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Friday, July 12, 2019

5 Ways to Maximize Your Summer




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

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

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

Angela Watson- Bio as Submitted

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


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Thursday, July 11, 2019

5 Way to Maximize Your Summer



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 5 Way to Maximize Your Summer

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/5-way-to-maximize-your-summer/
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.

Neuroscience Research: 5 Ways to Superior Teaching [Top Episode]



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Neuroscience Research: 5 Ways to Superior Teaching [Top Episode]

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/neuroscience-research-5-ways-to-superior-teaching-top-episode/
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.

Never Yell and Other Classroom Management Secrets of a Pro [Top Episode]



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Never Yell and Other Classroom Management Secrets of a Pro [Top Episode]

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/never-yell-and-other-classroom-management-secrets-of-a-pro-top-episode/
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.

Top Show of Season 5: Neuroscience Research and 5 Ways to Superior Teaching




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

www.coolcatteacher.com/e529

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

Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath's Bio As Submitted

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

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

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


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Never Yell and Other Classroom Management Secrets of a Pro [Top Episode]




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

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

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

Stacey Corrigan

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

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

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

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

Twitter: @StaceyCorrigan3


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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

5 Authentic Ways to Encourage People Right Now [Best of Season 5]




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

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

www.coolcatteacher.com/e527

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

Dr. Brad Johnson

Leadership Consultant and Author

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

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

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


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Monday, July 08, 2019

5 Authentic Ways to Encourage People Right Now [Best of Season 5]



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 5 Authentic Ways to Encourage People Right Now [Best of Season 5]

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/5-authentic-ways-to-encourage-people-right-now-best-of-season-5/
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.

5 Ways to Battle Burnout [BEST OF SEASON 5]




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

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

Mandy Froehlich - Bio as submitted

Director of Innovation and Technology

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

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

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

 


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Friday, June 28, 2019

The #ISTE19 Recap Show



A new blog has appeared on my main site: The #ISTE19 Recap Show

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/the-iste19-recap-show/
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.

Post #ISTE19 Recap Show #notatiste19




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

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

www.coolcatteacher.com/e525

Matt Miller

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

Angie Ridgeway

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

Nate Ridgeway

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


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Thursday, June 27, 2019

5 Ways To Bring SEL Into Edtech Classroom Use



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 5 Ways To Bring SEL Into Edtech Classroom Use

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/5-ways-to-bring-sel-into-edtech-classroom-use/
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.

5 Ways To Bring SEL Into Edtech Classroom Use




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

www.coolcatteacher.com/e524

Sponsor: Urkund

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

Mark Sparvell - Bio As Submitted

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Education Leader

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


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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Augmented Reality Ideas from Mary Howard’s #ISTE19 Session



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Augmented Reality Ideas from Mary Howard’s #ISTE19 Session

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/augmented-reality-ideas-from-mary-howards-iste19-session/
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.

Augmented Reality Ideas from Mary Howard's #ISTE19 Session




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

www.coolcatteacher.com/e523

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

Mary Howard - Bio as Submitted

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

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

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


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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

What’s Hot (and Not) at #ISTE19 with Monica Burns



A new blog has appeared on my main site: What’s Hot (and Not) at #ISTE19 with Monica Burns

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/whats-hot-and-not-at-iste19-with-monica-burns/
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.

What's Hot (and Not) at #ISTE19 with Monica Burns




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

www.coolcatteacher.com/e522

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

Monica Burns - Bio As Submitted

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

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


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Saturday, June 22, 2019

7 Hot Edtech Topics #iste19 #notatiste19



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 7 Hot Edtech Topics #iste19 #notatiste19

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/7-hot-edtech-topics-iste19-notatiste19/
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.

7 Hot Edtech Topics #iste19 #notatiste19




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

www.coolcatteacher.com/e521 

Sponsor: Urkund

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

Stacey Roshan - Bio as Submitted

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

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


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Friday, June 21, 2019

No #ISTE19 Fomo: Join the #NotAtIste19 Community and Start Learning



A new blog has appeared on my main site: No #ISTE19 Fomo: Join the #NotAtIste19 Community and Start Learning

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/no-iste19-fomo-join-the-notatiste19-community-and-start-learning/
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.

No #ISTE19 Fomo - Join #NotAtIste19 and Start Learning




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

www.coolcatteacher.com/e520

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

Peggy George - Bio as submitted

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


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Thursday, June 20, 2019

5 Ways to Customize Your Teacher Professional Development This Summer



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 5 Ways to Customize Your Teacher Professional Development This Summer

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/5-ways-to-customize-your-teacher-professional-development-this-summer/
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.

5 Ways to Customize Your Teacher Professional Development This Summer




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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Course mentioned in example #1:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Krysia: Absolutely.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

This teacher took two courses each worth three grad credits:

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

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

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

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

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

 

PD Example #4: Building Connections with Students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Krysia: Absolutely, it's important.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Krysia: Thank you!

Krysia Lzarewicz - Bio as Submitted

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

Twitter: @AdvanceTeaching

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A Learner Centered Innovation Model #iste19 #notatiste19



A new blog has appeared on my main site: A Learner Centered Innovation Model #iste19 #notatiste19

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/a-learner-centered-innovation-model-iste19-notatiste19/
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.

