How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed 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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Creating Elementary Portfolios with SeeSaw

The CoolCatTeacher

When you have shared iPads, Seesaw is a fantastic way to get the work off the iPads and into the online classroom. If you’re using iPads, your whole elementary school can have their own personal portfolios in a safe, private way. Workflow using SeeSaw in the elementary Classroom.

How to Finish The School Year Strong

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How to Finish The School Year Strong. How can we finish strong?

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How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Resources to Learn More.

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How to Engage Students and Find Your Creative Breakthrough

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. WE get to choose.

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Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

The CoolCatTeacher

Master music teacher Amy Burns shares how her music students use Seesaw as a place for performance and sharing with parents and grandparents. Right now, my students are creating and managing a project as they are creating a podcast to record powerful stories from the recent storms in our area.

Epic Classroom Blogging with Elementary Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Rayna is full-scale using blogging to teach writing. In today’s show, Rayna teaches us how she does it. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” To enter, use this widget to retweet and share this show.[/callout].

Iditarod Teacher: How to Connect and Learn from the Iditarod Race

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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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Iditarod Teacher: How to Connect and Learn from the Iditarod Race.

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Book Creator for Chrome: Product Review, Tips and Tricks for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsored by Book Creator, All Opinions My Own From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Book Creator has long been a favorite app on the iPad, and now it’s available for Google Chrome. Post sponsored by Book Creator. Book Creator Features.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques in your classroom. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom.

5 Ways to Help Kids of All Ages Code #HourofCode

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Here are your ideas to get started. Brian Aspinall, author of Code Breaker : 15+ Ways to Get Started with Coding, shares how students from kindergarten to high school can start to learn coding. Get ready to talk about Personalized Learning.

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Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

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Today’s guest, Steve Floyd, tells us how. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. Matific is a fantastic site full of math manipulatives and customized playlists of activities to help students at every level master math. Favorite tools to use with younger kids.

5 Ideas to Experience Inquiry in Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Kimberly Mitchell talks about how we can promote inquiry in the classroom. From helping students to effectively generate questions to modeling curiosity, we have five practical ideas to bring inquiry into our classroom. ” Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

We’ll also be giving away of their book Blended Vocabulary for K12 Classrooms: Harnessing the Power of Digital tools and Direct Instruction and you can enter by clicking here and following the instructions. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

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Overcoming 5 Barriers to the Implementation of PBL

The CoolCatTeacher

John Larmer, the editor at the Buck Institute, talks about common barriers to effective project-based learning and how to overcome them. I will be featuring this tool on my blog and newsletter this week- go to projectpals.com and sign up today. Listen to the Show.

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5 Home and Smart Phone Filtering Options for Parents

The CoolCatTeacher

Children with smartphones have unfiltered access to the Internet unless their parents make a decision to filter. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e245. Vicki: Today we’re talking to Mike Dougherty from Ohio.

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Connecting Your Students with the World: Book Review [Book]

The CoolCatTeacher

Connecting Your Students with the World: Book Review by Billy Krakower, Paula Naugle, Jerry Blumengarten (Eye on Education, 2015). Overwhelmed teachers who want to collaborate globally are going to love Connecting Your Students with the World. This book designed especially for grades K-8 classrooms. I’m excited to review this book. My favorite thing: The book organizes by month! You’ll learn how to take part.

Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more.

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10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

While I use it for my video tutorials, I also have my students make their own screencasts to help me assess their progress. In this blog post, I’ll share how I use screencasting to assess student work. They’re explaining their code and how it works.

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

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SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e308.

Owl Eyes: The Must-Get Web-App for Classical Literature Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Owl Eyes is a new, simple-but-powerful, and FREE web-app for reading classic books with your students. Literature teachers are sure to be excited! You can assign texts for students to read. Click to see Owl Eyes. What Books Are Included? How Do Annotations Work?

