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May 17, 2019
5 Ways to Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom Now
To create a classroom culture of inquiry, we can follow these five techniques. Connie Hamilton, author of Hacking Questions: 11 Answers That Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e495 SmartBrief Keeping up with the news is challenging. Today’s sponsor, SmartBrief, has some email newsletters that will help you stay current. Whether you want to follow education technology, special education, math, or just teaching best practices, SmartBrief has an email newsletter for you. Check them out at coolcatteacher.com/smartbrief and sign up today. Connie Hamilton - Bio as Submitted Connie Hamilton Ed.S. has 25 years in education as teacher, instructional coach, elementary/secondary principal and K-12 district administrator. She is currently the curriculum director in Saranac Community Schools, is an international educational consultant and presenter, and the author of two books, including her latest, Hacking Questions. Teachers describe her workshops as meaningful and engaging as she models quality instructional methods that can be used in the classroom tomorrow. She applies her deep understanding of pedagogy in workshops such as Questioning, Gradual Release of Responsibility, Student Engagement, Feedback, and more. Connie spends most of her year facilitating classroom observations in a collaborative setting so teachers can learn from one another as they implement new strategies with students. She brings these experiences to her workshops to help teachers put research into practice in ways that make sense. Visit Connie's webpage at https://conniehamilton.net/ or find her on Twitter @conniehamilton.
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11 min
May 16, 2019
Talking to Kids About Poverty
Jaime Casap, Google's Education Evangelist, grew up in poverty. Today, he shares his story and encouragement to help teachers reach children from a variety of backgrounds. You'll want to listen to this encouraging show! www.coolcatteacher.com/e494  Today's Sponsor: SmartBrief Keeping up with the news is challenging. Today’s sponsor, SmartBrief, has some email newsletters that will help you stay current. Whether you want to follow education technology, special education, math, or just teaching best practices, SmartBrief has an email newsletter for you. Check them out at coolcatteacher.com/smartbrief and sign up today. Jaime Casap - Bio As Submitted Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the potential of digitalization as an enabling capability in pursuit of promoting inquiry-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation into our education policies and practices. In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on learning, skill development, and the future of work. He is the coauthor of “Our First Talk About Poverty,” as a way to talk to children about poverty. Jaime helped launch the Phoenix Coding Academy, a public high school in Phoenix, AZ, focused on computer science as part of an inquiry-based learning model. He teaches a 10th-grade communication class at the school. He also guest lectures at Arizona State University. He speaks on education, digitalization, innovation, generation z, and the future of work at events around the world. You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap and watch his YouTube career advice videos at www.youtube.com/jaimecasap  
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11 min
May 15, 2019
How to Set Goals for Your Library This Summer
While we have to finish well, those of us who are returning to another year as an educator have to look forward to plan. Today, media specialist Amanda Johnson talks about the massive success of some new sections she added to the library last summer and how she's going to improve her library even more this summer. The goal is to encourage students to read and what Amanda is discovering might surprise you. Today's Sponsor: SmartBrief Keeping up with the news is challenging. Today’s sponsor, SmartBrief, has some email newsletters that will help you stay current. Whether you want to follow education technology, special education, math, or just teaching best practices, SmartBrief has an email newsletter for you. Check them out at coolcatteacher.com/smartbrief and sign up today. Amanda Johnson - Bio As Submitted Amanda Johnson is the media specialist at Meadow View Elementary in Henry County, Virginia. As a first year librarian, Amanda has hit the ground running with her students, setting up the library in Henry County's new elementary school. A 2015 graduate of Mary Baldwin College with a degree in English with minors in education, coaching & exercise leadership, and history, Amanda went on to receive a Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Louisiana State University in 2018. Amanda strives to be an innovative educator in a 1:1 iPad school, embracing the wide array of technology available in the media center. Wanting the library to be an enhancement and extension of the classroom, Amanda has tried to incorporate and further classroom lessons in the library through virtual reality, circuitry experiments, coding, green screen video production, and more. As a lifelong learner, every day is an adventure for Amanda and her 670 elementary school students!
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10 min
May 14, 2019
Martians in Your Classroom, STEM, and Making Makerspaces Accessible
The first person to walk on Mars has already been born and is in our classrooms today, so the  experts tell us. He or she could be in your classroom or mine. The question is if we're equipping that child and the others to go behind them with the knowledge and intuitive exploration of making things work together for success through rich making and STEM spaces. Today we talk to Rachael Mann, author of The Martians in Your Classroom: STEM in Every Learning Space. Today's Sponsor: SmartBrief Keeping up with the news is challenging. Today’s sponsor, SmartBrief, has some email newsletters that will help you stay current. Whether you want to follow education technology, special education, math, or just teaching best practices, SmartBrief has an email newsletter for you. Check them out at coolcatteacher.com/smartbrief and sign up today. Related Resources The Martians in Your Classroom: STEM in Every Learning Space "The Spaces You Will Go" by Rachel Mann  How Does STEM Bring the Real World Into the Classroom? Other Podcasts with Rachael Mann I will curate a Wakelet collection to go along with the podcast: https://wakelet.com/@RachaelEdu Rachael Mann - Bio as Submitted Rachael Mann is the founder of #TeachlikeTED and coauthor of The Martians in Your Classroom. She speaks and writes about the future of education and helps educators rethink the learning spaces of today. Prior to #TeachlikeTED, Rachael was the Network to Transform Teaching and STEM Professional Learning Director for Northern Arizona University’s AZK12 Center and State Director for Educators Rising Arizona. A former high school Career and Technical Education teacher and hailing from a family of educators, she has 14 years of classroom teaching experience. Rachael is a Google Certified Educator with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She is a founding member of the Council on the Future of Education, President-Elect for the NCLA Executive Board, and serves on the Region V Policy Committee.   Blog: https://rachaelmann.co/ Twitter: @RachaelEdu
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10 min
May 13, 2019
Alec Couros on Spearfishing, Citizenship, and Lateral Reading
Schools are being targeted with "spearfishing" attacks - a new form of phishing that is quite deceptive. Citizenship encompasses digital citizenship and the importance of lateral reading are three of the motivating topics tackled today with education thought-leader Dr. Alec Couros. Sponsor: SmartBrief Keeping up with the news is challenging. Today’s sponsor, SmartBrief, has some email newsletters that will help you stay current. Whether you want to follow education technology, special education, math, or just teaching best practices, SmartBrief has an email newsletter for you. Check them out at coolcatteacher.com/smartbrief and sign up today. Dr. Alec Couros - Bio as Submitted Alec Couros is a professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, in Saskatchewan, Canada. An award-winning educator, Alec helps his undergraduate and graduate students take up the incredible affordances of our connected world through the integration of educational technology in teaching and learning. Alec is also a well-recognized scholar and researcher who has given hundreds of keynotes and workshops around the globe on diverse topics such as connected/networked learning, digital citizenship, social media in education, and critical media literacy, providing educators, students, and parents with the knowledge necessary to take advantage of and thrive in our new digital reality. Finally, Alec is a passionate advocate of openness in education and demonstrates this commitment through his open access publications, considerable digital presence and contributions, and highly successful MOOCs and open boundary courses. Blog: http://couros.ca/ Twitter:@courosa
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11 min
May 10, 2019
5 Ways to Leverage Play In Your Class Today
Play belongs in every classroom. Today, Jill Vialet shows us how. www.coolcatteacher.com/e490 Bio as submitted Jill Vialet is the Founder and CEO of Playworks, the leading nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children's social and emotional health. For more information, visit: www.playworks.org.   Blog: https://www.playworks.org/about/staff/meet-ceo-founder/   Twitter: @jillvialet  
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10 min
May 9, 2019
Music Teachers of Excellence with the CMA Foundation
Music education helps students engage with learning and has many positive benefits. Today's guest, Tiffany Kerns, Executive Director of the CMA Foundation talks about remarkable music teaching and their quest to recognize the top music teachers in the United States. www.coolcatteacher.com/e489   Related Resources Music education gives students an exciting and creative reason to be in the classroom. Student engagement in music class creates better attendance, which translates to higher test scores and graduation rates. There is significant data proving the positive impact music has on a student’s ability to retain, learn, and articulate information. This is seen especially in reading – without an improvement in literacy alone, our country will not be able to properly support this generation. Some of the benefits of music education include higher graduation rates, a greater chance of post-secondary success, social and emotional development, and shaping the next generation to be collaborative, creative and forward-thinking leaders.   Previous Shows Relating to This Topic Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns K-6 Educational Music Videos: Selecting the Right Videos for Learning Making Music with iPads and #edtech   Tiffany Kerns - Bio as submitted A common thread throughout Tiffany Kerns’ career has been her dedication to creating meaningful change and advocacy for nonprofit organizations. Paired with a steadfast focus on improving the philanthropic model of giving, Kerns has lead the Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation in their mission of enriching music education programs across the United States, working to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in music. Established as the philanthropic arm to the Country Music Association (CMA), the CMA Foundation has invested over $25 million into music education programs across all 50 states. As executive director, Kerns is responsible for the growth, development, and execution of the nonprofit’s charitable investments by creating strategic partnerships, working with policy leaders and implementing an impact-driven grant process. Kerns works with each and every grantee organization to provide strategic planning, compliance, project management, and community impact. She oversees advocacy efforts for the CMA Foundation at the state and federal level, which includes working with more than a dozen community partners to elevate the cause. Kerns also oversees the CMA’s collegiate program CMA EDU, which currently has 25 collegiate chapters nationwide and works to educate students on the music industry by providing opportunities to hear from industry professionals and participate in a hands-on work experience alongside marketing and tour production. Before joining the CMA Foundation, Kerns was the director of development at The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For over six years, Kerns filled various roles in special events and development. Driven by her passion to grow the organization and fueled by her exceptional leadership skills, single-handedly, Kerns implemented new fundraising initiatives and opportunities across the Southeast and Pacific Northwest regions. After expanding her footprint in nonprofit management and learning the biotech industry in San Francisco, Kerns moved to Nashville to develop and strengthen the donor portfolio for CFF which ultimately led her to CMA. Kerns is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she received a BA in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration. Blog: https://www.cmaworld.com/foundation/ Twitter: @cmafoundation
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9 min
May 8, 2019
PBIS, Discipline, and Compassion Fatigue
When I shared a USA Today Article on PBIS on my Facebook page, teachers started responding and yelled volumes about mis-implementation mis-understandings and mis-use of discipline -- specifically PBIS -- in their schools. So, Melissa Man, special education teacher with her Master's in Counseling agreed to come on the show and talk about the topic. What do you think? Melissa Mann's Bio as Submitted Melissa Mann is a special education teacher with the Madison County School System. She has taught both self-contained and collaborative students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. Melissa is dual certified in Elementary Education and Special Education. She also has a Master's in School Counseling and is a certified school counselor. Melissa presented at ISTE in 2015, and she has presented for the past eight years at Alabama's state technology conference and at various local conferences. Melissa is also a trainer with Simple K-12.  Her portfolio can be found at: www.bit.ly/TechTreasures   Blog: https://techtipsforthek-6classroom.blogspot.com/ Twitter: @mnmann  
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11 min
May 7, 2019
Raspberry Pi Guy, Rocketboards & Robots
Matt Timmons-Brown is the "Raspberry Pi Guy" on Youtube. If you don't know what the Raspberry Pi is, it is an amazing small computer from which you can make amazing things. Matt is the author of Learn Robotics with Raspberry Pi. This 19-year old student at the University of Edinburg talks about how he interested himself in Computer Science and shares his insight on how to engage his generation in a powerful career. www.coolcatteacher.com/e487  Matt Timmons-Brown - Bio as Submitted Matt, The Raspberry Pi Guy YouTube channel, author of Learn Robotics with Raspberry Pi, available now: http://mybook.to/raspirobots, BEng Computer Science & Electronics Undergraduate at The University of Edinburgh
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13 min
May 6, 2019
How to Build Trust with Your Students
Students need to trust their teachers. The result is better relationships, better learning, and a better quality of experience for everyone -- teachers and students included! Today's featured educator is CJ Reynolds, a teacher in West Philadelphia. CJ shares how to build relationships with students in some unconventional and cool ways. He also talks about why his YouTube channel has become so popular and how teachers can get motivated every day (not just Mondays.) www.coolcatteacher.com/e486 CJ Reynolds - Bio As Submitted CJ Reynolds teaches high school literature and The History of Hip-Hop in West Philadelphia. He is also the creator of the YouTube channel, Real Rap with Reynolds which aims at helping new and burned out teachers be the teacher they always wanted to be.   Blog: https://www.realrapwithreynolds.com/ Twitter: @realrapreynolds
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13 min
May 3, 2019
5 Ways to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed
This time of year is a challenging one for educators. It is easy to feel overwhelmed. Today's show will encourage and help you to overcome that overwhelmed feeling with 21-year educator Jon Harper. www.coolcatteacher.com/e485 Bio as Submitted Jon is the author of My Bad: 24 Educators Who Messed Up, Fessed Up and Grew, the host of My Bad and the co-host of Teachers’ Aid. During his 21 years in education, Jon was a nationally board certified teacher, a math coach and is currently an assistant principal at Sandy Hill Elementary School in Dorchester County. Twitter: @Jonharper70bd
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9 min
May 2, 2019
How to Transform the American High School
Dr. Sarah Fine, co-author of  In Search of Deeper Learning, The Quest to Remake the American High School talks about her research into remarkable high school experiences. Also, check the show notes for a transcript. www.coolcatteacher.com/e484 Dr. Sarah Fine, Bio as Submitted Dr. Sarah Fine is an educator, ethnographer, and the co-author of In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School. She currently directs the High Tech High Graduate School of Education's Teaching Apprenticeship Program and also serves as a Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of California San Diego. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Education Week, and a range of academic journals.   Twitter: @sarahmfine
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10 min
May 1, 2019
How to Give Effective Feedback that Works
Teachers spend hours giving effective feedback only to have students not respond or use it to improve. In this case, one could argue that the teacher isn't giving effective feedback because it is not being used to learn. Twelve-year English teacher turned principal Jordan Catapano helps us have more effective feedback that actually works to improve learning. www.coolcatteacher.com/483 Jordan Catapano - Bio As Submitted Jordan Catapano taught English for twelve years in a Chicago suburban high school, where he is now an Assistant Principal. In addition to being National Board Certificated and head of his school’s Instructional Development Committee, he also has worked with the Illinois Association of Teachers of English and has experience as a school board member for a private school. You can follow him on Twitter at @BuffEnglish.   Twitter: @BuffEnglish
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8 min
April 30, 2019
Digital Equity: How to Understand The Problems Facing #Edtech
Dr. Nicol R. Howard champions digital equity issues for children. What are those issues? How can we help? Today we take a dive into digital equity and the issues we should all consider -- and it is not just those with poverty who may not have access. Hear the surprising thing realized at the end of the show. www.coolcatteacher.com/e482 Related Resources Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for Teacher Prep Programs,  Pre-order --- Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for the K-12 Classroom Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers Through Connected Resources Journal pubs: Howard, N.R. (2018). EdTech Leaders’ Beliefs: How are K-5 teachers supported with the integration of computer science in K-5 classrooms?. Technology, Knowledge and Learning. doi:10.1007/s10758-018-9371-2 Howard, N.R. & Ifenthaler, D. (2018). Integrating STEM Opportunities for Young Learners. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 23(2), 1-3. doi: 10.1007/s10758-018-9364-1 Nicol Howard, Ph.D. - Bio As Submitted Nicol R. Howard, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of Redlands. She has served as an educator in various capacities over the past 19 years. She has taught at the high school level (9th – 12th grades and Special Education), grades K through 5, and she was a Program Specialist in Personalized and Blended Learning. Nicol has also taught in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. Nicol is the outgoing co-chair for ISTE’s Digital Equity Network, and she is the past chair for the American Educational Research Association’s Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning SIG. Her research foci are equitable uses of technology in K16 classrooms, STEM Education opportunities and achievement, and teacher education concerns. Her writing has appeared in the Corwin Connected Educators Series Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers Through Connected Resources, Urban Education Journal, International Journal of Educational Technology, EduCause, Edutopia, and eCampus News. Blog: https://www.nicolhoward.com Twitter: @nicolrhoward  
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10 min
April 29, 2019
Motivating Thoughts for Teachers
Preventing burnout, finding the right colleagues, communication, the struggle with perfection... these topics are just some of the encouragements that 30-year special education teacher-turned-college-professor Pat Hensley has for teachers everywhere. This South Carolina teacher has a message of hope and encouragement from her experience in education that will help all of us get motivated this Monday! www.coolcatteacher.com/e481 Pat Hensley - Bio as Submitted Pat taught students with special needs in public school for over thirty years. Now she teaches at the university level to preservice teachers and teachers getting their master's degree in special education. She was nationally board certified in 2002 and in 2006 was Mauldin High School's Teacher of the Year and a Greenville County School District Teacher of the Year Top 10 Finalist. Blog: http://successfulteaching.net Twitter: @looneyhiker
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9 min
April 26, 2019
5 Things to Know About Gen Z Kids
Shalini Shankar has been studying Generation Z. From spelling bee's to sports, this generation seems to be professionalizing their childhood. Learn more about this generation so you can be a better teacher for them. www.coolcatteacher.com/e480  Shalini Shankar is Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of three books, including Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal about Generation Z’s New Path to Success. She is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist whose ethnographic research focuses on youth, media, language use, race & ethnicity, and Asian diasporas. She is the mother of two Gen Z children.   Blog: shalinishankar.net Twitter: @shalini_shankar
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8 min
April 25, 2019
How Can We Help Lonely Kids and Improve School Safety?
Joe Fatheree helped co-organize a recent national summit on school safety in the United States. In today's show, Joe talks about the summit, what schools are doing nationwide on safety, and the need to help lonely children who are struggling. www.coolcatteacher.com/e479 Joe Fatheree's Bio as Submitted Joe Fatheree is an award-winning author, educator, and filmmaker. He has received numerous educational awards, including Illinois Teacher of the Year and the NEA's National Award for Teaching Excellence. He was recently named one of the Top 10 Teachers in the World by the Varkey Foundation. He has served as the Director of Strategic Projects for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year in Washington, D.C. and is the instructor of creativity and innovation at Effingham High School in Illinois. Fatheree's television work has aired nationally on PBS, The Documentary Channel, Hulu, and the MLB Network. He is the recipient of 3 Mid America Emmy Awards and a Telly.
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10 min
April 24, 2019
Standards-Based Grading: How to Start the Journey
Standards-based grading -- where students are assessed by specific standards -- is being discussed or implemented in many districts. Today we talk to an award-winning French teacher turned Instructional Technology Program Manager who can help us understand the pitfalls and possibilities of successful implementation. Nicole Naditz will also give us advice for getting started with standards-based grading as well. www.coolcatteacher.com/e478 Nicole Naditz - Bio as Submitted Nicole has been a Program Specialist in Instructional Technology at San Juan Unified School District since 2018. Prior to that, she taught French for 25 years, winning numerous awards for her work designing authentic relevant learning experiences for her students. Her most notable awards include finalist for California State Teacher of the Year, 2012 and ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year, 2015. Nicole is a sought after speaker and facilitator of professional learning on the topics of literacy, student voice, social justice, standards-based grading and more. You can see her 2015 acclaimed “TOY Talk” on standards-based grading here: https://youtu.be/UYQpqWwStCw. Blog: http://www.3rs4teachers.wordpress.com Twitter: @NicoleNaditz
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10 min
April 23, 2019
11 Essential Chrome Extensions (And a New Browser)
Extensions can be useful, helpful tools for parents and teachers. There are pitfalls and pluses from each extension and ways to use them in the classroom. In this episode, I'll put my geek hat on and share eleven essential chrome extensions and information on the new web browser, Brave, and why people are using it. In the show notes, I share the links. Enjoy! Extensity Read Write Toolbar Grammarly 3 Ways to ScreenGrab Evernote Google Keep One Note Notion (didn't make it in time for press but I'm testing this one!) LastPass Color Pic Eyedropper Tip: Use with Coolors.co Gmail Notifier Sending Screens to the board (3 ways) Lightcast Sender Airplay (no extension - part of Native iOS) Miracast (no extension - part of Droid OS) Screencastify Too Many Tabs for chrome Link Clump The Brave Browser www.coolcatteacher.com/e477  
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8 min
April 22, 2019
5 Tips to Help Students Feel Valued in the Classroom
Students need to feel valued. Today's featured educator Crystal Willis from Instagram and TpT as "SunflowersandSped" shares five important tips to help students feel valued. From noticing strengths to not making a simple mistake that makes people feel dumb -- Crystal has practical tips to help all of us better make children feel loved. www.coolcatteacher.com/e476 Subscribe to this show on iTunes or your favorite podcatcher Crystal Willis - Bio as Submitted Crystal from SunflowersandSped is an educator with more than ten years of special education classroom experience. Her credential is in mild to moderate special education with a certification in ELA. She has taught in both public and private school settings for elementary, middle, and high school grades, and is currently helping to oversee the implementation of a special ed program at a private school in Southern California. Crystal uses her IG account to connect with other sped teachers, parents, and students. She has a passion for making sure all special ed students feel seen, valued, and loved. As a student who struggled with dyslexia herself, she shares her story to build connections and community with her students and their families. What's next? Crystal is releasing her very own SunflowersandSped podcast in May. The podcast will give multiple perspectives on special education from the students, teachers, parents, and community. She'll be interviewing people representing each perspective, as well as sharing stories, strategies, and resources. The goal of the podcast is to inspire hope and community building.
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10 min
April 19, 2019
5 Ideas for Helping Parents Read with their Kids (No Matter Their Age)
Frederick Douglass said, "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." Reading is important. Today, we talk to reading expert, Amy Mascott, about how parents and teachers can help older children develop a love of reading.  www.coolcatteacher.com/e475 *** Advancement Courses Sponsor: Advancement Courses, a 30-year leader in teacher PD, is kicking off their Spring Sale! Use the code COOL 20 to save 20% off each course. Advancement Courses has over 240 graduate-level courses in 19 different subject areas. Topics include teaching foundational topics and emerging trends in K-12. The courses are all online and self-paced. Graduate credit is available with an official transcript from their CAEP and regionally accredited university partners. Thousands of teachers across the country become better at Advancement Courses. My favorite thing is that you can work at your own pace, create things for use in your classroom today, and you can have six months to complete the courses. Right now, my listeners can save 20% off each course with code COOL20 at Advancement Courses. *** Amy Mascott - Bio as Submitted Amy Mascott @teachmama is the creator of teachmama.com , where since 2008, she has shared tools and resources parents can use to become the best teachers they can be for their children. A reading teacher, author, and influencer, Amy has truly expanded the walls of her classroom, lending her expertise at local and national events all around the country. Amy resides in the DC Metro with her three crazy-cool kids, a dog, a bird, and a hamster. Book Releasing June 1:  Setting the Stage for Rock-Star Readers: Help Young Children Develop a Lifelong Love of Reading Raising a Rock Star Reader
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10 min
April 18, 2019
Girls and STEM: The Google 20% Project That Encourages Girls to go Into STEM
Girls and people of color need role models who look like them. Today's show is a team of people at Google who have done just that. Komal Singh is a Google Engineer and recruited other Google employees to participate in a powerful 20% time project that encourages girls to go into STEM. Learn about the project, the vision, and how you can share it with girls in. Ara the Star Engineer is a book to inspire girls. www.coolcatteacher.com/e474 *** Advancement Courses Sponsor: Advancement Courses, a 30-year leader in teacher PD, is kicking off their Spring Sale! Use the code COOL 20 to save 20% off each course. Advancement Courses has over 240 graduate-level courses in 19 different subject areas. Topics include teaching foundational topics and emerging trends in K-12. The courses are all online and self-paced. Graduate credit is available with an official transcript from their CAEP and regionally accredited university partners. Thousands of teachers across the country become better at Advancement Courses. My favorite thing is that you can work at your own pace, create things for use in your classroom today, and you can have six months to complete the courses. Right now, my listeners can save 20% off each course with code COOL20 at Advancement Courses. *** Komal Singh Bio as Submitted Komal Singh is an Engineering Program Manager at Google, and creator of kids’ STEM bestseller ‘Ara The Star Engineer’. She has been featured on Globe & Mail, Forbes, Financial Post, CTV, BuzzFeed, Google, The Social, The Record, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Geena Davis Institute, and more. Her journey in tech. spans over 14 years. As a software engineer and tech manager at Accenture, she lead teams to design and launch systems for many Fortune 500 clients. She currently works at Google as an Eng. Program Manager working on ‘cool products and infrastructure’ that impact billions of people around the globe.   Singh is also a keynote speaker, a mentor, a mother to two mini droids, a ceramicist, diversity & inclusion advocate [mango lover, zen seeker, globetrotter, overall good human]. Komal grew up in India and studied Computer Science at Delhi University and later moved to Canada to complete her Masters’ in Com. Sci. from Simon Fraser University. A globetrotter at heart, she has traveled to over a dozen countries, and currently lives in Waterloo, Canada with her husband and two little kids. Singh debuted as an author with the release of her empowering STEM book “Ara The Star Engineer” (her 20% passion project at Google) that was a bestseller on launch day. The book is being translated to more than 10 languages and has been converted to many immersive experiences. The book series sets to inspire children (esp. minorities) to explore the magic of STEM by featuring real-life women engineering leaders of diverse backgrounds, with a storyline inspired by fantastical innovation lands (e.g. Googleplex) and engineering problem solving (e.g. code a robot to count stars). Email: singh [dot] komal@gmail.com Twitter: think_oid@ & arastarengineer@ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/komals1/ Book Website: www.arastarenginer.com  
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11 min
April 17, 2019
Can Schools Be Fair? Restorative Justice and Improving Your School Culture
Desmond Tutu says, “Restorative justice says "No, the offense affected a relationship" and what you are seeking for is to restore the relationship, to heal the relationship.” Today, Brad Weinstein and Nathan Maynard, authors of Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice help us understand how restorative justice should work and some examples that will help us understand the successful implementation. www.coolcatteacher.com/473   *** Advancement Courses Sponsor: Advancement Courses, a 30-year leader in teacher PD, is kicking off their Spring Sale! Use the code COOL 20 to save 20% off each course. Advancement Courses has over 240 graduate-level courses in 19 different subject areas. Topics include teaching foundational topics and emerging trends in K-12. The courses are all online and self-paced. Graduate credit is available with an official transcript from their CAEP and regionally accredited university partners. Thousands of teachers across the country become better at Advancement Courses. My favorite thing is that you can work at your own pace, create things for use in your classroom today, and you can have six months to complete the courses. Right now, my listeners can save 20% off each course with code COOL20 at Advancement Courses. *** Bios as Submitted Brad Weinstein works as an administrator at the Purdue Polytechnic High School Network in Indianapolis, Indiana as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. He is a co-author of Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice. Brad is a co-founder of BehaviorFlip, a restorative behavior management system that helps build empathy and responsibility in students. He is the creator of @teachergoals, one of the most popular educational accounts in the world on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Brad served as principal for two years at Irvington Preparatory Academy on the eastside of Indianapolis. Brad taught for 11 years, including roles as a coach and STEM department chair. He won Teacher of the Year in 2016 at Zionsville West Middle School in Whitestown, Indiana. Brad holds a B.A. in Education from Purdue University, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University, and completed a Principal Licensure Program from Indiana Wesleyan University. Connect with him on Twitter @WeinsteinEdu Nathan Maynard works as an administrator at Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis, as the Dean of Culture. He also is the Co-Founder of BehaviorFlip, a restorative behavior management system that helps build a culture of empathy and responsibility. Nathan studied Behavioral Neuroscience at Purdue University and has been in the field for over ten years working with at-risk populations. He was awarded "Youth Worker of the Year" through dedicating his time with helping underserved and underprivileged youth involved with the juvenile justice system. He has been facilitating restorative practices for over ten years in a wide range of educational settings. Nathan is passionate about addressing the school-to-prison pipeline crisis and closing the achievement gap by implementing trauma-informed behavioral practices. Nathan has expertise in Dialectical Behavioral Coaching, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Youth Development, Restorative Justice, and Trauma-Informed building practices to assist with creating positive school climates. Connect with him on Twitter @NmaynardEdu.
