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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Math Problems that Unlock Student Thinking




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

www.coolcatteacher.com/e584 

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

Challenge

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

Add Robert Kaplinsky to your PLN (Bio As Submitted)

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

Blog: https://robertkaplinsky.com

Twitter: @robertkaplinsky

Instagram: @robert_kaplinsky

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

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

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Math Problems that Unlock Student Thinking



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Math Problems that Unlock Student Thinking

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/math-problems-that-unlock-student-thinking/
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.

Why Kids Need Life Skills (including how to cook!)




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

www.coolcatteacher.com/e583 

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

Challenge

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

Andrea Moore - Bio As submitted

Andrea Moore is in her 16th year of teaching at Twin Cedars Jr./Sr. High School near Bussey, IA, where she is currently teaching Family and Consumer Sciences and Health to 7-12 graders. She lives with her husband of 27 years and has two grown children.
 
 
Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Why Kids Need Life Skills (including how to cook!)



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Why Kids Need Life Skills (including how to cook!)

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/why-kids-need-life-skills-including-how-to-cook/
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.

20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity




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

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

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

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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Monday, October 28, 2019

20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/20-ideas-to-supercharge-classroom-creativity/
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.

The Surprising Science of Life Changing Moments




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

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

www.coolcatteacher.com/e581 

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

Show Notes about Surprising Moments

  • Most moments that transformed people were in moments that surprised people.
  • Flattery doesn't work and seems to be "empty calories for kids.  "
  • When you deliver a comment, make it declarative so it doesn't sound empty.
  • Learn how to share comments in a way that can transform how a child views him or herself.
  • What is a surprise from a neuroscience perspective and how does it help children change their views?
  • How to pain struggles in the landscape of life.

Michael Rousell, Ph.D. - Bio as Submitted

I’m a teacher, associate professor, psychologist, and author. I taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. As an academic, I study formative moments, those events that instantly change what you believe about yourself.

My next book is titled, The Power of Surprise: How Our Brain Secretly Changes Our Beliefs, (not yet published).

My slogan: Whoever learns the most wins. You can see my recent TEDxSalem talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5O6mFWpgZo

Blog: michaelrousell.com

Articles:

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

The Surprising Science of Life Changing Moments



A new blog has appeared on my main site: The Surprising Science of Life Changing Moments

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/the-surprising-science-of-life-changing-moments/
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 Empower Girls



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 5 Ways to Empower Girls

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/5-ways-to-empower-girls/
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 Empower Girls




Lynn Colón, co-author of Empowering Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More, helps us understand what schools need to be doing to intentionally empower their female students to achieve more. Lynn shares some of her journey and the nuances of understanding girls today.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e580 

Lynn Colón - Bio As Submitted

Lynmara Colón brings the perspective of a teacher, assistant principal, and principal positions she has held since joining education in 2003 to her work in literacy. As principal of Mary Williams Elementary School in 2014, she served over 1,000 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade and was able to increase reading engagement by leading a culture of literacy.

She now heads the office that provides comprehensive registration services to English learners and immigrant children, including translation and interpretation services, to a school division serving over 90,000 students. These students represent 124 countries and 149 languages. Colón holds two master’s degrees: a degree in curriculum and instruction, and the other in educational leadership. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education through Old Dominion University.

Book: Empowering Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More

Blog: leadwithmagic.com

Twitter: @TheColon_s

Instagram: LynmaraCosme

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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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Self Care Tips and Advice to Be Your Best



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Self Care Tips and Advice to Be Your Best

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/self-care-tips-and-advice-to-be-your-best/
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.

Self Care Tips and Advice to Be Your Best




Take care of yourself! We often tell each other this as teachers and rightly so. I once read that teachers work the same amount of time in ten months that most people work in a year. Teaching is not for the faint of heart or weak of the back but we must rest and stay strong to be our best. But how? Today, Mandy Froehlich gives us advice for self-care.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e579 

Challenge

Press pause and take a few minutes after listening to this show to evaluate how you are doing with self care. If you do not change something, what will be the result of the direction you're heading with your health? Make one change.

