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If You Won’t Cry With Someone, Don’t Expect an Invitation to the Victory Party

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 66 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Yesterday’s post didn’t happen. An emergency that took precedence did.

How Teaching Online Can Change Your Life

EdNews Daily

Guest article from teacher Elizabeth from 51Talk. My name is Mary Davisson. My teacher’s name at 51Talk is Miss Davisson (Elizabeth). I have been teaching and training for over 30+ years.

Partnerships that Work: Tapping Research to Address Learner Variability in Young Readers

Digital Promise

Education technology and innovation continue to evolve, making it easier for teachers to harness the power of technology to improve education outcomes for learners. At the same time, a growing field of learning sciences research offers more precise knowledge of how learners learn.

Unlocking motivation in the classroom: Strategies and tools from fellow educators

Ditch That Textbook

Getting to the gym. Folding that pile of laundry. Writing a new blog post.Some projects we find easier to get motivated for than others. The same is true for our students, our fellow educators and ourselves in the classroom. Motivation has a powerful impact in education.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

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Learning to Read to Learn

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. By middle school, typical reading curriculums assume that students have the necessary literacy strategies to decode the writing in front of them. Lessons have shifted from “learning to read” to “reading to learn,” with students using texts to make sense of unknown concepts.

Social media tips, books and more (#DitchPod wrap-up)

Ditch That Textbook

Social media can be a deep, wide reservoir of ideas and inspiration in the classroom. But at some point, it can make a huge shift in effectiveness. The way we use it can go from transformation to entertainment. It can eat up hours of our lives without actually changing our practice.

Are We Talking Technology or Are We Talking Learning

More Verbs

More and more, educators are recognizing that the true value of technology isn’t learning how to use the tools and devices, but rather using the tools and devices to learn (see here , here , and here ).

“In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us. In Adversity We Know Our friends.” Colin Powell

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 63 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. “In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us. In Adversity We Know Our friends,” says Colin Powell. I think he’s right.

Article for TES: How to make sure your students stay safe online, whatever their age


I recently wrote an article for The Times Educational Supplement (TES). The article features teaching ideas and tips for how to keep children safe online. Click this link to access the full article. education teachers edtech teaching technology cyberbullying e-safety internet safety online education technology in the classroom

SXSWEDU 2018 Wrap-up: Systems Change for Adult Learners?

Digital Promise

SXSWEDU 2018 wrapped up last week and once again I was struck by the wealth of information, experience, and innovation being shared across so many sessions. As usual, my focus was on adult learners and workforce development.

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Are Students Engaged?

P21 Blogazine

We know that engagement is key to moving the needle on student achievement. But is it an elusive intangible or an indicator that can be strategically levered for improvement? What can we learn about engagement from the students themselves? P21 Blog

Why talking — and listening — to your child could be key to brain development

The Hechinger Report

This drawing of the brain shows where researchers detected greater brain activity for children who engaged in more conversation at home.

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Fight the Right Things So You Can Win At Life

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 64 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Fight for a positive outlook. Fight to keep yourself willing to learn new things. Fight against complacency.

Students Learn More When THEY Do the Work

Catlin Tucker

A major barrier to innovation in the classroom is teacher exhaustion. I regularly work with teachers who like the idea of trying new teaching strategies, blended learning models, and technology tools, but they don’t have the time or energy to experiment.

Four innovative staffing takeaways from personalized learning schools

The Christensen Institute

Through our research over the past few years, we’ve seen schools around the world adopt technology to amplify the impact of teachers and make learning more student-centered. And, while technology is a powerful learning resource, it’s not the only lever for helping students succeed. Increasingly, we also see schools experimenting with staffing arrangements—essentially, how adults are being utilized in the classroom—in an effort to further magnify personalized learning.

Are you serving the learner or the score?

The Principal of Change

Based on the title of the post, “Are you serving the learner or the score?”, ”, it would be easy for educators to say “both.” ” This is not about an “either/or” mentality, but focusing on where you start.

Video: Saturday Night Live Spoofs Betsy DeVos 60 Minutes Interview

Larry Ferlazzo

You may have seen Betsy DeVos on 60 Minutes last week (you can see the interview here and read reactions here ). Last night, Saturday Night Live aired this spoof of the interview: school reform

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5 Ways NOT to Implement Next Generation Science Standards

The CoolCatTeacher

Patti Duncan on episode 275 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Patti Duncan shares some of the common mistakes she finds that schools implementing Next Generation Science Standards make.