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11 min
April 16, 2019
Will AI Help Education or Ruin It? The Pitfalls and Possibilities of AI.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is only as moral and as good as those who create it. Today, AI ethics thought-leader Joe Fatheree and I discuss this topic. Without discussing the ethics of AI and its algorithms, we risk opening the ultimate Pandora’s box of technology problems when we should instead work to get hope out of the AI box and keep the demons that could misuse and abuse us locked away. I’m not too sure we currently have the moral capacity and knowledge of right and wrong to wisely use AI. Either way, AI is here and we can be part of the conversation or we can sit in the corner and say “Nah Nah Nah I can’t hear you” until AI hears us and builds a cage around our little corner from which we cannot escape because ultimately, the key to any technology is crafted by those who make themselves part of the conversation.   www.coolcatteacher.com/472 *** Sponsor: Advancement Courses, a 30-year leader in teacher PD, is kicking off their Spring Sale! Use the code COOL 20 to save 20% off each course. Advancement Courses has over 240 graduate-level courses in 19 different subject areas. Topics include teaching foundational topics and emerging trends in K-12. The courses are all online and self-paced. Graduate credit is available with an official transcript from their CAEP and regionally accredited university partners. Thousands of teachers across the country become better at Advancement Courses. My favorite thing is that you can work at your own pace, create things for use in your classroom today, and you can have six months to complete the courses. Right now, my listeners can save 20% off each course with code COOL20 at Advancement Courses. *** Joe Fatheree's Bio as Submitted Joe Fatheree is an award-winning author, educator, and filmmaker. He has received numerous educational awards, including Illinois Teacher of the Year and the NEA's National Award for Teaching Excellence. He was recently named one of the Top 10 Teachers in the World by the Varkey Foundation. He has served as the Director of Strategic Projects for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year in Washington, D.C. and is the instructor of creativity and innovation at Effingham High School in Illinois. Fatheree's television work has aired nationally on PBS, The Documentary Channel, Hulu, and the MLB Network. He is the recipient of 3 Mid America Emmy Awards and a Telly.
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12 min
April 15, 2019
Improve Student Behavior Now!
Need to improve classroom management? Today Darrian Tanner, the Florida State High Impact Teacher award winner for 2016-2017 and 2018-2019 talks about how to help teachers improve their classroom management skills. www.coolcatteacher.com/e471 *** Sponsor: Advancement Courses, a 30-year leader in teacher PD, is kicking off their Spring Sale! Use the code COOL 20 to save 20% off each course. Advancement Courses has over 240 graduate-level courses in 19 different subject areas. Topics include teaching foundational topics and emerging trends in K-12. The courses are all online and self-paced. Graduate credit is available with an official transcript from their CAEP and regionally accredited university partners. Thousands of teachers across the country become better at Advancement Courses. My favorite thing is that you can work at your own pace, create things for use in your classroom today, and you can have six months to complete the courses. Right now, my listeners can save 20% off each course with code COOL20 at Advancement Courses. *** Darrian Tanner's Bio as Submitted Ms. Tanner is currently a 10th grade ELA teacher in Kissimmee, FL. This school year will mark ten years of teaching secondary ed ELA. She has been awarded the Florida State High Impact Teacher Award for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school year. She has taken upon a new and second position as a TSL mentor on her school campus where she mentors seven first year teachers. She is a proud graduate of Michigan State University College of Ed. Her passion will always be the classroom, but she has ventured out into the Professional Development arena where she does training for educators on the topics of Student Behavior/Teacher Authority and Literacy. She also published her first ebook Finally Some Answers: 50 Classroom Solutions for the Secondary Ed Teacher in 2016.
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12 min
April 12, 2019
5 Writing Strategies and Tools to Reach Every Learner
Do your students hate to write? If you need quick ideas to help reach reluctant and struggling writers, Michele Haiken will help us learn more! Michele Haiken, Ed.D. is an educator and ISTE author. She has taught middle school English for the past 20 years and an adjunct professor of literacy for the past twelve years. She is the author of Personalized Learning (ISTE, 2018) and forthcoming New Realms for Writing (ISTE, 2019). Connect with her at @teachingfactor www.coolcatteacher.com/e470  
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10 min
April 11, 2019
Unconventional Project Based Learning That Engages Students
Noa Daniel talks about how unconventional project-based learning and how we can engage students with learning. If you're struggling with student engagement, this is for you. www.coolcatteacher.com/e469 Noa Daniel's Bio as Submitted Noa is a passionate educator and an enthusiastic learner. She is a classroom teacher, podcaster, blogger. She is also a coach, consultant and Chief Building Officer at Building Outside the Blocks, creating projects and initiatives for students and educators that build skill, autonomy, community, and connection. https://buildingoutsidetheblocks.com/
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10 min
April 10, 2019
My Kids Hate Their Desks! (And What I Did About It!)
Brooke Markle, a veteran middle-level English educator, realized that her kids hated their desks. They wiggled. They moved. They struggled to pay attention. So, with a limited budget, she decided to change her classroom to give students a choice. The results are exciting.  www.coolcatteacher.com/e468
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10 min
April 9, 2019
Principal Frank DeAngelis - Part 2
Frank DeAngelis was principal of Columbine high school in 1999 and remained the principal until 2015 when all of the students who were in PreK at the time of the shooting graduated. His story of resilience and leadership is one that will inspire you to be there for your students even when times are tough. He tells his story in "They Call Me 'Mr. De: The Story of Columbine...'" www.coolcatteacher.com/e467
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8 min
April 8, 2019
Columbine's Frank DeAngelis - The Story of Columbine's Heart, Resilience, and Recovery
Frank DeAngelis was principal of Columbine high school in 1999 and remained the principal until 2015 when all of the students who were in PreK at the time of the shooting graduated. His story of resilience and leadership is one that will inspire you to be there for your students even when times are tough. He tells his story in "They Call Me 'Mr. De: The Story of Columbine...'" www.coolcatteacher.com/e466
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11 min
March 21, 2019
Neuroscience Research: 5 Ways to Superior Teaching
Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath gives us five ways that recent neuroscience research can help us improve our classroom teaching. www.coolcatteacher.com/e465  Todays' sponsor is NetRef, join me on Tuesday, March 26 at 4 pm ET for a free webinar, 5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology. Register now.
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16 min
March 21, 2019
How a Little Graphic Novel is Inspiring Teachers to Think
Today's show is an inspiring look into some of the truths of teaching from Josh Stumpenhorst, author of the graphic novel, Drawn to Teach, about the real life of teachers and how we can improve.  www.coolcatteacher.com/e464  Todays' sponsor is NetRef, join me on Tuesday, March 26 at 4 pm ET for a free webinar, 5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology. Register now.
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10 min
March 20, 2019
What Happens When a Statistics Class is Taught with PBL
Emma Chiappetta, Utah State Teacher of the Year 2017, uses a project-based learning approach for statistics. For those who think you cannot teach difficult content without heavy testing, Emma offers an alternative view. www.coolcatteacher.com/e463 Join me on Tuesday, March 26 at 4 pm ET for a free webinar, 5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology sponsored by Net Ref.
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11 min
March 19, 2019
Advice from a Filmmaking Pro About How to Help Kids Make Movies
Making movies with kids? You can benefit from practical advice from a professional film editor. Steven Hullfish has interviewed many of the top film editors in the world and shared their stories in Art of the Cut.  www.coolcatteacher.com/e462 Todays' sponsor is NetRef. On Tuesday, March 26 at 4 pm ET join me for 5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology. Register now.
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10 min
March 18, 2019
15 Ways to Get More Motivated This Week
If you're struggling and need some encouragement, today's show is for you. Mike Roberts, author of Chasing Greatness: 26.2 Ways Teaching is Like Running a Marathon, shares fifteen ways to get motivated this week.  www.coolcatteacher.com/e461 Todays' sponsor is NetRef, join me on Tuesday, March 26 at 4 pm ET for a free webinar, 5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology. Register now.
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11 min
March 15, 2019
5 Things About Effective Digital Citizenship You Need to Know
Mike Ribble, a digital citizenship expert, shares five important things every educator should know about digital citizenship.  www.coolcatteacher.com/e460 Todays' sponsor is NetRef, powerful Internet monitoring software for your school and classroom.
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8 min
March 14, 2019
How To Help Kids Ask More Amazing Questions Now
The Right Question Technique is being used by educators around the world to help children ask better questions. Erin Murphy talks about how we can implement some simple techniques to improve student questions today. www.coolcatteacher.com/e459  Todays' sponsor is NetRef, powerful Internet monitoring software for your school and classroom.
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10 min
March 13, 2019
5 Essential Things Teachers Need to Know About UDL
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) doesn't have to be mind-boggling. Today's guest is international UDL expert Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D. She talks about what we need to know and also the common mistakes educators make when starting to use UDL. www.coolcatteacher.com/e458 Todays' sponsor is NetRef, powerful Internet monitoring software for your school and classroom.
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10 min
March 12, 2019
What Educators Need to Know Right Now About Digital Citizenship - Part 2
In part 2 of this show, we discuss the addictive nature of social media and other important digital citizenship issues. Internet safety expert Anne Collier shares. www.coolcatteacher.com/e457 Todays' sponsor is NetRef, powerful Internet monitoring software for your school and classroom.
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8 min
March 11, 2019
What Educators Need to Know Right Now About Digital Citizenship Part 1
Anne Collier, Founder and Executive Director of The Net Safety Collaborative and SocialMediaHelpline.com, shares what we need to know about social media in this two-part series. www.coolcatteacher.com/e456 Todays' sponsor is NetRef, powerful Internet monitoring software for your school and classroom.
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9 min
March 8, 2019
5 Ways to Achieve Balance
Mandy Froehlich gives teachers advice on how to achieve balance between their classroom and personal life. It is difficult but these ideas can help. www.coolcatteacher.com/e455
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9 min
March 7, 2019
What This Writing Expert Learned That Will Make You a Better Teacher
Angela Stockman has been spending time with students as she teaches them to improve and enjoy their writing. She's learned some remarkable things that she shares on this show. www.coolcatteacher.com/e454
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10 min
March 6, 2019
Why Teaching Languages is Actually Very Important
Diego Ojeda, co-founder of @LangchatPLN talks about the importance of languages and why we need to know them even in a world of translators and AI. www.coolcatteacher.com/e453
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10 min
March 5, 2019
How to Use Augmented Reality in Language and Literature Classes
TW Williamson, a teacher in Taiwan, is helping language and literature teachers use Augmented Reality (AR) in exciting ways. Dive into this new technology and see how it is being used. www.coolcatteacher.com/e452
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8 min
March 4, 2019
Momo Reflections -- The Warning: My Thoughts on What We Can Learn from "Momo"
The Momo scam/hoax/threat has inspired some thoughts about what we should learn so we can prevent such a time-wasting but hurtful thing from spreading again in the future. www.coolcatteacher.com/e451
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11 min
March 1, 2019
5 Ways to Teach Using Art
Nicola Giardina, author of The More We Look, the Deeper It Gets: Transforming the Curriculum Through Art shares five ways we can incorporate art into our teaching. www.coolcatteacher.com/e450 Check out the Cool Cat Teacher weekly newsletter at www.coolcatteacher.com/newsletter 
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8 min
February 28, 2019
Why Playful Learning Is So Important in the Classroom and the Real World
David Gann, Professor of Innovation and Technology Management, shares what his research has shown about playful learning in the business world and classroom. This is a great show for those who think "play" is a bad word and to realize that play is applicable at all levels of success. www.coolcatteacher.com/e449
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9 min
February 27, 2019
How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education
Michael Cohen, aka the Tech Rabbi, and author of Education by Design talks about classroom design. We should design the classroom environment for learning. www.coolcatteacher.com/e448 Today's sponsor is Empatico a powerful global collaborative tool for ages 7-11. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/empatico
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10 min
February 26, 2019
How to Use Alexa Devices in the Classroom
Dr. Brian S. Friedlander talks about the Amazon Alexa devices and why so many teachers are excited about them. www.coolcatteacher.com/e447  Today's sponsor is Empatico, a free global collaborative app for students aged 7-11. coolcatteacher.com/empatico
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9 min
February 25, 2019
Reclaiming Our Calling #MotivationMonday
Get motivated and remember why we want to teach with principal Brad Gustafson. www.coolcatteacher.com/e446  Sponsored by Empatico, an amazing free way to collaborate for ages 7-11 www.coolcatteacher.com/empatico
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9 min
February 22, 2019
5 Essential Practices for Designated and Integrated ELD
Elizabeth Iwaszewicz talks about five strategies for designated and integrated ELD /ELA. www.coolcatteacher.com/e445  Today's sponsor is Metaverse. Go to
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10 min
February 21, 2019
AI in the Classroom
Michelle Zimmerman talks about AI in the classroom and her new book that shares what we should be doing in this topic. www.coolcatteacher.com/e444  sponsored by: Metaverse - learn more at < href="https://www.coolcatteacher.com/metaverse ">www.coolcatteacher.com/metaverse 
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11 min
February 20, 2019
Creating in AR and VR in the Classroom
Jaime Donally talks about how students can create with AR and VR in the classroom. coolcatteacher.com/e443 Today's sponsor is Metaverse. Check them out at coolcatteacher.com/metaverse
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11 min
February 19, 2019
AR and VR in the Classroom
Augmented Reality an Virtual Reality in the classroom with Hall Davidson. www.coolcatteacher.com/e442  Today's sponsor is Metaverse. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/metaverse  to try this app for free.
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11 min
February 18, 2019
25 Days of Making: When Educators Make, Create, and Have Fun
Learning to make and create can be a challenge but hundreds of educators took the challenge. Aaron Maurer talks about the 25 days of making. You can join in! www.coolcatteacher.com/e441 Today's sponsor is Metaverse. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/metaverse to try this app for free. Use the code ARforEDU to try the new classroom Collections feature.
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9 min
February 15, 2019
5 Ways to Battle Burnout
Tired teachers need strategies to stay refreshed and feel good. Today, we talk about battling burnout. www.coolcatteacher.com/e440 Right now, 10-minute Teacher Listeners can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20 at advancementcourses.com/coolcat. (That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours.)
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10 min
February 14, 2019
Valentine's Gift: Confessions of the Pain, Joy, and Love of Teaching
In this extended Valentine's Gift, I share some stories of insults, struggles, mistakes, and joys of teaching. www.coolcatteacher.com/e439  Right now, 10-minute Teacher Listeners can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20 at advancementcourses.com/coolcat. (That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours.)
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24 min
February 13, 2019
This is What Happens When You Teach From Antarctica
Developing an "explorer's mindset" is the goal. To accomplish this, Donnie Piercey traveled to Antarctica and connected with his students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e438  Right now, 10-minute Teacher Listeners can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20 at advancementcourses.com/coolcat. (That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours.)
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11 min
February 12, 2019
Fantastic Apps I Use Every Day
I have picked five of my essential classroom tools. Pick one today to try with your students. I've also added some of my favorite new productivity tools for my smartphone, iPad, and a few new ones for my Mac. www.coolcatteacher.com/e437  Right now, 10-minute Teacher Listeners can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20 at advancementcourses.com/coolcat.
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9 min
February 11, 2019
Revealing the Heart to Breakthrough to the Unreachable Student
Basil Marin's story of the struggle to success will inspire every teacher to reach the unreachable student. We all have unreachable stars in our classroom if we'll just look for them. www.coolcatteacher.com/e436 Right now, my listeners can save 20% off each course with code COOL20 at Advancement Courses.
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11 min
February 8, 2019
5 Popular Must-Watch Videos with Inspiring Stories That Will Make You Smile
Trevor Muir’s Facebook videos are getting millions of views. Hear the touching teacher stories that are resonating and have teachers sharing. See the videos at: www.coolcatteacher.com/e435   The Teacher’s Guide to Technology 2019 is here! See www.coolcatteacher.com/guide  to learn more about this handy, useful guide from Jennifer Gonzalez.
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11 min
February 7, 2019
Secrets of Accessible Online Content You Need to Know
In some of the statistics about online accessibility, we see that, up to 20% of people are excluded from websites when our site is not accessible. More than that - federal lawsuits for non-compliance have risen 180% from 2017 to 2018 in the United States. Today, we dig into a university that is making progress on accessibility and compliance. www.coolcatteacher.com/e434
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8 min
February 6, 2019
Pioneering Excellence for Better Computer Science Now
Doug Bergman, author of Computer Science K12: Imagine the Possibilities, gives an overview of the things we should be teaching students relating to Computer Science from kindergarten to high school. www.coolcatteacher.com/e433 The Teacher’s Guide to Technology 2019 is here! See www.coolcatteacher.com/guide to learn more about this useful guide from Jennifer Gonzalez.
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12 min
February 5, 2019
Valuable Virtual Reality Things Every Teacher Should Know
The impossible, dangerous, counterproductive, or experience are perfect experiences for virtual reality. Teacher Steven Sato shares with us the kinds of virtual reality experiences that are useful in the classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e432 The Teacher’s Guide to Technology 2019 is here! See www.coolcatteacher.com/guide to learn more about this useful guide from Jennifer Gonzalez.
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12 min
February 4, 2019
Beware of Time-Wasting Low Level Technology Learning
Tom Murray reflects on his first 1:1 program seventeen years ago with Palm Pilots. He's concerned that we often celebrate low-level learning. "Just because something is digital does not mean it is any good," says Tom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e431 The Teacher’s Guide to Technology 2019 is here! See www.coolcatteacher.com/guide to learn more about this useful guide from Jennifer Gonzalez.
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12 min
February 1, 2019
5 Authentic Ways to Encourage People Right Now
Genuine appreciation that is timely and meaningful can go a long way in the classroom, between colleagues, and administrators and their teachers. So why don't we show more appreciation? It doesn't have to be hard as Dr. Brad Johnson explains in this simple but inspiring show about taking the time to build relationships. We can do this. Even more importantly, we must. www.coolcatteacher.com/e430
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11 min
January 31, 2019
How to Make Science Thrilling from a "Jurassic Park" Mind
Dr. Ray Havasay was a scientist consulted on the making of the original Jurassic Park. Now, she is Executive Director of The Center for Science Teaching and Learning where she specializes in helping engage students in exciting science learning. www.coolcatteacher.com/e429
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12 min
January 30, 2019
How to Get Your Students Out of the Box
How can you get your students out of the box when you educate them in a box? Check out a revolutionary way to educate with arts, ag, and nature by digging into Chattahoochee Hills Charter School outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Executive Director, Chester Asher, shares what they've learned, the pitfalls, and how his school has the lowest suspension rates in Fulton County, GA and why he thinks that is the case. www.coolcatteacher.com/e428
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11 min
January 29, 2019
Building Good Relationships with Your Students' Parents
Today's parents like a different kind of communication. Student videos. Some information and not others. Mike Daugherty, a Director of Technology in Ohio, has been studying this topic and experimenting for the last several years to find optimal ways to communicate with today's parents. Today, he shares what he has learned. www.coolcatteacher.com/e427
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11 min
January 28, 2019
Building Positive Relationships Between Administrators and Teachers
While teachers might need to put students first, Dr. Brad Johnson makes the point in his book Putting Teachers First: How to Inspire, Motivate, and Connect with Your Staff that administrators need to focus on teachers in order to help students. He also shares techniques for building positive relationships between administrators and teachers including a different take on classroom visits to make them more positive. www.coolcatteacher.com/e426
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9 min
January 25, 2019
5 Sure Fire Ways to Create Remarkable Graphics
Tony Vincent is a pro at creating graphics. His blog and work is full of amazing graphics. Today, he teaches us five sure-fire ways to create remarkable graphics. We can teach our students or use them to promote the causes we care about. coolcatteacher.com/e425
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10 min
January 24, 2019
How Should We Evaluate Leaders?
Dr. Toby Travis, Headmaster and leadership consultant, talks about the effective methods of evaluating school leaders, focusing on the research. www.coolcatteacher.com/e424
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13 min
January 23, 2019
No 1:1 devices? You can be an awesome tech using school anyway!
Gail Charnick and her teachers are using a variety of technologies and showing that you don't have to be 1 to 1 to be leading edge. www.coolcatteacher.com/e423
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10 min
January 22, 2019
Virtual Valentines & 2 other cool, fun collaborative ideas for teachers
Dyane Smokorowski talks about Virtual Valentines, a Doodle project, and a fun trip with teachers to the San Diego Zoo this summer. Dive in! www.coolcatteacher.com/e421  Get the weekly newsletter with free resources and ideas for your classroom from the Cool Cat Teacher at www.coolcatteacher.com/newsletter.
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8 min
January 21, 2019
How to Motivate Teachers to Change
Motivating change in ourselves and others can be challenging but it can be done. Join Joy Kirr, 7th grade ELA Teacher, with surprising insight on why teachers really change! www.coolcatteacher.com/e421 Get Vicki Davis' weekly newsletter for teachers with freebies, ideas, and more at www.coolcatteacher.com/newsletter.
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10 min
January 18, 2019
5 Ways to Connect Young Adults with Reading
Librarian Karen Scott challenges us with some non-traditional practices to get kids interested in reading including organizing her library by genre and using social media and graphics to inspire a love of reading. www.coolcatteacher.com/e420 Advancement Courses has expertly-crafted classroom courses. Use the code COOL20 to get 20% off your course at www.advancementcourses.com/coolcat.
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11 min
January 17, 2019
How We Disenfranchise Students of Color
Self-examination is an important part of improving our teaching practice. With this in mind, Josh Parker encourages us to reflect upon our practice as a teacher with working with a diverse population of students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e419  Advancement Courses has expertly-crafted classroom courses. Use the code COOL20 to get 20% off your course at www.advancementcourses.com/coolcat.
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17 min
January 16, 2019
3 Awesome Minutes: Question Formulation Techniques (QFT)'s
Chris Fancher talks about how to use question formulation techniques (QFT)'s in your classroom by sharing what he does in his. This simple 3 minutes can change your classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e418 Advancement Courses has expertly-crafted classroom courses. Use the code COOL20 to get 20% off your course at www.advancementcourses.com/coolcat.
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9 min
January 15, 2019
Preservice Teachers in a Virtual Co-Op Program
Dr. Sam Fecich runs a virtual co-op program for her preservice teachers. This program not only helps her preservice teachers learn while doing authentic work, but it helps teachers get help for their classrooms. www.coolcatteacher.com/e417 Advancement Courses has expertly-crafted classroom courses. Use the code COOL20 to get 20% off your course at www.advancementcourses.com/coolcat.
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13 min
January 14, 2019
Telling our Student's Stories
Tell student stories. In today's episode, Jamie Ewing talks about his new YouTube channel and why he finds sharing student stories to be a powerful way to help the profession of teaching. www.coolcatteacher.com/e416 Advancement Courses has expertly-crafted classroom courses. Use the code COOL20 to get 20% off your course at www.advancementcourses.com/coolcat.
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12 min
January 11, 2019
5 Questions We Ask While Using Rubrics
Rubrics can be helpful. But when are they not helpful? What mistakes do we make when using rubrics? English teacher, Dr. Scott N. Forrest shares the five questions they ask at his school when working with rubrics. www.coolcatteacher.com/e415
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12 min
January 10, 2019
Breaking Lockstep Test Prep in Schools
Jerry Blumengarten has been working with schools for years. But when his local schools in Florida where he has retired have turned away his free offer of help because they have no time, Jerry fights back by talking about how we need to break this "Lockstep Test Prep" mentality. This episode will make you think. < href="https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e414">www.coolcatteacher.com/e414 
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15 min
January 9, 2019
Injury Free VR, VR in Healthcare, and Future VR Classroom Trends
Preventing injuries during VR in the classroom and some interesting future VR trends in healthcare and the classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e413 The 40-Hour Workweek program will help you cut down the number of hours you spend on your job and help you become more productive. It closes on January 10, so check out www.coolcatteacher.com/40 and learn more about this fantastic program that Vicki recommends.
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14 min
January 8, 2019
VR Nausea, Safety and other Virtual Reality Protocols to Keep Kids Healthy and Learning
Got a VR Headset? Did you know some of them cause nausea? Jaime Donally, talks about virtual reality in the classroom and shares everything we need to know! Part 1 of 2 www.coolcatteacher.com/e412 The 40-Hour Workweek program will help you cut down the number of hours you spend on your job and help you become more productive. It closes on January 10, so check out www.coolcatteacher.com/40.
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12 min
January 7, 2019
Never Yell and Other Classroom Management Secrets of a Pro
Stacey Corrigan shares her classroom management secrets (and some mistakes). This show challenges teachers to reconsider what works (and doesn't) in their own classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e411 Sponsor: The 40-Hour Workweek program will help you cut down the hours you spend on your job and help you become more productive. It closes on January 10, www.coolcatteacher.com/40 and learn more.
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16 min
December 24, 2018
ENCORE: 20 Tech Tips to Shake Up Learning
Kasey Bell shares her tech tips for helping teachers make progress with technology. She also shares the biggest mistake she's made as a teacher relating to edtech. https://www.coolcatteacher.com/20-tech-tips-shake-learning/ 
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13 min
December 20, 2018
ENCORE: Trade the Cow and Start the Year Well
Start the year right with this motivational story about Will Rogers. "Trade the Cow." The next 40-hour workweek club from Angela Watson starts in January. Go to coolcatteacher.com/40 to get early bird materials and an early bird access price.
