How to Teach Bravery

The CoolCatTeacher

Michelle Cottrell-Williams on episode 603 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Bravery, vulnerability, acceptance of others, acceptance of yourself — these can be difficult things to teach. Go to

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Using Blog Tools Since 2006

Learning With Lucie

Recently I asked my graduate students to share their experience with digital portfolios. I would have to say that my experience started in the late 90's when were first learned how to publish on the web using HTML and FTP, but in 2006 when I discovered blogging tool I quickly knew that a new digital portfolio platform had been born. We had been using web design tools to document our learning and create web sites about our community for a few years.

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How to Turn off Blue Light on Your iPhone/ Ipad at Night

The CoolCatTeacher

You might need to turn off blue light on your phone. ” We’ve known this since 2006 , This Psychology Today article can help explain why your teenager may be awake ALL NIGHT. I recorded a quick video and am telling everyone I know to make sure they set their iPhones and iPads up this way — especially for kids. I turn off blue light in the evening until the morning so that if I have to look at my phone, it won’t wake me up so much. How to Guides.

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How to Get Motivated This Monday Morning

The CoolCatTeacher

Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Now she teaches at the university level to preservice teachers and teachers getting their master’s degree in special education. She was nationally board certified in 2002 and in 2006 was Mauldin High School’s Teacher of the Year and a Greenville County School District Teacher of the Year Top 10 Finalist.

How to Use Alexa Devices in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have seen the power it has to help children be more accepting of people different from themselves. Just go to to learn more. Listen to Dr. Brian Friedlander on the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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How to Keep Kids Safe

The CoolCatTeacher

Welcome to episode 296 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. If you’ve ever taught kids who have their own smartphones, you know how quickly social media problems can escalate at school. In today’s podcast, Shannon and I talk about what schools can do to prevent problems and make them less severe when they happen. Listen to the Audio. How to start conversations about digital citizenship with colleagues who are resistant to including it in the curriculum.

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How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education with Michael Cohen

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve been collaborating globally since 2006 and have seen the power it has to help children be more accepting of people different from themselves. Just go to to learn more. Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. He is the author of Educated By Design: Designing the Space to Experiment, Explore, and Extract Your Creative Potential.

How to Cope with Bullying

Ask a Tech Teacher

Started in 2006, it aims to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention around the world and is supported by hundreds of schools, corporations, and celebrities. While schools can sponsor month-long events, the most popular is to wear orange on October 19th, designated Unity Day. School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25%. Kids who are cyberbullied are more likely to: Use alcohol and drugs. Be unwilling to attend school.

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How to Embrace an Open Culture in Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Learning and Sharing Can Spread from Teacher to Teacher with George Couros From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This type of learning is called an open culture of learning and George Couros, author of the Innovator’s Mindset, shares how it works. Welcome to episode 300 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. Listen to the Audio. How does open culture relate to teacher professional development?

A Simple Guide to Podcasting in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

How to improve learning and listening in the classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teachers want their students to create, but don’t want to fight with clunky technology. Today’s show will help you understand one of the simplest technologies to use in the classroom: podcasting. In this episode, Tom Daccord and I discuss how to using podcasting in the classroom. Listen to the Audio.

How to Promote Additive Bilingualism over Subtractive Bilingualism in the Classroom


If you work with bilingual and English-language learning (ELL) children, the answer to this question could make a world of difference for your students. Read on to discover more about additive and subtractive bilingualism, as well as the many advantages of being bilingual.

How Differentiated Instruction Can Help You Reach Every Student in Class


If you can adapt your instruction to reflect your students’ needs and learning preferences, you can make class time more effective and help students become more engaged. In this article, we’ll go over what differentiated instruction is and how using this learning strategy can provide your students with the resources they need to succeed. Differentiated instruction is an educational strategy in which teachers adapt their instruction to meet the needs of their class.

