The 10-Minute Teacher Show with Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher

By Vicki Davis: Teacher, Blogger, Edtech Experimenter

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Description

The 10-Minute Teacher is the inspiration that K12 educators need to start every weekday. The biggest stories and ideas — from edtech to pedagogy — in 10 minutes. Hosted by Vicki Davis, author of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog. Available weekdays by 3 a.m. ET. Subscribe and listen.

Episode Date
Why Kids Can't Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student's Need to Move (#1 Episode of Season 3)
13:56

Students have reasons for how they behave, particularly if they have learning differences and learn in unique ways. Occupational and physical therapist, Suzanne Cresswell, helps us understand children and why some of them just can’t stop moving.

Sponsor: www.coolcatteacher.com/e335

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 15, 2018
Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders (#2 Episode of Season 3)
10:55

Emerging administrator leaders and administrators are participating in an emerging leadership virtual mentorship program created by Jodie Pierpoint and many volunteers. Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e334

SPONSOR: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 14, 2018
5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons (#3 Episode of Season 3)
13:00

Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, was a history teacher. It shows. In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. This is one to share with your history department.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e333

Sponsor: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 13, 2018
5 Ideas for Writing with Technology (#4 episode of Season 3)
10:14

Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. These creative ways will help you think about how to help children, particularly those who struggle with handwriting and typing.

Show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e332

Sponsor: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 12, 2018
5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management (#5 Episode of Season 3)
10:58

We need more strategies than fist to five or thumbs up thumbs down. Teacher Mike Roberts give five strategies that can help us with formative assessment AND classroom management. #5 Episode of Season 3 of the 10-Minute Teacher

www.coolcatteacher.com/e331

Sponsor: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 11, 2018
5 Awesome Things for Teachers to Do This Summer (e330)
12:06

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.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e330

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 08, 2018
IT Coaches Leading Change in the Classroom (e329)
09:04

Instructional Technology Coaches can be helpful advisors for teachers if they learn strategies of encouragement and empowerment. Deb Ramm helps us learn the techniques to help powerful improvement happen in classrooms.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e329

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 07, 2018
Helping Kids Cope with Tragedy: The Experience in One Jazz Band (e328)
09:06

One middle school had to cope with the tragic death of a classmate. This story features how one remarkable teacher and his jazz band helped a whole school cope.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e328

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 06, 2018
The Facebook Scandal: What Can We Learn as Educators (e327)
10:21

Professor Britt Wattwood has moved his college classes off Facebook. Today he reflects on the implications for educators and how he’s talking about the Cambridge Analytica scandal with other educators.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e327


Sponsor: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 05, 2018
Dr, Barbara Blackburn: Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and in Class Everyday (e326)
11:34

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/e326

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 04, 2018
Todd Finley: 5 Ways to Overcome Cognitive Overload (e325)
13:28

Cognitive overload happens to students and teachers. Often looking like ADHD, cognitive overload can happen for a variety of reasons including challenges to your working memory. Learn some ways to help your students and yourself when you struggle with cognitive overload.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e325

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Jun 01, 2018
Elizabeth Merce: Ditch the Clips in Kindergarten (And Here's What to Do Instead) #ditchtheclips (324)
12:16

Moving clips in kindergarten can not only embarrass children but causes privacy concerns with many experts. There are alternatives! Kindergarten teacher, Elizabeth Merce, urges teachers to “ditch the clips” and shares what you can do instead.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e324


Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

May 31, 2018
Using the Real-World Classroom Model When Teaching Finance (e323)
10:35

The Real-World Classroom model of teaching finance is part simulation part game. Invented by Brian Bean, this model of teaching is transforming Texas classrooms and beyond.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e323

SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.

Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package.  The winning nominator and his or her nominee each win a $20,000 package including one 7000 series SMART Board and SMART Document Camera, 30 Chromebooks, and SMART training and implementation. Enter a great teacher today.

May 30, 2018
Kasey Bell’s 8 Great Ways to Use Google Slides (e322)
12:23

Kasey Bell teaches us eight great ways to use Google Slides. From stop motion to video controls and cool add ins for formative assessment and graphics, learn about this Swiss Army Knife of Google tools - Google slides.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e322

Today’s guest Kasey Bell is author of Shake of Learning and is just releasing her Google Certification courses this week from May 28 to June 10, you can sign up for these awesome Google Certification courses from one of the best Google Certified Trainers I know, Kasey Bell. Just go to coolcatteacher.com/shake to learn more about these awesome courses.

May 29, 2018
Awesome Mentoring: First Year Teacher Lindsay Godlman Tells All (e321)
12:48

Helping first-year teachers learn and grow is a challenge facing education systems worldwide. Today we take a peek into the second part of a 2 part series highlighting the relationship between Lindsay George and Stephanie Goldman. Not only do they use Google Docs to plan, but they have a positive personal relationship. It isn’t just luck -- this is personal.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e321

SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.

Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package.  The winning nominator and his or her nominee each win a $20,000 package including one 7000 series SMART Board and SMART Document Camera, 30 Chromebooks, and SMART training and implementation. Enter a great teacher today.

May 28, 2018
Gerald Aungst: 5 Principles of the Modern Mathematics Classroom (e320) #mathchat
09:24

The 5 C’s of the awesome math classroom are conjecture, communication, collaboration, chaos (listen to the show and don’t be afraid), and celebration according to 25-year educator Gerald Aungst. Gerald is author of Five Principles of the Modern Mathematics Classroom and gives us an overview of what makes an incredible math classroom.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e320

May 25, 2018
District Leadership: Teacher-Driven Curriculum Design (e319)
11:55

More than 60 teachers in Dr. Steven Weber’s district helped write their math curriculum. Now, they are excited. Learn how this process not only helps develop curriculum, it also develops teacher leaders and promotes the important conversations that need to happen.
Show Notes:  www.coolcatteacher.com/e319

May 24, 2018
Marynn Dause: Literature Performance Odyssey with Performances and Student Leadership (e318)
11:48

They only had a few days to teach the entire Odyssey. So, teacher Marynn Dause met with her students. They decided to follow the pattern of Homer and become storytelling bards themselves with powerful results. Marynn shares this innovative approach to teaching the Odyssey invented by her students along with their advice for using this method in your classroom.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e318

May 23, 2018
Laura Dennis: Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards (e317)
10:23

Hyperdocs literacy task boards and Flipgrid are two favorite tools of Laura Dennis, a third-grade teacher. Learn more about how Laura’s classroom has become more modern and simplified with these valuable tools.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e317

May 22, 2018
Stephanie Goldman: ACE Mentor Relationship Building with Google Drive and Google Classroom (e316)
12:51

Stephanie Goldman and her first-year mentee Lindsay George have used Google Drive and Google Classroom to supercharge their mentor/mentee relationship. Stephanie calls this the ACE method of mentoring: Access, Collaboration, and Experimentation. Learn this powerful method of mentoring. Part 1 with next week being Lindsay George, the other half of this experience.


Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e316

May 21, 2018
Trevor MacKenzie: 5 Ideas to Bring the Inquiry Mindset into Your Classroom Today (e315)
11:50

Fantastic ideas to bring the inquiry mindset into the classroom including curiosity jars, provocations and more.

Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e315

May 18, 2018
Trevor MacKenzie: 5 Ideas to Bring the Inquiry Mindset into Your Classroom Today (e315)

Fantastic ideas to bring the inquiry mindset into the classroom including curiosity jars, provocations and more.

Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e315

May 18, 2018
Ann Oro: Developing a Digital Citizenship Curriculum (e314)
12:18

Ann Oro helped her diocese develop curriculum standards for digital citizenship by grade level. Ann also talks about the fifth-grade course piloted by Seton Hall.


Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e314

May 17, 2018
Carrie Pierce: Discovery and Inquiry Based Learning in Math (e313)
10:18

Math teacher Carrie Pierce talks about promoting discovery and inquiry-based learning in math.


Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e313

May 16, 2018
Special Student Episode: "Ticked off Teens" Talk about Social Media (e312)
07:27

In this episode, three of Vicki Davis' students share their thoughts about social media. This edtech tool Tuesday showcases three students with an opinion but also how podcasts can help students develop their voice.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e312

May 15, 2018
Kayla Delzer: Student Leadership in Social Media, Score Reporting, and Parent-Teacher Conferencing (e311)
11:04

Kayla Delzer motivates us to relinquish control and empower students with three powerful examples. We can do this!

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e311

Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

May 14, 2018
James O'Hagan: 5 Reasons to Bring ESports to your School (e310)
14:01

Esports are coming to state high school athletic competitions, college sports, and intramurals now. Today, esports pioneer James O’Hagan explains the phenomenon and how Gamer-Scholars are emerging as successful examples of a new sport.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e310

SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.

Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package.  The winning nominator and his or her nominee each win a $20,000 package including one 7000 series SMART Board and SMART Document Camera, 30 Chromebooks, and SMART training and implementation. Enter a great teacher today.

May 11, 2018
Linda Kardamis: How to Finish The School Year Strong (e309)
09:49

Finish well. Today, Linda Kardamis shares common mistakes to avoid and positive things to do that will help you have a successful finish to your school year.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e309

SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.

Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package.  The winning nominator and his or her nominee each win a $20,000 package including one 7000 series SMART Board and SMART Document Camera, 30 Chromebooks, and SMART training and implementation. Enter a great teacher today.

May 10, 2018
Lindsey Danhoff: Kindergarten and Early Elementary Passion Projects (e308)
10:04

Kindergarteners explore their “wonderings” in Lindsey Danhoff’s classroom. Lindsey gives practical advice for passion projects with younger aged children.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e308

SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.

Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package.  The winning nominator and his or her nominee each win a $20,000 package including one 7000 series SMART Board and SMART Document Camera, 30 Chromebooks, and SMART training and implementation. Enter a great teacher today.

May 09, 2018
Vicki Davis: 7 Strategies I Use When Students Make Apps (or Do Any Genius Projects) e307
15:35

Host Vicki Davis will give you 7 strategies to use for making apps, student passion projects, making movies, or any type of long-term project where you have the students brainstorm and create.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e307

SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.

Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package.  The winning nominator and his or her nominee each win a $20,000 package including one 7000 series SMART Board and SMART Document Camera, 30 Chromebooks, and SMART training and implementation. Enter a great teacher today.

May 08, 2018
Hope King: How to Engage Students and Find Your Creative Breakthrough (e306)
13:20

Hope King from Ron Clark Academy has an inspiring message for teachers about using your creativity to engage students. She talks about how every teacher can make their classroom more exciting and why it is necessary.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e306

SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s sponsor. SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness.

Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package.  The winning nominator and his or her nominee each win a $20,000 package including one 7000 series SMART Board and SMART Document Camera, 30 Chromebooks, and SMART training and implementation. Enter a great teacher today.

May 07, 2018
Wanda Terral: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death (e305)
11:27

Safe experiences with monitoring and support can help children understand digital safety. In today’s show Wanda Terral talks about how to help kids understand digital safety.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e305

NetRef: Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/netref

May 04, 2018
Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual (e304)
10:52

Kyle Pearce talks about how to make math visual for students. Discussing current theories supporting effective math teaching, Kyle helps us understand how to improve math understanding with kids who struggle.

Show Notes:  www.coolcatteacher.com/e304

NetRef: Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/netref

May 03, 2018
Denis Sheeran: How We Should be Teaching Math in Classrooms Today (e303)
10:53

Math teacher Denis Sheeran talks about what math should (and shouldn’t) be. Make math meaningful and real with these tips and ideas.

Show Notes:  www.coolcatteacher.com/e303

NetRef: Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/netref

May 02, 2018
Bethany Petty: Using Edtech to Enhance Learning - e302
11:03

Education technology must enhance learning. If it doesn’t, why use it? Today’s guest, Bethany Petty gives us pointers and shares a common pitfall of those implementing new technology in the classroom.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e302

NetRef: Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/netref

May 01, 2018
Wade King: Find Your Creativity Wildcard - e301
09:06

We can unleash our creativity as teachers if we want to inspire our students. Co-author of Wildcard, Wade King, shares how.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e301

NetRef Sponsor: Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/netref

Apr 30, 2018
5 Googley Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month (e300)
09:41

Eric Curts gives us five Googley ways to celebrate Poetry Month. From blackout poetry to rhymefinding extensions, learn about some tools you can use all year long in your language arts classes.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e300

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Apr 27, 2018
Building a Classroom Community by Having Parent Parties (e299)
09:42

Engage parents any time of the year with these strategies. Parent parties are fun, exciting ways to help parents and improve relationships. You can do this even now.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e299

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Apr 26, 2018
Flipping Awesome Physics with an Asynchronous Flipped Gameful Mastery Learning Classroom (e298)
10:42

Jonathan Thomas-Palmer teaches physics. Students start with a zero and level up as they use videos, one on one help, and game-based mastery to master physics.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e298

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Apr 25, 2018
Making Better Videos and Movies with Students (e297)
09:52

Digital filmmaking can successfully be integrated into any class. Learn practical tips and ideas from Joe Brennan.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e297

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Apr 24, 2018
What To Do When Someone Hates You (e296)
12:43

There is one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing. Say nothing. Be nothing.” says Aristotle. Criticism comes with breaking new ground. Criticism comes with putting yourself out there. But how do you respond when that criticism turns to hatred?

http://www.coolcatteacher.com/what-to-do-when-someone-hates-you/

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Apr 23, 2018
5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School (e295)
10:56

Brian Page has ideas to bring financial literacy to every school. Whether you want games, curriculum, or to know what’s next in financial literacy, this is a must-listen podcast for anyone working with financial literacy in their school.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e295

April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET Twitter chat and lots of financial literacy resources. Sponsored by Discovery Education and CME Group, join in www.coolcatteacher.com/econ

Apr 20, 2018
The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It) (e294)
09:32

David Petro has been using Twitter for his math PD for more than eight years. Learn about the current trends in hashtag learning and the popular techniques for harvesting learning from this social network.

Show Notes:  www.coolcatteacher.com/e294

April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET Twitter chat and lots of financial literacy resources. Sponsored by Discovery Education and CME Group, join in www.coolcatteacher.com/econ

Apr 19, 2018
Bringing Literature to Life in Open Sim (e293)
09:46

Mary Howard’s students build and learn in Open Sim, a virtual world like Second Life. From building architectural constructs to understanding the Diary of Anne Frank, literature comes alive in this virtual world.

Show Notes:  www.coolcatteacher.com/e293

April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET Twitter chat and lots of financial literacy resources. Sponsored by Discovery Education and CME Group, join in www.coolcatteacher.com/econ

Apr 18, 2018
Open Badges in Elementary School (e292)
09:36

Some elementary classrooms are using open badges for competency acquisition by students. In today’s show, Amy Cooper talks about how this is done, the advantages, and insights on student motivation.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e292


April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET Twitter chat and lots of financial literacy resources. Sponsored by Discovery Education and CME Group, join in www.coolcatteacher.com/econ

Apr 17, 2018
Infographics in Education with Eileen Lennon (e291)
10:32

Infographics are powerful communication tools. Today, infographic pro Eileen Lennon shares how she uses infographics, creates them, and why they’re such a powerful tool.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e291

April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET Twitter chat and lots of financial literacy resources. Sponsored by Discovery Education and CME Group, join in www.coolcatteacher.com/econ

Apr 16, 2018
5 Ways to Bring Computational Thinking and STEM Together (e290)
10:12

STEM and Computational Thinking go together. Today’s guest is a PhD, Biomedical engineer and STEM Teacher. Stephanie Zeiger helps us see the potential of STEM and computational thinking.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e290

Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22.  coolcatteacher.com/earth Check out their NGSS aligned Science games for grades 3-8.

Apr 13, 2018
Understanding ADHD and Helping Kids Succeed (e289)
11:03

Katherine Firestone helps parents and kids with ADHD. Having been diagnosed with ADHD herself, Katherine is uniquely positioned to help us understand what to do to help children with ADHD and their parents.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e289

Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22.  coolcatteacher.com/earth Check out their NGSS aligned Science games for grades 3-8.

Apr 12, 2018
Merge Cube Mania in Middle School (e288)
12:19

Karen Bosch explains why Merge Cubes are so hot, how they are being used in classrooms, and how she’s using them to build critical thinking and creativity in her school. Join Merge Cube Mania!

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e288

Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22.  coolcatteacher.com/earth Check out their NGSS aligned Science games for grades 3-8.

Apr 11, 2018
How to Host a Student Media Festival (e287)
10:38

Mike Lawrence, current organizer of the longest running student media festival in the country, shares how to set up and run your own media festival. With a big hat tip to our mutual friend Hall Davidson who started this event, we learn the ins and outs of student media festival and how you can “steal” their ideas and run your own!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e287

Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22.  coolcatteacher.com/earth Check out their NGSS aligned Science games for grades 3-8.

Apr 10, 2018
Mathivating Kids to Get Excited About Math (e286)
15:02

Get Mathivated with Kim Thomas. She literally speaks math and has exciting things to do each day of the week for her students. (She also has quite an interesting way to handle difficult behavior including profanity.)

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e286

Apr 09, 2018
5 Ways to Bring Sustainable Food Systems into Your School (e285)
08:31

Julie Willcott talks about how we can bring sustainable food systems and understanding into our schools with these five simple ideas.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e285


Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

Apr 06, 2018
Teaching Isn't Rocket Science - It's Way More Complex (e284)
09:06

Dr. Doug Green challenges our thinking about school, how we should teach, and the flaws with the testing programs we have in education today.

Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e284

Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

Apr 05, 2018
Elearning Engagement with Persuasive Design Strategies (e283)
11:05

Elearning design needs to engage and persuade the learner to know how to engage with the content and learning. Dr. Laurie Korte talks about e-learning design that engages learners and common mistakes of e-learning and blended learning classrooms.

Show Notes www.coolcatteacher.com/e283


This Thursday, April 4 at 2pm ET/11 am PT join me for 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom sponsored by PowerSchool. Register at http://coolcatteacher.com/digital today.

Apr 04, 2018
Drones in the English Classroom (e282)
08:26

Santha Walters uses drones in her English classroom to teach writing, collaboration and more.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e282

This Thursday, April 4 at 2pm ET/11 am PT join me for 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom sponsored by PowerSchool. Register at http://coolcatteacher.com/digital today.

Apr 03, 2018
Connecting Parents to Student's Digital Lives (e281)
11:14

Mike Daugherty is helping connect the parents at his school to the digital lives of students. How can schools connect with parents to relate better to students? We learn how today.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e281

This week I'll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. Shift #1 is that Students are collaborators. My interactive display is the common workspace for the whole class.

Apr 02, 2018
5 Ideas for Writing with Technology (ENCORE)
10:22

Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. These creative ways will help you think about how to help children, particularly those who struggle with handwriting and typing.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e280

Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

Mar 23, 2018
Why Kids Can’t Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student’s Need to Move [ENCORE}
13:53

Students have reasons for how they behave, particularly if they have learning differences and learn in unique ways. Occupational and physical therapist, Suzanne Cresswell, helps us understand children and why some of them just can’t stop moving

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e279

Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

Mar 22, 2018
Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders (ENCORE) e278
10:59

Emerging administrator leaders and administrators are participating in an emerging leadership virtual mentorship program created by Jodie Pierpoint and many volunteers. Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e278

Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

Mar 21, 2018
5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons (ENCORE 277)
12:05

Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, was a history teacher. It shows. In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. This is one to share with your history department. 

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e277

STLinATL will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

Mar 20, 2018
Maker Monday: How Start the Week with Creativity and Purpose (ENCORE 276)
09:21

John Spencer, coauthor of two different best-selling books, Launch and Empower, talks about the creativity (and test score) boosts his classes experienced when he began Maker Mondays.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e276

Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

Mar 19, 2018
5 Ways NOT to Implement Next Generation Science Standards (e275)
11:25

Patti Duncan shares some of the common mistakes she finds that schools implementing  Next Generation Science Standards make. If you’re implementing NGSS in your school or state, this is a must listen.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e275  

Sponsor: Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now.

Mar 16, 2018
Learning Science Through Authentic Investigation (e274)
10:56

Kate Dobrzenski spotlights K-4 innovative science practice. She discusses how to incorporate the observation of phenomena and other Next Generation Science Standards in elementary science.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e274


Sponsor: Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now.

Mar 15, 2018
Flipping Awesome Science (e273)
10:05

Marc Seigel, a contributing author to Flipping 2.0, talks about an innovative flipped science classroom. How do lessons flow? What are common mistakes? How do students make progress? Learn all this and more in this quick, 10-minute show.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e273

Sponsor: Legends of Learning has an amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now.

Mar 14, 2018
6 Super Science Edtech Ideas (e272)
10:57

Leah LaCrosse shares six edtech ideas science teachers can start using today to improve learning and excite students about science.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e272

Sponsor:  Legends of Learning has an amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now.

Mar 13, 2018
Active Learning in the Science Classroom (e271)
10:43

Thirty-three-year Presidential Award Winning science teacher Glen Westbroek believes in creating active learning experiences in his science classroom. Today we kick off science week on the 10-Minute Teacher talking about active learning, Next Generation Science Standards, and what an engaging science classroom looks like.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e271

SPONSOR: Legends of Learning has an amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation Science and select state standards. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now.

Mar 12, 2018
5 Ideas to Change Teaching with Digital Tools with Meg Ormiston (e270)
10:03

In today’s show Meg Ormiston gives us an idea for each of the 5 C’s: creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and computational thinking.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e270

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Mar 09, 2018
Rethinking Professional Development so It Actually Improves Teaching (e269)
11:01

Teachers need to have say in their own PD, but how do you help teachers become intrinsically motivated to learn? Today, Jarod Bormann, author of Professionally Driven: Empower Every Educator To Redefine PD talks about designing PD that works and interests teachers.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e269

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Mar 08, 2018
Game Based Learning in Action (e268)
10:12

Game-based learning might not be what you think. On today’s show Matthew Farber, author of  Game Based Learning In Action: How an Expert Affinity Group Teaches with Games, talks about how to effectively use games in the classroom. He shares a four-part model including playing the game, debriefing, reflecting, and then creating.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e268

Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Mar 07, 2018
Podcasting How To's and Tips with Jeff Bradbury (e267)
10:50

Jeff Bradbury, IT Coach and Podcaster at the Teachercast Network and I talk about education podcasting and how it all works.