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8 min
December 19, 2018
ENCORE: 5 Habits of Healthy Teachers
Jen Burdis, teacher, and two-time American Ninja Warrior Competitor shares her secrets for staying healthy as a teacher. coolcatteacher.com/e370 The next 40-hour workweek club from Angela Watson starts in January. Go to coolcatteacher.com/40  to get early bird materials and an early bird access price.
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10 min
December 18, 2018
ENCORE: Math Success with No Textbook
Mandy Tolen shares how she teaches math, engages students and teachers to standards with NO TEXTBOOK. From choose your own adventure stories to other engaging methods, all teachers will have something to learn. Join Augmented Reality Classroom enthusiasts as they talk about the pedagogies of teaching with AR. This free webinar will be on Wednesday, December 19 at 9 pm ET and is cosponsored by #ARVRinEDU chat, 3D Bear, and I will be moderating. Go to coolcatteacher.com/arwebinar to register.
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12 min
December 17, 2018
ENCORE: 5 Creative "Googley" Tech Tools to Get Kids Creating
#5 Show of Season 4 -- Evan Mosier from Iowa teaches us some awesome Googley ideas to start our school year with excitement and creativity. www.coolcatteacher.com/e406 Join Augmented Reality Classroom enthusiasts as they talk about the pedagogies of teaching with AR. Join us Wed, December 19 at 9 pm ET. Go to coolcatteacher.com/arwebinar to register.
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11 min
December 14, 2018
5 Things to Keep in Mind When Implementing Technology
Dr. Joshua Elliott talks about what we need to consider when implementing new technology. coolcatteacher.com/e405 Join Augmented Reality Classroom enthusiasts as they talk about the pedagogies of teaching with AR. This free webinar will be on Wednesday, December 19 at 9 pm ET with #ARVRinEDU chat, 3D Bear, and I will be moderating. Go to coolcatteacher.com/arwebinar to register.
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12 min
December 13, 2018
Student Authored Interviews: An Empowering Way to Help Students Lead
Daniel Miyake from Los Angeles talks about how his students interview on-campus visits. He also shares how students help convey the vision for the school. www.coolcatteacher.com/e404 Join Augmented Reality Classroom enthusiasts as they talk about the pedagogies of teaching with AR. This free webinar will be on Wednesday, December 19 at 9 pm ET.. Go to coolcatteacher.com/arwebinar to register.
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10 min
December 12, 2018
Strategies to Help Kids Love Reading
Barb Gilman (known as @barbinnebraska) has a classroom rich with a love of reading. Today she talks about strategies any teacher can use to help kids love reading. coolcatteacher.com/e403 Join ARClassroom enthusiasts to talk about the pedagogies of teaching with AR on Wed, December 19 at 9 pm ET. With me, #ARVRinEDU chat and 3D Bear. Go to coolcatteacher.com/arwebinar to register.
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11 min
December 11, 2018
3D Printing in a STEM Classroom
David Ternent shares how he has used his 3D printers to transform and excite kids about learning STEM concepts. coolcatteacher.com/e402 Join Augmented Reality Classroom enthusiasts to discuss the pedagogies of teaching with AR. This free webinar is Wednesday, December 19 at 9 pm ET and is cosponsored by #ARVRinEDU chat and 3D Bear. Go to coolcatteacher.com/arwebinar  to register.
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11 min
December 10, 2018
top Chef: Cooking Up Instructional Greatness with Fun PD
Allison Starling talks about a fun "PD Event" she plans for her school that makes innovation fun. She discusses how she styles this event and what teachers learn.www.coolcatteacher.com/e401 Sponsor: Take the Goodbye, Teacher Tired Challenge: 5 Days to Doing Fewer things Better by Angela Watson. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/challenge  and join.
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10 min
December 7, 2018
5 Ways to Help a Teacher
Debbie Scott has started the "Help a Teacher" Facebook page. Learn how it works and join in supporting teachers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e400 Link: https://www.facebook.com/helpateacher/
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10 min
December 6, 2018
Games and Play Based Learning in the Classroom
Play can be used to teach. C. Ross Flatt from the Institute of Play, talks about exemplars and best practices for play in the middle and high school classrooms. www.coolcatteacher.com/e399
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11 min
December 5, 2018
Formative Assessment in Kindergarten
Becky Holden talks about formative assessment in kindergarten. From notetaking on how knowledge is forming as students are learning to the importance of understanding a child's learning path, www.coolcatteacher.com/e398 SPONSOR: Join a Free Personalized Learning Session with Me and TextHelp! This Thursday, December 6 from 1-3 pm Eastern Time, text.help/coolcatteacher
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15 min
December 4, 2018
Innovative Science Teaching in Grades 6-12
Isabella Liu is a science teacher in Hong Kong. From augmented reality to game-based learning, she has a variety of ideas to share about how she amps up her science teaching with technology. www.coolcatteacher.com/e397 SPONSOR: Join a Free Personalized Learning Session with Me and TextHelp! This Thursday, December 6 from 1-3 pm ET, Go to text.help/coolcatteacher and join the conversation.
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12 min
December 3, 2018
5 Ways to Help Kids of All Ages Code #HourofCode
Brian Aspinall, author of Code Breaker, shares how students from kindergarten to high school can start to learn coding. www.coolcatteacher.com/e396 SPONSOR: Join a Free Personalized Learning Session with Me and TextHelp! This Thursday, December 6 from 1-3 pm Eastern Time, Edweek is hosting. Go to https://text.help/coolcatteacher and join the conversation.
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10 min
November 30, 2018
5 Ways to Use Augmented Reality in the Classroom
Lindsay Fell is using augmented reality in the classroom (and so much more.) Today she shares five favorite augmented reality tools (plus one more.) www.coolcatteacher.com/e395 Today's sponsor: Project Pals has a useful classroom collaborative platform that lets you create and manage projects for your students.
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12 min
November 29, 2018
Transformational Teaching in Troubled Times - Part 2 - Sia Kyriakakos
Sia Kyriakakos teaches art in Baltimore but she teaches far more than art. In part 2 of this conversation with a teacher who is working to become relevant and relatable, see how Sia is teaching in tough times. www.coolcatteacher.com/e394 Today's sponsor: Project Pals has a useful classroom collaborative platform that lets you create and manage projects for your students.
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10 min
November 28, 2018
Transformational Teaching in Troubled Times - Part I - Sia Kyriakakos
Sia Kyriakakos teaches art in Baltimore but she teaches far more than art. In part 1 of this conversation with a teacher who is working to become relevant and relatable, see how Sia is teaching in tough times. www.coolcatteacher.com/e393 Today's sponsor: Project Pals has a useful classroom collaborative platform that lets you create and manage projects for your students.
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10 min
November 27, 2018
Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom
Master music teacher Amy Burns shares how Seesaw has become a portal for musical performances for parents and grandparents. She shares her game-changing best practices for the elementary music classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e392 Today's sponsor: www.projectpals.comhas a useful classroom collaborative platform that lets you create and manage projects for your students.
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14 min
November 26, 2018
Rewiring Education: Lessons Learned from Apple's First VP of Education
John Couch, Apple's first VP of Education hired by Steve Jobs, talks about education as it should be. From the early research from Apple to current technologies, learn about what we should be doing in education with challenge based learning. coolcatteacher.com/e391 Today's sponsor is Project Pals. Check out my review at coolcatteacher.com
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13 min
November 8, 2018
Student Created Learning (A Timeless Learning Priniciple)
Pam Moran and Ira Socol talk about the timeless principle of student-created learning. What does this look like? www.coolcatteacher.com/e389
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14 min
November 7, 2018
How Do I Help My Students Use iPads? Helping Kids Troubleshoot iPads and Use Them Effectively
Pana Asavavatana won the ISTE Kay Bitter Award for 2018 as a top technology using kindergarten teacher. In today's show, she digs deep about how she teaches her students to use iPads. www.coolcatteacher.com/e388 
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9 min
November 6, 2018
Are Smartphones in the Classroom a Smart Move?
Liz Kolb evaluates where we've come with smartphones in the classroom a decade after writing one of the original educational books about using cell phones in the classroom.  www.coolcatteacher.com/e387 
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11 min
November 5, 2018
How to Hold Better Meetings
Rushton Hurley talks about how to run more exciting and effective meetings in schools. www.coolcatteacher.com/e386 
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11 min
November 2, 2018
Overcoming 5 Barriers to the Implementation of PBL
John Larmer, the editor at the Buck Institute, talks about common barriers to effective project-based learning and how to overcome them. www.coolcatteacher.com/e385 Today's sponsor is Projectpals.com, a fantastic platform for students to plan, create, and manage their own projects (and for teachers to coach.) Learn more at projectpals.com.
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12 min
November 1, 2018
Gold Standard Project Based Learning: Project Based Teaching
After much research, Suzie Boss shares what makes excellent project-based teaching and gives a sneak peek into her book by the same name. www.coolcatteacher.com/e384 Today's sponsor is Projectpals.com, a fantastic platform for students to plan, create, and manage their own projects (and for teachers to coach.) Learn more at projectpals.com.
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11 min
October 31, 2018
A Personalized High School: How It Works
Julia Bamba leads a personalized high school. After three years, they are graduating their first senior class. Learn about their successes and lessons from this revolutionary approach to learning being piloted in many US districts. www.coolcatteacher.com/e383 Today's sponsor is Projectpals.com, a fantastic platform for students to plan, create, and manage their own projects.
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13 min
October 30, 2018
An Artificial Intelligence Curriculum in Middle School
Dr. Justin Aglio has partnered with Carnegie Mellon and MIT to develop a middle school curriculum teaching Artificial Intelligence. Learn how they did it and what they are teaching in today's episode. www.coolcatteacher.com/e382 Today's sponsor is Projectpals.com, a fantastic platform for students to plan, create, and manage their own projects (and for teachers to coach.)
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13 min
October 29, 2018
Atomic Habits for Teachers and Students
James Clear, author of Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones, talks about healthy habit building for students and teachers.  www.coolcatteacher.com/e381 Today's sponsor is Projectpals.com, a fantastic platform for students to plan, create, and manage their own projects (and for teachers to coach.) Learn more at projectpals.com.
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15 min
October 26, 2018
5 Ways for Teachers to Take Back Time and Make the Most of It
Sarah Johnson is a leader who is passionate about stemming burnout through sharing the balance message for fellow educators, elevating women in leadership, and inspiring others with faith-filled leadership. www.coolcatteacher.com/e380 Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.
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10 min
October 25, 2018
The Neuroscience of Play, Games, and Learning (and Why Fortnite Might Not Be So Bad After All)
Dr. Dave Neale is a researcher in the psychology of play and learning at the Centre for Play, Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) at The University of Cambridge. www.coolcatteacher.com/e378 Sponsor:  Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course.
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14 min
October 18, 2018
Important Things I've Learned and Want to Teach from Disaster
Today, I share some things from my home that I've learned and want to teach as a result of Hurricane Michael. www.coolcatteacher.com/e377 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat . Use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.
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10 min
October 16, 2018
I was hit by Hurricane Michael: What You Need to Know About Tech When You Have No Technology
The technology and tips that we have learned in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael that you need to know. coolcatteacher.com/e377 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat. Use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.
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22 min
October 15, 2018
How School Leaders Can Motivate Instructional Innovation: A Teacher's Quest for Progress
Thomas Arnett, a senior research fellow for the Christensen Institute, talks about research on effective teacher PD. www.coolcatteacher.com/e376 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.
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12 min
October 8, 2018
Fall Break on the 10-Minute Teacher
In the meantime, look up your favorite topic and listen to back shows of the 10-Minute teacher at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast. Thanks for listening!
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October 5, 2018
Eduprotocols for Littles with Jon Corippo
Instead of selecting many apps, select a few tools/protocols for how things are taught with edtech by selecting an eduprotocol. www.coolcatteacher.com/e375 Sponsored by: The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. 150+ apps for your student iPads or Google Play devices inside one powerful app. Start your free trial today at www.coolcatteacher.com/reallygoodstuff.
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13 min
October 4, 2018
Kindergarten Kindness Superheroes and the DNA of Kindergarteners
Laurie McIntosh's kindergarten "superheroes" wear their capes and spread kindness. She also surveys student's DNA (dreams, needs, and abilities). www.coolcatteacher.com/e374 Sponsored by: The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. 150+ apps for student IOS or Google Play devices inside one powerful app. Free trial today at www.coolcatteacher.com/reallygoodstuff.
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11 min
October 3, 2018
Gaming in Early Elementary in Education in Australia
Helen Kardiasmenos talks about early elementary gaming and how she is using gaming in her classroom in Australia. www.coolcatteacher.com/e373 Sponsor: The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. 150+ apps for your student iPads or Google Play devices inside one powerful app. Powerful analytics. Start your free trial today at www.coolcatteacher.com/reallygoodstuff.
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10 min
October 2, 2018
iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education
Emily Lynch talks about how to use iPads in the classroom to differentiate instruction. www.coolcatteacher.com/e372 Sponsored by: The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. 150+ apps for your student iPads or Google Play devices inside one powerful app.Start your free trial today at www.coolcatteacher.com/reallygoodstuff .
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12 min
October 1, 2018
Motivating Teachers of K-2 Students
Karen Lirenman inspires K-2 teachers with her secrets to innovating and staying positive. coolcatteacher.com/e371 Sponsor: The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. 150+ apps for your student iPads or Google Play devices inside one powerful app. Standards-aligned. Personalized. Powerful analytics. Start your free trial today at coolcatteacher.com/reallygoodstuff.
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11 min
September 28, 2018
5 Habits of Healthy Teachers
Jen Burdis, teacher and two-time American Ninja Warrior Competitor, shares her secrets for staying healthy as a teacher. www.coolcatteacher.com/e370 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more.
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11 min
September 27, 2018
1 Way to Help Kids with the Trauma and Drama of Life (and a Free Journal to Help You Do It)
The Imagine Project has free journals and lesson plans that help students cope with the drama and trauma of life. Dianne Maroney helps us. www.coolcatteacher.com/e369 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more.
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13 min
September 26, 2018
Flexible Seating: Before and After
Fourth-grade teacher Justine MacKinnon helps us understand how flexible seating has changed her classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e368 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more.
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10 min
September 26, 2018
Flexible Seating: Before and After
Fourth-grade teacher Justine MacKinnon helps us understand how flexible seating has changed her classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e368 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more.
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September 25, 2018
Making a Yearbook with Google Slides
Jennifer Scott saves her school tens of thousands as they make their yearbook with Google Slides. www.coolcatteacher.com/e367 www.coolcatteacher.com/e367 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more.
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13 min
September 24, 2018
MasterMind Educator Groups: Build Safe Spaces for Innovation
In this show, 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki shares how she has facilitated Mastermind groups successfully. www.coolcatteacher.com/e366 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit is only $359. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more.
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12 min
September 21, 2018
5 Ways to Teach Digital Citizenship (and the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship)
In this show, I teach the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship in 5 simple steps. Enjoy! www.coolcatteacher.com/e365 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for only $359. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more.
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12 min
September 20, 2018
14 Million People Read Her Classroom Tweet About 1 Question She Asks Students
André Sasser, 9-year math teacher, tweeted something that has been viewed by 14 million people. This simple statement has transformed Andre’s classroom in powerful ways. coolcatteacher.com/e364
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12 min
September 19, 2018
Geo-Inquiry in Project Based Learning
Geo-inquiry expert Jim Bentley talks about what this project-based learning method looks like in his fifth-grade classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e363 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more.
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12 min
September 18, 2018
3 Interesting Trends in Online Education Content (That You May Not Know)
Andrew Pass talks about trends in online education and shares how to educate effectively in online learning spaces. www.coolcatteacher.com/e362 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more.
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10 min
September 17, 2018
How to Unleash Student Motivation to Succeed
Chris Holmes talks about how he teaches metacognition and success principles to students and what he has learned about grit. www.coolcatteacher.com/e361 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more.
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12 min
September 14, 2018
5 Ideas to Experience Inquiry in Your Classroom
Kimberly Mitchell talks about how we can promote inquiry in the classroom with five practical ideas. www.coolcatteacher.com/e360 Powerschool has fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar. PowerSchool is my only recommended SIS and LMS.
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13 min
September 13, 2018
All 4's and 5's: Secrets to AP Teaching Success
AP US History Teacher, Andrew Sharos, talks about how to create a collaborative environment that helps students learn and succeed in AP courses. www.coolcatteacher.com/e358 PowerSchool has fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar. PowerSchool is my only recommended SIS and LMS.
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15 min
September 12, 2018
Remarkable Teaching: Student Created Virtual Reality Projects
Sean Wybrant, 2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year, has students building virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. www.coolcatteacher.com/e358   PowerSchool has fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar including my "Digital Dozen: 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom". PowerSchool is my only recommended SIS and LMS.
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15 min
September 11, 2018
What's in Your Edtech Bag: Trends and Tools from Educators and the World
David Hopkins, author of Emergency Rations #EdTechRations: talks about the educational technology that educators around the world carry in their bags and pockets. www.coolcatteacher.com/e357 Sponsor: PowerSchool has a fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar. PowerSchool is my only recommended SIS and LMS.
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11 min
September 10, 2018
The Thank You Project: #MondayMotivation
Teacher Morgan Toal shares the powerful writing project that she calls the "Thank You Project." www.coolcatteacher.com/e356 Sponsor: PowerSchool has fantastic a fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar including my "Digital Dozen: 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom" and an upcoming webinar on "Best Practices for a Balanced Assessment System." PowerSchool is my only recommended SIS and LMS.
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13 min
September 7, 2018
5 Ideas for A Positive Cultural Impact
Aaron Polansky gives us five exciting ways to have a positive cultural impact in your school on Monday.
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9 min
September 6, 2018
Language Teacher: Cultural Awareness and Story to Excite Kids about Learning Spanish
Jennifer Degenhardt talks about how she uses stories in Spanish to help students engage with learning Spanish. www.coolcatteacher.com/e354
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10 min
September 5, 2018
The Secret Agents of Jordan Jackson Elementary School
Rayna Freedman inspires her elementary students with a spy-themed classroom experience that runs throughout the year. Learn how she does it and why in this fun Wonderful Classroom Wednesday. www.coolcatteacher.com/e353
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12 min
September 4, 2018
Let's Try Because Our Students Need Us: A Story of Persistence
IT Integrator, Evan Mosier, and his teacher friend, Tom, have a remarkable story of persistence when first working to integrate Google Classroom. Be inspired to overcome and persist because our students need us to do it! www.coolcatteacher.com/e352 
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7 min
September 3, 2018
Motivating Kids with Nontraditional Memory Techniques
Oskar Cymerman shares some unique memory techniques we can use to help kids learn and remember. www.coolcatteacher.com/e351
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10 min
August 31, 2018
5 Inspirational Thoughts for Teachers
Ideas, research, and inspiring thoughts we can all use for our classrooms. www.coolcatteacher.com/e350 Sponsor: Read my review of the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset at www.coolcatteacher.com/vr  and learn how to enter to win a STEAM Lab Makeover from Acer & Microsoft, who are giving away 10 Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headsets and 10 Acer Aspire 7 laptops.
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14 min
August 30, 2018
Lesson Planning with the Classroom Chef Model
John Stevens talks about a method of lesson planning to help teachers "serve up" more exciting lessons to students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e349 Sponsor: Read my review of the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset at www.coolcatteacher.com/vr  and learn how to enter to win a STEAM Lab Makeover from Acer and Microsoft, who are giving away 10 Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headsets and 10 Acer Aspire 7 laptops.
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8 min
August 29, 2018
Student-Driven Hyperdocs
Kate Bradford and Brett Miller share their secrets for student-driven Hyperdocs. Taken from their popular ISTE 2018 session, learn about the next evolution of Hyperdocs. www.coolcatteacher.com/e348  Sponsor: Read my review of the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset at www.coolcatteacher.com/vr and learn how to enter to win a STEAM Lab Makeover from Acer and Microsoft.
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9 min
August 28, 2018
Whose Land? Understanding Indigenous Peoples Through Edtech
Michael Furdyk from Taking IT Global talks about some global initiatives to help students understand indigenous peoples and develop empathy. www.coolcatteacher.com/e347
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10 min
August 27, 2018
Motivating Kids to Read and Write: Sparks in the Dark
Todd Nelsoney and Travis Crowder talk about some of the ideas to get kids excited about reading and writing from their book "Sparks in the Dark." We can motivate and excite kids about reading and writing. www.coolcatteacher.com/e346
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13 min
August 24, 2018
5 Creative "Googley" Tech Tools to Get Kids Creating
Evan Mosier from Iowa teaches us some awesome Googley ideas to start our school year with excitement and creativity. www.coolcatteacher.com/e345 Sponsor: Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20 for a 20% discount.
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11 min
August 23, 2018
#Supermuch teaching in the classroom and online
Jody Green and Dr. Tim Greene talk about taking teaching to the next level with #supermuch. We discuss what going to the next level in the classroom and in online learning means both at the secondary and college level. www.coolcatteacher.com/e344  Sponsor: Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20 for a 20% discount.
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12 min
August 23, 2018
Inspiring Creative Writers in Fifth Grade
Classroom teacher Faith Maria Brody talks about how she inspires a love of writing in her fifth graders. www.coolcatteacher.com/e343  Sponsor: Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20 for a 20% discount.
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12 min
August 21, 2018
AR, VR, and MR for All Classrooms
Augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality are terms being thrown around in technology circles. But what do the mean? How are they being used in the classroom? Jaime Donally teaches us about them. www.coolcatteacher.com/e342 Sponsor: Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcatadvancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20 for a 20% discount.
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11 min
August 20, 2018
A Learner Centered Innovation Model
Katie Martin, an ISTE 2018 keynote, talks about the importance of putting learners at the center of your innovation model. She starts with the questions we need to ask ourselves and our students and talks about what learner-center innovation looks like. Get inspired and motivated by listening to Katie. www.coolcatteacher.com/e341 Sponsor: Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20 for a 20% discount.
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10 min
August 17, 2018
5 Ideas to Tap Social Media to Enhance PD and Student Learning
Nikki Robertson, ISTE Librarians Network President Elect, shares five ways to use social media to enhance professional development and improve student learning. Can you use Snapchat to connect with parents? Can social media be effective professional development? Nikki shows us how. www.coolcatteacher.com/e340
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12 min
August 16, 2018
Hacking Early Learning
Jessica Cabeen, the 2017 Minnesota National Distinguished Principal, and talks about how we can hack and improve early learning. This is a must-listen for kindergarten principals and teachers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e339
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9 min
August 15, 2018
Math Success with No Textbook
Mandy Tolen shares how she teaches math, engages students and teachers to standards with NO TEXTBOOK. From choose your own adventure stories to other engaging methods, all teachers will have something to learn from this teacher who ditched her textbook and enhanced learning. www.coolcatteacher.com/e338
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10 min
August 14, 2018
20 Tech Tips to Shake Up Learning
Kasey Bell shares her tech tips for helping teachers make progress with technology. She also shares the biggest mistake she's made as a teacher relating to edtech. See the infographic and more information about Kasey at www.coolcatteacher.com/e337
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10 min
August 13, 2018
Trade the Cow and Start the School Year Well
Start the school year right with this motivational story about Will Rogers. "Trade the Cow." www.coolcatteacher.com/e336
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7 min
June 15, 2018
Why Kids Can't Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student's Need to Move (#1 Episode of Season 3)
Students have reasons for how they behave. Occupational and physical therapist, Suzanne Cresswell, helps us understand children and why some of them just can’t stop moving. Sponsor: www.coolcatteacher.com/e335 Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.
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13 min
June 14, 2018
Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders (#2 Episode of Season 3)
Learn about the virtual mentorship program for prospective administrators, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor. www.coolcatteacher.com/e334 SPONSOR: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.
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10 min
June 13, 2018
5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons (#3 Episode of Season 3)
Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. www.coolcatteacher.com/e333 Sponsor: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.
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13 min
June 12, 2018
5 Ideas for Writing with Technology (#4 episode of Season 3)
Jacqui Murray shares how we can help improve in writing using technology, particularly kids who struggle with handwriting & typing. Show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e332 Sponsor: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course.
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10 min
June 11, 2018
5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management (#5 Episode of Season 3)
Teacher Mike Roberts give five strategies that can help us with formative assessment AND classroom management. #5 Episode of Season 3 www.coolcatteacher.com/e331 Sponsor: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.
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10 min
June 8, 2018
5 Awesome Things for Teachers to Do This Summer (e330)
Teacher, ultimately it is YOUR summer and YOUR plans. Here are five things to consider as you plan your summer. www.coolcatteacher.com/e330 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course.
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12 min
June 7, 2018
IT Coaches Leading Change in the Classroom (e329)
Instructional Technology Coaches can be helpful advisors for teachers if they learn strategies of encouragement and empowerment. www.coolcatteacher.com/e329 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course.
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9 min
June 6, 2018
Helping Kids Cope with Tragedy: The Experience in One Jazz Band (e328)
One middle school had to cope with the tragic death of a classmate. This story features how one remarkable teacher and his jazz band helped a whole school.. www.coolcatteacher.com/e328 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course.
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9 min
June 5, 2018
The Facebook Scandal: What Can We Learn as Educators (e327)
Professor Britt Wattwood has moved his college classes off Facebook. Today he reflects on the implications for educators and how he’s talking about the Analytica scandal.www.coolcatteacher.com/e327 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course.
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10 min
June 4, 2018
Dr, Barbara Blackburn: Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and in Class Everyday (e326)
www.coolcatteacher.com/e326 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course.
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11 min
June 1, 2018
Todd Finley: 5 Ways to Overcome Cognitive Overload (e325)
Todd Finley shares how to help your students when struggling with cognitive overload. www.coolcatteacher.com/e325 www.coolcatteacher.com/e324 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course.
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13 min
May 31, 2018
Elizabeth Merce: Ditch the Clips in Kindergarten (And Here's What to Do Instead) #ditchtheclips (324)
Kindergarten teacher, Elizabeth Merce, urges teachers to “ditch the clips” and shares what you can do instead. www.coolcatteacher.com/e324 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course.
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12 min
May 30, 2018
Using the Real-World Classroom Model When Teaching Finance (e323)
The Real-World Classroom model of teaching finance is part simulation part game. Invented by Brian Bean, this model of teaching is transforming Texas classrooms and beyond. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e323 SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.
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10 min
May 29, 2018
Kasey Bell’s 8 Great Ways to Use Google Slides (e322)
Kasey Bell teaches us eight great ways to use Google Slides. From stop motion to video controls and cool add ins for formative assessment and graphics, learn about this Swiss Army Knife of Google tools - Google slides. www.coolcatteacher.com/e322 Kasey Bell’s Google Certification courses are open for enrollment from May 28 until June 10, 2018. Just go to coolcatteacher.com/shake to learn more.
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12 min
May 28, 2018
Awesome Mentoring: First Year Teacher Lindsay Godlman Tells All (e321)
Helping first-year teachers learn and grow is a challenge. Today we spotlight a successful mentoring relationship. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e321 Sponsor: SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.