How to Prevent the Summer Slide and Help Reduce Educational Inequality


School’s out, and it’s time for both teachers and students to relax before preparing for next year. But even over summer break, students still need educational opportunities so they can return to school strong and ready to learn more. Unfortunately, not all students have the same academic opportunities available to them during the summer. Summer vacation should, in part, be a break for students to relax after a long school year.

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ADHD in the Classroom: How to Teach and Support Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder


A survey of educators found that the majority lack enough information and classroom management strategies for students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and that they don’t feel capable to help them.[2] Tendency to fidget and trouble holding still.

How to Podcast with Your Students – SULS014

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Podcast with Your Students – SULS014 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this post and podcast episode, you will learn How to Podcast with Your Students, what tools to use, and how easy it is to get started! Back in 2006, my students created a podcast, “Miss Bell’s Chime Time!” You don’t have to share last names, photos, or videos, to give kids an audience. Click To Tweet.

How to hire more black principals

The Hechinger Report

A student offers Principal Macquline King-Morris a hug on his way to the gym with his class at Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center in Chicago. CHICAGO — Principal Macquline King-Morris stepped out of the way of two lines of students heading to the Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center gym. But the stream of elementary school kids rerouted themselves to deliver hugs, high fives and huge grins. That was crucial [to New Leaders].”.

Epic Guide To Game Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

100+ Game Based Learning Resources to Get Started in Your Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We can use them to teach. Not only do they battle the monsters of ignorance in quiz battle-games but when they type faster, they earn gold coins to buy awesome outfits for their avatar. And despite what some may think, the game is not required to motivate great behavior because I don’t even try to reward everything.

How to Focus on Conceptual Understanding While Practicing Student Thinking Skills: Simplifying Approaches to Teaching & Learning Series (Part 2)


This post is part of a 6-part series highlighting how we, as IB teachers, can bring Approaches to Teaching to our classroom and challenge students to engage in Approaches to Learning. In the first part of the series, we started with some basics about Approaches to Teaching and Learning (ATLs) as an integral component of the IB curriculum. But, as they apply to the IB Diploma Programme (DP), let’s stick to the framework adopted by the IBO.

A guide for how to select the best tech tools for your school

eSchool News

With ed-tech spending expected to reach $55B by 2019 as predicted by market research firm Technavio, schools and districts should ensure they can produce carefully-crafted technology plans that outline how technology will work successfully in classrooms. When it comes to creating a technology plan, successes are largely driven by effective district- or school-wide technology committees that involve all stakeholders in the creation of the tech plan.

Discipline Outdoes Talent—Here’s How

Fractus Learning

The grade we never want to have to give. Are some students simply doomed to low marks forever? Can their brains only struggle to deliver D-level work? In…studies of both secondary school and university students, self-discipline has surpassed intelligence test scores to better predict school performance, attendance, and graduation honors. How do we help our students learn to prioritize appropriately? 6 Tips to Teach a Student Discipline.

How To Find A School Your Kids Will Love (And That You Will, Too)


” That’s one of the many quotes that has made Sir Ken Robinson’s 2006 lecture on rethinking the nation’s schools become one of the most popular TED talks — with more than 50 million views. In his new book, You, Your Child, and School: Navigate Your Way to the Best Education, Robinson takes his ideas about what a school should be and translates them into specific things parents can look for. I always encourage parents to take a look at the curriculum.

36 Edtech Tools I’m Using Right Now in My Classroom and Life

The CoolCatTeacher

and a Link to a Free Resource with More Tips From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. So many of these tools are new to me. It is amazing how I use them every single day. Today I’m celebrating my friend Jennifer Gonzalez’s 2016 The Teacher’s Guide to Tech. She also has a Technology Jump Start Course with 8 modules to help get you comfortable with technology in the classroom.)