Mandy Froehlich - Bio As Submitted

Mandy Froehlich passionately encourages educators to create innovative change in their classrooms. A former Director of Innovation and Technology, technology integrator, and teacher, she has experience at many levels of the organizational structure. Her interest lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as what’s needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. She consults internationally with school districts and post-secondary institutions in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, mental health support for educators, and how to create organizational change. Her first book, The Fire Within: Lessons from defeat that have ignited a passion for learning, discusses mental health awareness for teachers. Her second book, Divergent EDU, is based on an organizational structure she developed to support teachers in innovative and divergent thinking.

Blog: www.mandyfroehlich.com

Twitter: @froehlichm

Free Self Care Course: divergentedu.thinkific.com

Instagram: @divergentedu

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

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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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

How to Design Learning Spaces in Libraries



A new blog has appeared on my main site: How to Design Learning Spaces in Libraries

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-to-design-learning-spaces-in-libraries/
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 Learning Spaces in Libraries




Many schools are reimagining the learning spaces that some call libraries or media centers. Carolyn Foote takes us to the center of this trend to take us inside how she redesigned her learning space and the thought process behind it. As you plan your school's strategy, you'll want to have conversations about this show.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e578 

Carolyn Foote - Bio As Submitted

Carolyn Foote is a techno-librarian, fascinated by the confluence of technology, students, and libraries. A White House Champion of Change in 2013, and recipient of the AASL Library Collaboration Award in 2019, she is a leader in the library field, especially on 1:1 technologies, library design, and student voice. Her blog can be found at Not So Distant Future http://www.futura.edublogs.org.

Twitter: @technolibrary

Favorite Hashtags: Follow the #TXLCHAT and #TLCHAT hashtags for all things libraries!

Instagram: @technolibrary


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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Getting past STEM Labels into real STEM Learning



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Getting past STEM Labels into real STEM Learning

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/getting-past-stem-labels-into-real-stem-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.

Getting past STEM Labels into real STEM Learning




Lots of things are labeled "STEM" these days but many of them are just rote instructions for students to follow. Is this truly STEM learning? Taylor Ryan is STEM coordinator for his school as they work to integrate STEM into every class. He shares what he's learned about true STEM learning in the past year in this role. Hear about STEM from the trenches of a school that is doing it.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e577 

 

Challenge

Have conversations about the STEM learning at your school. Is it authentic STEM learning? What could you apply from this podcast in terms of longer-term or shorter projects? How about cross-curricular?

Taylor Ryan - Bio As Submitted

Taylor is a teacher and STEM Officer at Fulford Academy, a private school in Brockville, Ontario.

School Website: https://fulfordacademy.com/

 


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Monday, October 21, 2019

Overcoming Your Fears (and Helping Kids Do It Too)



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Overcoming Your Fears (and Helping Kids Do It Too)

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/overcoming-your-fears-and-helping-kids-do-it-too/
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.

Overcoming Your Fears (and Helping Kids Do It Too)




Tara Martin has written a book to help children (and adults) face their fears called Cannonball In! Today, we talk about a powerful metaphor and the risks of life and how sometimes we have to jump! Enjoy!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e576 

 

Your Challenge

I have a saying in my office by Eleanor Roosevelt that says “do something every day that scares you.” Again, we’re talking rational risk and getting out of our comfort zone. So, that’s your challenge – get out of your comfort zone today.

Tara Martin - Bio As Submitted

Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator, speaker, and author. Her ambition is to lead a culture of innovative change and to motivate others to become the best they can be, all while staying REAL--
Relatable
Exposing Vulnerability
Always Approachable, and
Learning Through Life.

Blog: http://www.tarammartin.com/

Books:

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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Friday, October 18, 2019

5 Ways to Greet Students



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 5 Ways to Greet Students

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/5-ways-to-greet-students/
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 Greet Your Students




Thom Gibson has fun ways to greet students as he walks around campus. He shared them on Twitter recently and I started using some of them and it adds a whole element of fun and engagement while interacting with students. Learn about these ideas and become the kind of person that kids love to greet!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e575 

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That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can take courses on helpful topics like classroom management, teacher wellness, education technology, special education classes and more. Advancement Courses is flexible and lets you work at your own pace to create things to improve your classroom. 

 

Links from this Show

For more on how Thom greets his students, listen to his narrative about it here.

Five Ways Thom Greets His Students

  1. Merry Mini Fist Bump Monday
  2. Happy Two Thumbs up Tuesday
  3. Waving Wednesday
  4. Thankful Thursday - shake hand and asks what they are thankful for that day
  5. High 5 Friday

I've adopted some of these and have adapted my own. I do Happy Fist Bump Friday and Happy Thumb Wrestle Thursday.