A Learner- Centered Innovation Model with Katie Martin




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

Sponsor: Advancement Courses

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

Special ISTE19 Episodes 

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

About this episode

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

Katie Martin’s Bio as Submitted


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

Blog: katielmartin.com

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


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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education #notatiste19



A new blog has appeared on my main site: How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education #notatiste19

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-to-design-the-classroom-for-effective-education-michael-cohen/
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.

How to Design the Classroom for Learning with Michael Cohen




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

Special ISTE19 Episodes 

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

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

About this episode

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

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

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

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

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

Blog: www.thetechrabbi.com

Twitter: @thetechrabbi

 


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Monday, June 17, 2019

23 Gsuite Ideas to Excite Your Kids About Learning - ISTE19




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

www.coolcatteacher.com/e516

Special ISTE19 Episodes 

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

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

About this episode

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

Eric Curts - Bio as Submitted 

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

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


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Friday, June 14, 2019

5 Ways to Work On Your Personal Brand This Summer




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

Full Transcript: www.coolcatteacher.com/e515 

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


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5 Ideas to Build Your Personal Brand This Summer



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 5 Ideas to Build Your Personal Brand This Summer

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/5-ideas-to-build-your-personal-brand-this-summer/
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.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

5 Awesome Things for Teachers to Do This Summer



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 5 Awesome Things for Teachers to Do This Summer

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/5-awesome-things-for-teachers-to-do-this-summer/
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.

5 Awesome Things for Teachers to Do This Summer




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

Full Transcript: www.coolcatteacher.com/e514

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

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

 

 


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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

How to Help Kids Who Hate Math Learn It



A new blog has appeared on my main site: How to Help Kids Who Hate Math Learn It

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-to-help-kids-who-hate-math-learn-it/
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.

How to Help Kids Who Hate Math Learn It




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

www.coolcatteacher.com/e513 

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

From The 10 Minute Teacher Vault

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

Dan Meyer

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

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


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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

iPads in Kindergarten



A new blog has appeared on my main site: iPads in Kindergarten

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/ipads-in-kindergarten/
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.

iPads in Kindergarten




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

www.coolcatteacher.com/e512 

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

Full Bios of our Guests


Kristen Wideen

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

Karen Lirenman

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

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

 


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Monday, June 10, 2019

Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and in Class Everyday



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and in Class Everyday

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/motivating-struggling-learners-in-summer-school-and-in-class-everyday/
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.

Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and Your Classroom Everyday




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

www.coolcatteacher.com/e511

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

From the Vault

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

Barbara Blackburn's Bio as Submitted

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

Blog: www.barbarablackburnonline.com

Twitter: @barbblackburn


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Friday, June 07, 2019

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. Then, Rob gives teachers five ideas he uses in his classroom for brain breaks. Take a brain break today!

Urkund: Today’s Sponsor

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

From the 10-Minute Teacher Vault

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

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

Rob Donatelli - Bio As Submitted

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

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

 


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Thursday, June 06, 2019

5 Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 5 Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/5-easy-brain-breaks-for-your-classroom/
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.

How to Unleash 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. Today we’ll talk about unleashing the potential in every child. And yes, you’ll hear birds chirping, but that is ok!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e509

Urkund: Today’s Sponsor

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

From the 10-Minute Teacher Vault

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

Tom Loud - Bio As Submitted

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

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

Twitter: @loudlearning


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Wednesday, June 05, 2019

How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child



A new blog has appeared on my main site: How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-to-unleash-the-potential-of-every-child/
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.

How to Create a Summer Writing Notebook




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

Full Transcript: www.coolcatteacher.com/e508

Today’s sponsor is Urkund.

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

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

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

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

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

Angela Stockman - Bio As Submitted

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


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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

How to Create a Summer Writing Notebook



A new blog has appeared on my main site: How to Create a Summer Writing Notebook

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-to-create-a-summer-writing-notebook/
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.

Hyperdocs: Tips and How-To's for Teachers




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

Full Transcript: www.coolcatteacher.com/e507 

Today’s sponsor is Urkund.

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

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

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

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

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

Lisa Scumpieru - Bio As Submitted

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


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Monday, June 03, 2019

Hyperdocs: How To’s and Tips for Teachers



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Hyperdocs: How To’s and Tips for Teachers

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/hyperdocs-how-tos-and-tips-for-teachers/
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.

How Kids Really Learn



A new blog has appeared on my main site: How Kids Really Learn

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-kids-really-learn/
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.

What Helps Kids Really Learn




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

www.coolcatteacher.com/506

Today’s sponsor is Urkund.

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

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

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

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

Andrew Stadel - Bio As Submitted

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

Blog: http://www.estimation180.com/

Twitter: @mr_stadel


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Friday, May 31, 2019

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/5-ways-to-make-the-most-of-your-summer/
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.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer




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

www.coolcatteacher.com/e505

Blog Post/ Podcast Sponsor: Advancement Courses

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

Linda Kardamis - Bio as Submitted

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

Blog: http://teach4theheart.com/

Twitter: @LindaKardamis

 


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