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The Changing Roles of Teachers: What Research Indicates. Part I of II

Battelle for Kids

Driving Question: How Do Changing Times Impact the Description of Teacher Effectiveness? When we think of the classroom teacher's roles and responsibilities, most likely planning instruction, delivering instruction, assessing student learning, and managing the classroom environment come to mind (Stronge, 2007). These are typical ways we know how to think about what a teacher does in and outside of the classroom. Volume 2, Issue 13, Number 3.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices – Free Webinar

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter We took our school from a physical school on a Friday to a distance learning campus by Monday. However, I want to share and talk more about this. I also know that that I too have a lot to learn, even though I’ve been teaching online since 2006 and have collaborated globally for years. They know how to do distance learning.

How Vulnerability Can Make Your Classroom a Safer Place

The CoolCatTeacher

Today 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. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” How to combat shame. Her favorite classes to teach are Sociology and ESOL World History II.

Using Hybrid and Blended Learning to Promote Student-Centered Classrooms


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to progress, many classrooms remain online in some capacity. Now is a particularly helpful time to consider implementing blended or hybrid learning, two strategies that allow for independent or remote learning. Stronger connection to digital natives.

15 Activities, Teaching Strategies, and Resources for Teaching Children with Autism


Because approximately 1 in 59 students are diagnosed with autism, learning how to help students with this disorder in the classroom is so important.[1] And the more you learn about autism spectrum disorder , the better you’ll be able to prepare these students for lifelong success.

4 Strategies Designed to Drive Metacognitive Thinking

Catlin Tucker

More formally, “metacognition was originally referred to as the knowledge about and the regulation of one’s cognitive activities in learning processes” (Veenman, Van Hout-Wolters, & Afflerbach, 2006, p.3). When students fail to set goals, they lack focus.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

Any adult knows that bullying is no longer relegated to the playground or the neighborhood. Kids don’t expect that and often don’t know how to handle it. In October 2006, thirteen-year-old Megan Meier hung herself in her bedroom closet after suffering months of cyberbullying. She believed her tormentors’ horrid insults, never thought she could find a way to stop them, and killed herself. How serious is it? be unwilling to attend school.

Improve Your Teaching By Doing a Few Things Well

The CoolCatTeacher

Too many jobs to do. You’ll learn easy tips to apply in your life as a teacher. Welcome to episode 301 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, George Couros and I discuss how to bring teachers and schools into an open culture of learning and teacher improvement. Listen to the Audio. How can teachers do more by focusing on less? For more information on simplicity, listen to the Innovate Like a Turtle episode.

ISTE 2018: Where I?ll Be Presenting and Joining in the Learning #iste18

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve been going most years since 2006 and while it overwhelms me, it is truly an awesome learning experience. This post is full of resources to get the most of your ISTE 2018 experience whether you are there (or not.). Places to Join: Free LiveStreamed Events for ISTE.

9 Resources for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

In October 2006, thirteen-year-old Megan Meier hung herself in her bedroom closet after suffering months of cyberbullying. She believed her tormentors’ horrid insults, never thought she could find a way to stop them, and killed herself. How serious is it? Bullied to Death.

4 Ways to Teach With Play

The CoolCatTeacher

Welcome to episode 295 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Leanna Prater and I discuss how to use play in the classroom to teach. I’m also unveiling a new listening guide for you to use with this show. Listen to the Audio. In this episode, you’ll learn: Four powerful ways to teach your students with play. Several examples of technology and hands-on tools to create a playful learning environment.

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How a struggling school for Native Americans doubled its graduation rate

The Hechinger Report

Fewer than a third of students scored above average on math and reading tests compared to peers nationwide, according to a study commissioned by the Bureau of Indian Education. In 2006, the Native American Community Academy (NACA) launched as a charter school in Albuquerque with the aim of increasing college enrollment in tribal communities, partly by incorporating native culture into the curriculum. Our video shows how the model is working.

Schools Will Never Return to Business as Usual. Here’s How They Can Make the Most of Our New Reality.


Elected officials are making decisions contrary to recommended guidelines that can leave school leaders in an impossible situation of shouldering accountability for health and safety while lacking the control to do so. I’m going to try to hang on to my teachers,” Jackson says. “We