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.

5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

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

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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How to Host a Student Media Festival

The CoolCatTeacher

Mike Lawrence, a current organizer of the longest running student media festival in the country, shares how to set up and run your own media festival. Legends of Learning has awesome free science games and activities to celebrate earth day on April 22. It’s up to them.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

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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Improve Student Behavior Now!

The CoolCatTeacher

Darrian Tanner on Episode 471 of the 10-Minute Teacher I talked to my son, and he says that when a teacher has excellent classroom management, it means he can learn, and when they don’t, it means chaos and stress for everybody. The courses are all online and self-paced.

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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.

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 www.coolcatteacher.com/empatico to learn more. Brian S.

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The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

Download the transcript PDF by clicking here or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. Three components to help teach vocabulary. How modeling vocabulary acquisition is important.

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Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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5 Ways to Teach Digital Citizenship (and the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship)

The CoolCatTeacher

What are the essential things we need to teach students about digital citizenship? How can we simply help them understand using examples and research (because we know lecture doesn’t work so well on this topic.) All of the nine topics that I like to teach begin with P: passwords, property, photographs, permissions, privacy, professionalism, permanence, and protection. Today’s Sponsor: Advancement Courses. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Lisa Scumpieru, 10th-grade Literature Teacher, gives us a crash course in Hyperdocs. That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Go to coolcatteacher.com/samsungsolve to learn more. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Team Building with Elementary Students

User Generated Education

Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. I meet with two groups of gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th, for a full day each week. They often need to run together to get under the ball.

5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

We need more strategies than fist to five or thumbs up thumbs down. Sponsor: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn more about how Laura’s classroom has become more modern and simplified with these valuable tools. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e317. See Hyperdocs: How To’s and Tips for Teachers. How does that work?

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Service Learning: Grants and FREE Resources to Help Your Students Serve and Grow

The CoolCatTeacher

We Volunteer Now has fantastic resources, and they’re awarding $250 grants for 500 schools to use toward volunteer projects. Transform your school by helping students design their own project to inspire and improve their community. Teacher checklists to keep you on track.

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology (#4 episode of Season 3)

The CoolCatTeacher

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. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

7 Ways My Interactive Display is a Key Part of My Student-Centered Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

When they voted to eliminate a photo, they’d remove it until we selected the final photograph. In this post, I’ll be sharing seven pedagogical shifts that make interactive displays a key to a student-centered classroom. I love standing back like I did today to watch them work.

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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. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification.

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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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.

Inspiring a Love of Writing in Fifth Graders

The CoolCatTeacher

Classroom teacher Faith Maria Brody talks about how she inspires a love of writing in her fifth graders. Today’s Sponsor: Advancement Courses. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Ann Oro: Developing A Digital Citizenship Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Ann also talks about the fifth-grade course piloted by Seton Hall in two of her schools. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e314. So today we’re going to talk about, “What should we be teaching kids about digital citizenship?”.

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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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.

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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5 Habits of Healthy Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s Sponsor: Advancement Courses. From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

Last month, Nat Malkus of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) published a study on the trends in Advanced Placement course offerings in public schools from 2000 to 2012. The data shows that from 2008 to 2012, the percentage of public schools offering AP courses declined from 79 percent to 74 percent, a backslide from the eight percent increase in schools offering AP courses eight years prior. Some districts, of course, have embraced this potential.

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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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Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review: Awesome VR in 360

The CoolCatTeacher

After what seemed like five minutes, I took off the headset — to find it was 12:30 a.m.! In this blog post, I’ll share my experience, tell you how you can enter to win your own headsets and STEAM lab makeover, and give my predictions for the future of virtual reality.

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. Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. How can they reach those kids?

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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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Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor. 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. How’s that going?

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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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Helping Autistic Students Travel by Making Books

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. How to Find the books.

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5 Ideas to Change Teaching with Digital Tools

The CoolCatTeacher

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. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359. How cute!

4 Geeky Gifts for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

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. And Shane’s like, “Of course you can.”.

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How to increase LMS success using training

Neo LMS

When you implement a new LMS in your school , you want to ensure its success. But how can you measure LMS success? An easy way to do this is by setting goals for what you want to achieve with it and measure them. The best way to control this is through training.

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