Thom Gibson - Bio As Submitted

Thom Gibson is a two-time teacher-of-the-year educator in Austin, TX, teaching math, robotics, YouTube Video Production, and the esports elective. He's the creator and host of the 'Stories from the Classroom' podcast, he posts weekly teacher vlogs / teaching tip videos on his YouTube channel, and is the creator of the 'Create & Manage A Classroom Economy' course for teachers.

Outside of education, he's a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, learner of Mandarin, an avid runner, a chicken wing connoisseur, and is actively involved in his church. I created a course for teachers on how to create & manage a classroom economy. http://thomgibson.com/classroomeconomy

Blog: http://thomgibson.com

Twitter: @gibsonedu

Instagram: @gibsoneducation

Facebook: http://facebook.com/gibsonedu

YouTube: http://youtube.com/gibsonedu

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/thomgibson

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Unique Teacher Appreciation Ideas




"Room service" door hangers are one of the unique ideas that André Sasser shares on the show. From a Woot Wagon to more, André talks about little things that encourage her as a teacher. I also talk about the "fun committee" at my school and some ideas to build community and collegiality.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e574 

Sponsored By Advancement Courses

The holidays are just around the corner, and this is the perfect time to start planning your PD. Get started by going to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to explore over 240 graduate-level online PD courses in 19 different subject areas. Plus, you can save 20% of your order the code COOL20.
That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can take courses on helpful topics like classroom management, teacher wellness, education technology, special education classes and more. Advancement Courses is flexible and lets you work at your own pace to create things to improve your classroom. 

 

Challenge

Make someone's day or implement one of these ideas at your school to help your school have more fun!

André Sasser - Bio As Submitted

André Sasser has been teaching math in Louisiana for ten years. She is currently teaching 6th-grade math, 7th-grade math, Geometry, Algebra II, Dual Enrollment Statistics, and an Introduction to Education class for future educators. Teaching math is a dream come true for André.

She comes from a family of educators, and teaching is all she has ever wanted to do. Peek into André’s classroom and you will find her students engaged in math conversation, working problems on the vertical whiteboards, or enjoying a Desmos activity. Her daily goal is to make math class an exciting experience for every student who walks through her door.

Blog: https://sassafracs.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @MrsSasser

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Unique Teacher Appreciation Ideas



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Unique Teacher Appreciation Ideas

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/unique-teacher-appreciation-ideas/
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.

3 Ways to Engage Families in Your Classroom




Families want to engage in classrooms but as students get older, it can be challenging. In today's episode, Jeromie Heath helps teachers understand how to engage families in the classroom in positive, proactive ways.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e573 

Sponsored By Advancement Courses

The holidays are just around the corner, and this is the perfect time to start planning your PD. Get started by going to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to explore over 240 graduate-level online PD courses in 19 different subject areas. Plus, you can save 20% of your order the code COOL20.
That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can take courses on helpful topics like classroom management, teacher wellness, education technology, special education classes and more. Advancement Courses is flexible and lets you work at your own pace to create things to improve your classroom. 

Challenge

Engage your parents one way this week.

Jeromie Heath - Bio As Submitted

Jeromie Heath is an expert on instilling and igniting the love of learning.  As a National Board Certified Teacher with 16 years of experience, he's crafted successfully-proven innovative student and family engagement strategies that he's developed as he taught in diverse elementary school demographics (including Title 1, High ELL, High Poverty, and Advanced Learning).  Jeromie's students gain nation-wide attention for doubling test scores! He's developed the KEYS to his success in engaging students and now shares these highly effective strategies in engaging and informative workshops, trainings, pds, and coaching sessions.

Blog: https://sites.google.com/site/mrheathfunteacher/home

Twitter: @teachheath

Instagram: @teachheath

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

3 Ways to Engage Families in Your Classroom



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 3 Ways to Engage Families in Your Classroom

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/3-ways-to-engage-families-in-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.

Understanding The Deep Fake: A Troubling Trend



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Understanding The Deep Fake: A Troubling Trend

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/understanding-the-deep-fake-a-troubling-trend/
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.

