of Team Kid for many years.

He is also the co-founder of Kids Deserve It with Todd Nesloney and the author of Run Like a Pirate.  He is co-author of Empower our Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More.

Adam has an amazing wife (Stacy) and two young children (Greta and Tilden) that keep life at home exciting and active. Adam also loves to run and has completed 22 marathons.

Aug 15, 2019
Speed Presentations: Help Students Improve Presentation Skills Rapidly
07:47

Presentation skills are an essential skill for students to master. How do you help students improve when there are many students in the class. Robert Donatelli has a solution: speed presentations. Learn how to use this technique to help students improve their presentation skills.

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Professional PD Challenge

Today’s challenge is to try speed presentations in your classroom or in your teacher professional development.

Rob Donatelli - Bio As Submitted

RRob 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.

Aug 14, 2019
How Turning on Location Services Could Save Your Life
09:51

Pam Shoemaker is getting ready to retire from teaching. As she and her husband were returning home from looking for places to retire, a storm arose. While location services can be used to perhaps compromise our privacy, in this case, it may have saved Pam's life. Hear her story and learn how to examine your own location settings for safety.

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Podcast PD Challenge

Your challenge today is a safety challenge for you – and one other person of your choosing. Pick a weather app. Go into settings and educate yourself on how to turn it on for “always allow” if that is your choice.

Understand that location-based services can be used to track where you are, so if you choose not to allow any location-based services, then, make sure you know how to turn it on while traveling or when weather is bad.

As always, consult with your wireless carrier about your data plan and educate yourself on the apps you use. Set your privacy settings with intentionality and be safe!

Pam Shoemaker - Bio As submitted

Pam Shoemaker is the Instructional Technology Coach for Walled Lake Consolidated Schools in Michigan. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and the outgoing President of the ISTE EdTech Coaches PLN. She is retiring from her position in Walled Lake later this week (while recording the show - as of this airing, she is retired!)

Blog: https://yesedtech.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @shoemap

Aug 13, 2019
Closing the Attitude Gap – Building a Bond from Day One
11:38

He didn't like school. But now he's been a principal and written ten books and travels the world helping principals and educators learn how to engage today's students -- especially inner-city youth. Baruti Kafele has inspiring words for us on today's Motivational Monday episode. He has authored ten books, recently the Principal 50: Critical Questions for New and Aspiring School Leaders and Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students for Success.

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Today's Podcast PD Challenge

Here’s your challenge for today:

  1. How will you start Day One building relationships? Don’t just read your syllabus – you’ve got to start building those relationships. Start connecting.
  2. Check your attitude – have you decided you want to be an excellent, compelling engaging teacher who improves your craft every day? Make a decision about who you want to be.

Baruti Kafele

Milken National Educator, internationally-renowned speaker and best-selling author, Principal Baruti Kafele led the turnaround of four different New Jersey urban public schools including Newark Tech, which was three times recognized by U.S. News and World Report Magazine as one of America's best high schools.

Blog: https://principalkafele.com/

Twitter: @PrincipalKafele

Aug 12, 2019
5 Strategies for Coaching Instructional Excellence
11:08

Sherry St. Clair gives us principles for effective instructional coaching. Targeted to both administrators, instructional coaches, and technology coaches - Sherry has five practical ideas to get us started. Sherry is the author of Coaching Redefined: A Guide to Leading Meaningful Instructional Growth.

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Today's Challenge

Today I challenge you follow Sherry's advice and build relationships. If you want some ideas, many people have shared their ideas on this tweet I asked about what schools do for fun. (You don't need Twitter to read it.)

 

Sherry St. Clair - Bio As Submitted

Sherry St. Clair is the founder of Reflective Learning LLC, an educational consulting agency based in Kentucky. Her organization works with schools around the world, creating specialized training and coaching services for school administrators and educators. Additionally, Sherry serves as a Senior Consultant for the International Center for Leadership in Education and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She holds a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership, as well as a Rank I in Instructional Supervision.
As an international consultant, Sherry draws from her rich experience at various levels of public education–teaching elementary school, being an administrator in a high school of 1,300 students, working as a state consultant, and creating and facilitating virtual courses. Sherry is a highly regarded national speaker and consultant, providing educational agencies with expertise in the areas of instructional leadership, effective classroom practices, classroom walkthroughs, effective use of data and guidance on how to create structures for successful classroom coaching. Coaching schools to best meet the needs of all students is Sherry’s passion. Sherry is a contributing author to Effective Instructional Strategies Volume 2 published by the International Center for Leadership in Education.
She has published numerous professional learning activity guides and facilitated webinar series focused on leadership and effective instructional practices. Additionally, Sherry developed virtual instructional workshops for the CTE Technical Assistance Center of New York. In partnership with the Successful Practices Network, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and AASA—The School Superintendent Association, Sherry has recently been a part of bringing innovative practices to scale. Her latest publication, Coaching Redefined: A Guide to Leading Meaningful Instructional Growth., was released in June of 2019.

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.
Aug 09, 2019
Effective Grouping Strategies in the Classroom
13:25

Today, you’ll get advice for creating grouping strategies for your classroom from an expert teacher and author on the subject. Barry Hoonan, author of What Are You Grouping For? (Grades 3-8 - how to Guide Small Groups Based on Readers, Not the Book)helps us understand how to start our school year with a plan for grouping students in reading groups that works.