SHOW NOTES: www.coolcatteacher.com/e267

SPONSOR: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Mar 06, 2018
Blessings for the Broken Teacher (e266)
13:09

Award Winning teacher Aimee Ross talks about how she’s learned from her students through struggle, brokenness and the ups and downs of life. Today’s show is an inspiring look into the journey of teaching, being recognized for your work, and realizing that the students really are why we teach.

SHOW NOTES: www.coolcatteacher.com/e266

SPONSORAdvancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Mar 05, 2018
5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology (e265)
09:31

Elementary Math can be exciting. Check out these five ideas to use technology to make math exciting.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e265


This week I'll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. Shift #1 is that Students are collaborators. My interactive display is the common workspace for the whole class. I use it as a digital workspace, to display any screen for the whole class to see, as a large multi-touch drawing and brainstorming space and so much more. My interactive display is a must-have device. I wouldn't want to teach without one. Recent research shows that large interactive displays are vital to the classroom ecosystem.

Mar 02, 2018
Why We Still Need to Know Things in the Age of Google (e264)
14:27

We hope that kids will learn critical thinking skills in one class and then apply it to another. However, MIT Teaching Systems Lab Director, Dr. Justin Reich, shares that this may not be so. Today we discuss current research that is shaking up how people think about learning.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e264

This week I'll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. Shift #1 is that Students are collaborators. My interactive display is the common workspace for the whole class. I use it as a digital workspace, to display any screen for the whole class to see, as a large multi-touch drawing and brainstorming space and so much more. My interactive display is a must-have device. I wouldn't want to teach without one. Recent research shows that large interactive displays are vital to the classroom ecosystem.

Mar 01, 2018
Happy Apples: Fun PD Subscription Boxes for Teachers Made by the District (e263)
08:19

Crystal Marshall-Krauss and her colleagues at the district office in Howard County, Maryland have created a fun way to excite teachers about professional development. They’ve created “Happy Apples” subscription boxes for their teachers around a variety of subjects. Learn about this innovative PD idea and how your district can craft these boxes for your teachers.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e263


This week I'll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. Shift #1 is that Students are collaborators. My interactive display is the common workspace for the whole class. I use it as a digital workspace, to display any screen for the whole class to see, as a large multi-touch drawing and brainstorming space and so much more. My interactive display is a must-have device. I wouldn't want to teach without one. Recent research shows that large interactive displays are vital to the classroom ecosystem

Feb 28, 2018
Simple Steps to Teach Kids to Program (e262)
10:19

Teaching kids to code starts with helping them understand the concepts behind coding before you get into syntax. Aditya Batura, Programmer and Entrepreneur, talks today about the concept of helping every student understand computational thinking.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e262

This week I'll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. Shift #1 is that Students are collaborators. My interactive display is the common workspace for the whole class. I use it as a digital workspace, to display any screen for the whole class to see, as a large multi-touch drawing and brainstorming space and so much more. My interactive display is a must-have device. I wouldn't want to teach without one. Recent research shows that large interactive displays are vital to the classroom ecosystem.

Feb 27, 2018
5 Ways to Promote Health and Happiness in Every Classroom (e261)
09:50

Here's what I do to prevent problems before they happen. www.coolcatteacher.com/e261

Feb 26, 2018
5 Teacher Myths and How to Dispel Them (e260)
10:58

Teachers are not all saints, nor are they all slackers. -- These are just two of the myths that social studies teacher Aaron Pribble tackles in this motivating, uplifting talk about what it is really like to be a teacher in America today.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e260

Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools with special tips, videos, and screenshots to get you started. See www.coolcatteacher.com/guide  for more information.

Feb 23, 2018
Creating a Vision for Your School and Getting Buy In from Stakeholders (e259)
10:39

Strategic planning for your school or district can take a variety of forms. In today’s show, learn how one successful district has tackled this process and how they are getting buy-in from teachers on the vision during the second year of implementation. Lynn Fuini-Hetton works in Salisbury Township District in Pennsylvania

www.coolcatteacher.com/e259


Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools with special tips, videos, and screenshots to get you started. See www.coolcatteacher.com/guide  for more information.

Feb 22, 2018
Iditarod Teacher: How to Connect and Learn from the Iditarod Race (e258)
09:22

Heidi Sloan is the Iditarod teacher for this year. It starts on March 3 - 18. Get free lesson plans, connect with a musher and get your kids excited. See http://iditarod.com/edu/category/teacher-on-the-trail/

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e258

Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools with special tips, videos, and screenshots to get you started. See www.coolcatteacher.com/guide  for more information.

Feb 21, 2018
Google Jamboard (e257)
09:44

Google Jamboard is a fun interactive app. There’s hardware too, but don’t be worried. The free app has lots to play with. You just download it on Google Play or iTunes and use it with your touch Chromebook or iPad after listening to Tom Mullaney share how it works. Enjoy this fun, free tool. 

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e257

Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools with special tips, videos, and screenshots to get you started. See www.coolcatteacher.com/guide for more information.

Feb 20, 2018
The Compassionate Achiever: Understanding Empathy and Compassion So We Don't Burn Out (e256)
14:03

Dr. Chris Kukk, author of the The Compassionate Achiever, combines neuroscience with social sciences to discuss why compassion helps us achieve more. He also shares the difference between empathy and compassion and why one of these is a recipe for burnout.
Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e256

Feb 19, 2018
5 Ways to Stop Bullying in Every School (e255)
10:02

School culture and policies are part of what helps us combat bullying in schools. Rick Rando, school empowerment speaker, shares what schools can do to help stop bullying.


www.coolcatteacher.com/e255

Feb 16, 2018
School Counselors Helping More Women Go Into Computer Science (e254)
11:40

Guidance counselors are challenged to encourage students into exciting opportunities that fit their skills and abilities but also to be careful not to stereotype. Today, Angela Cleveland talks about the tips, resources, and ideas to help encourage young women to go into Computer Science.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e254

Feb 15, 2018
Teach the Whole Preschooler: Nurturing Developing Minds (e253)
11:14

Cindy Terebush talks about the common mistakes of preschool programs. She also shares awesome success stories and tips for helping your preschool be the best in today’s era. She shares the challenges of teaching things at a younger age and why standards may not be a problem while implementation can be.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e253

Matific is Today's Sponsor: The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. www.coolcatteacher.com/math

Feb 14, 2018
Sit With Us App: How Kids are Fighting Bullying One LunchTable at a Time (e252)
10:18

Natalie Hampton, a senior in Los Angeles, was bullied and ate alone every day. After she transferred schools, she found teachers and other students who wanted to make sure no one ate alone. Her “Sit with Us” app and clubs are sweeping the US and other countries as kids use social media to find other kids and stand against bullying.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e252


Matific is Today's Sponsor: The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. www.coolcatteacher.com/math

Feb 13, 2018
Beat Boredom: Engaging Tired-Out Students in Critical Thinking (e251)
11:53

Students can seem tired and bored, but we can engage them in learning. Martha Rush has ideas and inspiration to help us reach our students this week!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e251


Matific is Today's Sponsor: The US Matific Games have the warm up week starting February 14-20. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games now. www.coolcatteacher.com/math

Feb 12, 2018
5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management (e250)
10:58

We need more strategies than fist to five or thumbs up thumbs down. Teacher Mike Roberts give five strategies that can help us with formative assessment AND classroom management.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e250

Matific is Today's Sponsor: The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. www.coolcatteacher.com/math

Feb 09, 2018
Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades (e249)
12:06

Fun, exciting tools and techniques can help very young kids understand math and learn computational thinking. Today’s guest, Steve Floyd, tells us how.

 

Show notes: http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e249


Matific is Today's Sponsor: The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. www.coolcatteacher.com/math

Feb 08, 2018
Admin Hack: Easy Paperless Contact Logs (e248)
10:58

Administrators and teachers have so many contacts with parents. Today’s guest, Meredith Akers, has gone paperless with her contact logs. She talks about how she did it, the time she’s saving, and her recommendations for building relationships with parents by becoming more organized with your contact logs.

Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e248


FREE MATH RESOURCE: The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. www.coolcatteacher.com/math - Sponsor

Feb 07, 2018
iPad Magic: 6 Ideas Every iPad Teacher Needs to Know (e247)
10:48

Want to show your cursor on the iPad screen? Want to find the cents button? Want to help a student with a unique character spell their name? There’s a trick for these things and more on the iPad. Today, Tony Vincent shares six ideas every iPad teacher needs to know.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e247

Matific is Today's Sponsor: The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. www.coolcatteacher.com/math

Feb 06, 2018
Change One Simple Thing to Start Your Journey to Remarkable Teaching (e246)
09:38

You can change one simple thing to help transform your classroom. Change is a decision, not to leap forward but to take one small step and then another. Today, Pam Moran finishes up our series encouraging us to take small steps that make a big difference. She also helps us understand the mistake we make when we look too big picture and forget the small things we can do. Thank you, Pam for your time and wisdom and I hope everyone has enjoyed this four-part series with a truly remarkable educator. www.coolcatteacher.com/e246

Matific is Today's Sponsor: The US Matific Games are coming this February. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. www.coolcatteacher.com/math

Feb 05, 2018
5 Home and Smart Phone Filtering Options for Parents (e245)
11:15

Children with smartphones have unfiltered access to the Internet unless their parents make a decision to filter. Today, we discuss five options for filtering and why it is something parents should discuss with IT Director Mike Daugherty from Ohio.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e245

Check out our archives of past shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast. If you like the show, will you leave a review on iTunes?

Feb 02, 2018
Why Kids Can't Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student's Need to Move (e244)
14:04

Students have reasons for how they behave, particularly if they have learning differences and learn in unique ways. Occupational and physical therapist, Suzanne Cresswell, helps us understand children and why some of them just can’t stop moving.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e244

Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. Jennifer gives you a description in simple language, a screenshot of the tool in action and then a play button that takes you to a video about how the tool works. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide

Feb 01, 2018
Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders (e243)
11:11

Emerging administrator leaders and administrators are participating in an emerging leadership virtual mentorship program created by Jodie Pierpoint and many volunteers. Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e243

Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. Jennifer gives you a description in simple language, a screenshot of the tool in action and then a play button that takes you to a video about how the tool works. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide

Jan 31, 2018
Effective Digital Citizenship Education (e242)
10:49

Digital citizenship education doesn’t work in a lecture format. Dr. Kristen Mattson, author of Digital Citizenship in Action talks about how they’ve integrated digital citizenship into all of their courses at her school and how you can too.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e242


Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. Jennifer gives you a description in simple language, a screenshot of the tool in action and then a play button that takes you to a video about how the tool works. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide

Jan 30, 2018
Kids Co-Creating Curriculum (e241)
09:42

Students can co-create curriculum and their classrooms with teachers for powerful learning experiences. Learn how students are teaching each other drone piloting and other examples from Albemarle County, Virginia with Superintendent Pam Moran.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e241


Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. Jennifer gives you a description in simple language, a screenshot of the tool in action and then a play button that takes you to a video about how the tool works. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide

Jan 29, 2018
5 Ideas to Include Every Child in Your Classroom (e240)
09:20

We can include every child in our classroom with these five important reminders from inclusion expert, Toby Karten.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e240

PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have a free webinar “Preparing Students for Success: Measuring What Matters” about preparing students for success and measuring what matters. Jake Cotton, a superintendent from Virginia, will be sharing.

Jan 26, 2018
College Admissions Tips and How To's for Parents and Teachers (e239)
11:43

Every student is different. Finding the “perfect” college is different for every student. Don’t fall into the common traps of college admissions. Jennifer Ann Aquino talks about helping every college-bound student find their personal fit.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e239

PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have a free webinar “Preparing Students for Success: Measuring What Matters” about preparing students for success and measuring what matters. Jake Cotton, a superintendent from Virginia, will be sharing.

Jan 25, 2018
Inquiry-Based Learning in the History Classroom (E238)
09:17

Josh Eby shares how he uses inquiry-based learning in his history classroom. He also discusses how he’s become a better teacher after returning to the classroom after 12 years in administration and why it was one of the best decisions he’s ever made. Happy Wonderful Classroom Wednesday -- teachers of all subjects will learn some ideas from this one. (Including how long we need to wait when asking a question!

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e238

Sponsor: PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have a free webinar “Preparing Students for Success: Measuring What Matters” about preparing students for success and measuring what matters. Jake Cotton, a superintendent from Virginia, will be sharing.

Jan 24, 2018
Virtual Valentines: Get Ready Now to Join In the Fun! (e237)
12:41

Virtual Valentines are an incredible global project in February. If you want to join a group of teachers doing Virtual Valentines, you’ll want to listen to the show and sign up by February 2. Also learn about other projects throughout the year and how teachers design these projects to meet standards. So much fun!

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e237


PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have a free webinar “Preparing Students for Success: Measuring What Matters” about preparing students for success and measuring what matters. Jake Cotton, a superintendent from Virginia, will be sharing.

Jan 23, 2018
Educating Kids for Life NOT for Tests (Pam Moran part 2 - e 236)
13:28

Pam Moran, superintendent in Albemarle County in Virginia, shares about some cool virtual reality in Virginia, some challenges with helping new teachers get started, and how she thinks education is entering a new Renaissance of creativity and innovation. Get motivated today listening to Pam. This is part 2 in our series with Pam.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e236


PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have a free webinar “Preparing Students for Success: Measuring What Matters” about preparing students for success and measuring what matters. Jake Cotton, a superintendent from Virginia, will be sharing.

Jan 22, 2018
5 Ideas for Writing with Technology (e235)
10:26

Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. These creative ways will help you think about how to help children, particularly those who struggle with handwriting and typing.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e235


Screencastify is the top screencasting tool for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. It saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. Get started at screencastify.com/coolcat. If you want to go for unlimited editing, request a quote for your school and be sure to mention Cool Cat Teacher for a discount.

Jan 19, 2018
SEL & Classroom Safety: 3 Lessons from Sandy Hook Every Educator Should Know (e234)
12:00

Scarlett Lewis, mother of a 6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook shooting, has turned her heartbreak into a passion to prevent school violence. In this show, she shares practical information to promote social-emotional learning and what we should all be doing to help kids become healthy. In addition to making schools safer, the research shows these things also improve learning and help kids become healthier adults.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e234

Jan 18, 2018
Books to Africa and My Personal Transformation to a Global Educator (e233)
11:22

Julie Hembree and her students are sending Books to Africa. But that’s not all. She’s also started the Cultivate World Literacy Project and more. Learn about her transformation into a global educator because her students got excited and led the way.

Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e233
Screencastify is the top screencasting tool for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. It saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. Get started at screencastify.com/coolcat. If you want to go for unlimited editing, request a quote for your school and be sure to mention Cool Cat Teacher for a discount.

Jan 17, 2018
Engaging Kindergartners with Technology: Augmented Reality, Ipads, QR Codes and More (e232)
10:43

Greg Smedley Warren @kindersmorgie shares his tips and tricks for using technology in kindergarten.
Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e232

Screencastify is the top screencasting tool for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. It saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. Get started at screencastify.com/coolcat. If you want to go for unlimited editing, request a quote for your school and be sure to mention Cool Cat Teacher for a discount.

Jan 16, 2018
From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran (e231)
09:50

Pam Moran has been a leader in education reform in Virginia over the past several years as the state moved from testing to transformation. In today’s episode, she talks about the transformation, why they needed change, and implementing successful change. This multi-part series will run over the next several Mondays.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e231

Screencastify is the top screencasting tool for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. It saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. Get started at screencastify.com/coolcat. If you want to go for unlimited editing, request a quote for your school and be sure to mention Cool Cat Teacher for a discount.

Jan 15, 2018
Middle School STEAM: 5 Ways to Amp it Up! (e230)
10:47

Exciting STEAM projects can ignite and excite any middle school. Today, Pauline Roberts gives us five important ingredients for amping up STEAM in middle school.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e230

Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit.

Solve a mystery. Meet Next Generation Science Standards. Have fun!

Go to http://www.coolcatteacher.com/firelab today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.

Jan 12, 2018
Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL (e229)
10:45

Kathleen McClaskey talks about the research on learning styles and the alternatives for teaching and reaching every child. Today’s show will help you think about the research many of us have used for years to design lessons.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e229

Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit.

Solve a mystery. Meet Next Generation Science Standards. Have fun!

Go to http://www.coolcatteacher.com/firelab today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.

Jan 11, 2018
iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment (e228)
13:01

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. However, his formative assessments have a twist -- students are all answering DIFFERENT math questions. This intriguing research is a must listen for any school with access to technology. You do not need iPads to implement and learn from this research.

Sean’s book is Teaching over Testing.  Enter the contest to win a copy of the book. Just go to the show on iTunes and leave a review and your Twitter handle. We’ll draw one random winner.

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Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit.

 Solve a mystery. Meet Next Generation Science Standards. Have fun!

 Go to http://www.coolcatteacher.com/firelab today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.

Jan 10, 2018
7 Productivity Power Tools for the Busy Educator (e227)
12:11

Become more productive today with these seven tools from Dr. Frank Buck. Automate what you can and save time.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e227

Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit.

 Solve a mystery. Meet Next Generation Science Standards. Have fun!

 Go to http://www.coolcatteacher.com/firelab today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.

Jan 09, 2018
Maker Monday: How Start the Week with Creativity and Purpose (e226)
09:22

John Spencer, coauthor of two different best-selling books, Launch and Empower, talks about the creativity (and test score) boosts his classes experienced when he began Maker Mondays.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e226

Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit.

Solve a mystery. Meet Next Generation Science Standards. Have fun!

Go to http://www.coolcatteacher.com/firelab today to get your Free Fire Forensics Kit.

Jan 08, 2018
5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons (e225)
12:05

Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, was a history teacher. It shows. In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. This is one to share with your history department.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e255

Richard Byrne the author of Free Technology for Teachers has some fantastic professional development courses including a course for history / social studies teachers. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/edtech and plan your professional development for 2018.

Jan 05, 2018
Recognizing Human Trafficking and What To Do About It in Schools (e224)
14:56

Human trafficking is on the rise in the United States. Some states now include human trafficking in their definition of child abuse. Others do not. In today’s show, Ashley Burkett talks about the signs that a child is being trafficked, how children are being recruited, and what schools should be doing. This is an important topic to discuss so we can protect innocent children.


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Jan 04, 2018
How to Assess Your District: the Global Challenge Project as a Case Study
12:50

A district is assessing itself with a massive project for 800 eighth graders. No grades. Just learning and sharing. Despite worries that it wouldn’t work - it has been working for years and is just getting better. Learn about the Global Challenge Project with Mark Wise.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e223


Jennifer Gonzalez is updating her Teacher’s Guide to Technology for 2018 with over 200 tools and many new ones. Here’s the link http://www.coolcatteacher.com/guide

Jan 03, 2018
8 Tried and True Edtech Tools to Try in 2018 (e222)
12:03

Sometimes the best tools have been around awhile. Steve Dembo @teach42 talks about the tried and true tools that teachers should still use.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e222


Richard Byrne has some fantastic courses for history teachers, getting started with GSuite and more. Check out his courses and coaching at www.coolcatteacher.com/edtech.

Jan 02, 2018
What To Do When Students Come to You Unprepared and Other Reflections (e 221)
11:37

As Thomas Paine recommends we must ‘smile in trouble, gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.” In today’s show we discuss how teachers should respond when students come to us unprepared and other reflections on teaching with International Educator Patrick Holt.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e221


Angela Watson’s 40-Hour Workweek Club is a fantastic course to help teachers become more productive, more effective, and more balanced with their lives. Go to http://www.coolcatteacher.com/40

Jan 01, 2018
What Helps Kids Really Learn [Number 1 Episode of 2017 - Encore]
11:08

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/e220

Richard Byrne the author of Free Technology for Teachers has some fantastic professional development courses. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/edtech  and plan your professional development for 2018.

Dec 29, 2017
5 Ways to Connect with Your Students Over the Break [Encore Episode]
10:05

Today Connie Hamilton @conniehamilton gives us five ways to connect with our students over the break. This is the number two episode of 2017. Listen to it now and plan ahead for by picking one or more of these ideas.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e219


Trim Three (or more!) Hours off Your Workweek Now - January 2 www.coolcatteacher.com/trim

Dec 28, 2017
5 Mistakes Teachers Make the First Week of School
11:06

Linda Kardamis @LindaKardamis shares five mistakes teachers make the first week of school. Remember that January is a fantastic time to “reboot.” So, if you made one of these mistakes, work to start over and correct those mistakes. This is the number three episode of 2017.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e218

Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com, a great holiday gift for your kids or grandkids. The creative courses at Jam.com are project based, creative and FUN. Use the code COOLCAT50 to get $50 off your course. And remember that you can sign up for a 14 day FREE trial of any course with your child aged 7-16. Drawing. Minecraft. Legos. And more!