Understanding The Deep Fake: A Troubling Trend




Deep fake videos are now possible. In this disturbing trend, convincing videos, audio, and photos are viewed and shared by those who somehow think you can trust what you see and hear. Wesley Fryer takes us deep into the world of deep fakes in this resource-full lesson in a trend that is dangerous and threatening, particularly for a gullible population. This is a special extended episode of the 10 minute teacher and includes resources in the show notes.

Sponsored By Advancement Courses

The holidays are just around the corner, and this is the perfect time to start planning your PD. Get started by going to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to explore over 240 graduate-level online PD courses in 19 different subject areas. Plus, you can save 20% of your order the code COOL20.
That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can take courses on helpful topics like classroom management, teacher wellness, education technology, special education classes and more. Advancement Courses is flexible and lets you work at your own pace to create things to improve your classroom. 

 

Links from this episode

Can be found in the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e572 

Wesley Fryer- Bio As Submitted

Dr. Wesley Fryer is a teacher, technology director, digital learning consultant, author, digital storyteller, and change agent. With respect to school change, he describes himself as a “catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning.” He is the Director of Technology for the Casady School in Oklahoma City. In 2013-2015 he taught 4th and 5th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools in Oklahoma.

Wesley completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2011. He is the author of several books on effectively using digital technologies to communicate and assess learning.

His “Mapping Media to the Curriculum” book series and digital literacy framework focuses on helping students “show what they know” with media and create digital portfolios. He is an organizer for Oklahoma EdCamp and the PLAYDATE OKC professional development conferences. He has taught technology integration courses for in-service and pre-service teachers as an adjunct instructor for the University of Montana, the University of Central Oklahoma, the University of North Texas, and Wayland Baptist University.

Wesley has served as an organizer for the annual K-12 Online Conference since it began in 2006. His blog, “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” (www.speedofcreativity.org) was selected as the 2006 “Best Learning Theory Blog” by eSchoolnews and Discovery Education, and is utilized regularly by thousands of educators worldwide.

He leads 3 day iPad Media Camps, STEM camps for teachers and students, and digital oral history workshops with Storychasers. Wesley is a passionate advocate for digital oral history and works to empower people to archive the stories of their families and community.

Blog: https://www.wesfryer.com/

Twitter: @wfryer

Show What You Know With Media (PBL Resource by Wes): http://showwithmedia.com/

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

How and Why to Build Powerful Relationships with Students



A new blog has appeared on my main site: How and Why to Build Powerful Relationships with Students

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-and-why-to-build-powerful-relationships-with-students/
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How and Why to Create Powerful Relationships with Students




Do you have that difficult student who seems to fight you each time you try to reach him? Coach D was that student. He tells a powerful story of a teacher who was a reacher in his life and changed his life with a two-minute conversation in sixth grade. For all of those teachers who struggle to reach students (as many of us do), this show is for you.

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Darrell Andrews - "Coach D" - Bio As Submitted

Darrell “Coach D” Andrews is an internationally recognized education/workforce development consultant, strategist, motivator and author.

His books, Believing The HYPE-Seven Keys To Motivating Students of Color, The Purpose Living Teen-A Teen’s Guide To Living Your Dreams and The Parent As Coach-Developing A Family Dream Team has transformed thousands of students, teachers, educators and parents worldwide. His story, 5 Garbage Bags and a Dream is one of the top stories in the national bestseller Chicken Soup For The African-American Soul.

As an expert and motivator, he has been invited to be a featured speaker at conferences such as the National PTA, The National Association of Secondary School Principals, ASCD and many state, regional and local events.

Coach D takes great pride in the fact that he and his team of associates have been invited to present motivational strategies at thousands of schools and workforce development organizations all over the USA.

Blog: https://www.coachdspeaks.com

Twitter: @coachdspeaks

Facebook: https://www.linkedin.com/in/coachdspeaks/

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

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Friday, October 11, 2019

5 Ways to Survive (and Thrive) at Teaching




Chad Klein is a 22-year educator. He shares his advice for teachers to take care of themselves and love teaching in this quick motivational talk.

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Chad Klein - Bio as Submitted

I’ve been teaching and coaching since 1997. I’ve worked with mainly middle years’ students. I coach volleyball, baseball, basketball and golf and help as a trainer with a local youth football team. I am also a three term local association president. I have a loving, patient wife and I’m a proud dad. I believe in wanting the best for my students and players and pushing them to reach their highest potential.