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Your challenge today is to plan several ways you can make groups 1 – Try thought partners 2 – If you have a student survey for reading, call them over to your desk and discuss but use Barry’s technique of “and what else”

For your bonus material today, I’ve shared my quick way of making groups using cardstock, a marker, and laminator. Check out “A Quick Way to Make Groups” at coolcatteacher.com/groups.

Barry Hoonan - Bio As Submitted

Barry Hoonan has received NCTE's Middle School Teacher of Excellence award and he is a three-time Fulbright scholar. He teaches 5th & 6th grade at Odyssey, a multi-age program with the Bainbridge Island School District. 

Aug 08, 2019
Breakout EDU in Adult PD and College Education
09:45

 BreakoutEDU is a box with locks that also can be a great educational experience. In today's show, Lucy Manley shares how breakout boxes are becoming an exciting part of her college's educational experiences including Freshmen orientation.

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Today, your Podcast PD challenge is to create a breakout EDU experience with your students. I’ve written a post to give you 5 ideas for bringing breakout EDU into your classroom along with free links to free Breakout edu digital games and more. Today’s challenge is to create one breakout edu experience for your students and to share what you did with at least one colleague. Go to coolcatteacher.com/breakout for 5 Ideas to bring Breakout EDU to your classroom. And as always, tweet or message me on social media to let me know what you did!

Lucy Manley - Bio As Submitted

Lucy Manley serves as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Garrett College. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Lucy teaches first-year writing.

Aug 07, 2019
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Tyler - a 7th Grade App Builder Spurred on By Genius Hour
11:27

Today, you’ll listen to a young man who became an entrepreneur as a result of his school’s genius hour. Listen with a purpose and prepare to get your daily challenge at the end and a link to the blog post I’ve written inspired by this show “7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

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Bonus Material: I’ve linked to Tyler’s app at coolcatteacher.com/dna  - Your challenge today is to plan one genius hour experience for your students this year. Put it on your calendar today. I’ve given you ideas in a blog post I’ve written called 7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects – go to coolcatteacher.com/genius to access this post. 

Tyler Haggerty - Bio As Submitted

Tyler Haggerty is a 7th-grade student in Connecticut, the founder of Squirrel Army Games, and loves rock climbing. He's on a mission to bring actual fun gameplay to previously boring educational games.

Aug 06, 2019
Motivation to Thrive Your First Few Years of Teaching
10:10

Today, let’s make our profession better by focusing on how we can encourage new teachers and each other. Edwin Thomas Minguela reflects upon his first two years of teaching. As you listen to what he has learned and his encouragement for teachers, reflect upon your early years of teaching and how you can help new teachers in the profession.

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Along with this episode I’ve released a new blog post “8 Ways to Help New Teachers Thrive” – check the show notes and stay tuned at the end of the show for these research-based ideas. I've also included a PDF of this post as bonus material for this episode.

Today’s challenge – adopt a colleague. But it has to be someone who is not already in your inner circle. If you’ve been teaching longer than three years, I challenge you to adopt someone who is a new teacher either at your school or to teaching altogether. If you’re new to teaching, reach out to someone who has been teaching longer. 

Edwin Thomas Minguela - Bio As Submitted

I am an upcoming third-year teacher in Philadelphia. All my 3 of years have been in 3rd grade. I love to bring joy for learning to all of my students. Being an urban student once myself and had spent the majority of my Prek-12 school years in Philadelphia, I know many of the hardships my students may come to my classroom. I want to them to know that our classroom is a safe place and that I will always care for them. During my educational career, I have had multiple rewarding opportunities to conduct research and present at a conference on different topics. A goal of mine is to not become an educator, but a researcher as well. One particular opportunity was conducting research on a Native American reservation for about 12 days. The research I conducted was an autoethnography dealing with my experiences as a Latino going into another minority's culture. I was able to present my research a year later at an undergraduate research conference held at Millersville University. I have also had a lesson publication and professional development session related to STEM education. 

Aug 05, 2019
The Human Side of Change in Education
11:28

Change has a human component. In fact, without helping people change - there isn't any change. Today, Julie Wilson, author of The Human Side of Changing Education shares how we can supercharge change by helping people become part of it.

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Prepare for your classroom for the fall with one of two free webinars from Linda Kardamis, select a free class on classroom management or one on Respectful, Responsible and Engaged Students in this series targeted to Christian educators who teach in any school setting.

Julie Wilson - Bio as Submitted

Julie is a coach and advisor to school leaders, educational institutions, and foundations whose mission is to shape the future of K-12 education. She has over fifteen years' experience building effective learning environments that unlock human potential and enable organizational culture to adapt and grow during times of change. She graduated from Harvard's Graduate School of Education with a master's degree in technology, innovation, and education, and a bachelor's of arts in business administration and French from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She's the author of The Human Side of Changing Education: How to Lead Change with Clarity, Conviction, and Courage. Julie loves to learn and is also a mom to Theodore (aka Teddy Bear) - her biggest teacher yet.

Aug 02, 2019