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12 min
May 25, 2018
Gerald Aungst: 5 Principles of the Modern Mathematics Classroom (e320) #mathchat
The 5 C’s of the awesome math classroom are conjecture, communication, collaboration, chaos (listen to the show and don’t be afraid), and celebration according to 25-year educator Gerald Aungst. Gerald is author of Five Principles of the Modern Mathematics Classroom and gives us an overview of what makes an incredible math classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e320
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9 min
May 24, 2018
District Leadership: Teacher-Driven Curriculum Design (e319)
More than 60 teachers in Dr. Steven Weber’s district helped write their math curriculum. Now, they are excited. Learn how this process not only helps develop curriculum, it also develops teacher leaders and promotes the important conversations that need to happen. Show Notes:  www.coolcatteacher.com/e319
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11 min
May 23, 2018
Marynn Dause: Literature Performance Odyssey with Performances and Student Leadership (e318)
They only had a few days to teach the entire Odyssey. So, teacher Marynn Dause met with her students. They decided to follow the pattern of Homer and become storytelling bards themselves with powerful results. Marynn shares this innovative approach to teaching the Odyssey invented by her students along with their advice for using this method in your classroom. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e318
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11 min
May 22, 2018
Laura Dennis: Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards (e317)
Hyperdocs literacy task boards and Flipgrid are two favorite tools of Laura Dennis, third grade teacher. Learn more about how Laura’s classroom has become more modern and simplified with these valuable tools. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e317
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10 min
May 21, 2018
Stephanie Goldman: ACE Mentor Relationship Building with Google Drive and Google Classroom (e316)
Stephanie Goldman and her first-year mentee Lindsay George have used Google Drive and Google Classroom to supercharge their mentor/mentee relationship. Stephanie calls this the ACE method of mentoring: Access, Collaboration and Experimentation. Learn this powerful method of mentoring. Part 1 with next week being Lindsay George, the other half of this experience. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e316
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12 min
May 18, 2018
Trevor MacKenzie: 5 Ideas to Bring the Inquiry Mindset into Your Classroom Today (e315)
Fantastic ideas to bring the inquiry mindset into the classroom including curiosity jars, provocations and more. Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e315
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11 min
May 18, 2018
Trevor MacKenzie: 5 Ideas to Bring the Inquiry Mindset into Your Classroom Today (e315)
Fantastic ideas to bring the inquiry mindset into the classroom including curiosity jars, provocations and more. Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e315
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May 17, 2018
Ann Oro: Developing a Digital Citizenship Curriculum (e314)
Ann Oro helped her diocese develop curriculum standards for digital citizenship by grade level. Ann also talks about the fifth-grade course piloted by Seton Hall. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e314
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12 min
May 16, 2018
Carrie Pierce: Discovery and Inquiry Based Learning in Math (e313)
Math teacher Carrie Pierce talks about promoting discovery and inquiry-based learning in math. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e313
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10 min
May 15, 2018
Special Student Episode: "Ticked off Teens" Talk about Social Media (e312)
In this episode, three of Vicki Davis' students share their thoughts about social media. This edtech tool Tuesday showcases three students with an opinion but also how podcasts can help students develop their voice. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e312
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7 min
May 14, 2018
Kayla Delzer: Student Leadership in Social Media, Score Reporting, and Parent-Teacher Conferencing (e311)
Kayla Delzer motivates us to relinquish control and empower students with three powerful examples. We can do this! Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e311 The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com.
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11 min
May 11, 2018
James O'Hagan: 5 Reasons to Bring ESports to your School (e310)
Esports are coming to state high school athletic competitions, college sports, and intramurals. Esports pioneer James O’Hagan explains the phenomenon. Show Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e310 Enter an educator in SMART’s Give Greatness Contest. The winning nominator and his or her nominee will each with a $20,000 technology package. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/greatness
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14 min
May 10, 2018
Linda Kardamis: How to Finish The School Year Strong (e309)
Linda Kardamis shares common mistakes to avoid and positive things to do that will help you have a successful finish to your school year. Show Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e309 Enter an educator who inspires greatness in SMART’s Give Greatness Contest. The winning nominator and his or her nominee will each with a $20,000 technology package. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/greatness
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9 min
May 9, 2018
Lindsey Danhoff: Kindergarten and Early Elementary Passion Projects (e308)
Kindergarteners explore their “wonderings” in Lindsey Danhoff’s classroom. Lindsey gives practical advice for passion projects with younger aged children. Show Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e308 Enter an educator who inspires greatness in SMART’s Give Greatness Contest. The winning nominator and his or her nominee will each with a $20,000 technology package. Learn more at coolcatteacher.
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10 min
May 8, 2018
Vicki Davis: 7 Strategies I Use When Students Make Apps (or Do Any Genius Projects) e307
Host Vicki Davis will give you 7 strategies to use for making apps, student passion projects, making movies, or any project where students create. Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e307 Enter an educator who inspires greatness in SMART’s Give Greatness Contest. The winning nominator and his or her nominee will each with a $20,000 technology package. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/greatness
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15 min
May 7, 2018
Hope King: How to Engage Students and Find Your Creative Breakthrough (e306)
Hope King shares how every teacher can make their classroom more exciting and why it is necessary. Show Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e306 Enter an educator who inspires greatness in SMART’s Give Greatness Contest. The winning nominator and his or her nominee will each with a $20,000 technology package. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.
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13 min
May 4, 2018
Wanda Terral: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death (e305)
In today’s show Wanda Terral talks about how to help kids understand digital safety. Show Notes: < href=”http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e303”>coolcatteacher.com/e303 Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/netref
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11 min
May 3, 2018
Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual (e304)
Kyle Pearce talks about how to make math visual for students. Discussing current theories supporting effective math teaching, Show Notes: < href=”http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e304”>coolcatteacher.com/e304 Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/netref
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10 min
May 2, 2018
Denis Sheeran: How We Should be Teaching Math in Classrooms Today (e303)
Math teacher Denis Sheeran talks about what math should (and shouldn’t) be. Make math meaningful and real with these tips and ideas. Show Notes: < href=”http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e303”>coolcatteacher.com/e303 Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/netref
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10 min
May 1, 2018
Bethany Petty: Using Edtech to Enhance Learning - e302
Today’s guest, Bethany Petty gives us pointers and shares a common pitfall of those implementing new technology in the classroom. Show Notes: < href=”http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e302”>coolcatteacher.com/e302 Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/netref
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11 min
April 30, 2018
Wade King: Find Your Creativity Wildcard - e301
We can unleash our creativity as teachers if we want to inspire our students. Co-author of Wildcard, Wade King, shares how. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e301 Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/netref
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9 min
April 27, 2018
5 Googley Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month (e300)
Eric Curts gives us five Googley ways to celebrate Poetry Month. Learn about some tools you can use all year long in your language arts classes. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e300 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course.
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9 min
April 26, 2018
Building a Classroom Community by Having Parent Parties (e299)
Engage parents any time of the year with these strategies. Parent parties are fun, exciting ways to help parents and improve relationships. You can do this even now. Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e299 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course.
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9 min
April 25, 2018
Flipping Awesome Physics with an Asynchronous Flipped Gameful Mastery Learning Classroom (e298)
Jonathan Thomas-Palmer teaches physics. Students start with a zero and level up as they use videos, one on one help, and game based mastery to master physics. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e298 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course.
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10 min
April 24, 2018
Making Better Videos and Movies with Students (e297)
Digital filmmaking can successfully be integrated into any class. Learn practical tips and ideas from Joe Brennan. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e297 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course.
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9 min
April 23, 2018
What To Do When Someone Hates You (e296)
There is one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing. Say nothing. Be nothing.” says Aristotle. Criticism comes with putting yourself out there. But how do you respond when that criticism turns to hatred? http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e296 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course.
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12 min
April 20, 2018
5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School (e295)
Brian Page has ideas to bring financial literacy to every school. Whether you want games, curriculum, or to know what’s next in financial literacy, A must-listen podcast. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e295 April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET Twitter chat and lots of financial literacy resources. Sponsored by Discovery Education and CME Group, join in www.coolcatteacher.com/econ
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10 min
April 19, 2018
The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It) (e294)
David Petro has been using Twitter for his math PD for more than eight years. Learn about the current trends in hashtag learning and the popular PD Twitter techniques. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e294 April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET Twitter chat and lots of financial literacy resources. Sponsored by Discovery Education and CME Group, join in www.coolcatteacher.com/econ
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9 min
April 18, 2018
Bringing Literature to Life in Open Sim (e293)
Mary Howard’s students build and learn in Open Sim, a virtual world like Second Life. From architecture to understanding the Diary of Anne Frank, literature comes alive.  www.coolcatteacher.com/e293 April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET Twitter chat and lots of financial literacy resources. Sponsored by Discovery Education & CME Group, join in www.coolcatteacher.com/econ
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9 min
April 17, 2018
Open Badges in Elementary School (e292)
Some elementary classrooms are using open badges for competency by students. In today’s show, Amy Cooper talks about how this is done and insights on student motivation. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e292 April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET Twitter chat and lots of financial literacy resources. Sponsored by Discovery Education and CME Group, join in www.coolcatteacher.com/econ
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9 min
April 16, 2018
Infographics in Education with Eileen Lennon (e291)
Infographics are powerful communication tools. Today, infographic pro Eileen Lennon shares how she uses infographics, creates them, and why they’re such a powerful tool. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e291 April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET Twitter chat and lots of financial literacy resources. Sponsored by Discovery Education and CME Group, join in www.coolcatteacher.com/econ
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10 min
April 13, 2018
5 Ways to Bring Computational Thinking and STEM Together (e290)
STEM and Computational Thinking go together. Today’s guest is a PhD, Biomedical engineer and STEM Teacher. Stephanie Zeiger helps us see the potential of STEM and computational thinking. Show notes:coolcatteacher.com/e290 Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22. coolcatteacher.com/earth
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10 min
April 12, 2018
Understanding ADHD and Helping Kids Succeed (e289)
Katherine Firestone helps parents and kids with ADHD. Having been diagnosed with ADHD herself, Katherine is uniquely positioned to help us understand what to do to help children with ADHD and their parents. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e289 Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22. coolcatteacher.com/earth
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11 min
April 11, 2018
Merge Cube Mania in Middle School (e288)
Karen Bosch explains why Merge Cubes are so hot, how they are being used in classrooms, and how she’s using them to build critical thinking and creativity in her school. Join Merge Cube Mania! Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e288 Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22. coolcatteacher.com/earth
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12 min
April 10, 2018
How to Host a Student Media Festival (e287)
Mike Lawrence, current organizer of the longest running student media festival in the country, shares how to set up and run your own media festival. Learn the ins and outs of student media festivals. www.coolcatteacher.com/e287 Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22.  coolcatteacher.com/earth
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10 min
April 9, 2018
Mathivating Kids to Get Excited About Math (e286)
Get Mathivated with Kim Thomas. She literally speaks math and has exciting things to do each day of the week for her students. (She also has quite an interesting way to handle difficult behavior including profanity.) Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e286
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15 min
April 6, 2018
5 Ways to Bring Sustainable Food Systems into Your School (e285)
Julie Willcott talks about how we can bring sustainable food systems and understanding into our schools with these five simple ideas. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e285 Sponsor: I'll be at the STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com
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8 min
April 5, 2018
Teaching Isn't Rocket Science - It's Way More Complex (e284)
Dr. Doug Green challenges our thinking about school, how we should teach, and the flaws with the testing programs we have in education today. Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e284 Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com
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9 min
April 4, 2018
Elearning Engagement with Persuasive Design Strategies (e283)
Dr. Laurie Korte talks about e-learning design that engages learners and common mistakes of e-learning and blended learning classrooms. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e283 This Thursday, April 4 at 2pm ET/11 am PT join me for 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom sponsored by PowerSchool. Register at http://coolcatteacher.com/digital today.
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11 min
April 3, 2018
Drones in the English Classroom (e282)
Santha Walters uses drones in her English classroom to teach writing, collaboration and more. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e282 This Thursday, April 4 at 2pm ET/11 am PT join me for 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom sponsored by PowerSchool. Register at http://coolcatteacher.com/digital today.
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8 min
April 2, 2018
Connecting Parents to Student's Digital Lives (e281)
Mike Daugherty is helping connect the parents at his school to the digital lives of students. How can schools connect with parents to relate better to students? We learn how today. www.coolcatteacher.com/e281 This week I'll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. Shift #1 is that Students are collaborators.
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11 min
March 23, 2018
5 Ideas for Writing with Technology (ENCORE)
Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. These creative ways will help you think about how to help children, particularly those who struggle with handwriting and typing. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e280 Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I'll be there along with many other awesome educators.
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10 min
March 22, 2018
Why Kids Can’t Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student’s Need to Move [ENCORE}
Occupational and physical therapist, Suzanne Cresswell, helps us understand why some kids just can’t stop moving Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e279 Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018 with me Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. www.stlinatl.com
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13 min
March 21, 2018
Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders (ENCORE) e278
Emerging administrator leaders and administrators are participating in an emerging leadership virtual mentorship program created by Jodie Pierpoint and many volunteers. Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e278 Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. $295 www.stlinatl.com
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10 min
March 20, 2018
5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons (ENCORE 277)
Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, was a history teacher. It shows. In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e277 STLinATL at Woodward Academy, Atlanta July 26-27. I’ll be speaking alongside Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. $295. www.stlinatl.com
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12 min
March 19, 2018
Maker Monday: How Start the Week with Creativity and Purpose (ENCORE 276)
John Spencer, coauthor of two different best-selling books, Launch and Empower, talks about the creativity (and test score) boosts his classes experienced when he began Maker Mondays. www.coolcatteacher.com/e276 Sponsor: Join me at the STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. Sign up at www.stlinatl.com
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9 min
March 16, 2018
5 Ways NOT to Implement Next Generation Science Standards (e275)
Patti Duncan shares some of the common mistakes she finds that schools implementing Next Generation Science Standards make. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e275 Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now.
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11 min
March 15, 2018
Learning Science Through Authentic Investigation (e274)
Kate Dobrzenski spotlights K-4 innovative science practice. She discusses how to incorporate the observation of phenomena and other NGSS. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e274 Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now.
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10 min
March 14, 2018
Flipping Awesome Science (e273)
Marc Seigel, a contributing author to Flipping 2.0, talks about an innovative flipped science classroom. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e273 Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now.
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10 min
March 13, 2018
6 Super Science Edtech Ideas (e272)
Leah LaCrosse shares six edtech ideas science teachers can start using today to improve learning and excite students about science. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e272 Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now.
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10 min
March 12, 2018
Active Learning in the Science Classroom (e271)
Thirty-three year Presidential Award Winning science teacher Glen Westbroek believes in creating active learning experiences in his science classroom. Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e271 Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. Sign up for your free account now.
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10 min
March 9, 2018
5 Ideas to Change Teaching with Digital Tools with Meg Ormiston (e270)
In today’s show Meg Ormiston gives us an idea for each of the 5 C’s: creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and computational thinking. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e270 Advancement Courses has 200+ graduate level online professional development for K12 Teachers Use COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.
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10 min
March 8, 2018
Rethinking Professional Development so It Actually Improves Teaching (e269)
Teachers need to have say in their own PD, but how do you help teachers become intrinsically motivated to learn? coolcatteacher.com/e269 Advancement Courses has 200+ graduate level online professional development for K12 Teachers Use COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.
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11 min
March 7, 2018
Game Based Learning in Action (e268)
On today’s show Matthew Farber, author of Game-Based Learning In Action, talks about how to effectively use games in the classroom. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e268 Advancement Courses has 200+ graduate-level online professional development for K12 Teachers Use COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.
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10 min
March 6, 2018
Podcasting How To's and Tips with Jeff Bradbury (e267)
Jeff Bradbury, IT Coach and Podcaster at the Teachercast Network and I talk about education podcasting and how it all works. www.coolcatteacher.com/e267 Advancement Courses has 200+ graduate level online professional development for K12 Teachers Use COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.
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10 min
March 5, 2018
Blessings for the Broken Teacher (e266)
Award Winning teacher Aimee Ross in an inspiring look into the journey of teaching, being recognized for your work, and realizing that the students really are why we teach. coolcatteacher.com/e266 Advancement Courses has 200+ graduate level online professional development for K12 Teachers Use COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.
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13 min
March 2, 2018
5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology (e265)
Elementary Math can be exciting. Check out these five ideas to use technology to make math exciting. www.coolcatteacher.com/e265 This week, see my post, 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom, sponsored by SMART Technologies.
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9 min
March 1, 2018
Why We Still Need to Know Things in the Age of Google (e264)
We hope that kids will learn critical thinking skills in one class and then apply it to another. However, MIT Teaching Systems Lab Director, Dr. Justin Reich, discusses current research that is shaking up how people think about learning. www.coolcatteacher.com/e264 This week, see my post, 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom, sponsored by SMART Technologies.
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14 min
February 28, 2018
Happy Apples: Fun PD Subscription Boxes for Teachers Made by the District (e263)
Crystal Marshall-Krauss and her colleagues at the district office in Howard County, Maryland have created a fun way to excite teachers about professional development. www.coolcatteacher.com/e263 This week, see my post, 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom, sponsored by SMART Technologies.
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8 min
February 27, 2018
Simple Steps to Teach Kids to Program (e262)
Teaching kids to code starts with helping them understand the concepts behind coding before you get into syntax. Aditya Batura, Programmer and Entrepreneur, talks about helping every student understand computational thinking. www.coolcatteacher.com/e262 This week, see my post, 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom, sponsored by SMART Technologies.
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10 min
February 26, 2018
5 Ways to Promote Health and Happiness in Every Classroom (e261)
Here's what I do to prevent problems before they happen. www.coolcatteacher.com/e261
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9 min
February 23, 2018
5 Teacher Myths and How to Dispel Them (e260)
Teachers are not all saints, nor are they all slackers. -- These are just two of the myths that social studies teacher Aaron Pribble tackles in this motivating, uplifting talk about what it is really like to be a teacher in America today. www.coolcatteacher.com/e260 Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools.
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10 min
February 22, 2018
Creating a Vision for Your School and Getting Buy In from Stakeholders (e259)
Strategic planning for your school or district can take a variety of forms. In today’s show, learn how one successful district has tackled this process and how they are getting buy-in from teachers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e259 Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools with special tips, videos, and screenshots to get you started.
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10 min
February 21, 2018
Iditarod Teacher: How to Connect and Learn from the Iditarod Race (e258)
Heidi Sloan is the Iditarod teacher for this year. It starts on March 3 - 18. Get free lesson plans, connect with a musher and more. http://iditarod.com/edu/category/teacher-on-the-trail/ Links: www.coolcatteacher.com/e258 Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools.
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9 min
February 20, 2018
Google Jamboard (e257)
Google Jamboard is a fun interactive app. There’s hardware too, but don’t be worried. The free app has lots to play with. You just download it on Google Play or iTunes and use it with your touch Chromebook or iPad after listening to Tom Mullaney share how it works. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e257 Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools with special tips, videos, and screenshots.
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9 min
February 19, 2018
The Compassionate Achiever: Understanding Empathy and Compassion So We Don't Burn Out (e256)
Dr. Chris Kukk, author of the The Compassionate Achiever, combines neuroscience with social sciences to discuss why compassion helps us achieve more. He also shares the difference between empathy and compassion and why one of these is a recipe for burnout. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e256
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14 min
February 16, 2018
5 Ways to Stop Bullying in Every School (e255)
School culture and policies are part of what helps us combat bullying in schools. Rick Rando, school empowerment speaker, shares what schools can do to help stop bullying. www.coolcatteacher.com/e255
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10 min
February 15, 2018
School Counselors Helping More Women Go Into Computer Science (e254)
Guidance counselors are challenged to encourage students into exciting opportunities that fit their skills and abilities but also to be careful not to stereotype. Today, Angela Cleveland talks about the tips, resources, and ideas to help encourage young women to go into Computer Science. Show Notes:www.coolcatteacher.com/e254
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11 min
February 14, 2018
Teach the Whole Preschooler: Nurturing Developing Minds (e253)
Cindy Terebush talks about the common mistakes of preschool programs. She also shares awesome success stories and tips for helping your preschool be the best in today’s era. www.coolcatteacher.com/e253 Sponsor Matific: The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. www.coolcatteacher.com/math
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11 min
February 13, 2018
Sit With Us App: How Kids are Fighting Bullying One LunchTable at a Time (e252)
Natalie Hampton, a senior in Los Angeles, was bullied and ate alone every day. After she transferred schools, she found teachers and other students who wanted to make sure no one ate alone. Her “Sit with Us” app and clubs are sweeping the US and beyond. www.coolcatteacher.com/e252 Sponsor: The US Matific Games are here. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games.
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10 min
February 12, 2018
Beat Boredom: Engaging Tired-Out Students in Critical Thinking (e251)
Students can seem tired and bored, but we can engage them in learning. Martha Rush has ideas and inspiration to help us reach our students this week! www.coolcatteacher.com/e251 Matific is Today's Sponsor: The US Matific Games have the warm-up week starting February 14-20. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games now. www.coolcatteacher.com/math
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11 min
February 9, 2018
5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management (e250)
We need more strategies than fist to five or thumbs up thumbs down. Teacher Mike Roberts give five strategies that can help us with formative assessment AND classroom management. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e250 FREE MATH RESOURCE: The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games.
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10 min
February 8, 2018
Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades (e249)
Fun, exciting tools and techniques can help very young kids understand math and learn computational thinking. Today’s guest, Steve Floyd, tells us how. Show notes: http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e249 Sponsor: FREE MATH RESOURCE! The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. www.coolcatteacher.com/math
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12 min
February 7, 2018
Admin Hack: Easy Paperless Contact Logs (e248)
Today’s guest, Meredith Akers, has gone paperless with her contact logs. She talks about how she did it, the time she’s saving, and her recommendations for building relationships with parents by becoming more organized with your contact logs. Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e248 FREE MATH RESOURCE: The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games
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10 min
February 6, 2018
iPad Magic: 6 Ideas Every iPad Teacher Needs to Know (e247)
Want to show your cursor on the iPad screen? Want to find the cents button? There’s a trick for these things and more on the iPad. Today, Tony Vincent shares six ideas every iPad teacher needs to know. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e247 Matific is Today's Sponsor: The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. www.coolcatteacher.com/math
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10 min
February 5, 2018
Change One Simple Thing to Start Your Journey to Remarkable Teaching (e246)
You can change one simple thing to help transform your classroom. Change is a decision, not to leap forward but to take one small step and then another with Pam Moran. www.coolcatteacher.com/e246 Matific is Today's Sponsor: The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. www.coolcatteacher.com/math
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9 min
February 2, 2018
5 Home and Smart Phone Filtering Options for Parents (e245)
Children with smartphones have unfiltered access to the Internet unless their parents make a decision to filter. Today, we discuss five options for filtering and why it is something parents should discuss with IT Director Mike Daugherty from Ohio. www.coolcatteacher.com/e245 Check out our archives of past shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast. If you like the show, will you leave a review on iTunes?
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11 min
February 1, 2018
Why Kids Can't Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student's Need to Move (e244)
Students have reasons for how they behave, particularly if they have learning differences and learn in unique ways. Occupational and physical therapist, Suzanne Cresswell, helps us understand children and why some of them just can’t stop moving. www.coolcatteacher.com/e244 Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with 200+ education technology tools. Videos. Tips. Pedagogy.
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14 min
January 31, 2018
Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders (e243)
Emerging administrator leaders and administrators are participating in a virtual mentorship program created by Jodie Pierpoint. www.coolcatteacher.com/e243 Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools.
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11 min
January 30, 2018
Effective Digital Citizenship Education (e242)
Digital citizenship education doesn’t work in a lecture format. Dr. Kristen Mattson, author of Digital Citizenship in Action talks about how they’ve integrated digital citizenship into all of their courses at her school and how you can too. coolcatteacher.com/e242 Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools
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10 min
January 29, 2018
Kids Co-Creating Curriculum (e241)
Students can co-create curriculum and their classrooms with teachers for powerful learning experiences. From Albemarle County, Virginia with Superintendent Pam Moran. www.coolcatteacher.com/e241 Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools.
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9 min
January 26, 2018
5 Ideas to Include Every Child in Your Classroom (e240)
We can include every child in our classroom with these five important reminders from inclusion expert, Toby Karten. www.coolcatteacher.com/e240 PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have a free webinar“Preparing Students for Success: Measuring What Matters”. Jake Cotton, a superintendent from Virginia, will be sharing.
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9 min
January 25, 2018
College Admissions Tips and How To's for Parents and Teachers (e239)
Finding the “perfect” college is different for every student. Jennifer Ann Aquino talks about helping every college-bound student find their personal fit. Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e239 PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have a free webinar“Preparing Students for Success: Measuring What Matters”.
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11 min
January 24, 2018
Inquiry-Based Learning in the History Classroom (E238)
Josh Eby shares how he uses inquiry-based learning in his history classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com//e238 PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have a free webinar“Preparing Students for Success: Measuring What Matters” about preparing students for success and measuring what matters
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9 min
January 23, 2018
Virtual Valentines: Get Ready Now to Join In the Fun! (e237)
Virtual Valentines are an incredible global project in February. Listen to the show and sign up for this FREE project by February 2. LInks: coolcatteacher.com/e237 PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have a free webinar“Preparing Students for Success: Measuring What Matters” . Jake Cotton, a superintendent from Virginia, will be sharing.
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12 min
January 22, 2018
Educating Kids for Life NOT for Tests (Pam Moran part 2 - e 236)
Pam Moran, superintendent in Albemarle County in Virginia, shares about some cool virtual reality in Virginia, new teachers challenges, and how she thinks education is entering a new Renaissance of creativity and innovation. SponsorOn January 31, PowerSchool has a free webinar“Preparing Students for Success: Measuring What Matters”. Jake Cotton, a superintendent from Virginia, will be sharing.
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13 min
January 19, 2018
5 Ideas for Writing with Technology (e235)
Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e235 Screencastify is the top screencasting tool for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. Start nowt screencastify.com/coolcat. If you want to go for unlimited editing, request a quote for your school and mention Cool Cat Teacher for a discount.
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10 min
January 18, 2018
SEL & Classroom Safety: 3 Lessons from Sandy Hook Every Educator Should Know (e234)
Scarlett Lewis, mother of a 6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook shooting, has turned her heartbreak into a passion to prevent school violence. In this show, she shares practical information to promote social-emotional learning and what we should all be doing to help kids become healthy. In addition to making schools safer, the research shows these things also improve learning and help kids become healthier adults. Show Notes www.coolcatteacher.com/e234.
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12 min
January 17, 2018
Books to Africa and My Personal Transformation to a Global Educator (e233)
Julie Hembree and her students are sending books to Africa. She’s started the Cultivate World Literacy Project. coolcatteacher.com/e233 Screencastify is the top screencasting tool for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. screencastify.com/coolcat. To go for unlimited editing, request a quote and mention Cool Cat Teacher for a discount.