Twitter: @mrchadklein


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Thursday, October 10, 2019

5 Ways to Survive (and Thrive) at Teaching



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 5 Ways to Survive (and Thrive) at Teaching

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/5-ways-to-survive-and-thrive-at-teaching/
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Using Games to Help Reluctant Readers and Writers (and More)



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Using Games to Help Reluctant Readers and Writers (and More)

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/using-games-to-help-reluctant-readers-and-writers-and-more/
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.

Using Games to Help Reluctant Readers and Writers (and More)




Dr. Lee Graham is working with teachers to teach them principles of game-based learning to teach writing. Her anecdotes of classroom behavior-changing results are - pardon the pun - game-changing. Learn more.

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Dr. Lee Graham - Bio As Submitted

Dr. Lee Graham teaches courses in educational technology and pre-service teaching at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. Her initial contact with Verena Roberts and Vicki Davis in 2014 helped her to futher her understanding of game-based learning and open education.

Publications: https://suny.academia.edu/LeeGraham


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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Technical Writing with Drones in the Traditional Literature Classroom




Jeremy Rinkel has added technical writing to his traditional English Literature course. As a form of relevant non-fiction writing, Jeremy uses drones, robots, and 3d printers to give students an exciting topic on which to write their how-to and technical manuals. Dive deeper into what he's doing and learn how to apply it to your classroom.

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Jeremy Rinkel - Bio as Submitted

Jeremy is a husband, father, and high school English teacher. He earned a Masters in Educational Policy from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Teaching from Greenville University.

His goal is to inspire students, teachers and anyone he comes into contact with to be a life long learner. Jeremy believes education is the key to solving our world's problems.

​​In his free time, Jeremy enjoys travelling, writing, spending time in coffee shops, and spending time with his family watching old TV shows on Netflix. In the summer, he can be found at a Lake Sara in Central Illinois teaching Standup Paddleboard Yoga.

Blog: jeremyrinkel.com  

Twitter: @RinkelJeremy


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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Technical Writing with Drones in the Traditional Literature Classroom



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Technical Writing with Drones in the Traditional Literature Classroom

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/technical-writing-with-drones-in-the-traditional-literature-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 Make Programming Easier



A new blog has appeared on my main site: How to Make Programming Easier

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-to-make-programming-easier/
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 Make Programming Easier




Programming doesn't have to be so hard. Computer Science teacher, Michael Backus, gives us advice to help make programming easier.

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Michael Backus - Bio As Submitted

\Michael Backus teaches computer literacy and computer science at Teeland Middle School in Wasilla, Alaska. As the creator of the https://www.akrobotnerd.com, he has shared many projects that he has developed over the years, the most famous being his Artificial Intelligence with Arduinos curriculum.

His most recent project is Build and Program Games with Arduino, a curriculum that introduces students to Arduino by walking them through how to make an electronic Tug-o-War and Simon Says game.

In addition to creating curriculum, Michael also writes software to make life easier for teachers. His most recent work is a trio of G Suite add-ons (Document Evaluator, Slideshow Evaluator, and Spreadsheet Evaluator) that make communicating assignment requirements, managing peer evaluations and grading much faster and easier.


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Monday, October 07, 2019

How to Empower Teachers



A new blog has appeared on my main site: How to Empower Teachers

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-to-empower-teachers/
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How to Empower Teachers




Administrators can empower teachers and principal Evan Robb shares some of the techniques. Evan is author of The Ten- Minute Principal and The Principal’s Leadership Sourcebook: Practices, Tools, and Strategies for Building a Thriving School Community. 

 

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Evan Robb - Bio as Submitted

Distinguished Principal, TEDx Speaker, Author

Evan Robb is presently Principal of Johnson-Williams Middle School in Berryville, Virginia. He has over twenty years of experience serving as a building level principal including opening a Junior High School in Warren County, Virginia. Prior to being a school principal, he was an English teacher, department chair, and Assistant Principal. Early in his career, Evan received the Horace Mann Educator of the Year Award. In addition, the NCTE Commission on Reading selected him to serve on its board. Evan leads sustainable change initiatives that transform school culture, increase achievement, and prepare students for their future. In addition to being a full-time principal, Evan speaks across the country on leadership, how to improve literacy in schools, the digital principal, social media, how to involve all staff in goal setting, how to organize effective work teams, and the impact of culture and positivity on work.

