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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Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email. If a teacher is using Google Classroom, they need to use hyperdocs.

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How to Teach Bravery

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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 www.advancementcourses.com/coolcat.

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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. If you don’t have Google Docs, just use this PDF.

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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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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

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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 Make Math Moments That Matter

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Kyle Pearce shares how to inspire math learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Math shouldn’t break your heart. But how? Subscribe to the Show Get Credit! If you don’t have Google Docs, just use this PDF.

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How to Teach Social Emotional Learning with the Arts (aka SEAL)

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Learn what she did, how it impacted students and her thoughts on this method of teaching social emotional learning. Now is the time to plan your professional development with Advancement Courses. These online classes can be taken anywhere, anytime with up to six months to complete.

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How to Design Learning Spaces in Libraries

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Carolyn Foote takes us to the center of this trend to take us inside how she redesigned her learning space and the thought process behind it. As you plan your school’s strategy, you’ll want to have conversations about this show.

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 Design the Classroom for Effective Education #notatiste19

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Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by email. Stay tuned, also, to the Cool Cat Teacher Blog for some other learning.

How to Help A Student Who Is Always In the Principal’s Office

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Andy Jacks, Award Winning Principal and former principal's office frequenter, shares his perspective From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Some students just seem to “live” in the principal’s office. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit!

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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.

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.

iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education

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Emily Lynch talks about how to use iPads in the classroom to differentiate instruction. So many good ways exist to use iPads but how can we personalize it and make it unique? Now, that’s good stuff for every K-2nd grade iPad or Google Play enabled tablet!

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. Check out “A Quick Way to Make Groups” at coolcatteacher.com/groups Get Credit!

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How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

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Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective , and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others. You know, what do we say to ourselves?

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5 Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom

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Rob Donatelli on episode 510 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Want to help students learn and be more refreshed? The Urkund system is highly accurate, cost-effective , and even better, doesn’t sell licenses to students or others.

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.

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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How to Use Google Keep in the Classroom

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Today Crystal Koenig talks about Google Keep. She uses it to organize her students, clubs, and so many things. She’ll share her tips and tricks and even when she decides to use Evernote instead. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

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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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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.

150+ Digital Activities for the K-2 Classroom Inside One Simple App

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For iPad and Google Play Tablet Devices of All Kinds From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Digital Learning Collection has over 150 apps for kindergarten to second-grade classrooms. Plus, I’ll tell you how to get your free 30-day trial.

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Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

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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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ACE Mentor Relationship Building with Google Drive and Google Classroom

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Stephanie Goldman and her first-year mentee Lindsay George have used Google Drive and Google Classroom to supercharge their mentor/mentee relationship. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e316.

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

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Literature teachers are sure to be excited! Students can log in with their Google ID or set up an account. You can assign texts for students to read. Click to see Owl Eyes. Browse or search the Owl Eyes library to see if your upcoming book is included.

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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Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

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During the last four years of using flipped classroom techniques, I’ve come to rely on what is called the “in-flip” — I show the videos in class and interact with students to help them do in-class activities with what they’ve learned. How Does Edpuzzle Work?

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How to Give Teachers Choice in Professional Development

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In this episode, she talks about the revolutionary way she recently held teacher PD (using video instruction and face to face meetings) and what she learned. Go to coolcatteacher.com/give to submit your project. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit!

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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. Project Pals connects with Google Classroom but also lets me see the detail on which students are contributing and participating.

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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.

Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

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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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