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11 min
January 16, 2018
Engaging Kindergartners with Technology: Augmented Reality, Ipads, QR Codes and More (e232)
Greg Smedley Warren shares his tips and tricks for using technology in kindergarten. Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e232 Screencastify is the top screencasting tool for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. Start nowt screencastify.com/coolcat. If you want to go for unlimited editing, request a quote for your school and mention Cool Cat Teacher for a discount.
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10 min
January 15, 2018
From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran (e231)
Pam Moran has been a leader in education reform in Virginia as the state has moved from testing to transformation. Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e231 Screencastify is the top screencasting tool for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. Start nowt screencastify.com/coolcat. If you want to go for unlimited editing, request a quote for your school and mention Cool Cat Teacher for a discount.
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9 min
January 12, 2018
Middle School STEAM: 5 Ways to Amp it Up! (e230)
Exciting STEAM projects can ignite and excite any middle school. Today, Pauline Roberts gives us five important ingredients for amping up STEAM in middle school. www.coolcatteacher.com/e230 Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School STEM teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit. Solve a mystery. Meet Next Generation Science Standards. Have fun!
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10 min
January 11, 2018
Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL (e229)
Kathleen McClaskey talks about the research on learning styles and the alternatives for teaching and reaching every child. Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e229 Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit. Solve a mystery. Meet Next Generation Science Standards. Have fun!
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10 min
January 10, 2018
iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment (e228)
Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e228 Sponsor: Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit. Go to coolcatteacher.com/firelab today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.
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13 min
January 9, 2018
7 Productivity Power Tools for the Busy Educator (e227)
Become more productive today with these seven tools from Dr. Frank Buck. Automate what you can and save time. www.coolcatteacher.com/e227 Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit. Solve a mystery. Meet Next Generation Science Standards. Have fun!  Go to http://www.coolcatteacher.com/firelab. Get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.
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12 min
January 8, 2018
Maker Monday: How Start the Week with Creativity and Purpose (e226)
John Spencer, coauthor of two different best-selling books, Launch and Empower, talks about the creativity (and test score) boosts his classes experienced when he began Maker Mondays. www.coolcatteacher.com/e226 Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit which meets Next Gen Science Standards. Go to http://www.coolcatteacher.com/firelab to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.
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9 min
January 5, 2018
5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons (e225)
In today’s show, Richard Byrne talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. www.coolcatteacher.com/e255 Richard Byrne the author of Free Technology for Teachers has some fantastic professional development courses including a course for history / social studies teachers. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/edtech and plan your professional development for 2018.
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12 min
January 4, 2018
Recognizing Human Trafficking and What To Do About It in Schools (e224)
Human trafficking is on the rise in the United States. Some states now include human trafficking in their definition of child abuse. Others do not. In today’s show, Ashley Burkett talks about the signs that a child is being trafficked, how children are being recruited, and what schools should be doing. This is an important topic to discuss so we can protect innocent children. Show Notes:www.coolcatteacher.com/e224
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14 min
January 3, 2018
How to Assess Your District: the Global Challenge Project as a Case Study
A district is assessing itself with a massive project for 800 eighth graders. No grades. Just learning and sharing. Despite worries that it wouldn’t work - it has been working for years and is just getting better. Learn about the Global Challenge Project with Mark Wise. coolcatteacher.com/e223 Jennifer Gonzalez is updating her Teacher’s Guide to Technology for 2018 with over 200 tools.
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12 min
January 2, 2018
8 Tried and True Edtech Tools to Try in 2018 (e222)
Sometimes the best tools have been around awhile. Steve Dembo @teach42 talks about the tried and true tools that teachers should still use. Show notes www.coolcatteacher.com/e222 Richard Byrne has some fantastic courses for history teachers, getting started with GSuite and more. Check out his courses and coaching at coolcatteacher.com/edtech.
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12 min
January 1, 2018
What To Do When Students Come to You Unprepared and Other Reflections (e 221)
As Thomas Paine recommends we must ‘smile in trouble, gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.” In today’s show, we discuss how teachers should respond when students come to us unprepared and other reflections on teaching with International Educator Patrick Holt. Show Notes Angela Watson’s 40-Hour Workweek Club is a fantastic course to help teachers become more productive.
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11 min
December 29, 2017
What Helps Kids Really Learn [Number 1 Episode of 2017 - Encore]
How do kids learn and remember? Teacher Andrew Stadel, @mr_stadel founder of the popular site estimation180.com, talks about this pursuit of learning in the classroom. This topic is his summer research topic. As you ponder the classroom, look at what you’ll research to become a better teacher. www.coolcatteacher.com/e220 Richard Byrne the author of Free Technology for Teachers has some fantastic courses. Go to coolcatteacher.com/edtech
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11 min
December 28, 2017
5 Ways to Connect with Your Students Over the Break [Encore Episode]
Today Connie Hamilton @conniehamilton gives us five ways to connect with our students over the break. This is the number two episode of 2017. Listen to it now and plan ahead for by picking one or more of these ideas. www.coolcatteacher.com/e219 Trim Three (or more!) Hours off Your Workweek Now - January 2 www.coolcatteacher.com/trim
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10 min
December 27, 2017
5 Mistakes Teachers Make the First Week of School
Linda Kardamis @LindaKardamis shares five mistakes teachers make the first week of school. Remember that January is a fantastic time to “reboot.” So, if you made one of these mistakes, work to start over and correct those mistakes. www.coolcatteacher.com/e218 Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com, a great gift for kids or grandkids. Use the code COOLCAT50 to get $50 off your course. Sign up for a 14 day FREE trial of any course with your child aged 7-16. Drawing. Minecraft. Legos. More.
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11 min
December 26, 2017
Google Classroom Top New Features to Learn
Today Alice Keeler @alicekeeler shares the must-try new features of Google Classroom. She also teaches us how we can learn Google Classroom features and hacks over the summer (even without students.) A must listen for people using Chromebooks or Google Classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e217
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10 min
December 25, 2017
5 Easy Brain Breaks to Do In Class with Rob Donatelli [Encore Episode and the 5th top show of 2017]
Want to help students learn and be more refreshed? Students need breaks too. That is why brain breaks are becoming so popular. Teacher Rob Donatelli @DTown_MrD talks about the brain breaks phenomenon. Then, Rob gives teachers five ideas he uses in his classroom for brain breaks. Take a brain break today! www.coolcatteacher.com/e216
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8 min
December 22, 2017
Get Motivated To Do Project-Based Learning Right with Ross Cooper [Encore Episode and the 6th top show of 2017]
Ross Cooper, the co-author of Hacking PBL, helps us get motivated to think about project-based learning differently. www.coolcatteacher.com/e215 Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com. The creative courses at Jam.com are project-based, creative and FUN. Use the code COOLCAT50 to get $50 off your course. Sign up for a 14 day FREE trial of any course with your child aged 7-16. Drawing. Minecraft. Legos. And more!
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12 min
December 21, 2017
23 GSuite Ideas to Excite Kids About Learning with Eric Curts [Encore Episode and 7th top show of 2017]
Eric Curts @ericcurts teaches us twenty-three ways to use Gsuite tools in our classroom. With ideas for Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings for all subjects and ages. www.coolcatteacher.com/e214 Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com. The creative courses at Jam.com are project-based, creative and FUN. Use the code COOLCAT50 to get $50 off your course. Sign up for a 14 day FREE trial of any course with your child aged 7-16. Drawing. Minecraft. Legos. And more!
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10 min
December 20, 2017
5 Ways to Be an Unforgettable Teacher Encore Episode and 8th top show of 2017]
Chuck Poole shares five ways to be an unforgettable teacher or an unforgettable coach. www.coolcatteacher.com/e213 Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com. The creative courses at Jam.com are project based, creative and FUN. Use the code COOLCAT50 to get $50 off your course. Sign up for a 14 day FREE trial of any course with your child aged 7-16. Drawing. Minecraft. Legos. And more!
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10 min
December 19, 2017
Classroom Videos: How-to Tips and Tricks - Show #9 of 2017 - Encore Episode
Tim Betts rocks YouTube history. As a certified YouTube educational channel, he’s one of those that history teachers will love! But he also teaches us how to do this with students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e212 Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com, the perfect last minute holiday gift for your kids or grandkids. Use the code CoolCat50 to get $50 off your course. Sign up for a 14 day FREE trial of any course with your child aged 7-16. Drawing. Minecraft. Legos. And more!
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10 min
December 18, 2017
5 Ways to Teach How the Brain Learns with Ramona Persaud - Encore Episode number 10 of 2017
Today Ramona Persaud @ramonap director of the film, Grey Matters, talks about how we can teach kids the way the brain learns. www.coolcatteacher.com/e211 Check out the free resource: “Goodbye Teacher Tired: 5 Days to Doing Fewer Things Better” from Angela Watson. Save time. Teach better.
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9 min
December 15, 2017
Unleashing the Potential of Every Child
Tom Loud dropped out of high school because he didn’t connect with his teachers. Somehow, he connected with books though and became a high school and college graduate. Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. www.coolcatteacher.com/e210
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8 min
December 14, 2017
Thinking Routines in the Classroom - Encore Episode and #12 in downloads for 2017
oday Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. After participating in Harvard’s Project Zero, she is applying and using the methods in classrooms and with teachers. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e209 Would you go to coolcatteacher.com/iTunes and leave a review on the 10-Minute Teacher on iTunes. I appreciate it so much!
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10 min
December 13, 2017
Helping Autistic Students Travel by Making Books - encore episode #13 of 2017 of the 10-minute teacher
Autistic children can struggle with unfamiliar places. However, one teacher of the year has found a way to help improve traveling experiences for autistic children and their families. Brett Bigham has created a way to use books to help special needs and young children prepare to go to new places. Learn about this technique and how to help children travel who may have fears. You can even make books for kids (or some older students might be able to as well.) www.coolcatteacher.com/e208
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10 min
December 12, 2017
What Great Teachers Do - Encore episode - #14 of 2017 of the 10-Minute Teacher
Global Teacher Prize finalist Joe Fatheree talks about what great teachers do. He shares his observations and also his hopes for improving the profession. www.coolcatteacher.com/e207 Check out the free resource: “Goodbye Teacher Tired: 5 Days to Doing Fewer Things Better” from Angela Watson. Save time. Teach better.
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13 min
December 11, 2017
5 Ways to Help At Risk Children Succeed (e206): Encore Episode Best of 2017
Today Basil Marin @basil_marin takes us on a journey to help at risk children with these five steps. This episode is a special encore episode and #15 of the 2017 year for #10MT. www.coolcatteacher.com/e206 Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.
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11 min
December 8, 2017
5 Lies I used to Believe About Teaching But I Don’t Anymore (e205)
When I first started teaching, I used to believe some things about the profession that I just don’t believe anymore. In today’s final episode of season 2, I reflect on those lies and how I’ve grown in my practice. www.coolcatteacher.com/e205 Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.
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13 min
December 7, 2017
Virtual Reality (VR) as a new educational paradigm (e204)
Several virtual reality options are available for classrooms. Today’s guest, Enrique Cachafeiro talks about the hardware, software options, and future of virtual reality and joining the educators moving this technology forward. www.coolcatteacher.com/e204 Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.
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11 min
December 6, 2017
Teaching History with Simulations and Game Based Learning (e203)
History teacher David Harms uses simulations to teach history. Whether it is World War 1, 2, the Cold War or the American Civil War, learn how these immersive “games” teach history much more deeply than most textbooks. www.coolcatteacher.com/e203 Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.
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11 min
December 5, 2017
7 Things to Know About Coding in the Early Childhood Classroom with Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers from Tufts University (e202)
Today, Dr. Marina Umashchi Bers from Tufts University discusses her research findings about what works (and doesn’t) with young children in the classroom. You’ll get creative ideas for hands-on programming that works for early childhood. www.coolcatteacher.com/e202 Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.
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9 min
December 4, 2017
How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson (e201)
Teachers don’t have to be experts or “geeks” to use coding to improve literacy, use higher order thinking skills, and excite students in their classrooms. Learn how you can go past the Hour of Code and use coding all year long! www.coolcatteacher.com/e201 Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.
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13 min
December 1, 2017
How to Be a Change Leader in Your School (e200)
We can be change leaders and help our school improve and grow. Rebecca Wattleworth gives us tips to be a change leader no matter what school we’re working in right now. www.coolcatteacher.com/e200 Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication. To find out why, read www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz or go to bloomz.com to get started setting up your school or classroom now! December and January are great months to roll out Bloomz.
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10 min
November 30, 2017
199: 7 Secrets to have a Better Thanks-Living All Year Long
You can have a more thankful, joyful year all of the time. In today’s show, I share seven secrets to live a more joyful, thankful life all year long. www.coolcatteacher.com/e199 Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication. To find out why, read www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz or go to bloomz.com to get started setting up your school or classroom now! December and January are great months to roll out Bloomz with your parents, so you can start 2018 strong.
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12 min
November 29, 2017
4 Geeky Gifts for Teachers - 2017 Edition
Leslie Fisher, a favorite geek of many teachers, has some cool gift ideas for teachers (or your favorite geek.)   Get links to these gift ideas here: www.coolcatteacher.com/e198 Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication. To find out why- read www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz or go to bloomz.com to get started setting up your school or classroom now! December and January are great months to roll out Bloomz with your parents.
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12 min
November 28, 2017
197: 8 Great Gifts for Administrators
Dr. Frank Buck talks about what to get administrators (and what not to give them.) We have an entertaining chat about all the ideas to make this holiday season very special for your administrator. www.coolcatteacher.com/e197 Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I choose for parent/teacher communication. Read www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz or go to bloomz.com to get started setting up your school or classroom now! December and January are great months to roll out Bloomz with your parents.
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9 min
November 27, 2017
196: How Parents and Teachers Can teach Empathy and Empowerment in the Aftermath of Tragedy
Joe Mazza shares how parents can help students have empathy and become empowered changemakers in the face of tragedy. In this special show, we give tips to parents and teachers about things they can do this season to help kids serve others affected by a tragedy. coolcatteacher.com/e196 Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication. Learn why at www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz or go to bloomz.com to get started setting up your school or classroom now!
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10 min
November 17, 2017
195: 5 Ideas for Fantastic Professional Development
Dyane Smokorowski, “Mrs. Smoke” talks about what makes excellent professional development. We talked at NNSTOY about training that inspires and helps teachers change. www.coolcatteacher.com/e195 FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.
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10 min
November 16, 2017
194: She Hired Me! Betty Shiver, the woman who convinced me to become a teacher
In today’s show, Betty Shiver, my former curriculum director and the person who convinced me to become a teacher and I talk about teaching. We discuss hiring, inspiring, and having conversations that inspire people to change and improve their classrooms. www.coolcatteacher.com/e194 FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide
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15 min
November 15, 2017
193: My student's views on learning and teaching -- Brent Johnson #stuvoice
Brent Johnson is a senior at Westwood Schools. He has taken my classes for the last four years. We have a frank conversation about technology and a win in the National 4H Competition as a result of some apps he made in my class. www.coolcatteacher.com/e193 FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. TGo to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide
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13 min
November 14, 2017
192: Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech
Mandy Froehlich talks about a tool she uses in her classroom, Flipsnack. Learn how she uses this tool. www.coolcatteacher.com/e192 FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide.
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10 min
November 13, 2017
191: Amazing Grace Adkins - my 89 year old learning lab director and the most amazing woman I know
Mrs. Grace Adkins is a hero, mentor, and teacher to many. With a 56-year career as an educator, Mrs. Adkins approaches her 90th birthday still teaching, loving kids, and riding over 100 miles on her bike weekly. www.coolcatteacher.com/e191 FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide.
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20 min
November 10, 2017
190: Global Education Conference 2017 with Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon
Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, Global Education Conference co-chairs, talk about the Global Education Conference 2017 that runs from November 13-16. Go to globaleducationconference.com to join in. www.coolcatteacher.com/e190
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12 min
November 9, 2017
189: Different Schools for a Different World
Dr. Scott McLeod, co-author of Different Schools for a Different World, has a frank conversation about the change that needs to happen, how long it will take to happen, and the next steps for promoting creativity in schools. www.coolcatteacher.com/e189 Got 5 minutes? If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. Thursday, November 9 is the last day! Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve
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11 min
November 8, 2017
188: Blowing up the Curriculum with the Learning Journey Model
Mark Engstrom shares a personalized model for learning that he calls the “Learning Journey Model.” www.coolcatteacher.com/e188 Got 5 minutes? That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. The entry period ends this week - Thursday, November 9 is the last day! coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve
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11 min
November 7, 2017
187: Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers
Lisa Scumpieru, 10th-grade Literature Teacher, gives us a crash course in Hyperdocs. www.coolcatteacher.com/e187 Sponsor: Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. US public school teacher of grades 6-12. Just come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. Finalists will win technology and prizes to help their STEAM project come to reality. The entry period ends this week - Thursday, November 9 is the last day! Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve
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10 min
November 6, 2017
186: 10 Keys to Purpose Driven Learning
Michael Matera @mrmatera, author of Explore Like a Priate, talks about Purpose Driven Learning in the classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e186 Enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. US public school teachers of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll win technology and prizes to help your STEAM project come to reality. Thursday, Nov 9 is the last day! coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve
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11 min
November 3, 2017
185: 5 Reasons to Try a Whole Novel Approach in Your Classroom
Ariel Sacks, author of Whole Novels for the Whole Class, shares five reasons to try a whole novel approach. She also explains how this approach works and some advantages for teachers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e185 Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq
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9 min
November 2, 2017
184: How to Build Great Teachers
Dan Brown talks about practical things we can do to help build grade teachers. From best practices to policy, Dan shares what works (and some of what doesn’t.) www.coolcatteacher.com/e184 Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq
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11 min
November 1, 2017
183: Grit in the Classroom
Laila Sanguras, author of Grit in the Classroom, defines grit, shares the misinformation about grit, and talks about developing it in our students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e183 Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq
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9 min
October 31, 2017
182 Computer Science Teaching Tips with Alfred Thompson
Alfred Thompson talks about the trends in teaching Computer Science. How to get kids moving as you teach programming What happens when a school has every student learn Computer Science How to engage young women in Computer Science Programming Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. See: www.texthelp.com/wriq
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10 min
October 30, 2017
181: Shattering Perfect Teacher Myths
Aaron Hogan shatters myths about teaching. You do not have to be perfect. www.coolcatteacher.com/e181 Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey. Learn more: www.texthelp.com/wriq
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9 min
October 27, 2017
180: 5 Ways to Be an Unforgettable Teacher
Chuck Poole shares five ways to be an unforgettable teacher. He also gives us links to some free cards he shares with students and parents and more. www.coolcatteacher.com/e180 SPONSOR: GradeCam can save you time! Quickly create assessments for any grade or subject without special forms or equipment. Instantly scan and score with any mobile, desktop or document camera. Find more time for teaching and living. Sign up for a 60-day free trial at gradecam.com/coolcatteacher.
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10 min
October 26, 2017
179: Why Teachers Should Talk About Teaching
Tom Rademacher, author of It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and slightly unprofessional) Book About Teaching, shares why teachers should tell their story. (And how they can do it without losing their job.) www.coolcatteacher.com/e179 SPONSOR: GradeCam can save you time! Quickly create assessments for any grade or subject without special forms or equipment. Instantly scan and score with any mobile, desktop or document camera. Sign up for a 60-day free trial at gradecam.com/coolcatteacher.
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10 min
October 25, 2017
178: Secrets of Great District Leadership
Superintendent Randy Ziegenfuss talks about secrets of transformational district leadership www.coolcatteacher.com/e178 SPONSOR: GradeCam can save you time! Quickly create assessments for any grade or subject without special forms or equipment. Instantly scan and score with any mobile, desktop or document camera. Automatically transfer grades into any digital gradebook. Find more time for teaching and living. Sign up for a 60-day free trial at gradecam.com/coolcatteacher.
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10 min
October 24, 2017
177: 7 Global Project Ideas from a Leading 3rd Grade Classroom
Vickie Morgado from Canada has her third graders connecting with the world! Learn about global Kahoots, how she tweets with her class and more. www.coolcatteacher.com/e177 SPONSOR: GradeCam can save you time! Quickly create assessments for any grade or subject without special forms or equipment. Automatically transfer grades into any digital gradebook. Find more time for teaching and living. Sign up for a 60-day free trial at gradecam.com/coolcatteacher.
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10 min
October 23, 2017
176: Include Every Child in your Classroom
Get inspired to include every child as fourth grade teacher, Kelly Malloy, shares us how she focuses on children. www.coolcatteacher.com/e176 SPONSOR: GradeCam can save you time! Quickly create assessments for any grade or subject without special forms or equipment. Instantly scan and score with any mobile, desktop or document camera. Automatically transfer grades into any digital gradebook. Find more time for teaching and living. Sign up for a 60-day free trial at gradecam.com/coolcatteacher.
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9 min
October 20, 2017
175 5 Ways to Help Numbers Come Alive
Dr. Rebecca Klemm @numbersalive shares how to help numbers come alive for all ages. www.coolcatteacher.com/e175 GradeCam lets you create assessments with formats including multiple choice, true/false, number grids, rubrics, and handwritten numeric answers that can be read and scored by Aita - Gradecam's Artificial Intelligence Teaching Assistant. Sign up for your 60-day free trial at gradecam.com/coolcatteacher
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11 min
October 19, 2017
174 Finding Passion and Purpose: Barbara Bray
Barbara Bray talks about personalizing learning in the classroom. She teaches us strategies and helps us think about how to make our classrooms better. www.coolcatteacher.com/e174 GradeCam lets you create assessments with formats including multiple choice, true/false, number grids, rubrics, and even handwritten numeric answers that can be read and scored by Aita - Gradecam's Artificial Intelligence Teaching Assistant. Sign up for your 60-day free trial at gradecam.com/coolcatteacher
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9 min
October 18, 2017
173 A Teenage Bullying Story
Sarah Beeghley @the-geeky_girl has been called by a US Senator to tell her story as part of anti-bullying legislation. Hear her story and advice to teachers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e173 GradeCam lets you create assessments with formats including multiple choice, true/false, number grids, rubrics, and even handwritten numeric answers that can be read and scored by Aita - Gradecam's Artificial Intelligence Teaching Assistant. Sign up for your 60-day free trial at gradecam.com/coolcatteacher
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9 min
October 17, 2017
172 K-6 Educational Music Videos: Selecting the Right Videos for Learning
Joanna Pace is an elementary teacher and Matt is a songwriter from Las Vegas. Today they talk about how to select good videos on YouTube for K-6 students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e172 GradeCam lets you create assessments with formats including multiple choice, true/false, number grids, rubrics, and even handwritten numeric answers that can be read and scored by Aita - Gradecam's Artificial Intelligence Teaching Assistant. Sign up for your 60-day free trial at gradecam.com/coolcatteacher
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9 min
October 16, 2017
171 Purpose-Full Education #MotivationMonday
Dr. Amy Fast, author of It's the Mission, Not the Mandates, talks about how to regain the purpose of education in schools. www.coolcatteacher.com/e171 GradeCam lets you create assessments with formats including multiple choice, true/false, number grids, rubrics, and even handwritten numeric answers that can be read and scored by Aita - Gradecam's Artificial Intelligence Teaching Assistant. Sign up for your 60-day free trial at gradecam.com/coolcatteacher
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11 min
October 13, 2017
170 5 Ways to Add Morning Meetings to Special Ed Classrooms
Dr. Felicia Durden shares methods behind having a powerful morning meeting in special education classrooms. From routine to celebrations, we talk about how to start the day well in special education classrooms. www.coolcatteacher.com/e170 Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. www.texthelp.com/wriq
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10 min
October 12, 2017
169 Bullying and Cyberbullying: The Things You Need to Know
Anne Collier helps us understand the statistics on bullying and cyberbullying. We talk about targets, those who bully and how to respond when helping those embroiled in this situation. www.coolcatteacher.com/e169 Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq
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14 min
October 11, 2017
168 Making Google Masters for Kids of All Ages
Lee Ann Yonker helped start the #MiniGoogleMasters movement in her school in K-3rd grade, demonstrating littles can be tech-savvy too! Having moved to 5th grade, Mrs. Yonker is continuing her tech encouragement with the #MakingGoogleMasters. Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. www.texthelp.com/wriq
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11 min
October 10, 2017
167 6 Tech Treasures for Special Ed Teachers (K-6) #edtech #spedchat
Special ed teacher Melissa Mann shares six of her favorite edtech tools for the special education classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e167 Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. You can also use rubrics and WriQ pulls everything into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. www.texthelp.com/wriq
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11 min
October 9, 2017
166 How to Make Your Teaching Something Special #SomethingSpecialEDU
Rushton Hurley, author of Making Your Teaching Something Special: 50 Ways to Become a Better Teacher, gives us ideas to build rapport, review for tests, and improve our teaching. www.coolcatteacher.com/e166 Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. To learn about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq
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9 min
October 6, 2017
165: 5 Things That Happen When We empower Students
AJ Juliani, author of Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning talks about the empowerment of students. How teachers can be the “guide on the ride” and help students find their passions. We can do this! www.coolcatteacher.com/e165 Sponsor: Book Creator for Chrome As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now.
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9 min
October 5, 2017
#164 Leading Project Based Learning
Erin Murphy, the co-author of Hacking Project Based Learning, talks about leading project-based learning. She discusses principal-teacher relationships, evaluations, and common mistakes made in PBL implementation. www.coolcatteacher.com/e164 Sponsor: Book Creator for Chrome As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now.
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10 min
October 4, 2017
#163 Inventionland: A Transformational Design Course
Curriculum Specialist Mandi Figlioli is excited about her school’s adoption of the Inventionland design and protoyping course. If you’re teaching design or making, you can learn from this show. www.coolcatteacher.com/e163 Sponsor: Book Creator for Chrome As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. We can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, in the Chrome web browser.
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10 min
October 3, 2017
#162 Minecraft in the classroom
Jeff Geargardt, uses Minecraft EDU to teach students lessons as he works with cross-disciplinary teaching. He’ll share a science lesson how he had students “living on Mars” in Minecraft. Plus tips and tricks and how to get started. www.coolcatteacher.com/e162 Sponsor: Book Creator for Chrome As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator. We can all use Book Creator on any device, using the Chrome web browser.
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10 min
October 2, 2017
#161 Motivating Ourselves to a More Epic Classroom
Trevor Muir crafts his classroom around a story. He uses the “hero’s journey” to make his classroom more epic. Enjoy! www.coolcatteacher.com/e161 Sponsor: Book Creator for Chrome As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. This is great news! Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, using the Chrome web browser.