Dec 27, 2017
Google Classroom Top New Features to Learn
10:58

Today Alice Keeler @alicekeeler shares the must-try new features of Google Classroom. She also teaches us how we can learn Google Classroom features and hacks over the summer (even without students.) A must listen for people using Chromebooks or Google Classroom.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e217

Dec 26, 2017
5 Easy Brain Breaks to Do In Class with Rob Donatelli [Encore Episode and the 5th top show of 2017]
08:51

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!


www.coolcatteacher.com/e216

Dec 25, 2017
Get Motivated To Do Project-Based Learning Right with Ross Cooper [Encore Episode and the 6th top show of 2017]
12:22

Ross Cooper, the co-author of Hacking PBL, helps us get motivated to think about project-based learning differently.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e215


Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com, the perfect last minute holiday gift for your kids or grandkids. The creative courses at Jam.com are project-based, creative and FUN. Use the code COOLCAT50 to get $50 off your course. And remember that you can sign up for a 14 day FREE trial of any course with your child aged 7-16. Drawing. Minecraft. Legos. And more!  

Dec 22, 2017
23 GSuite Ideas to Excite Kids About Learning with Eric Curts [Encore Episode and 7th top show of 2017]
10:15

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/e214


Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com, the perfect last minute holiday gift for your kids or grandkids. The creative courses at Jam.com are project-based, creative and FUN. Use the code COOLCAT50 to get $50 off your course. And remember that you can sign up for a 14 day FREE trial of any course with your child aged 7-16. Drawing. Minecraft. Legos. And more!  

Dec 21, 2017
5 Ways to Be an Unforgettable Teacher Encore Episode and 8th top show of 2017]
10:57

Chuck Poole shares five ways to be an unforgettable teacher or an unforgettable coach. He also gives us links to some free cards he shares with students and parents. Get inspired with some fantastic advice on reaching students.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e213


Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com, the perfect last minute holiday gift for your kids or grandkids. The creative courses at Jam.com are pproject-based creative and FUN. Use the code COOLCAT50 to get $50 off your course. And remember that you can sign up for a 14 day FREE trial of any course with your child aged 7-16. Drawing. Minecraft. Legos. And more!  

Dec 20, 2017
Classroom Videos: How-to Tips and Tricks - Show #9 of 2017 - Encore Episode
10:50

Videos are the modern essay. If you can’t create them, you can’t start a movement, can’t sell a product, or promote an idea. Of all the things I teach, helping kids tell digital stories through video is probably one of the most important. Today’s guest is a perfect guide for those of us who want to make videos with students. Simply put, Tim Betts rocks YouTube history. As a certified YouTube educational channel, he’s one of those that history teachers will love! But he also teaches us how to do this with students.

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Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com, the perfect last minute holiday gift for your kids or grandkids. The creative courses at Jam.com are project-based, creative and FUN. Use the code COOLCAT50 to get $50 off your course. And remember that you can sign up for a 14 day FREE trial of any course with your child aged 7-16. Drawing. Minecraft. Legos. And more!  

Dec 19, 2017
5 Ways to Teach How the Brain Learns with Ramona Persaud - Encore Episode number 10 of 2017
09:56

Today Ramona Persaud @ramonap director of the film, Grey Matters, talks about how we can teach kids the way the brain learns.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e211


Check out the free resource: “Goodbye Teacher Tired: 5 Days to Doing Fewer Things Better” from Angela Watson. Save time. Teach better.

Dec 18, 2017
Unleashing the Potential of Every Child
08:23

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.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e210

Dec 15, 2017
Thinking Routines in the Classroom - Encore Episode and #12 in downloads for 2017
10:59

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. After participating in Harvard’s Project Zero, she is applying and using the methods in classrooms and with teachers. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. Karen was the 2015 Tennessee State Teacher of the Year and I interviewed her at the NNSTOY Conference in DC this summer.

 

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The 10-Minute Teacher started on February 1 of this year and already has over 400,000 downloads! Thank you to all of you who are listening to the show. If you like the show, would you go to coolcatteacher.com/iTunes and leave a review on the 10-Minute Teacher on iTunes. I appreciate it so much!

Dec 14, 2017
Helping Autistic Students Travel by Making Books - encore episode #13 of 2017 of the 10-minute teacher
10:49

Autistic children can struggle with unfamiliar places. However, one teacher of the year has found a way to help improve traveling experiences for autistic children and their families. Brett Bigham has created a way to use books to help special needs and young children prepare to go to new places. Learn about this technique and how to help children travel who may have fears. You can even make books for kids (or some older students might be able to as well.) What a life-changing concept! Ability books for those with special needs.


www.coolcatteacher.com/e208

Dec 13, 2017
What Great Teachers Do - Encore episode - #14 of 2017 of the 10-Minute Teacher
13:06

Global Teacher Prize finalist Joe Fatheree talks about what great teachers do. He shares his observations and also his hopes for improving the profession.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e207


Check out the free resource: “Goodbye Teacher Tired: 5 Days to Doing Fewer Things Better” from Angela Watson. Save time. Teach better.

Dec 12, 2017
5 Ways to Help At Risk Children Succeed (e206): Encore Episode Best of 2017
11:10

Today Basil Marin @basil_marin takes us on a journey to help at risk children with these five steps. From the inspiring books to the essential mindsets, Basil will help us reach at risk kids because he speaks from experience. This episode is a special encore episode and #15 of the 2017 year for #10MT.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e206

Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.

Dec 11, 2017
5 Lies I used to Believe About Teaching But I Don’t Anymore (e205)
13:09

When I first started teaching, I used to believe some things about the profession that I just don’t believe anymore. In today’s final episode of season 2, I reflect on those lies and how I’ve grown in my practice.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e205

Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.

Dec 08, 2017
Virtual Reality (VR) as a new educational paradigm (e204)
11:52

Several virtual reality options are available for classrooms. Today’s guest, Enrique Cachafeiro talks about the hardware, software options, and future of virtual reality. He also discusses how educators can join the innovators who are crafting and exploring this new education paradigm today. If you’re interested in VR, today’s show is a must listen.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e204

Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.

Dec 07, 2017
Teaching History with Simulations and Game Based Learning (e203)
11:10

History teacher David Harms uses simulations to teach history. Whether it is World War 1, 2, the Cold War or the American Civil War, learn how these immersive “games” teach history much more deeply than most textbooks.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e203

Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.

Dec 06, 2017
7 Things to Know About Coding in the Early Childhood Classroom with Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers from Tufts University (e202)
09:14

Today, Dr. Marina Umashchi Bers from Tufts University discusses her research findings about what works (and doesn’t) with young children in the classroom. You’ll get creative ideas for hands-on programming that works for early childhood.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e202


Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.

Dec 05, 2017
How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson (e201)
13:05

Teachers don’t have to be experts or “geeks” to use coding to improve literacy, use higher order thinking skills, and excite students in their classrooms. Elementary and primary students can learn to code. For Hour of Code week this week, learn how you can go past the Hour of Code and use coding all year long!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e201

Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple augmented reality tool. Students can program. You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. See coolcatteacher.com/ar or download Metaverse today.

Dec 04, 2017
How to Be a Change Leader in Your School (e200)
10:23

We can be change leaders and help our school improve and grow. Rebecca Wattleworth gives us tips to be a change leader no matter what school we’re working in right now.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e200


Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication. To find out why, read www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz or go to bloomz.com to get started setting up your school or classroom now! December and January are great months to roll out Bloomz with your parents, so you can start 2018 strong.

Dec 01, 2017
199: 7 Secrets to have a Better Thanks-Living All Year Long
12:36

You can have a more thankful, joyful year all of the time. In today’s show, I share seven secrets to live a more joyful, thankful life all year long.

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Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication. To find out why, read www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz or go to bloomz.com to get started setting up your school or classroom now! December and January are great months to roll out Bloomz with your parents, so you can start 2018 strong.

Nov 30, 2017
4 Geeky Gifts for Teachers - 2017 Edition
12:17

Leslie Fisher, a favorite geek of many teachers, has some cool gift ideas for teachers (or your favorite geek.)  I hope you get some ideas for your favorite teacher-geek.

Get links to these gift ideas here: www.coolcatteacher.com/e198


Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication. To find out why- read www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz or go to bloomz.com to get started setting up your school or classroom now! December and January are great months to roll out Bloomz with your parents, so you can start 2018 strong.

Nov 29, 2017
197: 8 Great Gifts for Administrators
09:07

Dr. Frank Buck talks about what to get administrators (and what not to give them.) We have an entertaining chat about all the ideas to make this holiday season very special for your administrator.

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Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication. To find out why- read www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz or go to bloomz.com to get started setting up your school or classroom now! December and January are great months to roll out Bloomz with your parents, so you can start 2018 strong.

Nov 28, 2017
196: How Parents and Teachers Can teach Empathy and Empowerment in the Aftermath of Tragedy
10:26

Joe Mazza shares how parents can help students have empathy and become empowered changemakers in the face of tragedy. In this special show, we give tips to parents and teachers about things they can do this season to help kids serve others affected by tragedy.

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Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication. To find out why read www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz or go to bloomz.com to get started setting up your school or classroom now! December and January are great months to roll out Bloomz with your parents, so you can start 2018 strong.

Nov 27, 2017
195: 5 Ideas for Fantastic Professional Development
10:16

Dyane Smokorowski, “Mrs. Smoke” talks about what makes excellent professional development. We talked at NNSTOY about training that inspires and helps teachers change.

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FlexPath – only at Capella University  – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. This subscription-based tuition model doesn't limit the number of courses you can complete during each 12-week period, enrolling in up to two courses at once, for one flat tuition rate. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.

Nov 17, 2017
194: She Hired Me! Betty Shiver, the woman who convinced me to become a teacher
15:16

In today’s show, Betty Shiver, my former curriculum director and the person who convinced me to become a teacher and I talk about teaching. We discuss hiring, inspiring, and having conversations that inspire people to change and improve their classrooms.

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FlexPath – only at Capella University  – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. This subscription-based tuition model doesn't limit the number of courses you can complete during each 12-week period, enrolling in up to two courses at once, for one flat tuition rate. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.

Nov 16, 2017
193: My student's views on learning and teaching -- Brent Johnson #stuvoice
13:13

Brent Johnson is a senior at Westwood Schools. He has taken my classes for the last four years. We have a frank conversation about technology and a win in the National 4H Competition as a result of some apps he made in my class. Brent has come a long way!  I hope you find this conversation inspiring.

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FlexPath – only at Capella University  – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. This subscription-based tuition model doesn't limit the number of courses you can complete during each 12-week period, enrolling in up to two courses at once, for one flat tuition rate. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.

Nov 15, 2017
192: Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech
10:25

Mandy Froehlich talks about a tool she uses in her classroom, Flipsnack. Learn how she uses this tool.

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FlexPath – only at Capella University  – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. This subscription-based tuition model  doesn’t limit the number of courses you can complete during each 12-week period , enrolling in up to two courses at once, for one flat tuition rate. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.

Nov 14, 2017
191: Amazing Grace Adkins - my 89 year old learning lab director and the most amazing woman I know
20:24

Mrs. Grace Adkins is a hero, mentor, and teacher to many. With a 56-year generation-spanning career as an educator, Mrs. Adkins approaches her 90th birthday still teaching, loving kids, and riding over 100 miles on her bike each week. Meet a truly remarkable woman and a personal mentor, Mrs. Grace Adkins.

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FlexPath – only at Capella University  – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based learning format. This subscription-based tuition model doesn't limit the number of courses you can complete during each 12-week period, enrolling in up to two courses at once, for one flat tuition rate. Go to coolcatteacher.com/flexpath to get your free FlexPath guide and see if Capella’s FlexPath option is right for you.

Nov 13, 2017
190: Global Education Conference 2017 with Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon
12:08

Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, Global Education Conference co-chairs, talk about the Global Education Conference 2017 that runs from November 13-16. Go to globaleducationconference.com to join in.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e190

Nov 10, 2017
189: Different Schools for a Different World
11:17

Dr. Scott McLeod, co-author of Different Schools for a Different World, has a frank conversation about the change that needs to happen, how long it will take to happen, and the next steps for promoting creativity in schools.

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Got 5 minutes? That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll win technology and prizes to help your STEAM project come to reality. The entry period ends this week - Thursday, November 9 is the last day! Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more. Good luck!

Nov 09, 2017
188: Blowing up the Curriculum with the Learning Journey Model
11:37

Mark Engstrom shares a personalized model for learning that he calls the “Learning Journey Model.” After students accomplish a core competency, they personalize their learning journey much like the “game of LIFE” board game.

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Got 5 minutes? That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll win technology and prizes to help your STEAM project come to reality. The entry period ends this week - Thursday, November 9 is the last day! Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more. Good luck!

Nov 08, 2017
187: Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers
10:37

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.

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Got 5 minutes? That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll win technology and prizes to help your STEAM project come to reality. The entry period ends this week - Thursday, November 9 is the last day! Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more. Good luck!

Nov 07, 2017
186: 10 Keys to Purpose Driven Learning
11:18

Michael Matera @mrmatera, author of Explore Like a Pirate, talks about Purpose Driven Learning in the classroom.

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Got 5 minutes? That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. If you’re a US public school teacher of grades 6-12, you and your students just need to come up with a STEAM idea that can help your community. If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll win technology and prizes to help your STEAM project come to reality. The entry period ends this week - Thursday, November 9 is the last day! Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more. Good luck!

Nov 06, 2017
185: 5 Reasons to Try a Whole Novel Approach in Your Classroom
09:25

Ariel Sacks, author of Whole Novels for the Whole Class, shares five reasons to try a whole novel approach. She also explains how this approach works and some advantages for teachers.

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Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Nov 03, 2017
184: How to Build Great Teachers
11:41

Dan Brown talks about practical things we can do to help build grade teachers. From best practices to policy, Dan shares what works (and some of what doesn’t.) If you’re in preservice education or work with teacher professional development, this podcast episode has some fantastic tips.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e184

Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Nov 02, 2017
183: Grit in the Classroom
09:50

Laila Sanguras, author of Grit in the Classroom, defines grit, shares the misinformation about grit, and talks about developing it in our students.

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Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Nov 01, 2017
182 Computer Science Teaching Tips with Alfred Thompson
10:41

Alfred Thompson talks about the trends in teaching Computer Science. Topics include:

  • How to get kids moving as you teach programming
  • What happens when a school has every student learn Computer Science
  • How to engage young women in Computer Science Programming


Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Oct 31, 2017
181: Shattering Perfect Teacher Myths
09:49

Aaron Hogan shatters myths about teaching. Empower yourself as a teacher with the knowledge you do not have to be perfect. Learn how to build collegiality and support other teachers.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e181

Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Oct 30, 2017
180: 5 Ways to Be an Unforgettable Teacher
10:27

Chuck Poole shares five ways to be an unforgettable teacher. He also gives us links to some free cards he shares with students and parents and more.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e180

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Oct 27, 2017
179: Why Teachers Should Talk About Teaching
10:23

Tom Rademacher, author of It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and slightly unprofessional) Book About Teaching, shares why teachers should tell their story. (And how they can do it without losing their job.)

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Oct 26, 2017
178: Secrets of Great District Leadership
10:35

Superintendent Randy Ziegenfuss talks about secrets of transformational district leadership. Encouraging innovation. The role of principals. The mistakes many districts make in transformational change. The importance of the district team. These are all topics discussed today.

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Oct 25, 2017
177: 7 Global Project Ideas from a Leading 3rd Grade Classroom
10:38

Vickie Morgado from Canada has her third graders connecting with the world! Learn about global Kahoots, how she tweets with her class and more global collaborative techniques in this show.

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Oct 24, 2017
176: Include Every Child in your Classroom
09:29

Get inspired to include every child as fourth-grade teacher, Kelly Malloy shares us how she focuses on children. So many teachers struggle to get results and include everyone, we can do this!

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Oct 23, 2017
175 5 Ways to Help Numbers Come Alive
11:21

Dr. Rebecca Klemm @numbersalive shares how to help numbers come alive for all ages. From toddler to teenager to PhD, Rebecca informs us about the building blocks that build math success.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e175

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Oct 20, 2017
174 Finding Passion and Purpose: Barbara Bray
09:46

Barbara Bray talks about personalizing learning in the classroom. She teaches us strategies and helps us think about how to make our classrooms better.

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Oct 19, 2017
173 A Teenage Bullying Story
09:02

Sarah Beeghley @the-geeky_girl has been called by a US Senator to tell her story as part of anti-bullying legislation. Hear her story and advice to teachers.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e173

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Oct 18, 2017
172 K-6 Educational Music Videos: Selecting the Right Videos for Learning
09:17

Joanna and Matt Pace write videos on a popular YouTube channel, Hopscotch. Joanna is an elementary teacher and Matt is a songwriter from Las Vegas. Their 7 Continents song has almost 300K views. Today they talk about what makes a great learning video and how to select good videos on YouTube for K-6 students.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e172

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Oct 17, 2017
171 Purpose-Full Education #MotivationMonday
11:06

Dr. Amy Fast, author of It's the Mission, Not the Mandates, talks about how to regain the purpose of education in schools. From making your school mission move from the letterhead to what we do in schools and more, get motivated to make your school more today!

www.coolcatteacher.com/e171

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Oct 16, 2017
170 5 Ways to Add Morning Meetings to Special Ed Classrooms
10:15

Dr. Felicia Durden shares methods behind having a powerful morning meeting in special education classrooms. From routine to celebrations, we talk about how to start the day well in special education classrooms.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e170


Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Oct 13, 2017
169 Bullying and Cyberbullying: The Things You Need to Know
14:06

Anne Collier helps us understand the statistics on bullying and cyberbullying. We talk about targets, those who bully and how to respond when helping those embroiled in this situation

www.coolcatteacher.com/e169


Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Oct 12, 2017
168 Making Google Masters for Kids of All Ages
11:55

Lee Ann Yonker helped start the #MiniGoogleMasters movement in her school in K-3rd grade, demonstrating littles can be tech savvy too! Now having moved to 5th grade, Mrs. Yonker is continuing her tech encouragement with the #MakingGoogleMasters. We talk about what students of all ages can do. She also shares her micro-credential badging approach.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e168 

Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Oct 11, 2017
167 6 Tech Treasures for Special Ed Teachers (K-6) #edtech #spedchat
11:06

Special ed teacher Melissa Mann shares six of her favorite edtech tools for the special education classroom. From collecting data to parent communications to taking care of yourself, Melissa has something for every classroom (as well as a pretty cool pep talk!)

www.coolcatteacher.com/e167

Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Oct 10, 2017
166 How to Make Your Teaching Something Special #SomethingSpecialEDU
09:57

Rushton Hurley, author of Making Your Teaching Something Special: 50 Ways to Become a Better Teacher, gives us ideas to build rapport, review for tests, and improve our teaching that will help us be better teachers.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e166
Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

Oct 09, 2017
165: 5 Things That Happen When We empower Students
09:42

AJ Juliani, author of Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning talks about the empowerment of students. How teachers can be the “guide on the ride” and help students find their passions. We can do this!

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e165

Sponsor: Book Creator. Previously on the 10-Minute Teacher, guests have mentioned Book Creator as one of their top apps for the iPad. Well, now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. This is great news! Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, using the Chrome web browser. (This tool would be perfect for following the techniques described in today's show.)

Oct 06, 2017
#164 Leading Project Based Learning
10:37

Erin Murphy, the co-author of Hacking Project Based Learning, talks about leading project-based learning. She discusses principal-teacher relationships, evaluations, and common mistakes made in PBL implementation. If you’re working to help increase the amount of PBL in your school, this show will be helpful to you.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e164  

Sponsor: Book Creator. Previously on the 10-Minute Teacher, guests have mentioned Book Creator as one of their top apps for the iPad. Well, now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. This is great news! Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, using the Chrome web browser. (This tool would be perfect for following the techniques described in today's show.)

Oct 05, 2017
#163 Inventionland: A Transformational Design Course
10:32

Curriculum Specialist Mandi Figlioli is excited about her school’s adoption of the Inventionland design and protoyping course. Mandi talks about how the course is structured, gives a story of how students are being transformed, and shares how they are re-working the course based on what they learned the first year. If you’re teaching design or making, you can learn from this show.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e163

Sponsor: Book Creator. Previously on the 10-Minute Teacher, guests have mentioned Book Creator as one of their top apps for the iPad. Well, now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. This is great news! Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, using the Chrome web browser. (This tool would be perfect for following the techniques described in today's show.)

Oct 04, 2017
#162 Minecraft in the classroom
10:15

Jeff Geargardt, uses Minecraft EDU to teach students lessons as he works with cross-disciplinary teaching. He’ll share a science lesson how he had students “living on Mars” in Minecraft. He’ll share some of his tips and tricks and how to get started.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e162

Sponsor: Book Creator. Previously on the 10-Minute Teacher, guests have mentioned Book Creator as one of their top apps for the iPad. Well, now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. This is great news! Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, using the Chrome web browser. (This tool would be perfect for following the techniques described in today's show.)

Oct 03, 2017
#161 Motivating Ourselves to a More Epic Classroom
10:05

Trevor Muir crafts his classroom around a story. He uses the “hero’s journey” to make his classroom more epic. Enjoy!

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Sponsor: Book Creator. Previously on the 10-Minute Teacher, guests have mentioned Book Creator as one of their top apps for the iPad. Well, now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. This is great news! Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, using the Chrome web browser. (This tool would be perfect for following the techniques described in today's show.)

Oct 02, 2017
#160 5 Ways to Integrate Mindfulness into the Classroom
10:49

Teacher Beth Maloney helps students set goals for behavior and other techniques that improve Social Emotional Learning and student success. Learn 5 tips for integrating mindfulness into your classroom.

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Sep 29, 2017
#159 What Great Teachers Do
12:39

Global Teacher Prize finalist Joe Fatheree talks about what great teachers do. He shares his observations and also his hopes for improving the profession.

