Blogger. 10 Minute Teacher Podcast. Teaching students with new tools, enthusiasm, and belief that teaching is a noble calling. This is an archive of my blogger blog since I started blogging here before I set up www.coolcatteacher.com
Here is a suggestion from Karen Green (@kgreen5 on Twitter) for how to create appointment slots on Google Calendar to let parents schedule appointments with you along. Karen has given an overview and a step by step checklist for how to do this. What a great resource!
Stacey Roshan writes about AP Calculus (which she flips, btw) but I think that this pondering on how she thinks classes should be redesigned to be online/ blended. I think her views are valuable because she's already flipping. Such views are very valuable and perhaps someone reading this will give her a chance to redesign Calculus or AP computer science in this way. Interesting post.
Teachers are a lot more popular than they may think Look at this poll from back in March showing that 73% of people had positive feelings about their child 's teacher. At the bottom of the list: Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia?(Kind of random things on this poll.) Remember that often the press tells only part of the story. Teachers, you are noble and most of you are working hard and doing a great job. Those of you who don't like students and hate teaching will perhaps find their gift in another field that better suits their skill set and calling.
Here is a step by step guide that teacher Mega Black recommends for Middle school students. This is a sample assignment made on a Google site for a middle school. This is a very nice, comprehensive site.
I wish every leader who runs any meeting would read this post about how to start a meeting on time. It isn't that hard to start meetings on time but it does require STARTING ON TIME. Even when people are late. Please read and apply, as a former manager myself - these tricks work.
The days of randomly changing privacy settings that CHANGE EVERYTHING happening on Facebook are over. The FTC has told Facebook when they make changes that they must give people the chance to opt in. Good move, in my opinion.
This may sound silly, but if you've ever taught a child or had a child with a strong gag reflex, this is worth a try. Lifehacker cites a study that says if you squeeze your left thumb with your left hand that it helps. It may sound silly but if you have a child who gets sick frequently, you'll try anything!
Zero mail is making productivity news for its purpose and its pricing.It is charging a $100 lifetime fee but says it is super-simple email management. It does things like clean out things that aren't needed (like twitter notifications) and zaps mail that is not from a real person. I wish I could demo before paying the fee to see if it works but I've seen good reviews so far.I wish gmail would look and learn from some of these features which look very cool. Yes, I fight and struggle with email. It also helps you outsource things in your inbox with one click (an interesting concept.)
Lots of talk in technology circles about 6th grader Thomas Suarez an iphone programmer.His best selling app is Bustin Jieber a Justin Beiber "Whack a Mole." He shares how he learned how to program an app. How he taught himself the iPhone Software Development kit. He started an "app club" at school where any kid at school can come and learn how to design an app. He is part of an ipad pilot program. The students are asking teachers to help them design apps for education and the money is going into local education foundation.
Here is a beginner guide for Scratch. This is a great set of resources to help you get started with computer game production in Scratch. This was developed to cover the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, Experience, and Outcome for Game Production. This is a fascinating way to start. I hope others will share their resources in the comments. I want to use Scratch in my classroom.
Scratch is a great free game-making animation-style program. This is a nice beginner guide teaching a beginner or students how to make a quiz in Scratch. I had some students in Scratch earlier in the year and am going to go back and give this to them.
I love seeing lessons like this. Using the "night at the Museum" on the wii, the purpose is to teach non fiction, persuasion, advertising. I think that teachers could create more interesting resources like this. If you try this, please let me know. Looks really neat.
The book is on the Amazon store. It will be released in ebook format, but that option doesn't look to be available yet. If you want it on Kindle, please go to this page and click "tell the publisher." Thanks.
I'm so excited - it is really awesome to see this on here! You can preorder.