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10 min
September 29, 2017
#160 5 Ways to Integrate Mindfulness into the Classroom
Teacher Beth Maloney helps students set goals for behavior and other techniques that improve Social Emotional Learning and student success. www.coolcatteacher.com/e160 Sponsor: Kids Discover Online is hosting a webinar - 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry-Based Learning with me, Richard Byrne and Monica Burns on October 3 at 4:30 pm EDT. Learn more about their 150 history and science nonfiction texts that promote inquiry-based learning at www.kidsdiscover.com/inquiry
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10 min
September 28, 2017
#159 What Great Teachers Do
Global Teacher Prize finalist Joe Fatheree talks about what great teachers do. He shares his observations and also his hopes for improving the profession. www.coolcatteacher.com/e159 Sponsor: Kids Discover Online is hosting a webinar - 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry Based Learning with me, Richard Byrne and Monica Burns on October 3 at 4:30 pm EDT. Learn more about their 150 history and science nonfiction texts that promote inquiry based learning at www.kidsdiscover.com/inquiry
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12 min
September 27, 2017
#158 Research Schools: What Are They and How Do They Work?
Aaron Marvel talks about research schools. Modeled like a “teaching hospital” - these schools have researchers and educators working hand-in-hand. www.coolcatteacher.com/e158 Sponsor: Kids Discover Online is hosting a webinar - 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry Based Learning with me, Richard Byrne and Monica Burns on October 3 at 4:30 pm EDT. Learn more about their 150 history and science nonfiction texts that promote inquiry-based learning www.kidsdiscover.com/inquiry
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10 min
September 26, 2017
#157 Top Tech Tools for Kids Who Struggle to Read and Write #spedchat
Dr. Brian Friedlander discusses the top tech tools for kids who struggle to read and write. From voice dictation to word suggestion and more, give kids practical tools. www.coolcatteacher.com/e157 Sponsor: Kids Discover Online is hosting a webinar - 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry Based Learning with me, Richard Byrne and Monica Burns on October 3 at 4:30 pm EDT. Learn more about their 150 history and science nonfiction texts that promote inquiry-based learning at www.kidsdiscover.com/inquiry
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9 min
September 25, 2017
#156 Leadership, Vision & Problem Solving in Education #MondayMotivation
Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis talks about involving the community, solving problems, handling stress, and casting a vision. www.coolcatteacher.com/e156 Sponsor: Kids Discover Online is hosting a webinar - 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry Based Learning with me, Richard Byrne and Monica Burns on October 3 at 4:30 pm EDT. Learn more about their 150 history and science nonfiction texts that promote inquiry based learning at www.kidsdiscover.com/inquiry
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10 min
September 22, 2017
#155 5 Ways to Flip Your Classroom
Keith “Hip” Hughes has a massive following on his YouTube channel http://youtube.com/hiphughes. Today, he shares his technique for flipping the classroom in engaging, powerful ways. www.coolcatteacher.com/e155 Today’s sponsor is Edpuzzle, a favorite #flipclass tool. Go to coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle and sign up now to get 50K free curated video lessons for your school. Also, learn how to clip, pause, quiz, and interact with students inside your flipped classroom videos with this easy tool.
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9 min
September 21, 2017
#154 Not “Just” a teacher
Briana Hodges @edutechtastic shares her story of finding her voice and how a mentor (Carl Hooker) encouraged her to speak and be more. You’ll never say “just a teacher” again. www.coolcatteacher.com/e154 Today’s sponsor is Edpuzzle, a favorite #flipclass tool. Go to coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle and sign up now to get 50K free curated video lessons for your school. Also, learn how to clip, pause, quiz, and interact with students inside your flipped classroom videos with this easy tool.
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10 min
September 20, 2017
#153 Integrating the Arts into EVERY Subject
As 2007 State Teacher of the Year in Rhode Island, Catherine Davis-Hayes is passionate about helping every teacher use the arts in their classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e153 Today’s sponsor is Edpuzzle, a favorite #flipclass tool. Go to coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle and sign up now to get 50K free curated video lessons for your school. Also, learn how to clip, pause, quiz, and interact with students inside your flipped classroom videos with this easy tool.
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12 min
September 19, 2017
#152 Classroom Videos: How-to Tips and Tricks
Tim Betts @mrbettsclass rocks YouTube history. As a certified YouTube educational channel, he will teach us how to make videos with students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e152 Today’s sponsor is Edpuzzle, a favorite #flipclass tool. Go to coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle and sign up now to get 50K free curated video lessons for your school. Also, learn how to clip, pause, quiz, and interact with students inside your flipped classroom videos with this easy tool.
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11 min
September 18, 2017
151 Unleashing the Potential of Every Child #MondayMotivation
Tom Loud @loudlearning dropped out of high school because he didn’t connect with his teachers. Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to connect with kids in new ways. www.coolcatteacher.com/e151 Today’s sponsor is Edpuzzle, a favorite #flipclass tool. Go to coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle and sign up now to get 50K free curated video lessons for your school. Also, learn how to clip, pause, quiz, and interact with students inside your flipped classroom videos with this easy tool.
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10 min
September 15, 2017
#150 5 Ways to Be a Better MakerEd Educator (on a Budget)
Dr. Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein gives practical advice for schools with low-budgets who want to make and create. You don't have to have expensive gadgets to unlock a world of creativity in your classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e150 Sponsor: Book Creator. Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. Make books and even include audio and video. Teachers, get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version. coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator
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9 min
September 14, 2017
#149 Encouraging independent readers without being overwhelmed
Meredith Ogden helps us understand strategies for guiding independent readers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e149 Sponsor: Book Creator. Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now.
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11 min
September 13, 2017
#148 Transforming Writing Programs for Growth and Engagement
Tim Whitaker, creator of Mighty Writers in Philadelphia, talks about the techniques he uses to get kids excited about writing. Over 2,500 students in Philadelphia choose to come to write after school as part of his program. Sponsor: Book Creator. Use Book Creator in the Chrome web browser. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator
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11 min
September 12, 2017
#147 Helping Autistic Students Travel by Making Books #spedchat
Brett Bigham has created a way to use books to help special needs and young children prepare to go to new places. Learn about this technique and how to help children travel who may have fears. Sponsor: Book Creator for the Google Chrome browser. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. We can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, using the Chrome web browser. (This tool would be perfect for following the techniques described in today's show.)
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10 min
September 11, 2017
#146 Get Motivated to Do PBL Right #MotivationMonday
Ross Cooper, the co-author of Hacking PBL, helps us get motivated to think about project based learning differently. www.coolcatteacher.com/e146 Sponsor: Book Creator. We can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, using the Chrome web browser.
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12 min
September 8, 2017
#145 5 Ideas for Technology Stations
Leslie Swanson-Anaya, elementary teacher of the year for Texas region 15, has ideas for awesome technology stations. These apps will work for all ages of students and subjects. Today's sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based assessment tool that lets you completely customize assessments, instantly scan and score them using ANY device with a digital camera, and then instantly transfer the grades into your digital grade book. Go to gradecam.com/coolcatteacher to start your free trial.
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8 min
September 7, 2017
#144 How to Be a Better Instructional Coach
Jamey Everett shares tips on being a better instructional coach based on her wildly popular ISTE 2017 session. We can build trust, be helpful, and help teachers improve learning but it takes lots of work and trust. Today's sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based assessment tool that lets you completely customize assessments, instantly scan and score them using ANY device with a digital camera, then instantly transfer the grades into your digital grade book. Free trial: gradecam.com/coolcatteacher
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10 min
September 7, 2017
Helping Kids Recover from the Trauma of a Storm (Season 2 Special Episode)
Dr. Steven Berkowitz, child trauma psychologist, teaches us how to help children and families after the trauma of a storm. This special episode is longer than 10 minutes. This show's transcript will be posted www.coolcatteacher.com/trauma within several days of the show going live. (I've been under the weather, so I hope you'll be patient while I get this posted.
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17 min
September 6, 2017
#143 Safely Involve Students in School Social Media and More Ways to Give Students a Voice
Heather Callihan's @hcallihan students help with their Facebook and Twitter using some technology tools. Students can have a voice. www.coolcatteacher.com/e143 Today's sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based assessment tool that lets you completely customize assessments, instantly scan and score them using ANY device with a digital camera, and then instantly transfer the grades into your digital grade book. Go to gradecam.com/coolcatteacher to start your free trial and see for yourself.
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9 min
September 5, 2017
#142 Kindergarteners and Chromebooks - Yes #Gafe4littles works
Kindergarten Teacher Christine Pinto @pintobeanz11 has rocked our thinking about Google Apps and kids. Her kindergarteners are making websites! www.coolcatteacher.com/e142 Today's Sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based assessment tool that lets you completely customize assessments, instantly scan and score them using ANY device with a digital camera. Instantly transfer the results to your gradebook. Go to gradecam.com/coolcatteacher to start your free trial and see for yourself.
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10 min
September 4, 2017
#141 I wish my teacher knew: The ONe Question that Can Change Everything
Kyle Schwartz @kylemschwartz asked a question of her students that went viral. Learn about the lesson plan to help you connect with students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e141 Today's Sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based assessment tool that lets you completely customize assessments, instantly scan and score them using ANY device with a digital camera, and then instantly transfer the grades into your digital grade book. Go to gradecam.com/coolcatteacher to start your free trial and see for yourself.
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9 min
September 1, 2017
#140 5 Ways to Amp Up STEAM Learning
Aaron Maurer @coffeechugbooks gives us five ways to improve STEAM education for kids. www.coolcatteacher.com/e140  Today's Sponsor is TeacherVision. Their FutureFit curriculum aligns social emotional learning and character education with traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12. See their Spin Factory math lesson plan at coolcatteacher.com/teachervision. Fidget spinners, math and FutureFit combine to make a powerful fun lesson.
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August 31, 2017
#139 Thinking PBL with the Buck Institute
Rody Boonchouy @rodyboo from the Buck Institute talks about effective project based learning. With a powerful metaphor explaining the difference between projects and project based learning, Rody sets the stage to discuss PBL trends and tips. www.coolcatteacher.com/e139 TeacherVision has professionally curated teaching materials that align with their FutureFit Curriculum enhancement framework. See their Spin Factory math lesson plan at coolcatteacher.com/teachervision.
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August 30, 2017
#138 What's Hot in 2nd Grade with #2ndchat moderator Carol McLaughlin
Carole McLaughlin @missmac100 second grade teacher from Alabama and #2ndchat moderator talks about the global trends in second grade. From PBL, global projects and steam to the biggest heartbreaks of second-grade teachers, Carol shares it all. Even if you don't teach second grade, you'll learn a lot. Today's sponsor, Teacher Vision, is giving away their Spin Factory math lesson plan at coolcatteacher.com/teachervision.
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9 min
August 29, 2017
#137 Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel
Dr. Michelle Zimmerman @mrzphd talks about social emotional learning and education technology. With insights on everything from Minecraft, to digital inking, to common mistakes made with technology and SEL, Michelle gives us an important overview of two things often not discussed together. Today's Sponsor is TeacherVision. To give you a closer look, they're giving away their Spin Factory math lesson plan at coolcatteacher.com/teachervision.
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10 min
August 28, 2017
#136 LEAD Like a Pirate: Make Schools Amazing for Everyone (Even Teachers!)
Shelley Burgess @burgess_shelley helps us understand the leadership role we all play. And while we want to do what is best for students, how teachers and how they are treated is important too! Today's Sponsor is TeacherVision. TeacherVision gives you professionally curated teaching materials that align with their FutureFit Curriculum enhancement framework. To give you a closer look, they're giving away their Spin Factory math lesson plan at coolcatteacher.com/teachervision.
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11 min
August 25, 2017
#135 5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes
Kecia Ray @keciaray former president of ISTE helps us understand five transformative practices that help teachers become superheroes. If you don't "get" why technology is important, or know people who don't, take a listen to understand and learn about transformative practices that work in education. www.coolcatteacher.com/e135 Today's sponsor is Kids Discover. They're doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. coolcatteacher.com/discover
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August 24, 2017
#134 Thinking Routines in the Classroom
Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr uses thinking routines in her classroom. After participating in Harvard's Project Zero, she is applying and using the methods in classrooms and with teachers. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e134 Check out coolcatteacher.com/discover and see how the Kids Discover online platform lets students enter discovery mode.
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August 23, 2017
#133 Using Marvel Comics to Teach Government Regulation
Kyle Stern @stern_history uses Marvel's "Civil War" to teach Government Regulation. The test scores show it is working. Understand how a teacher can use graphic novels (a/k/a Comic Books) to meet standards, excite kids, and teach at the same time. It can be done! www.coolcatteacher.com/e133 Check out coolcatteacher.com/discover and see how the Kids Discover online platform lets students enter discovery mode
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9 min
August 22, 2017
#132 Teachers Teaching Refugee Children via Skype with Koen Timmers
Koen Timmers @zelfstudie is a teacher in Belgium. He has founded the Kakuma project where teachers are helping teach in refugee camp via Skype. In today's show, he talks about this project and his Human Differences project. www.coolcatteacher.com/e132 Today's sponsor is Kid's Discover. They're doing awesome things to drive inquiry-based learning. Check out coolcatteacher.com/discover and see how the Kid's Discover online platform lets students enter discovery mode.
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10 min
August 21, 2017
#131 The Power of the Plant in Schools with Stephen Ritz
Stephen Ritz @StephenRitz grows 50,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx. As founder of the Green Bronx Machine, his students grow plants while learning more and going onto college. Exciting! www.coolcatteacher.com/e131 Today's sponsor is Kid's Discover. They're doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Check out coolcatteacher.com/discover and see how the Kid's Discover online platform lets students enter discovery mode.
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10 min
August 18, 2017
#130 5 Ways to Help At Risk Children Succeed
Basil Marin @basil_marin takes us on a journey to help at risk children with these five steps. From the inspiring books to the essential mindsets, Basil will help us reach at risk kids because he speaks from experience. www.coolcatteacher.com/e130 Today's sponsor, Owl Eyes has hundreds of free ebooks. Right now, they’re giving away 10 free 60-minute lesson plans for lit teachers - go to owleyes.org/teachers. Owl Eyes is a must-get for classical literature teachers.
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11 min
August 17, 2017
#129 5 Ways to Reach even Resistant Writers with Writer's Workshop
Angela Stockman @AngelaStockman gives our writing workshop a makeover. The author of Make Writing, Angela is passionate about creating writing workshop experiences that are relevant to today's learners and accessible to even the most resistant writers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e129. Go to owleyes.org/teachers to sign up free and get your lesson plans now. Owl Eyes is a must-get for classical literature teachers.
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August 16, 2017
#128 Josh Stumpenhorst's Learning Commons: Drones, Literature, and Creativity
Josh Stumpenhorst @stumpteacher is directing a library revolution and evolution to Learning Commons at his school. They are transforming from a place where students "have to go" to a place where they "want to be." www.coolcatteacher.com/e128 Today's sponsor, Owl Eyes. In this free web-app, have a private ebook classroom and interact with your students inside their ebooks as they highlight, annotate, ask questions, and talk about the books they are reading inside their ebooks! owleyes.org/teachers
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10 min
August 15, 2017
#127 Simple Virtual Reality for Any Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard
Donnie Piercey @mrpiercey, co-author of the Google Cardboard Book, shows how we can add simple augmented reality to our classrooms. Check the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e127 Today's sponsor, Owl Eyes. In this free web-app, you can have a private ebook classroom and interact with your students inside their ebooks. Right now, they’re giving away 10 free 60-minute lesson plans for lit teachers - go to owleyes.org/teachers now. Owl Eyes is a must-get for classical literature teachers.
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10 min
August 14, 2017
#126: A Terrible Thing Happened on Awards Day: Here's What I'm Doing About It
Amber Teaman @8amber8, principal, shares something that happened at her school this year relating to awards day and what she and her team are doing about it. Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e126 Owl Eyes is a free web-app with hundreds of free ebooks -- a must-get for classical literature teachers. Sign up at owleyes.org/teachers to sign up and get free lesson plans if you sign up before September 1, 2017
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11 min
August 11, 2017
#125 5 Ways to Transform Your Classroom into a Voyage of Discovery
Sarah Reed @KYTOY15 had her students going on a pirate voyage before Teaching Like a Pirate became the fad. From dressing like a bumblebee to class entry routines, NBCT Sarah Reed has ideas for us. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e125 Show Sponsor: PowerSchool. Take a look at the Unified Classroom at coolcatteacher.com/powerschool.
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11 min
August 10, 2017
#124 Digital Leadership with Students and Social Media with Jennifer Casa-Todd
Jennifer Casa-Todd @JCasaTodd opens our minds to social media leadership with students. She argues that we're limiting students when we don't let them lead using social media. Jennifer is the author of Social LEADia. Enter the giveaway contest in the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e124. Show Sponsor: PowerSchool's Unified Classroom brings together the teacher's grade book, learning management system, student information system and assessment in one powerful platform. coolcatteacher.com/powerschool.
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9 min
August 9, 2017
#123 Fake News Lesson Plan Ideas with Jennifer Carey
Jennifer Carey @TeacherJenCarey gives us ways to teach information literacy. She gives us tips for developing savvy in our students. She also talks about the "term" fake news and if we should be using it at all. Thanks to today's sponsor: Take a look at PowerSchool's Unified Classroom at coolcatteacher.com/powerschool. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e123
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10 min
August 8, 2017
#122 3 Ways to Hack Classroom Presentations
James Sturdevant @jamessturtevant helps us hack our classroom presentations. So, whether they are flipped or in person, you can have more engagement with these tools and ideas. We're also giving away a copy of his book that is coming out soon, Hacking Engagement Again. Awesome! Take a look at the Unified Classroom at coolcatteacher.com/powerschool. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e122
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9 min
August 7, 2017
#121 What 41 Years of Teaching Taught Me
Karen Van Duyn has taught for 41 years. From the timeless lessons about students to what she did when a principal thought she didn't know how to teach - Karen has an open honest discussion. She even shares her thoughts on when it is time to retire. This summer, PowerSchool announced their Unified Classroom see coolcatteacher.com/powerschool.
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August 4, 2017
#120 HACK HOMEWORK: 5 Ideas for Better Homework with Connie Hamilton
Connie Hamilton @conniehamilton challenges us to re-think homework. After you listen to these five steps, you'll have a process to determine what homework should be assigned, what shouldn't, and how to better support parents at home. Connie co-authored the book Hacking Homework with Starr Sackstein. Sponsored by Bloomz. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz to find out why Bloomz is the best parent-teacher communication system. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e120
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9 min
August 3, 2017
#119 What Actually Works in Edtech with Tom Murray
The 2017 US "Thought Leader of the Year", Thomas C. Murray @thomascmurray talks about what actually works in edtech according to the research. In this podcast, Tom shares the research and highlights, some of which are included in the book Learning Transformed that he co-authored with Eric Sheninger. Sponsored by Bloomz. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz to find out why Bloomz is the best parent-teacher communication system. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e119
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11 min
August 2, 2017
#118 Flexible Seating: Getting Rid of Cemetery Style Seating in the Classroom
Bill Selak @billselak talks about flexible seating and the research behind academic gains when using it. He also shares how flexible seating should go with more student voice and choice in their learning. Prepare to have your mind shift about how we sit in classrooms today! Sponsored by Bloomz. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz to find out why Bloomz is the best parent-teacher communication system. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e118.
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August 1, 2017
#117 Flipgrid: Fun Ideas to Engage Learners
Teryl Magee @teryl_magee gives us five ways to use Flipgrid and some essential tips on how to use it. This fun tool is a great way to engage students at the beginning of school. She also uses this for professional development for teachers. Sponsored by Bloomz. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz to find out why Bloomz is the best parent-teacher communication system. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e117 at 5:45 am EDT after this show goes live on iTunes.
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9 min
July 31, 2017
#116 To Reach the Unreachable Star #MondayMotivation
Kim Clayton @kaclayton tells her story of reaching students who have been "given up on" by many. You'll be encouraged not only to reach the unreachable star but to teach them! Remember why you're in the teaching profession and be the teacher and reacher! Sponsored by Bloomz Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz to find out why Bloomz is the best parent-teacher communication system. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e116 at 5:45 am EDT after this show goes live on iTunes.
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July 28, 2017
#115 5 Mistakes Teachers Make the First Week of School (and how not to make them) with Linda Kardamis
Linda Kardamis @LindaKardamis shares five mistakes teachers make the first week of school. This episode is intended to be a helpful reminder that will help every teacher start the school year well. We can do this! www.coolcatteacher.com/e115 This episode is sponsored by Staples. Go to www.staples.com/backtoschool for more information and great deals!
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10 min
July 27, 2017
#114 Inspiring Math Excellence in the Classroom with Po-Shen Loh
Po-Shen Loh @poshenloh, National Math Coach and Carnegie Mellon Professor gives us a refreshing take on teaching math. From giving kids problems with the right level of difficulty to solving problems with students, learn how to take any math student to the next level. You'll also learn about the open source resource, Expy invented by Po-Shen Loh and how you can use it. www.coolcatteacher.com/e114 Episode sponsored by Staples. Go to www.staples.com/backtoschool to tackle back to school like a pro.
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July 26, 2017
#113 Creating a Nurturing Environment for Kids with Nancy Blair
Nancy Blair blairteach@blairteach , middle school principal, and #edchat leader gives us practical ideas to create a nurturing environment in our schools. As a result of these programs and ideas, Nancy has seen discipline problems reduced in the last three years she has served as the principal. www.coolcatteacher.com/e113 This episode is sponsored by Staples. Staples is my go-to back to school shopping source. Go to www.staples.com/backtoschool for more information and great deals!
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8 min
July 25, 2017
#112 23 #GSuite Ideas to Excite Your Students About Learning
Eric Curts @ericcurts teaches us twenty-eight ways to use Gsuite tools in our classroom. With ideas for Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings for all subjects and ages, you'll want to check the show notes for this one! www.coolcatteacher.com/e112 This episode is sponsored by Staples. Staples is my go-to back to school shopping source. Check out coolcatteacher.com/pro for my 10 Ways to tackle back to school like a pro.
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9 min
July 24, 2017
#111 Transform Learning this School Year with Eric Sheninger
Eric Sheninger @E_Sheninger motivates us to transform learning this school year. We're starting Season 2 with a bang and a big book Giveaway, Learning Transformed http://amzn.to/2tWOSLF by Eric Sheninger and Thomas C. Murray! Enjoy! This episode is sponsored by Staples. Staples is my go-to back to school shopping source. Check out coolcatteacher.com/pro for my 10 Ways to tackle back to school like a pro. And remember to sign up for Staples Teacher rewards for free shipping on orders over $14.99 and 5% back. Staples has everything we need in stock all season long and ready to go for school. Go to www.staples.com/backtoschool for more information and great deals! Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e111 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.
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June 30, 2017
#110 TOP EPISODE: 5 Easy Brain Breaks (Encore)
In this encore episode Rob Donatelli talks about the Brain Breaks phenomenon and gives teachers five ideas for brain breaks he uses in his high school classroom. Read the show notes at http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e60. We'll be taking a break from the show for a few weeks in July, so we hope you can catch up on back episodes. Meanwhile, enjoy the summer if you're in the US or Northern Hemisphere. We'll be back soon for season 2 of the 10-Minute Teacher. Thank you so much for your support.   If you want some cool things over the summer, remember you can support us over at www.patreon.com/coolcatteacher.
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9 min
June 29, 2017
TOP EPISODE: Helping Kids Who Hate Math Learn It (Encore)
Dan Meyer @ddmeyer stars in the top "Thought Leader Thursday" episode of season 1 as he shares how to help kids who hate math learn it. You can read the show notes and transcript at www.coolcatteacher.com/e69
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9 min
June 28, 2017
#108 Amazon Alexa in the Classroom #iste17
Bill Selak @billselak shares how he's using Amazon's Alexa via the Echo and Dot in the classroom. http://amzn.to/2sjoUwI He shares the ideal grades (in his opinions) and how the Echo is an "assistant" of sorts for his teachers. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e108 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.
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June 27, 2017
#107 ISTE 2017: Google, Touch Screen Chromebooks, and more trends from #iste17
Kasey Bell @shakeuplearning sits down to talk about the hot trends at ISTE 2017 including lots of Google stuff, new AR news, Google Keep, touch Screen Chromebooks, and more news. This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. Come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the Future in 207A where they will be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echo. Come by the PowerSchool booth 2918. For those of you not at ISTE check out the Unified Classroom at PowerSchool.com/solutions/unified-classroom.  See the show notes and transcript for this episode at www.coolcatteacher.com/e107.
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8 min
June 26, 2017
#106 The PowerSchool Unified Classroom Makes a Teacher's Life Easier #iste17
Hardeep Gulati @MyPowerSchool CEO of PowerSchool shares about the Unified Classroom in this special ISTE episode. This unique approach combines a Student Information System (SIS), Learning Management System (LMS), Assessment Suite, and more into one classroom that shares data and has one login for teachers and students. This is a sponsored content episode just for the ISTE conference. Check out the full series! This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool on Monday, June 26th, 2017 at 4 p.m. in room 225 A and B. I will be leading a panel discussion on the 5 teacher trends changing education. You will also want to come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the Future in 207A where they will be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces, and Amazon Echo. Come by the PowerSchool booth 2918 to meet me in person. For those of you not at ISTE check out the Unified Classroom at PowerSchool.com/solutions/unified-classroom. See the show notes and transcript for this episode at www.coolcatteacher.com/e106.
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11 min
June 23, 2017
#105 5 Ways to Participate in #ISTE17 even if you're not there #notatiste17
Peggy George @pgeorge was one of the most photographed people last year at ISTE 2016, however - SHE WASN'T THERE. Peggy is an expert on getting the most of ISTE by attending virtually. Today, she'll teach five tips for getting the most out of ISTE whether you're at ISTE or riding home on the plane and wanting to see what you missed.  This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool on Monday, June 26th, 2017 at 4 p.m. in room 225 A and B. I will be leading a panel discussion on the 5 teacher trends changing education. You will also want to come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the Future in 207A where they will be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echos. Come by the PowerSchool booth 2918 to meet me in person. For those of you not at ISTE check out the Unified Classroom at PowerSchool.com/solutions/unified-classroom. See the show notes and transcript for this episode at www.coolcatteacher.com/e105.
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9 min
June 22, 2017
#104 5 Ways to Get the Most Out of #iste17
Terry Freedman @terryfreedman author of Education Conferences: Teachers' Guide to Getting the Most out of Education Conferences talks about how to get the most out of ISTE 2017 or any conference you attend. This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool on This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool on Monday, June 26th, 2017 at 4 p.m. in room 225 A and B. I will be leading a panel discussion on the 5 teacher trends changing education. You will also want to come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the Future in 207A where they will be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echo. Come by the PowerSchool booth 2918 to meet me in person. For those of you not at ISTE check out the Unified Classroom at PowerSchool.com/solutions/unified-classroom. See the show notes and transcript for this episode at www.coolcatteacher.com/e104.