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Sponsor: Kids Discover Online is hosting a webinar - 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry-Based Learning with me, Richard Byrne and Monica Burns on October 3 at 4:30 pm EDT.  Learn more about their 150 history and science nonfiction texts that promote inquiry-based learning at www.kidsdiscover.com/inquiry

Sep 28, 2017
#158 Research Schools: What Are They and How Do They Work?
10:00

Aaron Marvel talks about research schools. Modeled like a “teaching hospital” - these schools have researchers and educators working hand-in-hand. Learn how they work, why more schools don’t use them, and common mistakes schools make as they implement researchers on staff.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e158

Sponsor: Kids Discover Online is hosting a webinar - 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry Based Learning with me, Richard Byrne and Monica Burns on October 3 at 4:30 pm EDT.  Learn more about their 150 history and science nonfiction texts that promote inquiry-based learning at www.kidsdiscover.com/inquiry

Sep 27, 2017
#157 Top Tech Tools for Kids Who Struggle to Read and Write #spedchat
09:34

Dr. Brian Friedlander discusses the top tech tools for kids who struggle to read and write. From voice dictation to word suggestion and more, this podcast talks about the practical tools that will help kids empower themselves to learn.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e157
Sponsor: Kids Discover Online is hosting a webinar - 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry-Based Learning with me, Richard Byrne and Monica Burns on October 3 at 4:30 pm EDT.  Learn more about their 150 history and science nonfiction texts that promote inquiry based learning at www.kidsdiscover.com/inquiry

Sep 26, 2017
#156 Leadership, Vision & Problem Solving in Education #MondayMotivation
10:51

Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis talks about involving the community, solving problems, handling stress, and casting a vision.

 

www.coolcatteacher.com/e156


Sponsor: Kids Discover Online is hosting a webinar - 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry Based Learning with me, Richard Byrne and Monica Burns on October 3 at 4:30 pm EDT.  Learn more about their 150 history and science nonfiction texts that promote inquiry based learning at www.kidsdiscover.com/inquiry

Sep 25, 2017
#155 5 Ways to Flip Your Classroom
09:50

Keith “Hip” Hughes has a massive following on his YouTube channel http://youtube.com/hiphughes. Today, he shares his technique for flipping the classroom in engaging, powerful ways.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e155

Today’s sponsor is Edpuzzle, a favorite #flipclass tool. Go to coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle and sign up now to get 50K free curated video lessons for your school. Also, learn how to clip, pause, quiz, and interact with students inside your flipped classroom videos with this easy tool. Enjoy!

Sep 22, 2017
#154 Not “Just” a teacher
10:56

Briana Hodges @edutechtastic  shares her story of finding her voice and how a mentor (Carl Hooker) encouraged her to speak and be more. You’ll never say “just a teacher” again.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e154

Today’s sponsor is Edpuzzle, a favorite #flipclass tool. Go to coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle and sign up now to get 50K free curated video lessons for your school. Also, learn how to clip, pause, quiz, and interact with students inside your flipped classroom videos with this easy tool.

Sep 21, 2017
#153 Integrating the Arts into EVERY Subject
12:38

The graphic, performing, and theater arts are powerful allies for math, writing, and every subject you teach. As 2007 State Teacher of the Year in Rhode Island, Catherine Davis-Hayes is passionate about helping every teacher use the arts in their classroom. Today she shares techniques for teaching geometry and writing - but also a remarkable school-wide project.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e153

Today’s sponsor is Edpuzzle, a favorite #flipclass tool. Go to coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle and sign up now to get 50K free curated video lessons for your school. Also, learn how to clip, pause, quiz, and interact with students inside your flipped classroom videos with this easy tool. Enjoy!

Sep 20, 2017
#152 Classroom Videos: How-to Tips and Tricks
11:02

Simply put, Tim Betts @mrbettsclass rocks YouTube history. As a certified YouTube educational channel, he’s one of those that history teachers will love! But he also teaches us how to do this with students.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e152
Today’s sponsor is Edpuzzle, a favorite #flipclass tool. Go to coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle and sign up now to get 50K free curated video lessons for your school. Also, learn how to clip, pause, quiz, and interact with students inside your flipped classroom videos with this easy tool. Enjoy!

Sep 19, 2017
151 Unleashing the Potential of Every Child #MondayMotivation
10:33

Tom Loud @loudlearning 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/e151

Today’s sponsor is Edpuzzle, a favorite #flipclass tool. Go to coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle and sign up now to get 50K free curated video lessons for your school. Also, learn how to clip, pause, quiz, and interact with students inside your flipped classroom videos with this easy tool. Enjoy

Sep 18, 2017
#150 5 Ways to Be a Better MakerEd Educator (on a Budget)
09:42

Dr. Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein gives practical advice for schools with low-budgets who want to make and create. You don't have to have expensive gadgets to unlock a world of creativity in your classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e150

Sponsor: Book Creator. Previously on the 10-Minute Teacher, guests have mentioned Book Creator as one of their top apps for the iPad. Well, now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. This is great news! Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, using the Chrome web browser. 

Sep 15, 2017
#149 Encouraging independent readers without being overwhelmed
11:38

Meredith Ogden helps us understand strategies for guiding independent readers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e149

Sponsor: Book Creator. Previously on the 10-Minute Teacher, guests have mentioned Book Creator as one of their top apps for the iPad. Well, now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. This is great news! Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, using the Chrome web browser. (This tool would be perfect for following the techniques described in today's show.)

Sep 14, 2017
#148 Transforming Writing Programs for Growth and Engagement
11:04

Tim Whitaker, creator of Mighty Writers in Philadelphia, talks about the techniques he uses to get kids excited about writing. Over 2,500 students in Philadelphia choose to come to write after school as part of his program. Let’s learn how to get kids excited about writing. 

Sponsor: Book Creator. Previously on the 10-Minute Teacher, guests have mentioned Book Creator as one of their top apps for the iPad. Well, now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. This is great news! Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, using the Chrome web browser. (This tool would be perfect for following the techniques described in today's show.)

Sep 13, 2017
#147 Helping Autistic Students Travel by Making Books #spedchat
10:22

Brett Bigham @2014ortoy has created a way to use books to help special needs and young children prepare to go to new places. Learn about this technique and how to help children travel who may have fears.

Sponsor: Book Creator. Previously on the 10-Minute Teacher, guests have mentioned Book Creator as one of their top apps for the iPad. Well, now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. This is great news! Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, using the Chrome web browser. (This tool would be perfect for following the techniques described in today's show.)

Sep 12, 2017
#146 Get Motivated to Do PBL Right #MotivationMonday
12:12

Ross Cooper, the co-author of Hacking PBL, helps us get motivated to think about project based learning differently.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e146

Sponsor: Book Creator. Previously on the 10-Minute Teacher, guests have mentioned Book Creator as one of their top apps for the iPad. Well, now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. This is great news! Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, using the Chrome web browser.

Sep 11, 2017
#145 5 Ideas for Technology Stations
08:03

Leslie Swanson-Anaya @InspiredLeslie elementary teacher of the year for Texas region 15 has ideas for awesome technology stations. These apps will work for all ages of students and subjects. Learn how she helps students learn and progress using technology.

Today's sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based assessment tool that lets you completely customize assessments, instantly scan and score them using ANY device with a digital camera, and then instantly transfer the grades into your digital grade book. And it does all these things without needing any special forms or equipment. Go to gradecam.com/coolcatteacher to start your free trial and see for yourself.

Sep 08, 2017
#144 How to Be a Better Instructional Coach
10:35

Jamey Everett @everetteach shares tips on being a better instructional coach based on her wildly popular ISTE 2017 session. We can build trust, be helpful, and help teachers improve learning but it takes lots of work and trust.

Today's sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based assessment tool that lets you completely customize assessments, instantly scan and score them using ANY device with a digital camera, and then instantly transfer the grades into your digital grade book. And it does all these things without needing any special forms or equipment. Go to gradecam.com/coolcatteacher to start your free trial and see for yourself.

Sep 07, 2017
Helping Kids Recover from the Trauma of a Storm (Season 2 Special Episode)
17:24

Dr. Steven Berkowitz, child trauma psychologist, teaches us how to help children and families after the trauma of a storm. This special episode is longer than 10 minutes.

This show's transcript will be posted www.coolcatteacher.com/trauma within several days of the show going live. (I've been under the weather, so I hope you'll be patient while I get this posted.)

Sep 07, 2017
#143 Safely Involve Students in School Social Media and More Ways to Give Students a Voice
09:53

Heather Callihan's @hcallihan students help with their Facebook and Twitter using some technology tools. Students can have a voice and you can safely let them help your school share the story. Heather teaches us how. www.coolcatteacher.com/e143

Today's sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based assessment tool that lets you completely customize assessments, instantly scan and score them using ANY device with a digital camera, and then instantly transfer the grades into your digital grade book. And it does all these things without needing any special forms or equipment. Go to gradecam.com/coolcatteacher to start your free trial and see for yourself.

Sep 06, 2017
#142 Kindergarteners and Chromebooks - Yes #Gafe4littles works
10:22

Kindergarten Teacher Christine Pinto @pintobeanz11 has rocked our thinking about Google Apps and kids. No one told her it couldn't be done, so she's done it. And her kindergarteners are making websites. (I'm not kidding.) Listen to the #gafe4littles conversation that has everyone talking! www.coolcatteacher.com/e142

Today's Sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based assessment tool that lets you completely customize assessments, instantly scan and score them using ANY device with a digital camera, and then instantly transfer the grades into your digital gradebook. And it does all these things without needing any special forms or equipment. Go to gradecam.com/coolcatteacher to start your free trial and see for yourself.

Sep 05, 2017
#141 I wish my teacher knew: The ONe Question that Can Change Everything
09:02

Kyle Schwartz @kylemschwartz asked a question of her students that went viral. Learn the story and the lesson plan that will help you build bridges with your students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e141

Today's Sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based assessment tool that lets you completely customize assessments, instantly scan and score them using ANY device with a digital camera, and then instantly transfer the grades into your digital grade book. And it does all these things without needing any special forms or equipment. Go to gradecam.com/coolcatteacher to start your free trial and see for yourself.

Sep 04, 2017
#140 5 Ways to Amp Up STEAM Learning
10:09

Aaron Maurer @coffeechugbooks gives us five ways to improve STEAM education for kids. With high-energy examples and tips, improve STEAM at your school.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e140 

Today's Sponsor is TeacherVision. TeacherVision gives you professionally curated teaching materials that align with their FutureFit Curriculum enhancement framework. FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12.

To give you a closer look, they're giving away their Spin Factory math lesson plan at coolcatteacher.com/teachervision. Fidget spinners, math and FutureFit combine to make a powerful fun lesson. Check out TeacherVision today.

Sep 01, 2017
#139 Thinking PBL with the Buck Institute
10:04

Rody Boonchouy @rodyboo from the Buck Institute talks about effective project based learning. With a powerful metaphor explaining the difference between projects and project based learning, Rody sets the stage to discuss PBL trends and tips. Let's dive deeper into PBL.

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Today's Sponsor is TeacherVision. TeacherVision gives you professionally curated teaching materials that align with their FutureFit Curriculum enhancement framework. FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12. To give you a closer look, they're giving away their Spin Factory math lesson plan at coolcatteacher.com/teachervision. Fidget spinners, math and FutureFit combine to make a powerful fun lesson. Check out TeacherVision today.

Aug 31, 2017
#138 What's Hot in 2nd Grade with #2ndchat moderator Carol McLaughlin
09:45

Carole McLaughlin @missmac100 second grade teacher from Alabama and #2ndchat moderator talks about the global trends in second grade. From Project based learning, global projects and steam to the biggest heartbreaks of second-grade teachers, Carol shares it all. She gives a pep talk for second-grade teachers that will get you excited to innovate! Even if you don't teach second grade, you'll learn a lot.

Today's Sponsor is TeacherVision. TeacherVision gives you professionally curated teaching materials that align with their FutureFit Curriculum enhancement framework. FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12. To give you a closer look, they're giving away their Spin Factory math lesson plan at coolcatteacher.com/teachervision. Fidget spinners, math and FutureFit combine to make a powerful fun lesson. Check out TeacherVision today.

Aug 30, 2017
#137 Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel
10:34

Dr. Michelle Zimmerman @mrzphd talks about social emotional learning and education technology. With insights on everything from Minecraft, to digital inking, to common mistakes made with technology and SEL, Michelle gives us an important overview of two things often not discussed together.

Today's Sponsor is TeacherVision. TeacherVision gives you professionally curated teaching materials that align with their FutureFit Curriculum enhancement framework. FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12. To give you a closer look, they're giving away their Spin Factory math lesson plan at coolcatteacher.com/teachervision. Fidget spinners, math and FutureFit combine to make a powerful fun lesson. Check out TeacherVision today.

Aug 29, 2017
#136 LEAD Like a Pirate: Make Schools Amazing for Everyone (Even Teachers!)
11:11

Shelley Burgess @burgess_shelley helps us understand the leadership role we all play. And while we want to do what is best for students, how teachers and how they are treated is important too!

Today's Sponsor is TeacherVision. TeacherVision gives you professionally curated teaching materials that align with their FutureFit Curriculum enhancement framework. FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12. To give you a closer look, they're giving away their Spin Factory math lesson plan at coolcatteacher.com/teachervision. Fidget spinners, math and FutureFit combine to make a powerful fun lesson. Check out TeacherVision today.

Aug 28, 2017
#135 5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes
11:25

Kecia Ray @keciaray former president of ISTE helps us understand five transformative practices that help teachers become superheroes. If you don't "get" why technology is important, or know people who don't, take a listen to understand and learn about transformative practices that work in education. www.coolcatteacher.com/e135

Today's sponsor is Kids Discover. They're doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Check out coolcatteacher.com/discover and see how the Kids Discover online platform lets students enter discovery mode. This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. And while they can explore a wide variety of topics from the US Constitution to Ecology and Ancient China, I also like that you can assign these nonfiction texts and three different lexiles to supplement what you're doing in the classroom. Go to coolcatteacher.com/discover and get started for free. They support single sign-on with Google and Clever.

Aug 25, 2017
#134 Thinking Routines in the Classroom
11:07

Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr uses thinking routines in her classroom. After participating in Harvard's Project Zero, she is applying and using the methods in classrooms and with teachers. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e134

Today's sponsor is Kids Discover. They're doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Check out coolcatteacher.com/discover and see how the Kids Discover online platform lets students enter discovery mode. This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. And while they can explore a wide variety of topics from the US Constitution to Ecology and Ancient China, I also like that you can assign these nonfiction texts and three different lexiles to supplement what you're doing in the classroom. Go to coolcatteacher.com/discover and get started for free. They support single sign-on with Google and Clever.

Aug 24, 2017
#133 Using Marvel Comics to Teach Government Regulation
09:08

Kyle Stern @stern_history uses Marvel's "Civil War" to teach Government Regulation. The test scores show it is working. Understand how a teacher can use graphic novels (a/k/a Comic Books) to meet standards, excite kids, and teach at the same time. It can be done! www.coolcatteacher.com/e133

Today's sponsor is Kids Discover. They're doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Check out coolcatteacher.com/discover and see how the Kids Discover online platform lets students enter discovery mode. This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. And while they can explore a wide variety of topics from the US Constitution to Ecology and Ancient China, I also like that you can assign these nonfiction texts and three different lexiles to supplement what you're doing in the classroom. Go to coolcatteacher.com/discover and get started for free. They support single sign-on with Google and Clever.

Aug 23, 2017
#132 Teachers Teaching Refugee Children via Skype with Koen Timmers
10:44

Koen Timmers @zelfstudie is a teacher in Belgium. He has founded the Kakuma project where teachers are helping teach in refugee camp via Skype. In today's show, he talks about this project and his Human Differences project. This top 50 global teacher prize winner is inspiring. www.coolcatteacher.com/e132

Today's sponsor is Kid's Discover. They're doing awesome things to drive inquiry-based learning. Check out coolcatteacher.com/discover and see how the Kid's Discover online platform lets students enter discovery mode. This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. And while they can explore a wide variety of topics from the US Constitution to Ecology and Ancient China, I also like that you can assign these non-fiction texts and three different lexiles to supplement what you're doing in the classroom. Go to coolcatteacher.com/discover and get started for free. They support single sign-on with Google and Clever.

Aug 22, 2017
#131 The Power of the Plant in Schools with Stephen Ritz
10:01

Stephen Ritz @StephenRitz grows 50,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx. As founder of the Green Bronx Machine, his students grow plants while learning more and going onto college. Exciting! www.coolcatteacher.com/e131

Today's sponsor is Kid's Discover. They're doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Check out coolcatteacher.com/discover and see how the Kid's Discover online platform lets students enter discovery mode. This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. And while they can explore a wide variety of topics from the US Constitution to Ecology and Ancient China, I also like that you can assign these nonfiction texts and three different lexiles to supplement what you're doing in the classroom. Go to coolcatteacher.com/discover and get started for free. They support single sign-on with Google and Clever.

Aug 21, 2017
#130 5 Ways to Help At Risk Children Succeed
11:15

Basil Marin @basil_marin takes us on a journey to help at risk children with these five steps. From the inspiring books to the essential mindsets, Basil will help us reach at risk kids because he speaks from experience. www.coolcatteacher.com/e130

Today's sponsor, Owl Eyes has hundreds of free ebooks -- the Canterbury Tales, The Odyssey, and all of Shakespeare’s work. But Owl Eyes isn’t just an ebook reader. In this free web-app, you can have a private ebook classroom and interact with your students inside their ebooks as they highlight, annotate, ask questions, and talk about the books they are reading inside their ebooks! Right now, they’re giving away 10 free 60-minute lesson plans for lit teachers - go to owleyes.org/teachers to sign up free and get your lesson plans now. Owl Eyes is a must-get for classical literature teachers.

Aug 18, 2017
#129 5 Ways to Reach even Resistant Writers with Writer's Workshop
10:19

Angela Stockman @AngelaStockman gives our writing workshop a makeover. 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. www.coolcatteacher.com/e129

Today's sponsor, Owl Eyes. has hundreds of free ebooks -- the Canterbury Tales, The Odyssey, and all of Shakespeare’s work. But Owl Eyes isn’t just an ebook reader. In this free web-app, you can have a private ebook classroom and interact with your students inside their ebooks as they highlight, annotate, ask questions, and talk about the books they are reading inside their ebooks! Right now, they’re giving away 10 free 60-minute lesson plans for lit teachers - go to owleyes.org/teachers to sign up free and get your lesson plans now. Owl Eyes is a must-get for classical literature teachers.

Aug 17, 2017
#128 Josh Stumpenhorst's Learning Commons: Drones, Literature, and Creativity
10:44

Josh Stumpenhorst @stumpteacher is directing a library revolution and evolution to Learning Commons at his school. And yes, they'll be flying drones in the library! Let's talk about the focus groups and critical questions that are driving this transformation from a place where students "have to go" to a place where they "want to be." Josh also discusses the importance of literature and creativity in the library. Let's do this! www.coolcatteacher.com/e128

Today's sponsor, Owl Eyes. has hundreds of free ebooks -- the Canterbury Tales, The Odyssey, and all of Shakespeare’s work. But Owl Eyes isn’t just an ebook reader. In this free web-app, you can have a private ebook classroom and interact with your students inside their ebooks as they highlight, annotate, ask questions, and talk about the books they are reading inside their ebooks! Right now, they’re giving away 10 free 60-minute lesson plans for lit teachers - go to owleyes.org/teachers to sign up free and get your lesson plans now. Owl Eyes is a must-get for classical literature teachers.

Aug 16, 2017
#127 Simple Virtual Reality for Any Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard
10:43

Donnie Piercey @mrpiercey, co-author of the Google Cardboard Book, shows how we can add simple augmented reality to our classrooms. Check the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e127

Today's sponsor, Owl Eyes. has hundreds of free ebooks -- the Canterbury Tales, The Odyssey, and all of Shakespeare’s work. But Owl Eyes isn’t just an ebook reader. In this free web-app, you can have a private ebook classroom and interact with your students inside their ebooks as they highlight, annotate, ask questions, and talk about the books they are reading inside their ebooks! Right now, they’re giving away 10 free 60-minute lesson plans for lit teachers - go to owleyes.org/teachers to sign up free and get your lesson plans now. Owl Eyes is a must-get for classical literature teachers.

Aug 15, 2017
#126: A Terrible Thing Happened on Awards Day: Here's What I'm Doing About It
11:24

Amber Teaman @8amber8, principal, shares something that happened at her school this year relating to awards day and what she and her team are doing about it. Her transparency, openness, and leadership are a great thing to motivate us today! Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e126

Owl Eyes is Today's Sponsor. Owl Eyes is a free web-app with hundreds of free ebooks -- the Canterbury Tales, The Odyssey, and all of Shakespeare’s work. But Owl Eyes isn’t just an ebook reader. You can have a private ebook classroom and interact with your students inside their ebooks as they highlight, annotate, ask questions, and talk about the books they are reading inside their ebooks! Right now, they’re giving away 10 free 60-minute lesson plans for lit teachers (through the end of August) - go to owleyes.org/teachers to sign up free and get your lesson plans now. Owl Eyes is a must-get for classical literature teachers.

Aug 14, 2017
#125 5 Ways to Transform Your Classroom into a Voyage of Discovery
11:03

Sarah Reed @KYTOY15 had her students going on a pirate voyage before Teaching Like a Pirate became the fad. From dressing like a bumblebee to class entry routines, NBCT Sarah Reed has ideas for us.

Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e125

Show Sponsor: PowerSchool. This summer, PowerSchool announced their Unified Classroom. The Unified Classroom brings together the teacher's grade book, learning management system, student information system and assessment in one powerful platform. Take a look at the Unified Classroom at coolcatteacher.com/powerschool.

Aug 11, 2017
#124 Digital Leadership with Students and Social Media with Jennifer Casa-Todd
09:09

Jennifer Casa-Todd @JCasaTodd opens our minds to social media leadership with students. She argues that we're limiting students when we don't let them lead using social media. Jennifer is the author of Social LEADia. Enter the giveaway contest in the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e124.

