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Friday, December 20, 2019

5 Random Teacher Hacks to Revv Up Your Classroom



A new blog has appeared on my main site: 5 Random Teacher Hacks to Revv Up Your Classroom

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/random-teacher-hacks/
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 Random Ideas to Revv Up Your Classroom




David Sladkey has been teaching for over thirty two years. Today, he shares five random but very helpful ideas with teachers everywhere. From a new way to track requests to go to the bathroom to a unique cooperative learning strategy and a super cool brain break, you'll grab five ideas you can use right away.

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David Sladkey - Bio As Submitted

David Sladkey has taught mathematics at Naperville Central High School in Naperville Community Unit School District #203 for the past 25 years of his 32 years teaching. He is currently teaching Blended Algebra 1 and Precalculus.

He has a variety of passions including student engagement, movement in the classroom, student empowerment and technology. Outside the classroom, he is an author, speaker, blogger, cyclist, husband, father and proud grandpa.

David holds a B.S. in mathematics and a B.A in education from North Park University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University.


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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Behind the Magic of Disney Education



A new blog has appeared on my main site: Behind the Magic of Disney Education

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/behind-the-magic-of-disney-education/
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.

Behind the Magic of Disney Education




Education needs to be relevant and exciting to students. The Disney Youth Education program hosted me at the end of this past summer to experience three of their programs first-hand. In today's podcast, I interview the director of the program Aaron Joyner to talk about the philosophy behind Disney's education magic. I also share some of my first-hand experiences and observations from the trip.

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Aaron Joyner - Bio As submitted

In his role as a Youth Facilitation Manager for Disney Youth Programs, Aaron supports and manages the delivery of over 18 education experiences across Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts. Disney Youth Programs are valuable learning experiences for students that harness the power of Disney storytelling and the magic of Disney parks.

Website: https://www.disneyyouth.com/

More information about Disney Youth Programs can be found on our blog (https://disneyyouth.com/blog/) and the Disney Parks Blog (https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/)

Educators interested in learning more about Disney Youth Programs can visit our website (https://www.disneyyouth.com/) or call us at 1-877-WD-YOUTH

Disclosure of Material Connection: This episode is about a topic where I was hosted by a company, Disney. 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, December 18, 2019

How to Help Everybody Do Math



A new blog has appeared on my main site: How to Help Everybody Do Math

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-to-help-everybody-do-math/
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 Everybody Do Math




Learning can be hard. Many students struggle. Teachers can struggle to help students learn content but what do we do when students have thinking that is limiting their ability to learn. In today's show, we talk about math, but the language and metaphors that Vanessa Vakharia shares today can be used in any subject. These ideas can help any teacher improve helping students overcome a mindset of self-defeating thoughts. 

Vanessa Vakharia - Bio As Submitted

Vanessa Vakharia, a.k.a. The Math Guru, is a dedicated teacher, published author of a math book for kids, podcast host and leading expert in the field of youth engagement in education. She runs a math and science tutoring centre in Toronto and is a frequent speaker at math education conferences, in addition to regular media interviews on the topic.

Blog: https://www.themathguru.ca/

Twitter: @themathguru

Instagram: @themathguru

Facebook: https://facebook.com/themathguru

Vanessa's thesis on how media affects girls' perception of their math ability, "Imagining a World Where Paris Hilton Loves Math": https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.2304/power.2012.4.1.57


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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

How to Talk to Your Students About the Deep Fake



A new blog has appeared on my main site: How to Talk to Your Students About the Deep Fake

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-to-talk-to-your-students-about-the-deep-fake/
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 Talk to Students About the Deep Fake




Conversations with students about things that are meaningful, relevant, and part of the fabric of their lives is an important part of cultivating savvy citizens. Today's guest, teacher Chelsey Greer, talked with her students about the disturbing phenomenon of the Deep Fake. She used episode 572 with Wesley Fryer as a tool to open the conversation. 

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Chelsey Greer - Bio as Submitted

My name is Chelsey Greer. I am teaching technology education for the first time this year after five years of teaching in elementary classrooms. Technology and education are my passion and I’m beyond excited to be starting my career as a technology education teacher. I am also a coach to a first-year team of sixth and seventh graders with the Odyssey of the Mind program. I have so much to learn and I look forward to all the challenges and exciting moments ahead!

Outside of school, I’m a mom to an incredible little girl and wife to my loving husband. My husband, Casey, is an engineer and loves to get involved in the projects I’m doing with my students. Together, with my mom, our family is working to re-establish the farm that’s been in my family for generations. There are so many great things to look forward to in life and we all strive to do what we love in life.


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Monday, December 16, 2019

How Teachers Can Learn Awesome Things Every Day



A new blog has appeared on my main site: How Teachers Can Learn Awesome Things Every Day

From https://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-teachers-can-learn-awesome-things-every-day/
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 Teachers Can Learn Awesome Things Every Day




Kelly Christopherson has taught for twenty-five years and has been helping educators use to level up their learning for most of that time. As one of the leaders on #saskedchat (Saskatoon Ed Chat on Twitter), he has seen classrooms transform and is now studying the impact of social media on classroom pedagogy. Come to the edge of research and learning as we discuss how teachers are learning. Not surprisingly, many offline techniques are still important!

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Kelly Christopherson - Bio As Submitted

I am a father of 8 amazing children. I have taught for 25 years with 10 years as a classroom teacher, 13 years as a K-12 administrator and 2 years as a sessional lecturer. I am the co-founder and moderator of #saskedchat which is a weekly Twitter chat that takes place every Thursday at 8 pm CST. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Regina where I am researching the perceived effects of teachers' use of social media on classroom practices.


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Friday, December 13, 2019

5 Ways to Improve Relevance in Our Classrooms Now




Part of being remarkable is that students believe your class and content applies to their life. On the 10 Minute Teacher, we want to help you be a more remarkable educator, so today, Denis Sheeran, author of  Instant Relevance, Using Today's Experiences to Teach Tomorrow's Lessons, shares five ways we can become more relevant in our classrooms today. 

Students need to feel like what they do relates to their daily lives. Here's how to relate!

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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

About Denis Sheeran

Denis Sheeran the author of two books for teachers, Instant Relevance, Using Today's Experiences to Teach Tomorrow's Lessons, and Hacking Mathematics: 10 Problems That Need Solving. He travels across the country delivering keynotes, full-day workshops, and small group professional development to teachers and administrators. Denis has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education with a minor in Music and is pursuing his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. Denis taught high school math, from Algebra to Advanced Placement, for thirteen years at Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, Illinois and supervised the mathematics programs in Sparta, Edison, and Chatham NJ. Denis lives in Sparta, NJ with his wife, four children and his litter box trained dog, Scout.


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