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11 min
June 21, 2017
#103 TOP EPISODE Social Emotional learning with Puppets (Encore)
TOP Wonderful Classroom Wednesday episode of Season 1: Karen McCallum is a special ed elementary teacher in Alberta, Canada. She has specialized in special education and behavior support programming. Today she tells a heartwarming but powerful story about how two puppets are helping transform the social emotional learning of elementary special needs kids. Get the full show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e53. Also mentioned in the show is the 40-hour workweek with Angela Watson, check out a quiz to see if it is right for you at www.coolcatteacher.com/quiz.
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10 min
June 20, 2017
#102 iPads in Kindergarten (Encore Episode: 10MT Best of Season1) #edtech
In this 10-Minute Teacher Best of Season 1, we listen to the #10MT top podcast for an Edtech Tool Tuesday all season. Caitlin Arakawa talks about how she uses iPads in Kindergarten.) For the show notes, visit www.coolcatteacher.com/e82. Also, during this show, I share information on Angela Watson's 40 Hour workweek club, of which I'm an affiliate. To learn more and attend her summer seminar on self-care visit  www.coolcatteacher.com/care.
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June 19, 2017
#101 TOP SHOW: Jim Forde You're the Teacher (Encore Episode)
TOP EPISODE OF SEASON 1: Today is an encore episode. This is the most listened to podcast episode of season 1 and the top Monday motivation episode, Jim Forde "You're the teacher." To see the show notes, visit http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e11. Jim Forde is a middle school science teacher in Stamford, CT for over 20 years experience. He is a past Stamford teacher of the year and a 2016 White House Champion of Change honoree for work in CS in Education. As a STEM/CS advocate he curates the @stemnetwork twitter feed (with over 3800 followers) when not singing and song writing. :-) Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e11. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast. This week we'll be airing 3 encore episodes (the top of each day of the week for season 1!) and we'll be airing 2 special ISTE 2017 episodes. Enjoy!
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June 16, 2017
#100 5 Ways to Maximize Your Summer
Angela Watson teaches us how to maximize our summer. If you like her ideas, take this quiz www.coolcatteacher.com/quiz to see if her 40-hour workweek program is right for you. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e100 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast Thank you for your support! We finished up Season 1 and 100 episodes!!! Thank you!
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9 min
June 15, 2017
#99 Creating a Summer Writing Notebook #flaneur Challenge
Angela Stockman @AngelaStockman challenges teachers and students to create a summer writing notebook with the #flaneur challenge. This is going to be fun! Let's do this. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e99 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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June 14, 2017
#98 The Most Remarkable Thing
Today, I reflect upon teaching and share the most remarkable thing about our classrooms. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e98 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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9 min
June 13, 2017
#97 Google Classroom: Top New Features to Learn Over the Summer
Alice Keeler @alicekeeler shares the must-try new features of Google Classroom. She also teaches us how we can learn Google Classroom features and hacks over the summer (even without students.) A must listen for people using Chromebooks or Google Classroom. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e97 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.
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June 12, 2017
#96 Go Bold School with Weston Kieschnick
Weston Kieschnick @wes_kieschnick helps us how to go bold school with blended learning. Old school plus blended learning = bold school. Check the show notes for the book giveaway. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e96 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.
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June 9, 2017
#95 5 Ways to Connect with Your Students Over the Summer
Connie Hamilton @conniehamilton gives us five ways to connect with our students over the summer. We can start next year ahead by picking one or more of these ideas. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e95 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.
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9 min
June 8, 2017
#94 The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary in the Classroom
Dr. Kimberly Tyson @tysonkimberly and Dr. Angela Peery @drangelapeery share their advice for helping students learn blended vocabulary. We'll also be giving away of their book Blended Vocabulary for K12 Classrooms: Harnessing the Power of Digital tools and Direct Instruction (http://amzn.to/2s1XobA) so check out the show notes. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e94 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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9 min
June 7, 2017
#93 An Australian Math Classroom with iPads #ipadchat
Tom Davidson @trdvo shares how he uses iPads in his math classes to teach. He'll talk about Explain Everything, SeeSaw, Aurasma and his workflow with some sample lessons. If you're using iPads or want to compare how math is being taught somewhere else, this is a wonderful classroom Wednesday that you don't want to miss! Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e93 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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9 min
June 6, 2017
#92: Quizizz - Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords
Jon Corippo @jcorippo talks about one of his favorite tools, Quizizz. He shares how you can use this tool to teach vocabulary and save time for other things! Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e92 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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11 min
June 5, 2017
#91 16 Things They Don't Tell You About Teaching
There are some things people don't tell you about teaching that I wish teachers could know. Here you go! Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e91 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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10 min
June 2, 2017
#90 5 Ideas to Build Your Personal Brand This Summer
Every teacher has a brand. Hear five ideas for developing your personal brand from host, Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher based on how she's built her brand for the last eleven years. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e90 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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10 min
June 1, 2017
#89 Alan November Shares A Mind Blowing New Idea in Assessment
Alan November @globalearner shares an assessment idea that is gaining steam. First discovered at Harvard, it is making inroads in middle and high schools around the country. In today's tThoughtLeader Thursday, start thinking about this new idea in assessment Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e89 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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May 31, 2017
#88 Promoting Academic Discourse in the ESL Classroom
Greetzel Mojica @Mojica_CJUSD talks about how she teaches academic discourse in her sixth grade classroom. Using a recent project on volcanoes as a backdrop, we do a deep dive into how Greetzel empowers her students to give effective feedback using academic language that they are learning in school. This is not the language used at home, so it presents challenges. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e88 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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10 min
May 30, 2017
#87 3 Teacher Money making Opportunities using Technology
Jessica Gordon @1337teach shares three ways teachers can use technology to make money this summer (or any time.) We talk about some ethical considerations and opportunities. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e87 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.
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May 29, 2017
#86 What helps kids really learn? #MondayMotivation
Andrew Stadel @mr_stadel discusses his summer research topic, "what helps kids learn?" As we grapple with this topic, Andrew shares resources and how he's pursuing this topic. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e86 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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May 26, 2017
#85 5 Fantastic Peer Feedback Strategies for Your Classroom
Starr Sackstein @MsSacckstein shares 5 strategies for empowering peer review in the classroom. She also is hosting a giveaway contest with her book on assessment. Read the show notes and enter the contest at www.coolcatteacher.com/e85 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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May 25, 2017
#84 Helping Kids in Poverty Succeed
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach @snbeach talks about how to help kids in poverty succeed. We'll also be hosting a giveaway contest with a course on this topic along with 11 other courses. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e84 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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May 24, 2017
#83 App Smashing with Kindergarteners
Carrie Willis @carriewillis18 talks about how kindergarteners in her STEAM lab use their iPads. They use SeeSaw portfolios, green screen videos, and more. She also talks about what the students do and what the adults do. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e83 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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May 23, 2017
#82 iPads in Kindergarten: Creating, Innovating and Learning
Caitlin Arakawa @caitlin_arakawa talks about her first year using iPads in her kindergarten classroom. She shares her mistakes and what she learned. She also give us her favorite hack for making a soundproof iPad booth for recording. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e82 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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May 22, 2017
#81 Learning First, Technology Second #motivationmonday
Liz Kolb @lkolb talks about how we can put learning first and a very important reason technology should be second. C heck the show notes for the book giveaway and transcript at www.coolcatteacher.com/e81 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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May 19, 2017
#80 5 Ways to Adjust Teaching to How the Brain Learns
Ramona Persaud, director of the film, Grey Matters, talks about how we can teach kids the way the brain learns. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e80 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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May 18, 2017
#79 Building Your School and Personal Brand
Learn the basics for building your school and personal brand from Trish Rubin, co-author of BrandED. Enter the book giveaway on the show notes blog at www.coolcatteacher.com/e79 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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May 17, 2017
#78 A Stress Free Plan for Closing Out Your Classroom
Angela Watson teaches us a stress-free plan for closing out your classroom. See also her 5 Summer Secrets for a Stress free Fall video series - http://cctea.ch/40HW-summer. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e78 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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May 16, 2017
#77 Breakout EDU Digital is Awesome (and Free) #edtech #breakoutedu
Mari Venturino @MsVenturino talks about breakout edu digital for edtech tool Tuesday. These challenges are free! (And perfect activities for team building at the end of the school year.) Learn about the challenges and advantages of breakout edu digital. Have fun! Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e77 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.
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May 15, 2017
#76 Understanding the Heart of Dyslexia and Special Needs #MondayMotivation
Melissa Raguet-Schofield @cloth_mother is a Mom of a dyslexic. Today, we travel into the heart of a Mom of a child who struggles. What better motivation can we have as teachers than to empathize with those in our classroom who struggle? As a Mom of a dyslexic also, I hope you'll hear our heart for great teaching. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e76 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.
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May 12, 2017
#75 5 Essential Questions of Life with Dean James Ryan
Dean James Ryan @deanjimryan, the eleventh Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education gave a speech at graduation that went viral. It is the topic of his book "Wait, What?" and today's conversation. Dean Ryan shares his 5 essential questions of life (and a bonus question.) These are great ones to provoke conversation with your students and colleagues. Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e75 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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May 11, 2017
#74 How Do We Make Homework Worth the Time?
Matt Miller @jmattmiller author of the upcoming book "Ditch that Homework" talks about homework. What does the research say? What is the one area that "homework" helps? Can homework be better? Let's talk homework and make sure students are spending their time well. Enter the book giveaway and read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e74 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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May 10, 2017
#73 Paul Solarz' Student Centered Classroom
Paul Solarz @PaulSolarz has a student-centered classroom. His students do just about everything. No, he's not lazy! The students have purpose and meaning. And Paul is free to just teach! Paul is the author of Learn Like a Pirate. Enter the book giveaway and read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e73 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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May 9, 2017
#72 Using Google Keep and Evernote to Collaborate and Organize
Crystal Koenig @Supermtvtr talks about Google Keep. She uses it to organize her students, clubs, and so many things. She'll share her tips and tricks and even when she decides to use Evernote instead. Learn all about this tool that has educators talking (especially those with Chromebooks.) Approximately five hours after this show goes live, you can read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e72 Listen to the other episodes at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast
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May 8, 2017
#71 Energizing Yourself for Great Teaching #MondayMotivation
Take care of yourself, teachers. Today, Mark Eichenlaub @MarkWEichenlaub and I discuss a very important person in your classroom - YOU! You'll find the show notes, transcript, and bio of our guest at www.coolcatteacher.com/e71 about 8 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. See our other episodes at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.
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May 5, 2017
#70 5 Simple Ways to Improve Physical Education w/ Edtech
Jarrod Robinson, the PE Geek, helps us learn how to use technology in physical education. Lots of fun ideas! Show notes will be available at www.coolcatteacher.com/e70  approximately 5 hours after the episode goes live! See all of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast .
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May 4, 2017
#69 Helping Kids Who Hate Math Learn It
Dan Meyer gives us tips and advice for helping kids who hate math learn to love it using his 3 Act Math approach. The show notes will go live at http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e69 approximately five hours after the show goes live.  See www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast  for more episodes.
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May 3, 2017
#68 Wonderful Word Problem Breakthroughs
Kitty Tripp shares a breakthrough she's had with helping her students solve word problems. Teach them to become a director! If you're preparing students to take a test or just teaching math, this is a fascinating method of teaching.  Kitty Tripp, an innovative educator with 19 years in the field of education, has experience not only as a teacher and district office administrator but also in a wide variety of experiences integrating technology into the classroom. She has helped teachers, administrators and district office leaders create and implement a digital learning mindset. This year Kitty took a bold step moving to Texas to work with a Twitter PLN contacts.  She currently teaches 3rd grade at John C. Webb Elementary in Navasota, Texas and works with teachers in her school and educators across the nation on how to best to embrace digital learning across a variety of platforms.  She greatly enjoys sharing her passion for being a connected educator through venues such as ISTE, Edcamp, EdTechTeam and various conferences. Follow Kitty on Twitter @kitty_tripp, @tripps_class or visit her blog at kittytripp.com. http://www.kittytripp.com/ https://twitter.com/Kitty_Tripp https://twitter.com/Tripps_Class Get the full show notes at http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e68
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May 2, 2017
#67 Game Based Learning and Twine
Matt Farber talks about game-based learning in his classroom and a new tool he loves: Twine. We're also hosting a giveaway contest of his new book Game Based Learning version 2. As Matt discusses Game-Based Learning, you'll hear:  Why game-based learning works  Matt's favorite example of game-based learning  How Matt got a month ahead in his history curriculum using Twine to make adventure games  Other ideas of how Matt uses GBL in his classroom  Other ways to use Twine in other subjects  Matthew Farber, Ed.D. teaches social studies at Valleyview Middle School, in Denville, New Jersey. Dr. Farber is an Edutopia blogger and cohost of Ed Got Game, on the BAM! Radio Network, and is a BrainPOP Certified Educator. He was a recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Teacher Fellowship and a Woodrow Wilson HistoryQuest Fellowship. Look for the new, expanded, revised edition of his book, Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning -- Revised Edition (Peter Lang Publishing, 2017), To learn more, please visit http://matthewfarber.com A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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May 1, 2017
#66 How to Make it to the End of the School Year #MondayMotivation
Today I share a post I wrote several years a go that tends to be shared like crazy this time of year. I hope it encourages you to finish well. Here's the link to the blog post: http://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-to-make-it-to-the-end-of-the-school-year/ I've also got a new way I'm posting transcripts. Once the show goes up, give it a few hours and the transcript will go live at www.coolcatteacher.com/e66 So, it is the episode number and the letter e in front for all episodes. I hope you find this encouraging and happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
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April 28, 2017
#65 5 Mistakes that Hurt Standardized Test Scores
Dr. Brad Johnson talks about the mistakes schools make that hurt their standardized test scores. You might be surprised that sometimes the things schools do may have the opposite impact of what they intend. Consider this feedback as you prepare to administer testing this spring. As Brad discusses standardized testing mistakes schools make, he will share:  Mistakes we make in routines  during testing How keeping kids "quiet" and limiting activities may be a mistake  The importance of resource classes  Important things for administrators to consider  Perspective on testing Dr. Johnson is a speaker in the fields of education and leadership.  He is the author of six books including, From School Administrator to School Leader, & Learning on Your Feet: Incorporating Physical Activity into the K-8 Classroom (Routledge). He teaches graduate-level leadership courses and other educational courses.  A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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April 27, 2017
#64 Fast Problem Solving and Innovation with Hack Learning
Mark Barnes @markbarnes19 discusses a popular method of problem-solving: Hack Learning. Instead of a 5-year plan, this model helps educators improve on a daily and more short term basis. He gives examples of how educators are hacking (and improving) meetings and more. Let's Hack Learning! Today, Mark shares how we can Hack Learning by:  Understanding the model of hacking learning  Giving us examples including cloud meetings  The problems with hacking learning (when people don't want to change)  How to solve problems not marinate in them  An exciting perspective on change  Mark Barnes is a longtime educator, author, podcaster, and Founder of Times 10 Publications. Mark is the creator of Hack Learning -- books, podcasts, presentations and other content that provides right-now solutions for teachers and learners. One of the world's most recognizable connected educators, @markbarnes19 and his team of internationally-renowned eduhackers are turning the Hack Learning problem-solving model into a global movement. Dedicated to this mission, they are giving away 10,000 books and other free innovative digital content in 2017. Learn more at http://hacklearningfree.com.  A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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April 26, 2017
#63 Teaching CyberSecurity to Empower Students and Schools to Be Safe
David Raymond is part of equipping Virginia high school students to defend themselves from cyber attacks. With knowledge in digital forensics and current technology, the Virginia Cyber Range is working to lead the world in educating its students on cyber security. Learn how in this wide-ranging conversation about modern security.  As David Raymond and I discuss cyber security, we talk about:  Privacy online  Digital hygiene (yes, this is a word!)  Password knowledge  Digital forensics  Issues with Smart devices and security  David Raymond @dnomyard is Director of the Virginia Cyber Range, Deputy Director of Virginia Tech’s IT Security Office and Lab, and adjunct faculty in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at VT. He has taught networking and cyber security courses for over ten years at Virginia Tech and West Point and is a retired U.S. Army officer.  A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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April 25, 2017
#62 Special Needs #edtech treasure chest with Jennifer Cronk
Jennifer Cronk helps us empower those with special needs. She shares her treasure chest of favorite edech tools for those with special needs. This show is a must-listen for special needs teachers.  In today's show about special needs edtech tools, Jennifer Cronk shares:  Why speech recognition empowers students  How to help students guide their eyes in online reading  Accessibility tools  Why we should help students select tools and empower their learning  A full edtech treasure chest for special needs students  Jennifer Cronk is an Assistant Manager of Emerging Technologies for the Southern Westchester BOCES in New York. She currently oversees and strategically plans the Google Apps transformations of several school districts in Westchester County. Jennifer began her career in 1996 as a computer teacher and passionately pursued the ed tech field for twenty years. Jennifer presents nationally at instructional technology conferences, and workshops on integrating Google Apps and other emerging technologies into learning. She is a Google Certified Innovator and Google Education Trainer. Also, Jennifer is also certified: administrator, English teacher, elementary teacher and educational technology specialist.  Jennifer also blogs about “digital parenting,” professional development and educational technology at www.transparentlyteaching.com and is a co-host of the blab.im show “Positively Special Ed.”  A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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April 24, 2017
#61 Combatting Emotional Fatigue: A Teacher's occupational Hazard
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life" Mary Oliver. Joan Flaherty, the author of Rest and An Approach to Rejuvenating our Teaching and Ourselves, talks about how we can combat emotional fatigue. Teacher, you have one wild and precious life. Our students do too.  We need to use it well. In today's show on emotional fatigue, Joan discusses  How we should center ourselves in the classroom  Some counterintuitive thoughts on our relationship with students  Focusing on our learning from everything  Advice for teachers who are burning out  Encouragement for all you teachers working so hard Bio from Joan Flaherty: I'm a faculty member in the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management at the University of Guelph, Canada, where I teach communications. My research is in the area of teaching and learning.  A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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April 21, 2017
#60 5 Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom
Want to help students learn and be more refreshed. Students need breaks too. That is why brain breaks are becoming so popular. Teacher Rob Donatelli @DTown_MrD talks about the Brain Breaks phenomenon and gives teachers five ideas he uses in his classroom for brain brains in his high school class. Take a brain break today! Rob will share five ideas today including the:  Backwards classroom race  60-second pitches  Face off  Smartphone ping pong  Penny catch  Plus, a 40-second pitch to teachers about the reasons they need brain breaks in their classroom.  Have some fun! Take a break! You might need these especially as kids are taking high-intensity tests to help kids refresh and gear back up.  (I am not crazy about the tests but I am crazy about kids and when I feel things getting too intense, I take brain breaks with my students.)  A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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April 20, 2017
#59 Tips for Successful Digital Parenting
How much time on devices is too long? Should kids put up their smartphones and talk to each other and parents sometimes? Are we using technology too much as parents?  Today, for Thought Leader Thursday, Weston Kieschnick @wes_kieschnick and I have a conversation about digital parenting. There aren't easy answers, but one thing is sure, we won't find answers without having the hard conversations.  In today's show, Weston and I discuss:  Digital overuse and digital deserts and the need for balance  The dangers of letting kids have devices during time for sleep  The challenges faced by parents in today's digital age  Questions for parents to consider about moderation  Experiences and observations about digital overuse and misuse  A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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April 19, 2017
#58 How the African STEP Dance Ignited Kids at Ron Clark Academy
African Step, based on the African Gumboot Dance, has an American version with a competition. Junior Bernadin @JBernadin is one of the STEP coaches at 3-time national champion winning Ron Clark Academy. Learn about this marvelous type of song/ dance and its role in African American culture. Also, hear about Junior's commitment to excellence and what students learn from competing in this dance competition. In today's Wonderful Wednesday, Junior shares:  The origins of step  How step came to Ron Clark Academy  What students learn from step competition  His students' story from beginning step to winning the national championship  What students learn from step and the competition Junior Bernadin is a Dean of Students and IT Director at the highly-acclaimed Ron Clark Academy (RCA). In addition to his daily roles at RCA, he currently serves as one of the coaches of the current 3-time National Step League Middle School Champions, the Essentials Step Team.  A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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April 18, 2017
#57 Richard Byrne's Most Exciting #Edtech Tools
Richard Byrne @rmbyrne discusses the edtech tools he's most excited about today. From video tools, creation tools, to app creation, you'll hear about the tools and ideas that Richard is most excited about in edtech today. In today's show, Richard shares:  Live video streaming tools and why he's moving to YouTube Live  Blogging and creation tools  Why app creation will soon be in the reach of every student  Dealing with naysayers and blocking  Why he's not as excited about quizzing tools and heading towards creation tools  Richard Byrne 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.  Richard’s work is focused on sharing free resources that educators can use to enhance their students’ learning experiences. Richard is a five-time winner of the Edublogs Award for Best Resource Sharing Blog. Richard became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009. 2012 saw Richard receive a Merlot Classics Award from chancellor’s office of California State University.  In 2010 he was a finalist for ACTEM’s (Association of Computer Teachers and Educators in Maine) educator of the year award. Tech & Learning Magazine named Richard one of their “people to watch” in their 30th Anniversary celebration. On a daily basis, Richard’s blog Free Technology for Teachers reaches more than 100,000 educators. In addition to writing Free Technology for Teachers, Richard also maintains iPadApps4School.com and PracticalEdTech.com.  Richard’s print work includes a monthly column for School Library Journal, contributing author to What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, and contributions to Teacher Librarian.  Richard lives in Maine with his daughter Isla and loyal dogs Max and Mason.  A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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April 17, 2017
#56 Motivating Special Needs Breakthroughs #mondaymotivation #spedchat
Empowering special needs students with technologies is one of the greatest ways to motivate and ignite their learning. Jennifer Cronk @jenniferacronk shares two tearful but joyful stories of people with special needs unleashed (including her own.) Let's start this Monday motivation remembering the joyful opportunity we have to help every child with technology!  In today's show, Jennifer shares  How to empower special needs students to champion themselves  Examples of alternative assessment and contribution for those with special needs  How Jennifer motivates students and teachers to unleash learning  A breakthrough story of Jennifer's son who wanted to honor his teacher  The moving thing that happened last week to Jennifer with a special needs teacher Jennifer Cronk is an Assistant Manager of Emerging Technologies for the Southern Westchester BOCES in New York. She currently oversees and strategically plans the Google Apps transformations of several school districts in Westchester County.  Jennifer began her career in 1996 as a computer teacher and passionately pursued the ed tech field for twenty years. Jennifer presents nationally at instructional technology conferences, and workshops on integrating Google Apps and other emerging technologies into learning. She is a Google Certified Innovator and Google Education Trainer.  In addition, Jennifer is also certified: administrator, English teacher, elementary teacher, and educational technology specialist. Jennifer also blogs about “digital parenting,” professional development and educational technology at www.transparentlyteaching.com and is a co-host of the blab.im show “Positively Special Ed.”  A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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April 14, 2017
#55 5 Things Every Digital Citizen Should Know with Alice Chen
Digital citizenship is a challenge. In today's episode, Alice Chen shares five things every student should know about digital citizenship. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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April 13, 2017
#54 8 Tips for Classroom Procedures (in a Computer Lab)
Classroom management can be a challenge in any classroom. In this episode, I share my secrets and tips for managing my computer lab classroom. I hope it helps.
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April 12, 2017
#53 Social Emotional Learning for Special Needs with Puppets #spedchat
Karen McCallum is a special ed elementary teacher in Alberta, Canda. She has specialized in special education and behavior support programming. Today she tells a heartwarming but powerful story about how two puppets are helping transform the social emotional learning of elementary special needs kids. Karen will share:  How she decided to use puppets to reach a nonverbal student  Modeling appropriate and inappropriate behaviors How 15 minutes a day with the puppets can transform behavior Calming special needs kids using puppets Some funny and powerful stories of using Matts and Penny to help kids learn appropriate behaviors Karen McCallum's Bio  I am a elementary vice principal and kindergarten teacher in Okotoks Alberta. I am in my 33rd year of teaching. My entire career has been in the primary area. I have my Master's degree in Special Education and have spent half of my career working in special education and behavior support programming.
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April 11, 2017
#52 Aurasma and AR in the Classroom
Dr. Tim Green, Instructional Design Expert, talks today about augmented reality. Specifically he shares his favorite Augmented Reality (AR) instructional tool, Aurasma. Tim also shares a vision for the future of where augmented reality is probably taking us in education.  Today, Tim shares:  How teachers and students are using Aurasma  His wildest dreams for the future of augmented reality in education  Applying technology like IBM Watson and natural language to augmented reality  Simple principles for where we should be going in education with AR  Dr. Tim Green's Submitted Bio  I am a former K12 teacher who has been a professor of educational technology and teacher educator at California State University, Fullerton since 1999. Five of these years I served as the Director of Distance Education at CSUF.  I currently run an online MS program in Educational Technology. I am the author of numerous articles and books, as well as a presenter, on the integration of educational technology, instructional design, and online distance education.  Some of the more recent books include the award-winning The Essentials of Instructional Design: Connecting Fundamental Principles with Process and Practice (Brown & Green, Routledge), The Educator’s Guide to Producing New Media and Open Educational Resources (Routledge), and Securing the Connected Classroom (ISTE Press). I co-produce (with Dr. Abbie Brown) the award-winning podcast Trends and Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences.  I am passionate about working with schools and districts on visioning and implementing technology initiatives. I regularly consult with and provide professional develop to schools and districts. I received my Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University.
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April 10, 2017
#51 When Kindness goes Viral
Will Parker @williamdp has seen kindness go viral on his campus. Learn how his faculty and student council worked together to create a nurturing environment. And how one Post-It Note moved the school to go viral. Will shares how:  His student council created a nurturing environment for kindness to grow  What happened in the girls' bathroom that changed everything  How the faculty noticed and encouraged the movement of kindness  The impact the kindness movement has had on the school  How you can encourage kindness in your classroom  William D. Parker Biography   William D. Parker is principal of Skiatook High School, just north of Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A. As a high school teacher, he taught Language Arts, creative writing, and Advanced Placement English.  An Oklahoma educator since 1993, he was named Broken Arrow Public School’s South Intermediate High School Teacher of the Year in 1998. He became an assistant principal in 2004 and was named the 2011 Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year.  As principal of a Title I school, his school’s innovative approaches to collaboration, remediation and mentoring have resulted in marked improvements in student performance. He is regularly asked to speak to principal associations, school leadership conferences, and graduate classes on effective leadership practices, organizational behavior, and digital tools for enhancing school communication.  In 2014 he released his first book, Principal Matters: The Motivation, Action, Courage, and Teamwork Needed for School Leaders. His second book, Messaging Matters: How School Leaders Can Inspire Student, Motivate Teachers, and Communicate with Parents is scheduled for publication August 2017 with Solution Tree Publishing.  Parker hosts a weekly podcast called Principal Matters and writes a weekly blog that he shares on his website www.williamdparker.com.  He is also a contributing author on ConnectedPrincipals.com, and a guest blogger for the National Association of Secondary Principals. Most recently, he has been hosting monthly webinars so that his state’s principal association members can connect and share innovative ideas for growing in school leadership.  Mr. Parker earned his bachelor’s degree in English Education from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his master’s degree in education leadership from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  He has been married for twenty-three years to his wife Missy, and they are the proud parents of four children: 3 girls and 1 boy. When he is not supervising school events or shuttling his children to practices, he also enjoys running, hiking, and playing guitar or piano.