Show Sponsor: PowerSchool. This summer, PowerSchool announced their Unified Classroom. The Unified Classroom brings together the teacher's grade book, learning management system, student information system and assessment in one powerful platform. Take a look at the Unified Classroom at coolcatteacher.com/powerschool.

Aug 10, 2017
#123 Fake News Lesson Plan Ideas with Jennifer Carey
10:17

Jennifer Carey @TeacherJenCarey gives us ways to teach information literacy. She gives us tips for developing savvy in our students. She also talks about the "term" fake news and if we should be using it at all.

Thanks to today's sponsor: This summer, PowerSchool announced their Unified Classroom. The Unified Classroom brings together the teacher's gradebook, learning management system, student information system and assessment in one powerful platform. Take a look at the Unified Classroom at coolcatteacher.com/powerschool.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e123 at 5:45 am EDT after this show goes live on iTunes. Search the over 100 episodes of past shows by subject and topic to find just what you need at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

Aug 09, 2017
#122 3 Ways to Hack Classroom Presentations
09:48

James Sturdevant @jamessturtevant helps us hack our classroom presentations. So, whether they are flipped or in person, you can have more engagement with these tools and ideas. We're also giving away a copy of his book that is coming out soon, Hacking Engagement Again. Awesome!

This summer, PowerSchool announced their Unified Classroom. The Unified Classroom brings together the teacher's gradebook, learning management system, student information system and assessment in one powerful platform. Take a look at the Unified Classroom at coolcatteacher.com/powerschool.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e122 at 5:45 am EDT after this show goes live on iTunes. Search the over 100 episodes of past shows by subject and topic to find just what you need at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

Aug 08, 2017
#121 What 41 Years of Teaching Taught Me
14:25

Karen Van Duyn has taught for 41 years. From the timeless lessons about students to what she did when a principal thought she didn't know how to teach - Karen has an open honest discussion. She even shares her thoughts on when it is time to retire. As a 1999 finalist for Indiana State Teacher of the Year, we recorded this conference at the recent NNSTOY conference in Washington, DC.

This summer, PowerSchool announced their Unified Classroom. The Unified Classroom brings together the teacher's gradebook, learning management system, student information system and assessment in one powerful platform. Take a look at the Unified Classroom at coolcatteacher.com/powerschool.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e121 at 5:45 am EDT after this show goes live on iTunes. Search the over 100 episodes of past shows by subject and topic to find just what you need at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

Aug 07, 2017
#120 HACK HOMEWORK: 5 Ideas for Better Homework with Connie Hamilton
09:53

Connie Hamilton @conniehamilton challenges us to re-think homework so we can get better results. After you listen to these five steps, you'll have a process to determine what homework should be assigned, what shouldn't, and how to better support parents at home. You can make homework work for learning and not just be busy work. Let's hack homework! Connie co-authored the book Hacking Homework with Starr Sackstein.

This show is sponsored by Bloomz. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz to find out why Bloomz is the best parent-teacher communication system.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e120 at 5:45 am EDT after this show goes live on iTunes. Search the over 100 episodes of past shows by subject and topic to find just what you need at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

Aug 04, 2017
#119 What Actually Works in Edtech with Tom Murray
11:07

The 2017 US "Thought Leader of the Year", Thomas C. Murray @thomascmurray talks about what actually works in edtech according to the research. In this podcast, Tom shares the research and highlights, some of which are included in the book Learning Transformed that he co-authored with Eric Sheninger. (Enter the book giveaway contest.)

Sponsored by Bloomz.  Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz to find out why Bloomz is the best parent-teacher communication system.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e119 at 5:45 am EDT after this show goes live on iTunes. Search the over 100 episodes of past shows by subject and topic to find just what you need at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

Aug 03, 2017
#118 Flexible Seating: Getting Rid of Cemetery Style Seating in the Classroom
11:09

Bill Selak @billselak talks about flexible seating and the research behind academic gains when using it. He also shares how flexible seating should go with more student voice and choice in their learning. Prepare to have your mind shift about how we sit in classrooms today!

Sponsored by Bloomz. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz to find out why Bloomz is the best parent-teacher communication system.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e118 at 5:45 am EDT after this show goes live on iTunes. Search the over 100 episodes of past shows by subject and topic to find just what you need at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

Aug 02, 2017
#117 Flipgrid: Fun Ideas to Engage Learners
09:33

Teryl Magee @teryl_magee gives us five ways to use Flipgrid and some essential tips on how to use it. This fun tool is a great way to engage students at the beginning of school. She also uses this for professional development for teachers.

Sponsored by Bloomz. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz to find out why Bloomz is the best parent-teacher communication system.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e117 at 5:45 am EDT after this show goes live on iTunes. Search the over 100 episodes of past shows by subject and topic to find just what you need at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

Aug 01, 2017
#116 To Reach the Unreachable Star #MondayMotivation
10:52

Kim Clayton @kaclayton tells her story of reaching students who have been "given up on" by many. You'll be encouraged not only to reach the unreachable star but to teach them! Remember why you're in the teaching profession and be the teacher and reacher!

Sponsored by Bloomz I've been using Bloomz for three years now and I love it. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz to find out why Bloomz is the best parent-teacher communication system.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e116 at 5:45 am EDT after this show goes live on iTunes. Search the over 100 episodes of past shows by subject and topic to find just what you need at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

Jul 31, 2017
#115 5 Mistakes Teachers Make the First Week of School (and how not to make them) with Linda Kardamis
10:11

Linda Kardamis @LindaKardamis shares five mistakes teachers make the first week of school. This episode is intended to be a helpful reminder that will help every teacher start the school year well. We can do this!

This episode is sponsored by Staples. Staples is my go-to back to school shopping source. Check out coolcatteacher.com/pro for my 10 Ways to tackle back to school like a pro. And remember to sign up for Staples Teacher rewards for free shipping on orders over $14.99 and 5% back. Staples has everything we need in stock all season long and ready to go for school. Go to www.staples.com/backtoschool for more information and great deals!

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e115 at 5:45 am after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

Jul 28, 2017
#114 Inspiring Math Excellence in the Classroom with Po-Shen Loh
10:52

Po-Shen Loh @poshenloh, National Math Coach and Carnegie Mellon Professor gives us a refreshing take on teaching math. From giving kids problems with the right level of difficulty to solving problems with students, learn how to take any math student to the next level. You'll also learn about the open source resource, Expii invented by Po-Shen Loh and how you can use it.

This episode is sponsored by Staples. Staples is my go-to back to school shopping source. Check out coolcatteacher.com/pro for my 10 Ways to tackle back to school like a pro. And remember to sign up for Staples Teacher rewards for free shipping on orders over $14.99 and 5% back. Staples has everything we need in stock all season long and ready to go for school. Go to www.staples.com/backtoschool for more information and great deals!

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e114 at 5:45 am EDT after this show goes live on iTunes. Search our past archives by topic at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

Jul 27, 2017
#113 Creating a Nurturing Environment for Kids with Nancy Blair
08:38

Nancy Blair blairteach@blairteach , middle school principal, and #edchat leader gives us practical ideas to create a nurturing environment in our schools. As a result of these programs and ideas, Nancy has seen discipline problems reduced in the last three years she has served as the principal.

This episode is sponsored by Staples. Staples is my go-to back to school shopping source. Check out coolcatteacher.com/pro for my 10 Ways to tackle back to school like a pro. And remember to sign up for Staples Teacher rewards for free shipping on orders over $14.99 and 5% back. Staples has everything we need in stock all season long and ready to go for school. Go to www.staples.com/backtoschool for more information and great deals!

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e113 at 5:45 am EDT after this show goes live on iTunes. Search the archives of more than 100 episodes at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

Jul 26, 2017
#112 23 #GSuite Ideas to Excite Your Students About Learning
09:43

Eric Curts @ericcurts  teaches us twenty-eight 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 check the show notes for this one! www.coolcatteacher.com/e112

This episode is sponsored by Staples. Staples is my go-to back to school shopping source. Check out coolcatteacher.com/pro for my 10 Ways to tackle back to school like a pro. 

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e112 at 5:45 am EDT after this show goes live on iTunes. Search the over 100 episodes of past shows by subject and topic to find just what you need at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

Jul 25, 2017
#111 Transform Learning this School Year with Eric Sheninger
09:50

Eric Sheninger @E_Sheninger motivates us to transform learning this school year. We're starting Season 2 with a bang and a big book Giveaway, Learning Transformed http://amzn.to/2tWOSLF by Eric Sheninger and Thomas C. Murray! Enjoy!

This episode is sponsored by Staples. Staples is my go-to back to school shopping source. Check out coolcatteacher.com/pro for my 10 Ways to tackle back to school like a pro. And remember to sign up for Staples Teacher rewards for free shipping on orders over $14.99 and 5% back. Staples has everything we need in stock all season long and ready to go for school. Go to www.staples.com/backtoschool for more information and great deals!

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e111 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

Jul 24, 2017
#110 TOP EPISODE: 5 Easy Brain Breaks (Encore)
09:21

In this encore episode Rob Donatelli talks about the Brain Breaks phenomenon and gives teachers five ideas for brain breaks he uses in his high school classroom.

Read the show notes at http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e60. We'll be taking a break from the show for a few weeks in July, so we hope you can catch up on back episodes. Meanwhile, enjoy the summer if you're in the US or Northern Hemisphere. We'll be back soon for season 2 of the 10-Minute Teacher. Thank you so much for your support.  

If you want some cool things over the summer, remember you can support us over at www.patreon.com/coolcatteacher.

Jun 30, 2017
TOP EPISODE: Helping Kids Who Hate Math Learn It (Encore)
09:30

Dan Meyer @ddmeyer stars in the top "Thought Leader Thursday" episode of season 1 as he shares how to help kids who hate math learn it. You can read the show notes and transcript at www.coolcatteacher.com/e69

Jun 29, 2017
#108 Amazon Alexa in the Classroom #iste17
11:52

Bill Selak @billselak shares how he's using Amazon's Alexa via the Echo and Dot in the classroom. http://amzn.to/2sjoUwI He shares the ideal grades (in his opinions) and how the Echo is an "assistant" of sorts for his teachers.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e108 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

Jun 28, 2017
#107 ISTE 2017: Google, Touch Screen Chromebooks, and more trends from #iste17
08:19

Kasey Bell @shakeuplearning sits down to talk about the hot trends at ISTE 2017 including lots of Google stuff, new AR news, Google Keep, touch Screen Chromebooks, and more news.

This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. Come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the Future in 207A where they will be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echo. Come by the PowerSchool booth 2918. For those of you not at ISTE check out the Unified Classroom at PowerSchool.com/solutions/unified-classroom

See the show notes and transcript for this episode at www.coolcatteacher.com/e107.

Jun 27, 2017
#106 The PowerSchool Unified Classroom Makes a Teacher's Life Easier #iste17
11:35

Hardeep Gulati @MyPowerSchool CEO of PowerSchool shares about the Unified Classroom in this special ISTE episode. This unique approach combines a Student Information System (SIS), Learning Management System (LMS), Assessment Suite, and more into one classroom that shares data and has one login for teachers and students. This is a sponsored content episode just for the ISTE conference. Check out the full series!

This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool on Monday, June 26th, 2017 at 4 p.m. in room 225 A and B. I will be leading a panel discussion on the 5 teacher trends changing education. You will also want to come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the Future in 207A where they will be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces, and Amazon Echo. Come by the PowerSchool booth 2918 to meet me in person. For those of you not at ISTE check out the Unified Classroom at PowerSchool.com/solutions/unified-classroom.

See the show notes and transcript for this episode at www.coolcatteacher.com/e106.

Jun 26, 2017
#105 5 Ways to Participate in #ISTE17 even if you're not there #notatiste17
09:05

Peggy George @pgeorge was one of the most photographed people last year at ISTE 2016, however - SHE WASN'T THERE. Peggy is an expert on getting the most of ISTE by attending virtually. Today, she'll teach five tips for getting the most out of ISTE whether you're at ISTE or riding home on the plane and wanting to see what you missed. 

This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool on Monday, June 26th, 2017 at 4 p.m. in room 225 A and B. I will be leading a panel discussion on the 5 teacher trends changing education. You will also want to come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the Future in 207A where they will be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echos. Come by the PowerSchool booth 2918 to meet me in person.

For those of you not at ISTE check out the Unified Classroom at PowerSchool.com/solutions/unified-classroom.

See the show notes and transcript for this episode at www.coolcatteacher.com/e105.

Jun 23, 2017
#104 5 Ways to Get the Most Out of #iste17
11:31

Terry Freedman @terryfreedman author of Education Conferences: Teachers' Guide to Getting the Most out of Education Conferences talks about how to get the most out of ISTE 2017 or any conference you attend. This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool on

This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool on Monday, June 26th, 2017 at 4 p.m. in room 225 A and B. I will be leading a panel discussion on the 5 teacher trends changing education. You will also want to come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the Future in 207A where they will be giving away Apple Watches, Microsoft Surfaces and Amazon Echo. Come by the PowerSchool booth 2918 to meet me in person. For those of you not at ISTE check out the Unified Classroom at PowerSchool.com/solutions/unified-classroom.

See the show notes and transcript for this episode at www.coolcatteacher.com/e104.

Jun 22, 2017
#103 TOP EPISODE Social Emotional learning with Puppets (Encore)
10:48

TOP Wonderful Classroom Wednesday episode of Season 1: Karen McCallum is a special ed elementary teacher in Alberta, Canada. She has specialized in special education and behavior support programming. Today she tells a heartwarming but powerful story about how two puppets are helping transform the social emotional learning of elementary special needs kids.

Get the full show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e53.

Also mentioned in the show is the 40-hour workweek with Angela Watson, check out a quiz to see if it is right for you at www.coolcatteacher.com/quiz.

Jun 21, 2017
#102 iPads in Kindergarten (Encore Episode: 10MT Best of Season1) #edtech
10:52

In this 10-Minute Teacher Best of Season 1, we listen to the #10MT top podcast for an Edtech Tool Tuesday all season. Caitlin Arakawa talks about how she uses iPads in Kindergarten.) For the show notes, visit www.coolcatteacher.com/e82.

Also, during this show, I share information on Angela Watson's 40 Hour workweek club, of which I'm an affiliate. To learn more and attend her summer seminar on self-care visit 

Jun 20, 2017
#101 TOP SHOW: Jim Forde You're the Teacher (Encore Episode)
10:52

TOP EPISODE OF SEASON 1: Today is an encore episode. This is the most listened to podcast episode of season 1 and the top Monday motivation episode, Jim Forde "You're the teacher." To see the show notes, visit http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e11.

Jim Forde is a middle school science teacher in Stamford, CT for over 20 years experience. He is a past Stamford teacher of the year and a 2016 White House Champion of Change honoree for work in CS in Education. As a STEM/CS advocate he curates the @stemnetwork twitter feed (with over 3800 followers) when not singing and song writing. :-)

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e11. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

This week we'll be airing 3 encore episodes (the top of each day of the week for season 1!) and we'll be airing 2 special ISTE 2017 episodes. Enjoy!

Jun 19, 2017
#100 5 Ways to Maximize Your Summer
09:42

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

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e100 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

Thank you for your support! We finished up Season 1 and 100 episodes!!! Thank you!

Jun 16, 2017
#99 Creating a Summer Writing Notebook #flaneur Challenge
08:54

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.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e99 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

Jun 15, 2017
#98 The Most Remarkable Thing
09:20

Today, I reflect upon teaching and share the most remarkable thing about our classrooms.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e98 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

Jun 14, 2017
#97 Google Classroom: Top New Features to Learn Over the Summer
10:33

Alice Keeler @alicekeeler shares the must-try new features of Google Classroom. She also teaches us how we can learn Google Classroom features and hacks over the summer (even without students.) A must listen for people using Chromebooks or Google Classroom.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e97 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

Jun 13, 2017
#96 Go Bold School with Weston Kieschnick
10:15

Weston Kieschnick @wes_kieschnick helps us how to go bold school with blended learning. Old school plus blended learning = bold school. Check the show notes for the book giveaway.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e96 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

Jun 12, 2017
#95 5 Ways to Connect with Your Students Over the Summer
09:14

Connie Hamilton @conniehamilton gives us five ways to connect with our students over the summer. We can start next year ahead by picking one or more of these ideas.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e95 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes.

Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

Jun 09, 2017
#94 The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary in the Classroom
09:36

Dr. Kimberly Tyson @tysonkimberly and Dr. Angela Peery @drangelapeery share their advice for helping students learn blended vocabulary. We'll also be giving away of their book Blended Vocabulary for K12 Classrooms: Harnessing the Power of Digital tools and Direct Instruction (http://amzn.to/2s1XobA) so check out the show notes.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e94 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

Jun 08, 2017
#93 An Australian Math Classroom with iPads #ipadchat
09:07

Tom Davidson @trdvo shares how he uses iPads in his math classes to teach. He'll talk about Explain Everything, SeeSaw, Aurasma and his workflow with some sample lessons. If you're using iPads or want to compare how math is being taught somewhere else, this is a wonderful classroom Wednesday that you don't want to miss!

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e93 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

Jun 07, 2017
#92: Quizizz - Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords
11:04

Jon Corippo @jcorippo talks about one of his favorite tools, Quizizz. He shares how you can use this tool to teach vocabulary and save time for other things!

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e92 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

Jun 06, 2017
#91 16 Things They Don't Tell You About Teaching
10:30

There are some things people don't tell you about teaching that I wish teachers could know. Here you go!

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e91 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

Jun 05, 2017
#90 5 Ideas to Build Your Personal Brand This Summer
10:39

Every teacher has a brand. Hear five ideas for developing your personal brand from host, Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher based on how she's built her brand for the last eleven years.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e90 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

Jun 02, 2017
#89 Alan November Shares A Mind Blowing New Idea in Assessment
10:11

Alan November @globalearner shares an assessment idea that is gaining steam. First discovered at Harvard, it is making inroads in middle and high schools around the country. In today's tThoughtLeader Thursday, start thinking about this new idea in assessment

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e89 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

Jun 01, 2017
#88 Promoting Academic Discourse in the ESL Classroom
10:59

Greetzel Mojica @Mojica_CJUSD talks about how she teaches academic discourse in her sixth grade classroom. Using a recent project on volcanoes as a backdrop, we do a deep dive into how Greetzel empowers her students to give effective feedback using academic language that they are learning in school. This is not the language used at home, so it presents challenges.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e88 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

May 31, 2017
#87 3 Teacher Money making Opportunities using Technology
10:23

Jessica Gordon @1337teach shares three ways teachers can use technology to make money this summer (or any time.) We talk about some ethical considerations and opportunities.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e87 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

May 30, 2017
#86 What helps kids really learn? #MondayMotivation
10:27

Andrew Stadel @mr_stadel discusses his summer research topic, "what helps kids learn?" As we grapple with this topic, Andrew shares resources and how he's pursuing this topic.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e86 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes.

Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

May 29, 2017
#85 5 Fantastic Peer Feedback Strategies for Your Classroom
09:06

Starr Sackstein @MsSacckstein shares 5 strategies for empowering peer review in the classroom. She also is hosting a giveaway contest with her book on assessment.

Read the show notes and enter the contest at www.coolcatteacher.com/e85 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes.

Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

May 26, 2017
#84 Helping Kids in Poverty Succeed
10:30

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach @snbeach talks about how to help kids in poverty succeed. We'll also be hosting a giveaway contest with a course on this topic along with 11 other courses.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e84 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes.

Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

May 25, 2017
#83 App Smashing with Kindergarteners
09:19

Carrie Willis @carriewillis18 talks about how kindergarteners in her STEAM lab use their iPads. They use SeeSaw portfolios, green screen videos, and more. She also talks about what the students do and what the adults do.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e83 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

May 24, 2017
#82 iPads in Kindergarten: Creating, Innovating and Learning
10:23

Caitlin Arakawa @caitlin_arakawa talks about her first year using iPads in her kindergarten classroom. She shares her mistakes and what she learned. She also give us her favorite hack for making a soundproof iPad booth for recording.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e82 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

May 23, 2017
#81 Learning First, Technology Second #motivationmonday
10:23

Liz Kolb @lkolb talks about how we can put learning first and a very important reason technology should be second. C

heck the show notes for the book giveaway and transcript at www.coolcatteacher.com/e81 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

May 22, 2017
#80 5 Ways to Adjust Teaching to How the Brain Learns
09:59

Ramona Persaud, director of the film, Grey Matters, talks about how we can teach kids the way the brain learns.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e80 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

May 19, 2017
#79 Building Your School and Personal Brand
10:43

Learn the basics for building your school and personal brand from Trish Rubin, co-author of BrandED. Enter the book giveaway on the show notes blog at www.coolcatteacher.com/e79 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes.

Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

May 18, 2017
#78 A Stress Free Plan for Closing Out Your Classroom
10:38

Angela Watson teaches us a stress-free plan for closing out your classroom. See also her 5 Summer Secrets for a Stress free Fall video series - http://cctea.ch/40HW-summer.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e78 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

May 17, 2017
#77 Breakout EDU Digital is Awesome (and Free) #edtech #breakoutedu
09:27

Mari Venturino @MsVenturino talks about breakout edu digital for edtech tool Tuesday. These challenges are free! (And perfect activities for team building at the end of the school year.) Learn about the challenges and advantages of breakout edu digital. Have fun!

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e77 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes.

Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

May 16, 2017
#76 Understanding the Heart of Dyslexia and Special Needs #MondayMotivation
10:29

Melissa Raguet-Schofield @cloth_mother is a Mom of a dyslexic. Today, we travel into the heart of a Mom of a child who struggles. What better motivation can we have as teachers than to empathize with those in our classroom who struggle? As a Mom of a dyslexic also, I hope you'll hear our heart for great teaching.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e76 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

May 15, 2017
#75 5 Essential Questions of Life with Dean James Ryan
09:38

Dean James Ryan @deanjimryan, the eleventh Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education gave a speech at graduation that went viral. It is the topic of his book "Wait, What?" and today's conversation. Dean Ryan shares his 5 essential questions of life (and a bonus question.) These are great ones to provoke conversation with your students and colleagues.

Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e75 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

May 12, 2017
#74 How Do We Make Homework Worth the Time?
10:02

Matt Miller @jmattmiller author of the upcoming book "Ditch that Homework" talks about homework. What does the research say? What is the one area that "homework" helps? Can homework be better? Let's talk homework and make sure students are spending their time well.

Enter the book giveaway and read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e74 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes.

Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

May 11, 2017
#73 Paul Solarz' Student Centered Classroom
10:24

Paul Solarz @PaulSolarz has a student-centered classroom. His students do just about everything. No, he's not lazy! The students have purpose and meaning. And Paul is free to just teach! Paul is the author of Learn Like a Pirate.

Enter the book giveaway and read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e73 about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

May 10, 2017
#72 Using Google Keep and Evernote to Collaborate and Organize
10:06

Crystal Koenig @Supermtvtr talks about Google Keep. She uses it to organize her students, clubs, and so many things. She'll share her tips and tricks and even when she decides to use Evernote instead. Learn all about this tool that has educators talking (especially those with Chromebooks.)

Approximately five hours after this show goes live, you can read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e72 Listen to the other episodes at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

May 09, 2017
#71 Energizing Yourself for Great Teaching #MondayMotivation
10:03

Take care of yourself, teachers. Today, Mark Eichenlaub @MarkWEichenlaub and I discuss a very important person in your classroom - YOU!

You'll find the show notes, transcript, and bio of our guest at www.coolcatteacher.com/e71 about 8 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. See our other episodes at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast.

May 08, 2017
#70 5 Simple Ways to Improve Physical Education w/ Edtech
09:51

Jarrod Robinson, the PE Geek, helps us learn how to use technology in physical education. Lots of fun ideas! Show notes will be available at www.coolcatteacher.com/e70  approximately 5 hours after the episode goes live! See all of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast .

May 05, 2017
#69 Helping Kids Who Hate Math Learn It
09:23

Dan Meyer gives us tips and advice for helping kids who hate math learn to love it using his 3 Act Math approach. The show notes will go live at http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e69 approximately five hours after the show goes live.  See www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast  for more episodes.

May 04, 2017
#68 Wonderful Word Problem Breakthroughs
10:30

Kitty Tripp shares a breakthrough she's had with helping her students solve word problems. Teach them to become a director! If you're preparing students to take a test or just teaching math, this is a fascinating method of teaching. 

Kitty Tripp, an innovative educator with 19 years in the field of education, has experience not only as a teacher and district office administrator but also in a wide variety of experiences integrating technology into the classroom. She has helped teachers, administrators and district office leaders create and implement a digital learning mindset. This year Kitty took a bold step moving to Texas to work with a Twitter PLN contacts. 

She currently teaches 3rd grade at John C. Webb Elementary in Navasota, Texas and works with teachers in her school and educators across the nation on how to best to embrace digital learning across a variety of platforms. 

She greatly enjoys sharing her passion for being a connected educator through venues such as ISTE, Edcamp, EdTechTeam and various conferences. Follow Kitty on Twitter @kitty_tripp, @tripps_class or visit her blog at kittytripp.com. http://www.kittytripp.com/ https://twitter.com/Kitty_Tripp https://twitter.com/Tripps_Class

Get the full show notes at http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e68

May 03, 2017
#67 Game Based Learning and Twine
09:59

Matt Farber talks about game-based learning in his classroom and a new tool he loves: Twine. We're also hosting a giveaway contest of his new book Game Based Learning version 2.

As Matt discusses Game-Based Learning, you'll hear: 

  • Why game-based learning works 
  • Matt's favorite example of game-based learning 
  • How Matt got a month ahead in his history curriculum using Twine to make adventure games 
  • Other ideas of how Matt uses GBL in his classroom 
  • Other ways to use Twine in other subjects 

Matthew Farber, Ed.D. teaches social studies at Valleyview Middle School, in Denville, New Jersey. Dr. Farber is an Edutopia blogger and cohost of Ed Got Game, on the BAM! Radio Network, and is a BrainPOP Certified Educator. He was a recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Teacher Fellowship and a Woodrow Wilson HistoryQuest Fellowship. Look for the new, expanded, revised edition of his book, Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning -- Revised Edition (Peter Lang Publishing, 2017),

To learn more, please visit http://matthewfarber.com

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

May 02, 2017
#66 How to Make it to the End of the School Year #MondayMotivation
10:00

Today I share a post I wrote several years a go that tends to be shared like crazy this time of year. I hope it encourages you to finish well. Here's the link to the blog post: http://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-to-make-it-to-the-end-of-the-school-year/

I've also got a new way I'm posting transcripts. Once the show goes up, give it a few hours and the transcript will go live at www.coolcatteacher.com/e66

So, it is the episode number and the letter e in front for all episodes. I hope you find this encouraging and happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

May 01, 2017
#65 5 Mistakes that Hurt Standardized Test Scores
09:38

Dr. Brad Johnson talks about the mistakes schools make that hurt their standardized test scores. You might be surprised that sometimes the things schools do may have the opposite impact of what they intend. Consider this feedback as you prepare to administer testing this spring. As Brad discusses standardized testing mistakes schools make, he will share: 

  • Mistakes we make in routines  during testing
  • How keeping kids "quiet" and limiting activities may be a mistake 
  • The importance of resource classes 
  • Important things for administrators to consider 
  • Perspective on testing Dr. Johnson is a speaker in the fields of education and leadership. 

He is the 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. 

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Apr 28, 2017
#64 Fast Problem Solving and Innovation with Hack Learning
10:30

Mark Barnes @markbarnes19 discusses a popular method of problem-solving: Hack Learning. Instead of a 5-year plan, this model helps educators improve on a daily and more short term basis. He gives examples of how educators are hacking (and improving) meetings and more. Let's Hack Learning!

Today, Mark shares how we can Hack Learning by: 

  • Understanding the model of hacking learning 
  • Giving us examples including cloud meetings 
  • The problems with hacking learning (when people don't want to change) 
  • How to solve problems not marinate in them 
  • An exciting perspective on change 

Mark Barnes is a longtime educator, author, podcaster, and Founder of Times 10 Publications. Mark is the creator of Hack Learning -- books, podcasts, presentations and other content that provides right-now solutions for teachers and learners. One of the world's most recognizable connected educators, @markbarnes19 and his team of internationally-renowned eduhackers are turning the Hack Learning problem-solving model into a global movement. Dedicated to this mission, they are giving away 10,000 books and other free innovative digital content in 2017. Learn more at http://hacklearningfree.com

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Apr 27, 2017
#63 Teaching CyberSecurity to Empower Students and Schools to Be Safe
09:49

David Raymond is part of equipping Virginia high school students to defend themselves from cyber attacks. With knowledge in digital forensics and current technology, the Virginia Cyber Range is working to lead the world in educating its students on cyber security. Learn how in this wide-ranging conversation about modern security. 

As David Raymond and I discuss cyber security, we talk about: 

  • Privacy online 
  • Digital hygiene (yes, this is a word!) 
  • Password knowledge 
  • Digital forensics 
  • Issues with Smart devices and security 

David Raymond @dnomyard is Director of the Virginia Cyber Range, Deputy Director of Virginia Tech’s IT Security Office and Lab, and adjunct faculty in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at VT. He has taught networking and cyber security courses for over ten years at Virginia Tech and West Point and is a retired U.S. Army officer. 

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Apr 26, 2017
#62 Special Needs #edtech treasure chest with Jennifer Cronk
10:19

Jennifer Cronk helps us empower those with special needs. She shares her treasure chest of favorite edech tools for those with special needs. This show is a must-listen for special needs teachers. 

In today's show about special needs edtech tools, Jennifer Cronk shares: 

  • Why speech recognition empowers students 
  • How to help students guide their eyes in online reading 
  • Accessibility tools 
  • Why we should help students select tools and empower their learning 
  • A full edtech treasure chest for special needs students 

Jennifer Cronk is an Assistant Manager of Emerging Technologies for the Southern Westchester BOCES in New York. She currently oversees and strategically plans the Google Apps transformations of several school districts in Westchester County. Jennifer began her career in 1996 as a computer teacher and passionately pursued the ed tech field for twenty years. Jennifer presents nationally at instructional technology conferences, and workshops on integrating Google Apps and other emerging technologies into learning. She is a Google Certified Innovator and Google Education Trainer. Also, Jennifer is also certified: administrator, English teacher, elementary teacher and educational technology specialist. 

Jennifer also blogs about “digital parenting,” professional development and educational technology at www.transparentlyteaching.com and is a co-host of the blab.im show “Positively Special Ed.” 

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Apr 25, 2017
#61 Combatting Emotional Fatigue: A Teacher's occupational Hazard
10:11

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life" Mary Oliver. Joan Flaherty, the author of Rest and An Approach to Rejuvenating our Teaching and Ourselves, talks about how we can combat emotional fatigue. Teacher, you have one wild and precious life. Our students do too. 

We need to use it well. In today's show on emotional fatigue, Joan discusses 

  • How we should center ourselves in the classroom 
  • Some counterintuitive thoughts on our relationship with students 
  • Focusing on our learning from everything 
  • Advice for teachers who are burning out 
  • Encouragement for all you teachers working so hard

Bio from Joan Flaherty: I'm a faculty member in the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management at the University of Guelph, Canada, where I teach communications. My research is in the area of teaching and learning. 

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Apr 24, 2017
#60 5 Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom
09:13

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 and gives teachers five ideas he uses in his classroom for brain brains in his high school class. Take a brain break today! Rob will share five ideas today including the: 

  1. Backwards classroom race 
  2. 60-second pitches 
  3. Face off 
  4. Smartphone ping pong 
  5. Penny catch 

Plus, a 40-second pitch to teachers about the reasons they need brain breaks in their classroom. 

Have some fun! Take a break! You might need these especially as kids are taking high-intensity tests to help kids refresh and gear back up.

 (I am not crazy about the tests but I am crazy about kids and when I feel things getting too intense, I take brain breaks with my students.) 

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Apr 21, 2017
#59 Tips for Successful Digital Parenting
10:32

How much time on devices is too long? Should kids put up their smartphones and talk to each other and parents sometimes? Are we using technology too much as parents? 

Today, for Thought Leader Thursday, Weston Kieschnick @wes_kieschnick and I have a conversation about digital parenting. There aren't easy answers, but one thing is sure, we won't find answers without having the hard conversations. 

In today's show, Weston and I discuss: 

  • Digital overuse and digital deserts and the need for balance 
  • The dangers of letting kids have devices during time for sleep 
  • The challenges faced by parents in today's digital age 
  • Questions for parents to consider about moderation 
  • Experiences and observations about digital overuse and misuse 

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Apr 20, 2017
#58 How the African STEP Dance Ignited Kids at Ron Clark Academy
10:18

African Step, based on the African Gumboot Dance, has an American version with a competition. Junior Bernadin @JBernadin is one of the STEP coaches at 3-time national champion winning Ron Clark Academy. Learn about this marvelous type of song/ dance and its role in African American culture. Also, hear about Junior's commitment to excellence and what students learn from competing in this dance competition. In today's Wonderful Wednesday, Junior shares: 

The origins of step 

  • How step came to Ron Clark Academy 
  • What students learn from step competition 
  • His students' story from beginning step to winning the national championship 
  • What students learn from step and the competition

Junior Bernadin is a Dean of Students and IT Director at the highly-acclaimed Ron Clark Academy (RCA). In addition to his daily roles at RCA, he currently serves as one of the coaches of the current 3-time National Step League Middle School Champions, the Essentials Step Team. 

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Apr 19, 2017
#57 Richard Byrne's Most Exciting #Edtech Tools
10:38

Richard Byrne @rmbyrne discusses the edtech tools he's most excited about today. From video tools, creation tools, to app creation, you'll hear about the tools and ideas that Richard is most excited about in edtech today. In today's show, Richard shares: 

  • Live video streaming tools and why he's moving to YouTube Live 
  • Blogging and creation tools 
  • Why app creation will soon be in the reach of every student 
  • Dealing with naysayers and blocking 
  • Why he's not as excited about quizzing tools and heading towards creation tools 

Richard Byrne is a former high school social studies teacher best known for developing the award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers. He has been invited to speak at events on six continents and would gladly speak in Antarctica too. 

Richard’s work is focused on sharing free resources that educators can use to enhance their students’ learning experiences. Richard is a five-time winner of the Edublogs Award for Best Resource Sharing Blog. Richard became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009. 2012 saw Richard receive a Merlot Classics Award from chancellor’s office of California State University. 

In 2010 he was a finalist for ACTEM’s (Association of Computer Teachers and Educators in Maine) educator of the year award. Tech & Learning Magazine named Richard one of their “people to watch” in their 30th Anniversary celebration. On a daily basis, Richard’s blog Free Technology for Teachers reaches more than 100,000 educators. In addition to writing Free Technology for Teachers, Richard also maintains iPadApps4School.com and PracticalEdTech.com

Richard’s print work includes a monthly column for School Library Journal, contributing author to What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, and contributions to Teacher Librarian. 

Richard lives in Maine with his daughter Isla and loyal dogs Max and Mason. 

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Apr 18, 2017
#56 Motivating Special Needs Breakthroughs #mondaymotivation #spedchat
10:10

Empowering special needs students with technologies is one of the greatest ways to motivate and ignite their learning. Jennifer Cronk @jenniferacronk shares two tearful but joyful stories of people with special needs unleashed (including her own.) Let's start this Monday motivation remembering the joyful opportunity we have to help every child with technology! 

In today's show, Jennifer shares 

  • How to empower special needs students to champion themselves 
  • Examples of alternative assessment and contribution for those with special needs 
  • How Jennifer motivates students and teachers to unleash learning 
  • A breakthrough story of Jennifer's son who wanted to honor his teacher 
  • The moving thing that happened last week to Jennifer with a special needs teacher

Jennifer Cronk is an Assistant Manager of Emerging Technologies for the Southern Westchester BOCES in New York. She currently oversees and strategically plans the Google Apps transformations of several school districts in Westchester County. 

Jennifer began her career in 1996 as a computer teacher and passionately pursued the ed tech field for twenty years. Jennifer presents nationally at instructional technology conferences, and workshops on integrating Google Apps and other emerging technologies into learning. She is a Google Certified Innovator and Google Education Trainer. 

In addition, Jennifer is also certified: administrator, English teacher, elementary teacher, and educational technology specialist. Jennifer also blogs about “digital parenting,” professional development and educational technology at www.transparentlyteaching.com and is a co-host of the blab.im show “Positively Special Ed.” 

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Apr 17, 2017
#55 5 Things Every Digital Citizen Should Know with Alice Chen
09:52

Digital citizenship is a challenge. In today's episode, Alice Chen shares five things every student should know about digital citizenship.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Apr 14, 2017
#54 8 Tips for Classroom Procedures (in a Computer Lab)
10:05

Classroom management can be a challenge in any classroom. In this episode, I share my secrets and tips for managing my computer lab classroom. I hope it helps.

Apr 13, 2017
#53 Social Emotional Learning for Special Needs with Puppets #spedchat
10:28

Karen McCallum is a special ed elementary teacher in Alberta, Canda. She has specialized in special education and behavior support programming. Today she tells a heartwarming but powerful story about how two puppets are helping transform the social emotional learning of elementary special needs kids.

Karen will share: 

  • How she decided to use puppets to reach a nonverbal student 
  • Modeling appropriate and inappropriate behaviors
  • How 15 minutes a day with the puppets can transform behavior
  • Calming special needs kids using puppets
  • Some funny and powerful stories of using Matts and Penny to help kids learn appropriate behaviors

Karen McCallum's Bio 

I am a elementary vice principal and kindergarten teacher in Okotoks Alberta. I am in my 33rd year of teaching. My entire career has been in the primary area. I have my Master's degree in Special Education and have spent half of my career working in special education and behavior support programming.

Apr 12, 2017
#52 Aurasma and AR in the Classroom
09:53

Dr. Tim Green, Instructional Design Expert, talks today about augmented reality. Specifically he shares his favorite Augmented Reality (AR) instructional tool, Aurasma. Tim also shares a vision for the future of where augmented reality is probably taking us in education. 

Today, Tim shares: 

  • How teachers and students are using Aurasma 
  • His wildest dreams for the future of augmented reality in education 
  • Applying technology like IBM Watson and natural language to augmented reality 
  • Simple principles for where we should be going in education with AR 

Dr. Tim Green's Submitted Bio 

I am a former K12 teacher who has been a professor of educational technology and teacher educator at California State University, Fullerton since 1999. Five of these years I served as the Director of Distance Education at CSUF.

 I currently run an online MS program in Educational Technology. I am the author of numerous articles and books, as well as a presenter, on the integration of educational technology, instructional design, and online distance education. 

Some of the more recent books include the award-winning The Essentials of Instructional Design: Connecting Fundamental Principles with Process and Practice (Brown & Green, Routledge), The Educator’s Guide to Producing New Media and Open Educational Resources (Routledge), and Securing the Connected Classroom (ISTE Press). I co-produce (with Dr. Abbie Brown) the award-winning podcast Trends and Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Learning Sciences

I am passionate about working with schools and districts on visioning and implementing technology initiatives. I regularly consult with and provide professional develop to schools and districts. I received my Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University.

Apr 11, 2017
#51 When Kindness goes Viral
09:43

Will Parker @williamdp has seen kindness go viral on his campus. Learn how his faculty and student council worked together to create a nurturing environment. And how one Post-It Note moved the school to go viral.

Will shares how: 

  • His student council created a nurturing environment for kindness to grow 
  • What happened in the girls' bathroom that changed everything 
  • How the faculty noticed and encouraged the movement of kindness 
  • The impact the kindness movement has had on the school 
  • How you can encourage kindness in your classroom 

William D. Parker Biography  

William D. Parker is principal of Skiatook High School, just north of Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A. As a high school teacher, he taught Language Arts, creative writing, and Advanced Placement English. 

An Oklahoma educator since 1993, he was named Broken Arrow Public School’s South Intermediate High School Teacher of the Year in 1998. He became an assistant principal in 2004 and was named the 2011 Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year. 

As principal of a Title I school, his school’s innovative approaches to collaboration, remediation and mentoring have resulted in marked improvements in student performance. He is regularly asked to speak to principal associations, school leadership conferences, and graduate classes on effective leadership practices, organizational behavior, and digital tools for enhancing school communication. 

In 2014 he released his first book, Principal Matters: The Motivation, Action, Courage, and Teamwork Needed for School Leaders. His second book, Messaging Matters: How School Leaders Can Inspire Student, Motivate Teachers, and Communicate with Parents is scheduled for publication August 2017 with Solution Tree Publishing. 

Parker hosts a weekly podcast called Principal Matters and writes a weekly blog that he shares on his website www.williamdparker.com

He is also a contributing author on ConnectedPrincipals.com, and a guest blogger for the National Association of Secondary Principals. Most recently, he has been hosting monthly webinars so that his state’s principal association members can connect and share innovative ideas for growing in school leadership. 

Mr. Parker earned his bachelor’s degree in English Education from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his master’s degree in education leadership from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. 

He has been married for twenty-three years to his wife Missy, and they are the proud parents of four children: 3 girls and 1 boy. When he is not supervising school events or shuttling his children to practices, he also enjoys running, hiking, and playing guitar or piano.

Apr 10, 2017
#50 5 Ways to Get a Laugh in Your Classroom
09:54

Today I'll tell some crazy stories about the lengths I'll go to get a laugh in my classroom.We're celebrating 50 episodes of the 10-Minute Teacher! Thanks for your support and sharing the show!!! These 5 ways are how I introduce a little laughter into my classroom and still get a lot done. 

Some ideas I'll share: 

  • Dress up and drama activities 
  • Humor on my flipped videos 
  • Using stories 
  • Changing the environment
  • How to be in the moment with your students

I'm Vicki Davis, the host of this show. I decided to do something kinda different for episode 50. Let me know what you think. I'm a full time Computer Science/ Business and Digital Film teacher in Georgia. See my full bio here at http://www.coolcatteacher.com/bio

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Apr 07, 2017
#49 Sylvia Martinez: 3 Mistakes Teachers Make About Tinkering
10:01

Sylvia Martinez, @smartinez, co-author of Invent to Learn, talks about tinkering today. Some teachers have a misconception that kids just pick up and play with materials and learn, but it is a little bit more nuanced than that. Sylvia does an amazing job of helping us understand the drawbacks, possibilities, and essential nature of tinkering. 

Today, Sylvia teaches us:

  • How to make time for tinkering
  • Assessing making and tinkering
  • The risks of using reflection as your only tool of assessing making
  • Three of the biggest mistakes teachers make when tinkering
  • When to let students struggle and when to step in 

When to let students struggle and when to step in Sylvia Libow Martinez is co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom helping teachers bring the exciting tools and technology of the Maker Movement to classrooms worldwide.

