How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

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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

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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.

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Hyperdocs: How To’s and Tips for Teachers

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The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective , and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. Listen to Lisa Scumpieru Give an overview of Hyperdocs Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. On Monday, they’re going to peer edit.

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How to Empower Teachers

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Listen to the Show Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit! Some schools, districts, and organizations allow credit for listening to podcasts. However, this is at no additional cost to you.

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5 Steps to Gamify Your Elementary Classroom

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Heather Marrs shares how to get started with gamifying your classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How could you take your whole elementary classroom year and gamify it? Subscribe to the Show Get Credit!

How to Help Kids Who Hate Math Learn It

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Dan Meyer on episode 513 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today Dan Meyer @ddmeyer gives us tips and advice for helping kids who hate math learn to love it. Listen Now Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

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How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

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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 Finish The School Year Strong

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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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16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As we struggle with the coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, many of us educators are figuring out how to prepare to teach online. Whether you want to or not, go ahead and set up now.

How to Engage Students and Find Your Creative Breakthrough

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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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Helping Autistic Students Travel by Making Books

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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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Epic Classroom Blogging with Elementary Students

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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].

How to Know You Make a Difference #LoveTeaching

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In this heartwarming episode, Christie shares one of the stories of how she knows she is making a difference. As we continue to celebrate #LoveTeaching week, remember to share your story of why you love to teach.

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

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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

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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.

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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Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

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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.

How to Promote Deeper Learning with the 4 Shifts

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Julie Graber on Episode 497 The four shifts is a new education technology paradigm shared in the book Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning by Scott McLeod and Julie Graber. On today’s show, Julie discusses these four shifts and how it compares to other models such as SAMR.

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5 Ways to Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom Now

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Connie Hamilton on Episode 495 To create a classroom culture of inquiry, we can follow these five techniques. Whether you want to follow education technology, special education, math, or just teaching best practices , SmartBrief has an email newsletter for you.

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7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

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Now, I strive to have personal interest projects for just about everything. Whether you’re already having genius hour at your school or you want to get started, this blog post will give you ideas for getting started with genius hour, no matter the age or grade.

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.

Effective Grouping Strategies in the Classroom

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Grades 3-8 – how to Guide Small Groups Based on Readers, Not the Book) helps us understand how to start our school year with a plan for grouping students in reading groups that works. However, this is at no additional cost to you.

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How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

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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. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down.

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3 Free Ways Teachers and Students Can Collaborate Globally

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Both challenges have students designing STEM or STEAM solutions to our world’s problems and submitting their solutions via video and an online application form. Listen to Michael Drezek talk about Our Global Classroom Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

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20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

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Ideas to help you spark creativity in your classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Creativity is something that we have to nurture as teachers. Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.

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

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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.

5 Ideas for Helping Parents Read with their Kids (No Matter Their Age)

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Amy Mascott on episode 475 Frederick Douglass said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Today, the show features reading expert, Amy Mascott, about how parents and teachers can help older children develop a love of reading.

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5 Ideas to Experience Inquiry in Your Classroom

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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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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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5 Ways to Curate Texts That Inspire Readers

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Julie Wright on episode 550 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Students need to be surrounded by books that inspire them to read and rejoice in books. But how do we curate those texts to inspire our readers?

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The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

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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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5 Home and Smart Phone Filtering Options for Parents

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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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Overcoming 5 Barriers to the Implementation of PBL

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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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10 Ways to Use Screencasting for Formative Assessment

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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.

Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers

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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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