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April 7, 2017
#50 5 Ways to Get a Laugh in Your Classroom
Today I'll tell some crazy stories about the lengths I'll go to get a laugh in my classroom.We're celebrating 50 episodes of the 10-Minute Teacher! Thanks for your support and sharing the show!!! These 5 ways are how I introduce a little laughter into my classroom and still get a lot done.  Some ideas I'll share:  Dress up and drama activities  Humor on my flipped videos  Using stories  Changing the environment How to be in the moment with your students I'm Vicki Davis, the host of this show. I decided to do something kinda different for episode 50. Let me know what you think. I'm a full time Computer Science/ Business and Digital Film teacher in Georgia. See my full bio here at http://www.coolcatteacher.com/bio A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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April 6, 2017
#49 Sylvia Martinez: 3 Mistakes Teachers Make About Tinkering
Sylvia Martinez, @smartinez, co-author of Invent to Learn, talks about tinkering today. Some teachers have a misconception that kids just pick up and play with materials and learn, but it is a little bit more nuanced than that. Sylvia does an amazing job of helping us understand the drawbacks, possibilities, and essential nature of tinkering.  Today, Sylvia teaches us: How to make time for tinkering Assessing making and tinkering The risks of using reflection as your only tool of assessing making Three of the biggest mistakes teachers make when tinkering When to let students struggle and when to step in  When to let students struggle and when to step in Sylvia Libow Martinez is co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom helping teachers bring the exciting tools and technology of the Maker Movement to classrooms worldwide. Previously, Sylvia was President of Generation YES, evangelizing student leadership through modern technology. Sylvia also headed product development for consumer software, video games, and educational games at several software publishing companies. Martinez started her career designing high-frequency receiver systems and navigation software for GPS satellites.She holds a masters in educational technology from Pepperdine, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from UCLA. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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April 5, 2017
#48 A Milken Award Winner Shows Us An Exceptional Elementary Math Classroom
Felicia Casto @jfcasto28 , 2017 Milken Award Winner, used to hate math. But one day, she woke up and realized she was bored and her students were too. She set about to find answers. After diving into research and applying what she learned, Felicia and her elementary students have left behind a traditional way of teaching math and awakened to the exciting possibilities. If you're tired of boring, traditional math instruction, listen and learn from Felicia Casto Felica shares: The types of activities done in her classroom The 3 Act In this episode, Felica shares:  The types of activities done in her classroom  The 3 Act project-based model of learning math How she went from boring math class to loving math Why she decided to make a shift Her philosophy on having fun and teacher exhaustion. Felicia Casto @jfcasto28 has been in education for 13 years. She has taught K-3 grade, mathematics instructional coach (K-5) and is currently an instructional coach and interventionist. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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April 4, 2017
#47 Classroom Blogging with Elementary Students
Rayna Freedman @rlfreedm shares classroom blogging. Her students all blog weekly. Some blog collaboratively. She uses blogging to teach elementary students how to write. In today's show, we talk about classroom blogging with Rayna Freedman. Rayna will share: What students write about Workflow of blogging The tools she uses for blogging and commenting Image citations and photography Digital equity and including every student (even those without computers at home) Her move to collaborative blogging How she teaches writing, person, and grammar using Google Docs and blogging Rayna Freedman @rlfreedm has been teaching for 17 years at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary school and has been blogging with students in the 4th and 5th grade. She is on the MassCUE board of directors, a doctoral student, and hopes to change the world of education some day. Link to student blog: http://jjsecretagents.blogspot.com/ Link to teacher blog: http://msfreedmanagent24.blogspot.com/ A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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9 min
April 3, 2017
#46 How Vulnerability Can Make Your Classroom a Safer Place
Michelle Cottrell-Williams @WakeHistory applies Brene Brown's research on vulnerability to make her classroom a safer place. Motivate yourself to be more authentic with your students as we talk about vulnerability, shame, and guilt in the classroom. Michelle shares: How students and teachers can practice vulnerability in a way that brings positive results How to combat shame A powerful "just because" poetry lesson to promote authenticity and vulnerability The biggest mistakes teachers make that harm student trust The definition of vulnerability and why it is a good thing int he classroom 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. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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March 31, 2017
#45 5 Ideas to Connect with Other Classrooms
TW Williamson @tww00 an educator in Taiwan shares his story of global collaboration and connection with US teacher Annette Lang. In today's show, TW shares 5 Ideas for connecting your classroom with others. Connecting is part of a teacherpreneurial mindset that characterizes a true world-class 21st-century educator. Let's dig in. TW shares with us: How to let go of the concept of control How to share with other classrooms Giving students choices in their connections A surprising thing he and Annette's students share Building trust and collaboration with colleagues around the world. Born, raised, and educated in Maine USA at public schools, private college, community college, and State university. Have taught for over 30 years, including middle school, high school, and community college; subjects including Latin, English, and Emergency Medical Technician. Former nationally certified Paramedic, spent many years serving and teaching in EMS, and former National Ski Patrol member on the slopes and instructing.  After living and teaching in Maine for a long time, family relocated to Taiwan, where my wife and I teach in the high school at KAS (http://www.kas.tw/). We love living here and explore Asia for a variety of interests. I’ve always liked adventure, both in professional and personal life, and discovered via Twitter that Annette Lang (https://twitter.com/msalang) of BMSA (http://biomedscienceacademy.org/) was seeking an international collaboration partner; it has been an amazing ongoing three-year ever-evolving and rewarding professional learning experience.  A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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10 min
March 30, 2017
#44 Larry Ferlazzo's Thoughts on Classroom Management
Larry Ferlazzo @larryferlazzo discusses classroom management. Today, for Thought Leader Thursday, we're thinking about how we can all improve our classroom management skills. Larry shares tips from an "old pro" about how we can create a more successful classroom environment. (And a word on if it ever gets easier.) In today's Show, Larry discusses: The first ingredient in successful classroom management The important question we must ask ourselves about everything we do in the classroom How to encourage intrinsic motivation Something that happened in his classroom this week and how he handled it Larry's feelings on if he's "arrived" or if teaching is still hard even when you're a "pro" Larry Ferlazzo has taught English Language Learner, mainstream, and International Baccalaureate classes at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California, for thirteen years. He has written eight books on student motivation, classroom management, and English Language Learners. He writes a popular resource sharing blog for teachers, a weekly advice column for Education Week Teacher, and contributes regular columns on education issues to The New York Times and The Washington Post. He also hosts a weekly BAM! radio show. Larry is an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Sacramento and the University of California, Davis. He was a community organizer for nineteen years prior to becoming a teacher. Lastly, a basketball team he plays for has come in last place every year since 2014, so he should not give up his day job for a career in sports. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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10 min
March 29, 2017
#43 Integrating STEM and Language Arts Masterfully
Candace Hisey @MissHisey talks about true STEM and Language Arts Integration. With both extended and daily projects, students watch science, technology, engineering, and math come alive in all of their classes. Hear how Candace does it in today's Wonderful Wednesday classroom tour and why she'll never go back to the "old" way of teaching. Today, Candace will teach us about: The incredible element "museum" project where students integrate all subjects and their work in chemistry during tenth grade Flexible teaching time and how she uses it to integrate learning with other teachers Simple ways Candace brings research non-fiction into her language arts class Science Fridays in Language class The most transformational thing Candace has done in her experience in this new form of teaching. Candace Hisey is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University and has been teaching Language Arts at Bio-Med Science Academy for three years. She is a strong proponent of interdisciplinary education, and this year she has been working with the chemistry instructor to build an integrated curriculum for tenth grade. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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10 min
March 28, 2017
#42 Making Music with iPads and #Edtech
Kids can learn to make music with iPads and technology. This isn't just child's play - some serious music learning can happen. On today's show, K3-6th grade teacher Justin Kamp @kampmiltonmusic from Wisconsin unleashes his favorite apps, strategies, and tools for making music with kids of all ages. Justin will discuss: Age appropriate uses of edtech Some of his favorite apps and techniques  Some of his favorite apps and techniques Technotunes and how to use them Showcasing musical ability and setting parent expectations 21st-century music appreciation Justin Kamp graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2013 with a degree in Instrumental and General Music Education. He is currently a K-3 and 6th grade General Music teacher in Milton, Wisconsin. He is nearing the end of his fourth school year and has been an “iGuide” technology trainer for his building for the past two years.  Milton is 1:1 with iPads for all K-8 students. He has been published in the Wisconsin School Musician magazine and has been a guest writer for the online Music Technology website: Midnight Music based out of Australia.  Justin has presented at SLATE (technology conference) as well as at the Wisconsin Music Educators Association's State Music Conference.  On March 1st, Justin's Third Grade students performed at the State Capitol for Music In Our Schools Month. It is his goal to incorporate technology into his classes, whether it is a full blown lesson using iPads, or using the SMARTboard for smaller activities.  Justin also actively performs in a variety of different local performing ensembles playing bassoon. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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March 27, 2017
#41 Angela Maiers on Unleashing Genius #mondaymotivation
My husband told me Friday night, "Did you really listen to what Angela Maiers said on that podcast?" I was tired beyond belief - not taking very good care of myself and having one of those bouts of self-deprecation that some of us teachers have. So, this show is for me and one I'll listen to for years to come. I know there's someone else out there who needs to hear this talk about mattering, worthiness, and good health. Thanks, Angela @angelamaiers for sharing your heart.  In today's show, Angela discusses: The meaning of genius Contributions the world needs from us as teachers and our students Rediscovering the power of show and tell Angela's person struggle with mattering The greatest thing students need to see in front of the classroom. Angela Maiers @angelamaiers, has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 25 years. Her powerful message and down-to-earth style have made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker for education conferences, corporate events and innovation summits. Angela is the author of six books, and the founder of Choose2Matter, a global movement that challenges and inspires students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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10 min
March 24, 2017
#40 5 Ideas to Improve Rural Education in America
Daisy Dyer Duerr @DaisyDyerDuerr reimagines what rural education can be. Rural education has a significant majority of perpetually impoverished counties in America. Additionally, only 55% of rural America has broadband access versus 94% of urban America. This digital divide and poverty create unique challenges.  Daisy discusses: Promoting more broadband access Helping schools no longer be engines of exodus but places of opportunity The need for more rural education advocacy An example of a rural program from the Farm Bureau that is an An example of a rural program from the Farm Bureau that is an exemplary idea we can use in education An idea for partnering with higher education to better understand the specific needs of rural education. Daisy Dyer Duerr, EdS As the CEO of Redesigning Rural Education, LLC, Daisy is a National Keynote Speaker, Education Consultant, and Leadership Coach. She is an NASSP Digital Principal, and was a featured panelist & Principal of 1st rural school featured @ Digital Learning Day Live! (2015). Daisy spent her last 4 years in public education (2011-2015) as a “Turnaround Principal” of a Rural, Isolated, Pre-K-12 Public School. She’s served as Principal of 2 Schools recognized as “Model Schools” by Dr. Daggett’s ICLE. Daisy testified in front of the FCC in Washington, D.C. as an advocate for Rural Broadband. Daisy currently hosts “Totally Rural,” a National Podcast bringing attention to Rural Business and Education issues, promoting advocacy in across the rural American space. Daisy continues to be an advocate for ALL students in every ZIP CODE. She was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Lyon College in 2015 & also appeared on Arkansas Times’ “2015 Top 20 Innovators in Arkansas” list. @DaisyDyerDuerr www.daisydyerduerr.com daisydyerduerr@gmail.com
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March 23, 2017
#39 Eric Sheninger: Digital Pedagogy That Actually Improves Learning
Eric Sheninger @E_Sheninger challenges us to move to the next level with digital technologies. We can't use tech because it is "cool and new." It must improve learning. If it doesn't improve learning, why are we spending the money? In today's show, Eric challenges us to think about: The evidence that learning is improving Shifting assessment strategies that help students show what they understand Arguments for student (and teacher) portfolios of learning Why curriculum is no longer a valid argument against technology Encouragement for teachers who feel like an island of innovation with technology. We're hosting a giveaway contest at https://gleam.io/cbPs5/digital-leadership-by-eric-sheninger of his book Digital Leadership.  Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership 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. He has emerged as an innovative leader, best-selling author, and sought after speaker.
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9 min
March 22, 2017
#38 Effective Student-Led Parent Conferences
Laura Penrod Stock @tweetmeego coaches students to create powerful student-led conferences with their parents. By creating unique year-long portfolios, Laura believes students connect with their parents to help plan their future work and share their learning. In today's episode, Laura talks about: How to make student portfolios and conferences unique and not "cookie-cutter"   What a student led conference looks like Their structure for student led conferencing as it relates to 9-grade registrations The two biggest mistakes many teachers make with student-led conferences How Laura keeps up with student work In this episode, Laura also gives a free coupon code to 10-Minute Teacher listeners. Just go to http://mymeego.com/ and use the code 10MT to set up your account. Laura Penrod Stock is a Lee County (Georgia) middle school classroom teacher. Sculpted from her experience in economic development, she is passionate about student eportfolios. "Teaching students to present themselves and their ideas effectively will determine their success in the global marketplace," Stock submits. She is the inventor of Meego®, a cloud-based collaborative platform for artifact collection and eportfolio creation. Stock holds a B.S. in Consumer Economics, Auburn University, M.P.A. , Columbus State University, M.S.E.D.L., Western Governor's University. Stock is the Lee County Georgia System Teacher of the Year 2016, GREA Outstanding Educator Award winner and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.
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9 min
March 21, 2017
#37 Formative Assessment Tools and Tips from Monica Burns
Monica Burns @ClassTechTips gives us the tips and tools for successful formative assessment. Get results by knowing what your students know. Formative assessment is a powerful use of education technology if you know how. Today's episode is a must listen for teachers. In today's show, Monica talks about formative assessment: What is successful formative assessment What are some of Monica's favorite tools for formative assessment How should teachers select their formative assessment tool belt What is the biggest mistake teachers make when using formative assessment What you should do with the data from formative assessment so that it improves learning 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.
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9 min
March 20, 2017
#36 Give Kids What They Deserve #MondayMotivation
Adam Welcome @awelcome inspires us to treat kids in positive ways. As co-author of Kids Deserve It, Adam gives us unique things to do the first day of the week. He also shares the shocking mistake he made when he started out as teaching and bad advice he got from another teacher. In today's show, Adam shares: What he believes kids deserve and how to give it to them as educators What he hopes every teacher and principal will do today to start the week off right A shocking mistake he made as a first year teacher and the bad advice he wished he hadn't followed Something unique he did on home visits with students when he was a principal A pep talk for educators As part of this show, we're hosting a give away contest for 3 copies of Kids Deserve It, a Kids deserve it bracelet and sticker. Enter the contest here: https://gleam.io/gv95a/kids-deserve-it-pack-a-10minute-teacher-giveaway-contest Adam Welcome is a Director of Innovation, co-author of Kids Deserve It, former Elementary Principal, marathon runner!
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9 min
March 17, 2017
#35 Chromebooks: 5 Ideas to Amp Up Learning
John Sowash @jrsowash knows Chromebooks. Today he gives us five ideas to amp up our Chromebook classroom. Many of these tools and tips will work for any device that can access the Web. His ideas include: Formative Assessment Multimedia Projects Station Learning Screencasting Ideas As he says it "Lectures that don't suck" We're also hosting a giveaway of 2 of his books, The Chromebook Classroom at https://gleam.io/Qx8xR/10minute-teacher-giveaway-the-chromebook-classroom-book-by-john-sowash Today's show is full of apps and tips and ideas. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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8 min
March 16, 2017
#34 - How Perla Zamora and Her students in Mexico are Tearing Down Walls
Perla Zamora @pzamoraats from Tampico, Mexico is tearing down walls. For thought leader Thursday, today, ask yourself how you're connecting your classroom to the world. In today's show, we'll discuss: Ways Perla is connecting her classroom to other classrooms Overcoming fears of connecting with other classrooms The most important thing she's learned as she connects her students to other classrooms Ms. Perla Zamora @pzamoraats is a passionate teacher and Technology advisor in the American School of Tampico. Her curiosity took her into “The Flat Connection Project” in 2012. That was the beginning of a journey for her students to interact and learn while, appreciating and valuing different cultures. Her adventurous spirit lead her to be in contact with teachers around the world. Her experience in this field is documented in the book “The Global Educator”. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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10 min
March 15, 2017
#33 Powerful Language Learning in the 21st Century
Rachelle Dene Poth @rdene915 teaches Spanish and STEAM with technology, student choice, and project based learning. For Wonderful Wednesday, take a trip inside her classroom to learn how she does it all. As we discuss language learning and STEAM, Rachelle shares: How her language classroom is full of choice Her favorite tech tools for language learning instruction Some fantastic new tools and features she's using this week in her classroom Rachelle Dene Poth @rdene915 is a Spanish and STEAM Teacher at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. She is also an Attorney and has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology. Rachelle serves as the Communications Chair for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network, a Member at Large for Games & Sims, the Innovations and Resources Co-Chair for the Teacher Education Network and the PAECT (PA ISTE affiliate) Historian. Rachelle is proud to be involved in several communities including being a Buncee Ambassador, Common Sense Media Educator, CoSpaces Ambassador, Amazon Inspire Educator, Edmodo Certified Trainer, Nearpod PioNear, Recap Pioneer, TES Ambassador and ​ambassador for ​several other learning communities. Rachelle was recently named the 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by PAECT and had a chapter published in the Edumatch “Snapshot in Education” book and enjoys blogging. Rachelle enjoys presenting at conferences and finding opportunities for students to be involved in sharing their work at student technology showcases, presentations and through blogging. Link to graduate work and experience https://sites.google.com/site/itportfoliorachellepoth/ A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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9 min
March 14, 2017
#32 Epic Pi Day Math Episode
Chris Smith is a Maths teacher from Scotland where his irrational passion for Pi earns him geeky renown. He is an enthusiastic ambassador for the beauty and usefulness of Mathematics and shares this message with his anyone who will listen.  In today's episode, you'll hear: How Chris' car became the centerpiece of one Pi Day The Pi-M-C-A song that won Chris' classroom international attention The Math-sterpiece his class is creating this year How to make math more exciting all year long Chris writes a free weekly Maths newsletter for teachers with puzzles, lesson ideas, resources, Maths facts- if you'd like to join the list of almost 2000 subscribers, send him an email (aap03102@gmail.com). He's always excited about making new connections with Maths fans across the world! Chris regularly speaks at Maths conferences in Scotland, has delivered a TEDx talk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TACPw5NtUk), helps run the Enterprising Maths in Scotland National Final (http://www.scottishmathematicalcouncil.org/wp1/enterprising-mathematics/), is a co-creator of the free-to-download-Pi-visualiser "Pi-Wire" (http://piwire.co.uk/), serves on the TES Maths Panel (https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/blog/tes-maths-our-panel-teachers) and is a a member of the Scottish Mathematical Council (http://www.scottishmathematicalcouncil.org/wp1/members/). Outside the world of Maths, Chris is married to Elaine, is dad to Daisy, Heidi and Logan (born in perfect arithmetic progression in 2007, 2008 and 2009), plays piano in Jiggered Ceilidh Band (http://www.jiggered.com/) and is a follower of Jesus. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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9 min
March 13, 2017
#31 Kevin Honeycutt inspires us to reach "that kid" #mondaymotivation
Kevin Honeycutt @kevinhoneycutt grew up in poverty and attended school in many cities across the United States. As he witnessed education around the country he collected powerful experiences that still influence his conversations and his work with educators. He spent 13 years teaching art K-12 in public school and for 17 years spent summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages. In 1991 he received the Making IT Happen Award which is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation. Today, Kevin discusses: His difficult experiences as "that kid"  The teachers who connected and related to him The inspiration to be the teacher who relates and connects to kids who struggle or are the class clown A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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10 min
March 10, 2017
#30 5 Ideas to Level Up Language Arts #5ideaFriday
Alex Corbitt from the Bronx has 5 created ideas to help improve and make language arts learning fun. He also has some inspiring thoughts for new teachers. In today's episode, we'll discuss: How to scaffold reading Making use of classroom spaces Some cool project ideas including "talk show host" Using picture books even with older kids Establishing benchmarks for students A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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9 min
March 9, 2017
#29 Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the Classroom
Augmented reality and virtual reality. Are these buzzwords or are they things that can be used to improve learning? Today Steven Anderson @web20classroom pulls back the veil and helps us learn about these emerging technologies. In today's show, we discuss: What is augmented reality? What is virtual reality? What are examples of how each are being used in the classroom? Are these technologies expensive to use? Which technology does Steven think will be the most helpful to classrooms? Are there problems with either of these technologies? A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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10 min
March 8, 2017
#28: Saving Big Money with iPads and Google Classroom
Kyle Taylor @kyletaylor13 and his school have implemented iPads with Google Classroom and are saving half (yes, half) of what it previously cost to set up a classroom with technology. For Wonderful Wednesday we learn all about their decision making process and how teachers are using iPads and Google classroom to teach. Today we discuss: How to create an optimal learning environment with Google Classroom Why the Ipads are well suited for creation How the work flows from creation to Google Classroom Why teachers are excited to be able to share videos and lessons with one another in Kyle's very large school. How Kyle calculates the cost savings for setting up a classroom at half what it was previously. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests. Kyle also shares his implementation guide. Kyle's bio: Currently an Instructional Technology Coordinator for Arlington Public Schools in Virginia where I support, assist, plan classroom lessons and provide technology coaching for teachers and students. This is my 7th year as an ITC, I previously taught Geography at a community college in my home state of Massachusetts. I am passionate about teamwork, collaboration, and the important role that technology plays in exciting learners to be creative.
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11 min
March 7, 2017
#27 Elementary Portfolios with SeeSaw
Suzy Lolley loves Seesaw. Today she teaches us how she teaches teachers to use Seesaw with their iPad classrooms. Today on Tech tool Tuesday we discuss: What Seesaw does in the classroom The ages of students for using Seesaw Workflow using Seesaw in the elementary classroom Recommendations on assessment with Seesaw How to involve parents in elementary portfolios Privacy and peer editing recommendations What situations may not be ideal for Seesaw Suzy Lolley is fourteen-year veteran teacher of middle and high school ELA. She currently serves as an Instructional Technology Specialist in Cherokee County, GA, and is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, a Common Sense Ambassador, and a Seesaw Ambassador. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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10 min
March 6, 2017
#26 How to Have an Attitude to Try New Things #mondaymotivation
Josh Harris, an elementary edtech director from California, talks about an attitude of innovation. He talks about how to empower ourselves with an attitude of fearlessness and trying new things. In this show we discuss: How to adopt an attitude of trying new things Confronting the fear of "breaking" something Learning new technology doesn't have to be hard. In his 18th year in public education, Josh Harris find himself in the position of Educational Technology Director for an elementary school district on California's central coast. He has a passion for edtech, especially in communities of color, which manifests itself in presenting at edtech conferences and summits as often as he can. you can find his session materials at http://bit.ly/edtechspec A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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9 min
March 3, 2017
#25 5 Ideas to Be Technology's Master and Not Its Slave #productivity
Aaron Sams @chemicalsams helps give us ways to master technology. Aaron Sams is an Instructor of Education at Saint Vincent College, is an advisor to TED-Ed, and was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2009. Aaron is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and author and has trained thousands of educators to integrate technology with sound pedagogy. He holds both a B.S. in Biochemistry, an M.A.Ed. from Biola University, and is pursuing a Ph.D. at Texas Tech. Find out more at http://aaronsams.com Aren't you tired of being overwhelmed by technology? Do you really need the latest thing to be more productive? Or is the latest thing killing you one wasted moment at a time. Today is a wake up call where we discuss five ways to take back control of your technology. In today's show, we discuss: Only using technology that makes work easier Focusing on your workflow to save time Not fighting the technology ecosystem at your workplace (it will only frustrate you) Go with less paper, not paperless. How turning off notifications can help refocus your life. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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March 2, 2017
#24 Poverty and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations
Dr. Anael Alston @DrAAlston talks about common misconceptions that educators have about students in poverty. Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, Anael "Dr. A" Alston is an award-winning educator and serves as Superintendent of Schools of the Hamilton Central School District in Hamilton, NY. Prior to that, he was the principal of the Robert M. Finley Middle School in Glen Cove, New York and principal of Great Neck North Middle School in Great Neck, New York. Dr. A is passionate about leadership, service, and all things public education. In today's show, we discuss how teachers should approach teaching students who are in high-poverty situations. This is important because Anael argues that many thoughts about students in poverty are off-base. In today's show we discuss: The mindsets and attitudes students need for success How educator expectations are an essential ingredient of student success The importance of relationship with students Anael's advice for what teachers should do daily to adjust their thinking and prepare to teach difficult students. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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10 min
March 1, 2017
#23 Creating a Student Centered Library Where Kids Love to Learn
Librarian Micki Uppena has a wonderful library. In addition to a rich maker space, Micki takes us on a journey into a 21st-century library where kids love to learn. In today's show, she shares with us: The kinds of conversations she has with students The importance of relationships in the modern library Inspiring life-long learning The most inexpensive tools that have transformed learning in her library The treasure boxes she uses to get kids excited A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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9 min
February 28, 2017
#22 What to Buy For Your Makerspace #makered
Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space in our schools. In today's show, we discuss: The technologies he has in his maker space The arts and materials he also has on hand How Chad introduces students to the space The biggest challenge Chad has with setting up the maker space What Chad is doing next to solve his maker space problems How this changes learning in the school library. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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9 min
February 27, 2017
#21 Triumph Amidst the Struggle to Educate with Todd Nesloney #mondaymotivation
To be remarkable teachers, we must learn to rise above our problems and bring our best self to the kids. Have you ever struggled to get out of the car to walk into school on Mondays? I have. There have been times I've had trouble getting out of the car to go teach. Teaching is important. It is awesome. But teaching is hard. (If you teach, you don't need me to tell you. You live the struggle.) As for me, I needed this Monday morning pep talk from Todd Nesloney, author of the book Kids Deserve It. In today's show Todd and I discuss: Leaving your stress in the car when you head into school Getting parents excited to receive your phone calls Unleashing student intrinsic motivation How to deal with failure The biggest mistake educators often make when trying to reach struggling kids A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.
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