Previously, Sylvia was President of Generation YES, evangelizing student leadership through modern technology. Sylvia also headed product development for consumer software, video games, and educational games at several software publishing companies. Martinez started her career designing high-frequency receiver systems and navigation software for GPS satellites.She holds a masters in educational technology from Pepperdine, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from UCLA.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Apr 06, 2017
#48 A Milken Award Winner Shows Us An Exceptional Elementary Math Classroom
10:04

Felicia Casto @jfcasto28 , 2017 Milken Award Winner, used to hate math. But one day, she woke up and realized she was bored and her students were too. She set about to find answers. After diving into research and applying what she learned, Felicia and her elementary students have left behind a traditional way of teaching math and awakened to the exciting possibilities. If you're tired of boring, traditional math instruction, listen and learn from Felicia Casto Felica shares: The types of activities done in her classroom The 3 Act

In this episode, Felica shares: 

  • The types of activities done in her classroom 
  • The 3 Act project-based model of learning math
  • How she went from boring math class to loving math
  • Why she decided to make a shift
  • Her philosophy on having fun and teacher exhaustion.

Felicia Casto @jfcasto28 has been in education for 13 years. She has taught K-3 grade, mathematics instructional coach (K-5) and is currently an instructional coach and interventionist.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Apr 05, 2017
#47 Classroom Blogging with Elementary Students
09:11

Rayna Freedman @rlfreedm shares classroom blogging. Her students all blog weekly. Some blog collaboratively. She uses blogging to teach elementary students how to write. In today's show, we talk about classroom blogging with Rayna Freedman.

Rayna will share:

  • What students write about
  • Workflow of blogging
  • The tools she uses for blogging and commenting Image citations and photography
  • Digital equity and including every student (even those without computers at home)
  • Her move to collaborative blogging
  • How she teaches writing, person, and grammar using Google Docs and blogging

Rayna Freedman @rlfreedm has been teaching for 17 years at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary school and has been blogging with students in the 4th and 5th grade. She is on the MassCUE board of directors, a doctoral student, and hopes to change the world of education some day.

Link to student blog: http://jjsecretagents.blogspot.com/

Link to teacher blog: http://msfreedmanagent24.blogspot.com/

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Apr 04, 2017
#46 How Vulnerability Can Make Your Classroom a Safer Place
10:29

Michelle Cottrell-Williams @WakeHistory applies Brene Brown's research on vulnerability to make her classroom a safer place. Motivate yourself to be more authentic with your students as we talk about vulnerability, shame, and guilt in the classroom.

Michelle shares:

  • How students and teachers can practice vulnerability in a way that brings positive results
  • How to combat shame
  • A powerful "just because" poetry lesson to promote authenticity and vulnerability
  • The biggest mistakes teachers make that harm student trust
  • The definition of vulnerability and why it is a good thing int he classroom

Michelle Cottrell-Williams @WakeHistory has taught in the Social Studies Department at Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA since 2006. Her favorite classes to teach are Sociology and ESOL World History II. Michelle is the Social Studies Department Chair, co-Instructional Lead Teacher, and was named Teacher of the Year in 2017. She strives to model vulnerability and empathy so that her students leave her classroom each day a little braver than the day before.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Apr 03, 2017
#45 5 Ideas to Connect with Other Classrooms
10:20

TW Williamson @tww00 an educator in Taiwan shares his story of global collaboration and connection with US teacher Annette Lang. In today's show, TW shares 5 Ideas for connecting your classroom with others. Connecting is part of a teacherpreneurial mindset that characterizes a true world-class 21st-century educator. Let's dig in.

TW shares with us:

  • How to let go of the concept of control
  • How to share with other classrooms
  • Giving students choices in their connections
  • A surprising thing he and Annette's students share
  • Building trust and collaboration with colleagues around the world.

Born, raised, and educated in Maine USA at public schools, private college, community college, and State university.

Have taught for over 30 years, including middle school, high school, and community college; subjects including Latin, English, and Emergency Medical Technician. Former nationally certified Paramedic, spent many years serving and teaching in EMS, and former National Ski Patrol member on the slopes and instructing. 

After living and teaching in Maine for a long time, family relocated to Taiwan, where my wife and I teach in the high school at KAS (http://www.kas.tw/). We love living here and explore Asia for a variety of interests.

I’ve always liked adventure, both in professional and personal life, and discovered via Twitter that Annette Lang (https://twitter.com/msalang) of BMSA (http://biomedscienceacademy.org/) was seeking an international collaboration partner; it has been an amazing ongoing three-year ever-evolving and rewarding professional learning experience. 

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 31, 2017
#44 Larry Ferlazzo's Thoughts on Classroom Management
10:06

Larry Ferlazzo @larryferlazzo discusses classroom management. Today, for Thought Leader Thursday, we're thinking about how we can all improve our classroom management skills. Larry shares tips from an "old pro" about how we can create a more successful classroom environment. (And a word on if it ever gets easier.)

In today's Show, Larry discusses:

  • The first ingredient in successful classroom management
  • The important question we must ask ourselves about everything we do in the classroom
  • How to encourage intrinsic motivation
  • Something that happened in his classroom this week and how he handled it
  • Larry's feelings on if he's "arrived" or if teaching is still hard even when you're a "pro"

Larry Ferlazzo has taught English Language Learner, mainstream, and International Baccalaureate classes at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California, for thirteen years.

He has written eight books on student motivation, classroom management, and English Language Learners.

He writes a popular resource sharing blog for teachers, a weekly advice column for Education Week Teacher, and contributes regular columns on education issues to The New York Times and The Washington Post. He also hosts a weekly BAM! radio show. Larry is an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Sacramento and the University of California, Davis.

He was a community organizer for nineteen years prior to becoming a teacher. Lastly, a basketball team he plays for has come in last place every year since 2014, so he should not give up his day job for a career in sports.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 30, 2017
#43 Integrating STEM and Language Arts Masterfully
10:29

Candace Hisey @MissHisey talks about true STEM and Language Arts Integration. With both extended and daily projects, students watch science, technology, engineering, and math come alive in all of their classes. Hear how Candace does it in today's Wonderful Wednesday classroom tour and why she'll never go back to the "old" way of teaching.

Today, Candace will teach us about:

  • The incredible element "museum" project where students integrate all subjects and their work in chemistry during tenth grade
  • Flexible teaching time and how she uses it to integrate learning with other teachers
  • Simple ways Candace brings research non-fiction into her language arts class
  • Science Fridays in Language class
  • The most transformational thing Candace has done in her experience in this new form of teaching.

Candace Hisey is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University and has been teaching Language Arts at Bio-Med Science Academy for three years. She is a strong proponent of interdisciplinary education, and this year she has been working with the chemistry instructor to build an integrated curriculum for tenth grade.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 29, 2017
#42 Making Music with iPads and #Edtech
08:23

Kids can learn to make music with iPads and technology. This isn't just child's play - some serious music learning can happen. On today's show, K3-6th grade teacher Justin Kamp @kampmiltonmusic from Wisconsin unleashes his favorite apps, strategies, and tools for making music with kids of all ages.

Justin will discuss:

  • Age appropriate uses of edtech Some of his favorite apps and techniques 
  • Some of his favorite apps and techniques
  • Technotunes and how to use them
  • Showcasing musical ability and setting parent expectations
  • 21st-century music appreciation

Justin Kamp graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2013 with a degree in Instrumental and General Music Education. He is currently a K-3 and 6th grade General Music teacher in Milton, Wisconsin. He is nearing the end of his fourth school year and has been an “iGuide” technology trainer for his building for the past two years. 

Milton is 1:1 with iPads for all K-8 students. He has been published in the Wisconsin School Musician magazine and has been a guest writer for the online Music Technology website: Midnight Music based out of Australia. 

Justin has presented at SLATE (technology conference) as well as at the Wisconsin Music Educators Association's State Music Conference. 

On March 1st, Justin's Third Grade students performed at the State Capitol for Music In Our Schools Month. It is his goal to incorporate technology into his classes, whether it is a full blown lesson using iPads, or using the SMARTboard for smaller activities. 

Justin also actively performs in a variety of different local performing ensembles playing bassoon.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 28, 2017
#41 Angela Maiers on Unleashing Genius #mondaymotivation
10:27

My husband told me Friday night, "Did you really listen to what Angela Maiers said on that podcast?" I was tired beyond belief - not taking very good care of myself and having one of those bouts of self-deprecation that some of us teachers have. So, this show is for me and one I'll listen to for years to come. I know there's someone else out there who needs to hear this talk about mattering, worthiness, and good health. Thanks, Angela @angelamaiers for sharing your heart. 

In today's show, Angela discusses:

  • The meaning of genius
  • Contributions the world needs from us as teachers and our students
  • Rediscovering the power of show and tell
  • Angela's person struggle with mattering
  • The greatest thing students need to see in front of the classroom.

Angela Maiers @angelamaiers, has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 25 years. Her powerful message and down-to-earth style have made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker for education conferences, corporate events and innovation summits.

Angela is the author of six books, and the founder of Choose2Matter, a global movement that challenges and inspires students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 27, 2017
#40 5 Ideas to Improve Rural Education in America
09:35

Daisy Dyer Duerr @DaisyDyerDuerr reimagines what rural education can be. Rural education has a significant majority of perpetually impoverished counties in America. Additionally, only 55% of rural America has broadband access versus 94% of urban America. This digital divide and poverty create unique challenges. 

Daisy discusses:

  • Promoting more broadband access
  • Helping schools no longer be engines of exodus but places of opportunity
  • The need for more rural education advocacy An example of a rural program from the Farm Bureau that is an
  • An example of a rural program from the Farm Bureau that is an exemplary idea we can use in education
  • An idea for partnering with higher education to better understand the specific needs of rural education.

Daisy Dyer Duerr, EdS As the CEO of Redesigning Rural Education, LLC, Daisy is a National Keynote Speaker, Education Consultant, and Leadership Coach.

She is an NASSP Digital Principal, and was a featured panelist & Principal of 1st rural school featured @ Digital Learning Day Live! (2015).

Daisy spent her last 4 years in public education (2011-2015) as a “Turnaround Principal” of a Rural, Isolated, Pre-K-12 Public School. She’s served as Principal of 2 Schools recognized as “Model Schools” by Dr. Daggett’s ICLE.

Daisy testified in front of the FCC in Washington, D.C. as an advocate for Rural Broadband. Daisy currently hosts “Totally Rural,” a National Podcast bringing attention to Rural Business and Education issues, promoting advocacy in across the rural American space.

Daisy continues to be an advocate for ALL students in every ZIP CODE. She was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Lyon College in 2015 & also appeared on Arkansas Times’ “2015 Top 20 Innovators in Arkansas” list. @DaisyDyerDuerr www.daisydyerduerr.com daisydyerduerr@gmail.com

Mar 24, 2017
#39 Eric Sheninger: Digital Pedagogy That Actually Improves Learning
09:59

Eric Sheninger @E_Sheninger challenges us to move to the next level with digital technologies. We can't use tech because it is "cool and new." It must improve learning. If it doesn't improve learning, why are we spending the money?

In today's show, Eric challenges us to think about:

  • The evidence that learning is improving
  • Shifting assessment strategies that help students show what they understand
  • Arguments for student (and teacher) portfolios of learning
  • Why curriculum is no longer a valid argument against technology
  • Encouragement for teachers who feel like an island of innovation with technology.

We're hosting a giveaway contest at https://gleam.io/cbPs5/digital-leadership-by-eric-sheninger of his book Digital Leadership

Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this, he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership, his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. 

Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement. He has emerged as an innovative leader, best-selling author, and sought after speaker.

Mar 23, 2017
#38 Effective Student-Led Parent Conferences
09:46

Laura Penrod Stock @tweetmeego coaches students to create powerful student-led conferences with their parents. By creating unique year-long portfolios, Laura believes students connect with their parents to help plan their future work and share their learning.

In today's episode, Laura talks about:

  • How to make student portfolios and conferences unique and not "cookie-cutter"  
  • What a student led conference looks like
  • Their structure for student led conferencing as it relates to 9-grade registrations
  • The two biggest mistakes many teachers make with student-led conferences
  • How Laura keeps up with student work

In this episode, Laura also gives a free coupon code to 10-Minute Teacher listeners. Just go to http://mymeego.com/ and use the code 10MT to set up your account.

Laura Penrod Stock is a Lee County (Georgia) middle school classroom teacher. Sculpted from her experience in economic development, she is passionate about student eportfolios. "Teaching students to present themselves and their ideas effectively will determine their success in the global marketplace," Stock submits.

She is the inventor of Meego®, a cloud-based collaborative platform for artifact collection and eportfolio creation.

Stock holds a B.S. in Consumer Economics, Auburn University, M.P.A. , Columbus State University, M.S.E.D.L., Western Governor's University. Stock is the Lee County Georgia System Teacher of the Year 2016, GREA Outstanding Educator Award winner and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.

Mar 22, 2017
#37 Formative Assessment Tools and Tips from Monica Burns
09:52

Monica Burns @ClassTechTips gives us the tips and tools for successful formative assessment. Get results by knowing what your students know. Formative assessment is a powerful use of education technology if you know how. Today's episode is a must listen for teachers.

In today's show, Monica talks about formative assessment:

  • What is successful formative assessment
  • What are some of Monica's favorite tools for formative assessment
  • How should teachers select their formative assessment tool belt
  • What is the biggest mistake teachers make when using formative assessment
  • What you should do with the data from formative assessment so that it improves learning

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.

Mar 21, 2017
#36 Give Kids What They Deserve #MondayMotivation
09:54

Adam Welcome @awelcome inspires us to treat kids in positive ways. As co-author of Kids Deserve It, Adam gives us unique things to do the first day of the week. He also shares the shocking mistake he made when he started out as teaching and bad advice he got from another teacher.

In today's show, Adam shares:

  • What he believes kids deserve and how to give it to them as educators
  • What he hopes every teacher and principal will do today to start the week off right
  • A shocking mistake he made as a first year teacher and the bad advice he wished he hadn't followed
  • Something unique he did on home visits with students when he was a principal
  • A pep talk for educators

As part of this show, we're hosting a give away contest for 3 copies of Kids Deserve It, a Kids deserve it bracelet and sticker. Enter the contest here: https://gleam.io/gv95a/kids-deserve-it-pack-a-10minute-teacher-giveaway-contest

Adam Welcome is a Director of Innovation, co-author of Kids Deserve It, former Elementary Principal, marathon runner!

Mar 20, 2017
#35 Chromebooks: 5 Ideas to Amp Up Learning
08:11

John Sowash @jrsowash knows Chromebooks. Today he gives us five ideas to amp up our Chromebook classroom. Many of these tools and tips will work for any device that can access the Web. His ideas include:

  1. Formative Assessment
  2. Multimedia Projects
  3. Station Learning
  4. Screencasting Ideas
  5. As he says it "Lectures that don't suck"

We're also hosting a giveaway of 2 of his books, The Chromebook Classroom at https://gleam.io/Qx8xR/10minute-teacher-giveaway-the-chromebook-classroom-book-by-john-sowash Today's show is full of apps and tips and ideas.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 17, 2017
#34 - How Perla Zamora and Her students in Mexico are Tearing Down Walls
10:12

Perla Zamora @pzamoraats from Tampico, Mexico is tearing down walls. For thought leader Thursday, today, ask yourself how you're connecting your classroom to the world. In today's show, we'll discuss:

  • Ways Perla is connecting her classroom to other classrooms
  • Overcoming fears of connecting with other classrooms
  • The most important thing she's learned as she connects her students to other classrooms

Ms. Perla Zamora @pzamoraats is a passionate teacher and Technology advisor in the American School of Tampico. Her curiosity took her into “The Flat Connection Project” in 2012. That was the beginning of a journey for her students to interact and learn while, appreciating and valuing different cultures. Her adventurous spirit lead her to be in contact with teachers around the world. Her experience in this field is documented in the book “The Global Educator”.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 16, 2017
#33 Powerful Language Learning in the 21st Century
09:33

Rachelle Dene Poth @rdene915 teaches Spanish and STEAM with technology, student choice, and project based learning. For Wonderful Wednesday, take a trip inside her classroom to learn how she does it all. As we discuss language learning and STEAM, Rachelle shares:

  • How her language classroom is full of choice
  • Her favorite tech tools for language learning instruction
  • Some fantastic new tools and features she's using this week in her classroom

Rachelle Dene Poth @rdene915 is a Spanish and STEAM Teacher at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. She is also an Attorney and has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology. Rachelle serves as the Communications Chair for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network, a Member at Large for Games & Sims, the Innovations and Resources Co-Chair for the Teacher Education Network and the PAECT (PA ISTE affiliate) Historian.

Rachelle is proud to be involved in several communities including being a Buncee Ambassador, Common Sense Media Educator, CoSpaces Ambassador, Amazon Inspire Educator, Edmodo Certified Trainer, Nearpod PioNear, Recap Pioneer, TES Ambassador and ​ambassador for ​several other learning communities.

Rachelle was recently named the 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by PAECT and had a chapter published in the Edumatch “Snapshot in Education” book and enjoys blogging.

Rachelle enjoys presenting at conferences and finding opportunities for students to be involved in sharing their work at student technology showcases, presentations and through blogging. Link to graduate work and experience https://sites.google.com/site/itportfoliorachellepoth/

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 15, 2017
#32 Epic Pi Day Math Episode
09:15

Chris Smith is a Maths teacher from Scotland where his irrational passion for Pi earns him geeky renown. He is an enthusiastic ambassador for the beauty and usefulness of Mathematics and shares this message with his anyone who will listen.  In today's episode, you'll hear:

  • How Chris' car became the centerpiece of one Pi Day
  • The Pi-M-C-A song that won Chris' classroom international attention
  • The Math-sterpiece his class is creating this year
  • How to make math more exciting all year long

Chris writes a free weekly Maths newsletter for teachers with puzzles, lesson ideas, resources, Maths facts- if you'd like to join the list of almost 2000 subscribers, send him an email (aap03102@gmail.com). He's always excited about making new connections with Maths fans across the world! Chris regularly speaks at Maths conferences in Scotland, has delivered a TEDx talk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TACPw5NtUk), helps run the Enterprising Maths in Scotland National Final (http://www.scottishmathematicalcouncil.org/wp1/enterprising-mathematics/), is a co-creator of the free-to-download-Pi-visualiser "Pi-Wire" (http://piwire.co.uk/), serves on the TES Maths Panel (https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/blog/tes-maths-our-panel-teachers) and is a a member of the Scottish Mathematical Council (http://www.scottishmathematicalcouncil.org/wp1/members/).

Outside the world of Maths, Chris is married to Elaine, is dad to Daisy, Heidi and Logan (born in perfect arithmetic progression in 2007, 2008 and 2009), plays piano in Jiggered Ceilidh Band (http://www.jiggered.com/) and is a follower of Jesus.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 14, 2017
#31 Kevin Honeycutt inspires us to reach "that kid" #mondaymotivation
10:08

Kevin Honeycutt @kevinhoneycutt grew up in poverty and attended school in many cities across the United States. As he witnessed education around the country he collected powerful experiences that still influence his conversations and his work with educators. He spent 13 years teaching art K-12 in public school and for 17 years spent summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages. In 1991 he received the Making IT Happen Award which is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation.

Today, Kevin discusses:

  • His difficult experiences as "that kid" 
  • The teachers who connected and related to him
  • The inspiration to be the teacher who relates and connects to kids who struggle or are the class clown

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 13, 2017
#30 5 Ideas to Level Up Language Arts #5ideaFriday
09:42

Alex Corbitt from the Bronx has 5 created ideas to help improve and make language arts learning fun. He also has some inspiring thoughts for new teachers. In today's episode, we'll discuss:

  • How to scaffold reading
  • Making use of classroom spaces
  • Some cool project ideas including "talk show host"
  • Using picture books even with older kids
  • Establishing benchmarks for students

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 10, 2017
#29 Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the Classroom
10:09

Augmented reality and virtual reality. Are these buzzwords or are they things that can be used to improve learning? Today Steven Anderson @web20classroom pulls back the veil and helps us learn about these emerging technologies.

In today's show, we discuss:

  • What is augmented reality?
  • What is virtual reality?
  • What are examples of how each are being used in the classroom?
  • Are these technologies expensive to use?
  • Which technology does Steven think will be the most helpful to classrooms?
  • Are there problems with either of these technologies?

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 09, 2017
#28: Saving Big Money with iPads and Google Classroom
11:01

Kyle Taylor @kyletaylor13 and his school have implemented iPads with Google Classroom and are saving half (yes, half) of what it previously cost to set up a classroom with technology.

For Wonderful Wednesday we learn all about their decision making process and how teachers are using iPads and Google classroom to teach. Today we discuss:

  • How to create an optimal learning environment with Google Classroom
  • Why the Ipads are well suited for creation
  • How the work flows from creation to Google Classroom
  • Why teachers are excited to be able to share videos and lessons with one another in Kyle's very large school.
  • How Kyle calculates the cost savings for setting up a classroom at half what it was previously.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests. Kyle also shares his implementation guide.

Kyle's bio: Currently an Instructional Technology Coordinator for Arlington Public Schools in Virginia where I support, assist, plan classroom lessons and provide technology coaching for teachers and students. This is my 7th year as an ITC, I previously taught Geography at a community college in my home state of Massachusetts. I am passionate about teamwork, collaboration, and the important role that technology plays in exciting learners to be creative.

Mar 08, 2017
#27 Elementary Portfolios with SeeSaw
10:12

Suzy Lolley loves Seesaw. Today she teaches us how she teaches teachers to use Seesaw with their iPad classrooms. Today on Tech tool Tuesday we discuss:

  • What Seesaw does in the classroom
  • The ages of students for using Seesaw
  • Workflow using Seesaw in the elementary classroom
  • Recommendations on assessment with Seesaw
  • How to involve parents in elementary portfolios
  • Privacy and peer editing recommendations
  • What situations may not be ideal for Seesaw

Suzy Lolley is fourteen-year veteran teacher of middle and high school ELA. She currently serves as an Instructional Technology Specialist in Cherokee County, GA, and is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, a Common Sense Ambassador, and a Seesaw Ambassador.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 07, 2017
#26 How to Have an Attitude to Try New Things #mondaymotivation
09:59

Josh Harris, an elementary edtech director from California, talks about an attitude of innovation. He talks about how to empower ourselves with an attitude of fearlessness and trying new things. In this show we discuss:

  • How to adopt an attitude of trying new things
  • Confronting the fear of "breaking" something
  • Learning new technology doesn't have to be hard.