His first book titled, The Principal’s Leadership Sourcebook: Practices, Tools, and Strategies for Building a Thriving School Community was published by Scholastic in the fall of 2007. His newest book, The Ten- Minute Principal is being published by Corwin in May 2019. Evan and Laura Robb collaborated with Davis Burgess Publishing to write, Team Makers which will be published in the summer of 2019. In addition, Evan and Laura will publish, A School Full of Readers with Benchmark Education in the fall of 2019.

Evan gave his first TEDx Talk titled, Two Ways to Get Into a Swimming Pool in June 2019 at TEDxFieldstoneDriveEd. Evan’s talk has stories of his leadership journey, challenges, and choices he made along the way.

Please explore The Robb Review Blog and ScholasticEDU for more of his thoughts on teaching, learning, and leadership. The Robb Review Blog focuses on looking ahead, not looking back. Evan also has a podcast, The Robb Review Podcast. He has been named one of the top 25 educational leaders to follow on Twitter. Scholastic EDU named Evan one on the 10 educators to follow on Twitter.

Twitter: @ERobbPrincipal

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

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

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Sunday, October 06, 2019

5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/5-ways-to-improve-your-classroom-library-without-spending-a-dollar/
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 Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar




Colby Sharp author of Game Changer! Books for All shares some ways to improve your classroom library without spending any money at all. There are some ideas for all of us here.

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Colby Sharp - Bio As Submitted

Colby Sharp is a husband and father of five. He teaches fifth grade in Parma, Michigan. Colby is the co-founder of Nerdy Book Club, and he serves on the Nerd Camp Michigan team. He co-hosts The Yarn podcast with Travis Jonker. Colby currently serves as the president-elect of the Michigan Reading Association. He co-authored Game Changer! Book Access for All Kid with Donalyn Miller, and he is the editor of The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection.

Blog: http://www.mrcolbysharp.com

Twitter: @colbysharp

Book: Game Changer! Books for All

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Thursday, October 03, 2019

When I Knew It Was Time to Leave the Classroom



A new blog has appeared on my main site: When I Knew It Was Time to Leave the Classroom

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/when-i-knew-it-was-time-to-leave-the-classroom/
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When I Knew It Was Time to Leave the Classroom




Starr Sackstein reflects on when she knew it was time to leave the classroom. 

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Starr Sackstein - Bio As Submitted

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

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

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

Author of Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective, Blogging for Educators, Teaching Students to Self Assess: How do I help students grow as learners?, The Power of Questioning: Opening up the World of Student Inquiry, Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School, Hacking Homework: 10 Strategies that Inspire Learning Outside the Classroom and most recently Peer Feedback in the Classroom: Empowering Students to be the Experts. (You can find all of the books here: https://amzn.to/2Me7gX8 ) She blogs on Education Week Teacher at “Work in Progress” where she discusses all aspects of being a teacher and education reform. Sackstein co-moderates #sunchat as well as contributes to #NYedChat. She has made the Bammy Awards finals for Secondary High School Educator in 2014 and for blogging in 2015. In speaking engagements, Sackstein speaks about blogging, journalism education, throwing out grades and BYOD, helping people see technology doesn’t have to be feared. Most recently, Sackstein was named one of ASCD’s Emerging leaders class of 2016, in addition to presenting a TedxTalk about throwing out grades.

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

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


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Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Unconventional Project Based Learning that Engages Learners




Project Based Learning (PBL) works if you know how to bring it into your classroom. Today, Noa Daniels shares how.

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Noa is a passionate educator and enthusiastic learner. She is a classroom teacher, podcaster, blogger. She is also a coach, consultant and Chief Building Officer at Building Outside the Blocks, creating projects and initiatives for students and educators that build skill, autonomy, community and connection. https://buildingoutsidetheblocks.com/

 


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Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Unconventional Project Based Learning that Engages Learners



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Unconventional Project Based Learning that Engages Learners

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/unconventional-project-based-learning-that-engages-learners/
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.

8 Apps to Improve Your Health (and helped me lose 28 pounds)




I've lost 28 pounds since late June and am running 8-10 miles a week. And yes, I just turned 50 and feel great. In this show, I'll share the apps and tips for living a healthier lifestyle including the "eating plan" I'm using at My Shibboleth.

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