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25 Ways to use Google Forms in the Classroom (with examples!)

The Electric Educator

Google Forms is one of my favorite classroom tools. But here's the deal - most teachers aren't taking full advantage of what Google Forms has to offer! You have probably used Forms to create a survey or give a quiz, but that's not all Forms can do!

Why ‘integration’ is key to replace resumes with digital portfolios

The Christensen Institute

One of the best pieces of parenting advice I’ve received came from the famous book How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. In it, the authors suggest that to engage cooperation from your children, write a note. The idea is that writing a note can be far more effective than lecturing or yelling at children. Most children love receiving notes, and they will often respond with a note or drawing of their own in addition to following what the note says.

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New for Spring CUE 2018: The CUE Adventure!


This year, we’re transforming our exhibit hall into an epic adventure with the help of our friends at Classcraft! The CUE Adventure gamifies the conference experience as you and other educators visit vendors and see what’s the latest in ed tech.

This Is So Cool! OK Go Teams Up With Google & Creates Classroom Materials For Their Videos

Larry Ferlazzo

I’ve previously posted some of the group OK Go’s music videos, and was pleased to read today that they had teamed-up with Google to create the OK Go Sandbox , a collection of classroom activities connected to their music.

Flipping Awesome Science

The CoolCatTeacher

Marc Seigel on episode 273 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. 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 To Get Along With Teachers That Think Differently Than You

TeachThought - Learn better.

How To Get Along With Teachers That Think Differently Than You by Terry Heick While the call to innovate learning is strong, it isn’t an easy process for the classroom teacher even if they have strong understanding, resources, and wherewithal. With all of the admonishment to drag education (kicking and screaming) into the 21st century, […]. The post How To Get Along With Teachers That Think Differently Than You appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Experienced Teacher Terry Heick

3 Reasons the Amazon mega-partnership is fertile ground for innovation

The Christensen Institute

Originally published on The Health Care Blog. Amazon has chosen its initial partners for its foray into healthcare—Berkshire Hathaway, the third largest public company in the world, and JPMorgan Chase, one of the largest banks in the world. Their mission is ambitious: to check the rise in health costs while concurrently enhancing patient satisfaction and outcomes. Can these three companies, none of which have expertise in healthcare, truly make a dent in healthcare costs? I would argue yes.

5 Ways I’ve Redesigned My Rubric and You Should Too


In Fair Haven Innovates , students from 4th to 8th grade follow the same design process. They use our design process to solve problems, create solutions, and turn these solutions into real products that they can sell to turn a real profit.

How a Chinatown school is trying to bring more diversity to theater

The Hechinger Report

The P.S. 124 Theatre Club performs a musical adaptation of the animated movie “Madagascar.” In the foreground, music teacher Ryan Olsen operates the sound on a laptop. Photo: Eveline Chao for The Hechinger Report. NEW YORK — It’s 3 p.m.

What part of your life do you water with your words?

The CoolCatTeacher

Day 62 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. When someone asks you about your day, what is the first thing you call to mind? A complaint? Or a positive? What do you play when you talk about your day?

3 Simple Ways To Create A More Positive Classroom Atmosphere

TeachThought - Learn better.

3 Simple Ways To Create A More Positive Classroom Atmosphere by TeachThought Staff Here are two questions to think about as you reflect on your daily instruction. When students enter my room, are they happy to be here? When they leave, are they smiling and feeling positive about their experience?

A Deeper Look at the Whole School Approach to Behavior


To hear a podcast version of this story, check out the MindShift Podcast on Apple Podcasts , NPR One , Google Play or wherever you get your podcasts. . Classroom management is an essential tool for an effective teacher, but it’s not always easy to do well.

e-Library A Great Source for Digital, Audio Books


Raz-Kids Solid choice for leveled readings and progress-tracking Pros: In addition to the huge library of leveled texts, teachers get a detailed view of students' progress, even as they read independently.

TEACHER VOICE: ‘Compassion might not stop a bullet, but it may prevent someone from pulling the trigger in the first place’

The Hechinger Report

February 21, 2018 — Students walk out of class in Washington, D.C., to demand gun control legislation at a gathering outside the White House. Photo: © Erin Scott/ZUMA Wire/

Active Learning in the Science Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Glen Westbroek on episode 271 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Thirty-three-year Presidential Award Winning science teacher Glen Westbroek believes in creating active learning experiences in his science classroom.