In his 18th year in public education, Josh Harris find himself in the position of Educational Technology Director for an elementary school district on California's central coast. He has a passion for edtech, especially in communities of color, which manifests itself in presenting at edtech conferences and summits as often as he can. you can find his session materials at http://bit.ly/edtechspec

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 06, 2017
#25 5 Ideas to Be Technology's Master and Not Its Slave #productivity
09:07

Aaron Sams @chemicalsams helps give us ways to master technology. Aaron Sams is an Instructor of Education at Saint Vincent College, is an advisor to TED-Ed, and was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2009.

Aaron is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and author and has trained thousands of educators to integrate technology with sound pedagogy. He holds both a B.S. in Biochemistry, an M.A.Ed. from Biola University, and is pursuing a Ph.D. at Texas Tech. Find out more at http://aaronsams.com

Aren't you tired of being overwhelmed by technology? Do you really need the latest thing to be more productive? Or is the latest thing killing you one wasted moment at a time. Today is a wake up call where we discuss five ways to take back control of your technology. In today's show, we discuss:

  1. Only using technology that makes work easier
  2. Focusing on your workflow to save time
  3. Not fighting the technology ecosystem at your workplace (it will only frustrate you)
  4. Go with less paper, not paperless.
  5. How turning off notifications can help refocus your life.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 03, 2017
#24 Poverty and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations
10:13

Dr. Anael Alston @DrAAlston talks about common misconceptions that educators have about students in poverty. Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, Anael "Dr. A" Alston is an award-winning educator and serves as Superintendent of Schools of the Hamilton Central School District in Hamilton, NY. Prior to that, he was the principal of the Robert M. Finley Middle School in Glen Cove, New York and principal of Great Neck North Middle School in Great Neck, New York.

Dr. A is passionate about leadership, service, and all things public education. In today's show, we discuss how teachers should approach teaching students who are in high-poverty situations. This is important because Anael argues that many thoughts about students in poverty are off-base.

In today's show we discuss:

  • The mindsets and attitudes students need for success
  • How educator expectations are an essential ingredient of student success
  • The importance of relationship with students
  • Anael's advice for what teachers should do daily to adjust their thinking and prepare to teach difficult students.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 02, 2017
#23 Creating a Student Centered Library Where Kids Love to Learn
09:27

Librarian Micki Uppena has a wonderful library. In addition to a rich maker space, Micki takes us on a journey into a 21st-century library where kids love to learn. In today's show, she shares with us:

  • The kinds of conversations she has with students
  • The importance of relationships in the modern library
  • Inspiring life-long learning
  • The most inexpensive tools that have transformed learning in her library
  • The treasure boxes she uses to get kids excited

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Mar 01, 2017
#22 What to Buy For Your Makerspace #makered
09:12

Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space in our schools.

In today's show, we discuss:

  • The technologies he has in his maker space
  • The arts and materials he also has on hand
  • How Chad introduces students to the space
  • The biggest challenge Chad has with setting up the maker space
  • What Chad is doing next to solve his maker space problems
  • How this changes learning in the school library.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Feb 28, 2017
#21 Triumph Amidst the Struggle to Educate with Todd Nesloney #mondaymotivation
08:55

To be remarkable teachers, we must learn to rise above our problems and bring our best self to the kids. Have you ever struggled to get out of the car to walk into school on Mondays? I have. There have been times I've had trouble getting out of the car to go teach. Teaching is important. It is awesome. But teaching is hard. (If you teach, you don't need me to tell you. You live the struggle.) As for me, I needed this Monday morning pep talk from Todd Nesloney, author of the book Kids Deserve It.

In today's show Todd and I discuss:

  • Leaving your stress in the car when you head into school
  • Getting parents excited to receive your phone calls
  • Unleashing student intrinsic motivation
  • How to deal with failure
  • The biggest mistake educators often make when trying to reach struggling kids

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Feb 27, 2017
#20 5 Tech Tools to Try in 2017 with Jennifer Gonzalez
09:24

Jennifer Gonzalez shares her favorite tools to try in 2017. Technology moves so quickly! Do you know what to try next? Well, today's guest and edtech expert Jennifer Gonzalez gives us some amazing tools to try for Five Idea Friday.

In today's show, we'll discuss: Peergrade Common Lit My Simple Show Adobe Spark eLink We also discuss how to keep from getting overwhelmed and common mistakes teachers make with technology. I

hope you enjoy this episode with Jennifer Gonzalez! A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month·s giveaway contests.

Feb 24, 2017
#19 Digital Learning Day: Social Media PD Best Practices #DLDay
09:56

Happy Digital Learning Day! The challenge with digital learning is that it is still new and different to many people. However, there is research growing out of the social media learning that is happening online.

For Thought Leader Thursday, social media researcher Laura Pasquini explains three defining aspects of effective social media powered professional development. In today's show, we'll discuss:

  • The impact of "watercooler" pd online
  • Best practices for hashtag maintenance and open learning
  • The lessons learned from effective social media PD

This story is intriguing because so many still define PD the same old way. If we can upgrade our knowledge based on current research, we can not only create better professional development opportunities for teachers, but we can become better online participants. There is no doubt that community organizing has moved online in the education world. Many amazing people chat, catalog and archive, and maintain thriving social media "water coolers" from around the web. I hope you enjoy this episode with Laura!

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Feb 23, 2017
#18 The Lemonade War that Motivated a Whole School to Read
10:02

When I called Principal Ryan Kaczmark, he bubbled over with excitement from the Lemonade Wars experience. This elementary school-wide reading project is a sizzling combination of reading, parent relations, community service, school spirit, communications, and social media savvy. We were going to talk about technology or school design or something else. But I'm happy that he talked about the Lemonade Wars and raising money for Mike's Lemonade stand to help childhood cancer and everything that had just happened. I had to let him tell his story. This literally came out as I called him so today's Wonderful Wednesday with Ryan Kaczmark sounds more like a phone call between an excited educator (Ryan) and a curious one (me) than a "show." But that's OK. The 10-Minute Teacher is a journey into what's happening in schools now and you get a cool project

The 10-Minute Teacher is a journey into what's happening in schools now and you get a cool project in today's show. Today, Ryan shares: The story of a literacy project turned community service The joy of learning and helping others How he used social media to spur on excitement The power of having a fantastic team of teachers on your staff The positive community response you get when you use social media for good. Enjoy today's show with Ryan!

  • The story of a literacy project turned community service 
  • The joy of learning and helping others 
  • How he used social media to spur on excitement 
  • The power of having a fantastic team of teachers on your staff 
  • The positive community response you get when you use social media for good. 

Enjoy today's show with Ryan!

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Feb 22, 2017
#17: Microsoft One Note: Useful Tips and Tricks for the Classroom
10:20

Dr. Tom Grissom @tomgrissom shares a useful tool, Microsoft One Note. Today we discuss:

  • A description of Microsoft One Note
  • What Microsoft Classroom does with One Note
  • The collaborative features of One Note
  • The features beyond notetaking including taking notes in multiple notes
  • The cognitive research and how to use One Note for review and retention

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

 

Feb 21, 2017
#16 Dave Burgess Talks Student Engagement #MondayMotivation #tlap
10:00

Dave Burgess from the bestselling book, Teach Like a Pirate, gets us motivated to engage our students. Greatness happens outside your comfort zone. Get feedback to improve your class. Don't get so upset when you have a mistake in a lesson. These are just a few topics discussed into day's Motivation Monday.

In today's show we discuss:

  • Engaging students in lessons
  • Observations and doing engaging lessons
  • Worries about being taken out of context when being observed
  • What Dave misses about the classroom
  • What matters in the classroom

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Feb 20, 2017
#15 5 Simple Ways to Gamify Your Classroom
08:36

Jessica Gordon @1337teach , 6th-grade teacher from Missouri gives us simple tips for adding game-based learning to our classrooms. Jessica Ratliff-Gordon is an elementary educator, author, and doctoral student at Northcentral University.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she first began her teaching career at Buder Elementary within the St. Louis Public School District. Currently, she serves as a sixth-grade geography teacher for the Poplar Bluff School District as well as a Project Manager for Hilton Publishing. For more information about the author and her current publications follow her on Twitter @1337teach, Goodreads, or search for seller “1337 Teacher” on Teachers Pay Teachers.

In today's show, we'll discuss:

  • 5 cool gbl tools: Wheel Decide, Breakout Facebook groups, challenges, some awesome quizzing tools
  • Simple tips on making any lesson more fun
  • The big mistake many educators make when working to gamify their classroom.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

And today only, February 17, to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day, Jessica is giving away the Kindle version of her book free on the US Amazon Kindle store to our listeners. "It's a Teacher Thing! FAQ Guide and Reflective Journal for New Teachers" is currently available in eBook and paperback through Amazon Kindle. Visit https://www.amazon.com/Teacher-Thing-Reflective-Journal-Teachers/dp/1520398247 -- and it is free today on Kindle in the US Amazon store! Enjoy and thank you, Jessica!

Feb 17, 2017
#14: To Stand Against Bullying, Mr. Hadley Shaves His Head
10:00

Tim Hadley's (@MrHadleyHistory) stand against bullying by shaving his head is remarkable. Tim Hadley is the principal at Pekin CSD Middle School in Packwood, Iowa and he is the part of the latest viral video in education. Even more remarkable is his wisdom he shares about the biggest mistake educators make when dealing with bullying situations. Wow!

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Feb 16, 2017
#13 Tackling Behavior Problems by Acting out Negative Stereotypes in the School Perfect Project
10:00

How do you reduce problem behaviors? Could it be as simple as acting out negative behaviors? Todd Clinton is a special education teacher in a middle school. He works with students with behavioral disabilities, typically autism, ADHD, and EMD. He was previously a banker, before deciding to pursue my passion of working with kids. He is a proud dad to one and loves teachers so much he married one.

In today's show, special education teacher Todd Clinton discusses his "School Perfect" YouTube project and how it is reducing negative behaviors in his school. Todd also discusses how all teachers can work to reduce problem behaviors through acting out negative stereotypes. Finally, Todd's discussion of how his project has evolved and grown through the year is a perfect example of my own innovation strategy, "Innovate Like a Turtle." This show has practical examples that teachers can use.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Feb 15, 2017
#12 31 Favorite Everyday Tech Tools of Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
10:00

Host Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher shares 31 of her favorite tools for filmmaking, productivity, classroom management, and health. Happy Tech Tool Tuesday and Happy Valentine's Day. Today you'll learn all kinds of tools that the host of the 10-Minute Teacher loves and uses just about every day.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Feb 14, 2017
#11 A Song for Teachers: You're the Teacher by Jim Forde #MondayMotivation
09:54

Jim Forde is a middle school science teacher in Stamford, CT for over 20 years experience. He is a past Stamford teacher of the year and a 2016 White House Champion of Change honoree for work in CS in Education. As a STEM/CS advocate, he curates the @stemnetwork twitter feed (with over 3800 followers) when not singing and songwriting. :-)

Jim Forde's song "You're the Teacher" and his inspiring message helps us remember why we're in this profession. Happy Motivational Monday! Get excited and ready for the week with today's guest and motivational song. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Feb 13, 2017
#10: 5 Ideas for Improving Student Writing
09:10

Jennifer Serravallo (@jserravallo) is a literacy consultant, speaker, and the author of several popular titles including the NY Times Bestselling The Reading Strategies Book, the newly-released Writing Strategies Book, and the two-time award-winning Independent Reading Assessment Series.

She was a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and taught in Title I schools in NYC. 

Jennifer shares 5 ideas for improving writing in your classroom today. First, she encourages teachers to focus on one goal to help students improve. She also talks about the risks of not focusing when you teach writing and gives examples of goals and how to keep from confusing kids when you're teaching writing. Second, she shares how we can set up partnerships for learning and the most common mistake teachers make when using writing partners. Third, she talks about waiting to correct grammar and punctuation until they have their thoughts down on paper. She discusses what happens when teachers don't follow this advice. Her fourth piece of advice is one of the most exciting! Outline on sticky notes and put it on the paper. She shares how to do this for both fiction and non-fiction writing. Finally, Jennifer talks about a common mistake teachers make that hurts a student's desire to write. Plan a celebration. She talks about what this looks like as well as that all important "pre-promotion" to students of what you will do with the work.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Feb 10, 2017
#09: 5 Things That Harm a Student's Ability to Succeed
09:22

Dr. Brad Johnson (@DrBradJohnson) talks about five things that harm a student's ability to succeed. Brad teaches graduate-level leadership courses and other educational courses and is the author of six books. 

Today, he shares with us the things we do to harm student success.

First, he discusses the disservice of a sedentary lifestyle.

Second, he talks about what happens to kids when adults expect them to learn like adults.

Third, he discusses an important point with several applications for schools that more is not better. This has implications for how we teach math to even how we inspire creativity.

Fourth, he talks about core strength and the problems we're having because today's students don't have it like their ancestors. (Only 1 in 12 of today's students have the core strength and balance of those in the 1980's.) He also discusses how it impacts their focus, organization, and executive functioning.

Finally, Brad talks about teamwork and how students should be taught to be team players but what we must do to let that happen.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Feb 09, 2017
#08: The #BreakoutEDU Box: the Teaching Experience That Has Everybody Talking
09:40

Adam Bellow (@adambellow) explains the #BreakoutEDU phenomenon that has educators talking. Last year everyone was talking MakerSpaces but this year, BreakoutEDU is the big conversation.

As co-founder of #BreakoutEDU Adam explains how these boxes work. He also discusses how teaching changes and the way teachers have to adjust to this exciting but different way of teaching. He also sets expectations for what the classroom looks and feels like when using the boxes in the curriculum.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Feb 08, 2017
#07: Getting Started Using Twitter for Educational Excellence
09:33

Billy Krakower (@wkrakower) co-author of 140 Twitter Tips for Educators talks about the benefits of Twitter for educators. Bill and host Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) share:

* biggest mistakes

* strategies for not getting overwhelmed

* ideas of cool things teachers do on Twitter.

Finally, Billy finishes up with the MOST EXCITING thing he's learned on Twitter, Breakout EDU's.

So exciting, that our show tomorrow will be on this topic! Stay tuned! A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Feb 07, 2017
#06: The 6 most Motivating Sketchnotes in Education Today
10:00

Sylvia Duckworth (@sylviaduckworth) is a leading sketchnote artist in education today.

For Motivational Monday, we discuss the six most popular sketchnotes and how they can motivate us to be better teachers. Check the show notes to see these sketchnotes. These notes include:

1) Life (A Poem)

2) 12 Benefits of Creativity

3) The IceBurg Illusion

4) Your Comfort Zone

5) 10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn His Day Around

6) 10 Reasons Why Every Teacher Needs a PLN

We'll also be giving away one of Sylvia's Sketchnotes for Education in Today's giveaway! A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contests.

Feb 06, 2017
#05: 5 Ideas for Using Game-Based Learning in Your Classroom Today
09:54

Michael Matera is a middle school teacher, author of Explore Like a Pirate and Speaker. As a gamification guru and moonshot thinker, Michael transforms the traditional classroom into a high-energy environment where active student engagement is paramount. Helping educators learn about the power of a gamified immersive learning environment is Michael’s passion. Learn more and connect with Michael to come to your school or event on Explorelikeapirate.com 

In today's show, Michael gives us five simple ideas for implementing game-based learning in your classroom. Get started here.

  1. Pick a theme
  2. Adventure Paths
  3. Mini Games
  4. Use Game Mechanics
  5. Build Challenges

A full transcript of this show and the show notes is available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on entering this month’s giveaway contest to win Michael's Book and Michael's Mystery Box as well as a a MakerBot mini replicator 3D! I use this printer in my classroom and love it!

Feb 03, 2017
#04: Simple Ways to Find Your Teaching Blindspots in the Classroom
10:00

Dr. David Guerin, (@DavidGeurin) is the 2017 NASSP Digital Principal of the year. Davide believes that excellence is not the same as success. True excellence is a mindset, a desire to serve, a belief that helping others leads to the best outcomes.

SMART Learning Suite is today's sponsor. Register for my free Differentiating Instruction with Technology webinar sponsored by SMART Learning Suite next Thursday, February 9 at 4pm.One of the hardest things about teaching is not knowing where we're falling short. 

It is easy for teachers to remain clueless about the things they are doing that are hurting learning in the classroom. In this episode, Dr. David Guerin shares several ways that teachers can seek out and find their blind spots so they can be better teachers. It may seem risky to find out our blind spots as teachers, but it will unlock better learning. 

Feb 02, 2017
#03: Science Kits with Love from Kansas to Haiti
08:39

Matt Clay is a science teacher in Ness City, Kansas and a doctoral student in education at the University of Northern Colorado researching environmental experiences. Matt is helping his science students create science kits for students in Haiti.

So many bored, unexcited students. Today’s students want to do meaningful work in all of their subjects. But it can be so hard for teachers to relate their content to real world problems. In today’s show, Matt Clay talks to Vicki Davis on 10MT about how he saw a need and is rallying his science classes to meet that need. Matt takes us from when he found a need on the streets of Haiti to how he got his students and parents excited about meeting that need. He also shares the problems and pitfalls with such a project and how any teacher can apply this type of project in their classroom.

Matt and his class have set up a funding page to help send their science kits to Haiti at https://www.gofundme.com/haitisciencekit.

A full transcript of this show and the show notes is available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on this month’s giveaway contest to win a MakerBot mini replicator 3D! I use this printer in my classroom and love it!

Feb 01, 2017
#02: Secrets for Teaching Great Writing in the Classroom by Using Peer Review
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Jennifer Burgin teaches amazing 2nd graders at Oakridge Elementary in Arlington, Virginia. She was named Oakridge Teacher of the Year and Arlington Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 2016. Too many teachers are working too hard to teach writing.

When the teacher is “queen of the classroom” and has to do everything (review, give feedback, find mistakes) it either burns out the teacher or frustrates the students. Today’s show will help teachers solve this problem by learning the fundamentals of facilitating peer review that works. 

Starting at the beginning with simple steps and moving towards a full peer review classroom, Jennifer talks with Vicki Davis on 10MT today about how her classroom changed when she started using peer review. She also shares her biggest mistakes and frustrations and how teachers can avoid them. Finally, she talks about how every teacher can start using peer review today.

 A full transcript of this show and the show notes is available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on this month’s give away contest to win a MakerBot mini replicator 3D! I use this printer in my classroom and love it!

Feb 01, 2017
#01: Awesome Apps for iPads in the Elementary Classroom
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Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen have written the definitive book on using iPads in the elementary classroom, Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom. In this episode, they share their favorite apps and the biggest mistake they made when getting started with iPads in their classrooms.

The problem with iPads is there are so many apps and so many choices. It is easy for teachers to get overwhelmed and not know where to start. Even worse, some teachers just use them for “game day” and miss the opportunity they have to do help students learn with them.

Today’s show will help settle the dust and bring clarity to iPads in the elementary classroom. I love their book, Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom, so much that we bought it for every teacher at my school. And here’s the most exciting thing!

We’re hosting a giveaway of this book in the next 24 hours! A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on this month’s giveaway contest to win a MakerBot mini replicator 3D and Kristen and Karen’s book!

Feb 01, 2017
#00: Sue and Mrs. Scruggs
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Do you realize just how important you are as a teacher? Sometimes people say, “Thank you for all you do” but do they really understand just what I do? I heard this story several years a go from someone dear to me that completely transformed my life and understanding about how remarkable we teachers truly are.

My name is Vicki Davis. I am best known for blogging at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and for my sharing on Twitter where I have 136,741 Twitter as of the day I released this show. I previously hosted the show Every Classroom Matters. In this first episode of the 10 Minute Teacher Show, I’m sharing a story that gets to the heart of who we teachers are. I’ll also share my vision for this show and what you can expect to find every day.

The idea behind the 10 Minute Teacher Show is simple: 5-days a week you’ll receive something helpful, informative, or inspiring that you can listen to in less than ten minutes. You’ll hear from the best in the education and get inspired to improve your classroom. In a day when we hear so much negative, this is something I can contribute to the mix that is positive and encouraging. But don’t expect the same thing every day! Each day has a theme! You’ll get:

  • Motivation Mondays with ideas and inspiration to start your week.
  • Tech tool Tuesday with ideas for how to use a technology tool just a little bit better.
  • Wildcard Wednesday is when I share fun, exciting projects from teachers around the world. You’ll find yourself inspired not only by the projects but by the remarkable attitude of the teachers sharing them. -
  • On Thought Leader Thursday you’ll hear from researchers and thought leaders about the big picture trends and learn how to apply them in your classroom today.
  • 5 Idea Friday carries forward a popular idea from my newsletter (see www.coolcatteacher.com/newsletter) to give you five ideas you can apply right now in your classroom.

This is a perfect episode to listen to while you’re writing out your lesson plans or co-planning with your teachers. Plus, I’m pulling out all the links and the transcript for you. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast as well as details on this month’s giveaway contest to win a MakerBot mini replicator 3D! I use this printer in my classroom and love it! Finally, to celebrate the launch, I’m hosting lots of giveaways for books, software, and technology. The best in the business have partnered with me to make the launch of the 10 Minute Teacher extra special for all of you teachers out there.

I’m Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher, and I’m here to help all of you K-12 teachers out there understand just how remarkable you are and to help you be even more remarkable. Let’s enjoy this journey together!

Feb 01, 2017