10 Ways to Personalize Learning for Students

The CoolCatTeacher

This blog post also comes with an infographic (PDF) that you can print and use to figure out tools to help you in your studies. To get links to all of these sites and information on installing Read&Write, download this handy infographic. Learn to Voice Type.

Game Based Learning in Action

The CoolCatTeacher

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 use games in the classroom effectively. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e26 8.

Trevor MacKenzie: 5 Ideas to Bring the Inquiry Mindset into Your Classroom Today

The CoolCatTeacher

Fantastic ideas to bring the inquiry mindset into the classroom including curiosity jars, provocations and more. Trevor MacKenzie gives us ideas to help kids become excited and curious. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e315.

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GradeCam: The Teacher’s Friend for Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

This past week, I took a tour of GradeCam, and in this post, I’ll share with you the features of this system and how it can save you time as a teacher. Rubrics : You can set up and fill in a rubric for student work, and then scan quickly to enter it into your grade book.

Effective Digital Citizenship Education

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher/e242.

5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

We need more strategies than fist to five or thumbs up thumbs down. Try Matific free now and sign up to join their Math games. Matific is a fantastic site full of math manipulatives and customized playlists of activities to help students at every level master math.

23+ Tips to Help Kids Organize by Learning Styles

The CoolCatTeacher

As I organize my tenth grader for back-to-school, I’m realizing that we’re still missing some important items. I’m glad all of the products I mention here are in stock all year long at Staples because kids will need them to get organized. Take Home to Mom – A cheerleader folder.

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5 Ways to Help Numbers Come Alive

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Rebecca Klemm @ numbersalive shares how to help numbers come alive for all ages. From toddler to teenager to Ph.D., Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down. 5 Ways to Help Numbers Come Alive.

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Why Elementary Schools Should Teach Kids to Play Poker

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Maria Konnikova doesn’t buy the "10,000 hour rule"—that theory popularized by Malcolm Gladwell that it takes at least 10,000 hours of serious practice to become a world-class expert at an activity. She believes she’s found a way to short-circuit it, and it involves marshmallows and poker.

5 Ways NOT to Implement Next Generation Science Standards

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Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now. And thanks to Legends of Learning for sponsoring science week this week on the 10-Minute Teacher. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 5 Ways NOT to Implement Next Generation Science Standards.

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Kayla Delzer: 3 Ways to Promote Student Leadership in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Kayla Delzer motivates us to relinquish control and empower students with three powerful examples. From student-led social media to students calling parents with score reports and student-led conferencing, these three ideas can help empower students in your classroom. It has to be kind.

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A first year teacher shares elements of an awesome mentoring experience

The CoolCatTeacher

Not only do they use Google Docs to plan, but they have a positive personal relationship. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e321. How has your first year gone? I don’t know what to think,” and she helped you with that?

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5 Ways to Stop Bullying in Every School

The CoolCatTeacher

Rick Rando, school empowerment speaker, shares what schools can do to help stop bullying. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 5 Ways to Stop Bullying in Every School. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher/e260. Rick: Well, basically, it all comes down to culture.

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Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and in Class Everyday

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course. How can they reach those kids?

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Infographics in Education with Eileen Lennon

The CoolCatTeacher

Today, infographic pro, Eileen Lennon, shares how she uses infographics, creates them, and why they’re such a powerful tool. To join the celebration, tune into the Twitter chat with me, fellow teachers, and the CME Group’s chief economist on April 26th at noon Eastern Time, using #PowerofEcon.

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A Stress Free Plan for Closing Out Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. In today’s show, Angela Watson talks about the best way to close down your classroom at the end of the school year: Why taking things down too soon can cause behavior problems.

Help Autistic Kids Travel by Making Ability Guidebooks

The CoolCatTeacher

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.

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District Leadership: Teacher-Driven Curriculum Design

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn how this process not only helps develop curriculum, it also develops teacher leaders and promotes the important conversations that need to happen. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e319. If not, what do we need to do?

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