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Thursday, 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.

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Joe Fatheree's Bio as Submitted

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

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


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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Standards-Based Grading: How to Start the Journey



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Standards-Based Grading: How to Start the Journey

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/standards-based-grading-how-to-start-the-journey/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

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.

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Nicole Naditz - Bio as Submitted

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

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

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

Twitter: @NicoleNaditz


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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

11 Essential Chrome Extensions (And a New Browser)



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 11 Essential Chrome Extensions (And a New Browser)

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/11-essential-chrome-extensions-and-a-new-browser/
via Vicki Davis at coolcatteacher.com. Please also check out my show for busy teachers, the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and my Free teaching tutorials on YouTube.

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!

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Monday, 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.

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Crystal Willis - Bio as Submitted

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


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