Effective Grouping Strategies in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Barry Hoonan on episode 539 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today, you’ll get advice for creating grouping strategies for your classroom from an expert teacher and author on the subject. Barry Hoonan, author of What Are You Grouping For?

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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.

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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.

How to Help Kids Who Hate Math Learn It

The CoolCatTeacher

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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10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

A few weeks ago, I published a blog titled “ 8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online.” ” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners. Group 4-6 students on a shared Google Slide presentation.

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 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 Teach AI in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

These let the teacher: View all student experiences in one place Edit and View Experiences in one place Share Student Experiences as a group Metaverse is free for teachers and students to create as many AR experiences as you want.

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16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

The CoolCatTeacher

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.

Station Rotation Model: Grouping Strategies

Catlin Tucker

This model is an easier shift for elementary teachers who are already use learning stations with students. Unfortunately, most secondary teachers do not learn how to design lessons using stations in credential school. Work directly with small groups of students.

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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.

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. Materials: One egg per group.

Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter STEM can level up and it must begin to include underrepresented communities of women and minorities. Summer is a great time to learn how to do that as you prepare for fall and back to school.

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Anti-Racist Activities for Upper Elementary and Middle School Students

User Generated Education

I am planning to do anti-racist activities with my elementary students (5th and 6th graders) this coming fall. When you’re essentially [teaching] a kid to be anti-racist, you’re deliberately encouraging them to talk about race and Racism.

How to Promote Deeper Learning with the 4 Shifts

The CoolCatTeacher

On today’s show, Julie discusses these four shifts and how it compares to other models such as SAMR. Listen to Julie Graber Talk About the Four Shifts Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. However, this is at no additional cost to you.

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How to Create in AR and VR

The CoolCatTeacher

These let the teacher: View all student experiences in one place Edit and View Experiences in one place Share Student Experiences as a group Metaverse is free for teachers and students to create as many AR experiences as you want.

7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

The CoolCatTeacher

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.

How to Boost Family Involvement through Parent-Teacher Conferences

Waterford

It’s easy to let the conference season catch us by surprise, but did you know that parent-teacher conferences are one of the best ways to boost parent engagement? A parent-teacher conference gives you a chance to discuss a student’s progress in-depth with families.

Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. As a team, ask learners to sketch out possible solutions.

5 Ways to Curate Texts That Inspire Readers

The CoolCatTeacher

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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Teaching Elementary-Level Learners About the Brain

User Generated Education

Judy Willis in How to Teach Students About the Brain writes: If we want to empower students, we must show them how they can control their own cognitive and emotional health and their own learning. Teaching students how the brain operates is a huge step.

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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10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Video and Infographic From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teachers are moving from face to face classrooms to online classrooms quickly. Top online course designers who have also taught face to face tell us how.

Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

The CoolCatTeacher

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 Build Your PLN

Ask a Tech Teacher

’ You might even understand the purpose of a PLN–to provide educators with a collaborative learning environment–but think you don’t need one, or staff development provided by your school is all you can handle. According to D. How to build a PLN.

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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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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 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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How To Take the "Guess Work" Out of "Group Work" to Encourage Project Based Learning

Kleinspiration

Collaborative Project Based Learning with Analytics - click here to try Ignite Teaching - I firmly believe each teacher must start integrating technology at the point where he or she is most comfortable. I'm often asked, "How I do it all." Just give them the email you used to register.

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Ideas for Project-Based Learning at the Elementary Level

EdTechTeacher

In February, I had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. – Consider student access to hardware, software, and the Internet. What steps would you take to prepare for a major flood on Cape Cod?

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. He was kind enough to write my forward.

Helping Students Find Passion and Purpose: Barbara Bray

The CoolCatTeacher

She teaches us strategies and helps us think about how to make our classrooms better. Note: There were so many great quotes in this show, I’ve made some graphics for you to share. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How do we find our passion and purpose again?

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Physical Education w/ #Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Jarrod Robinson @mrrobbo gives us the apps, tools, and mindset to rock physical education class. This conversation is so much fun and will give PE teachers and coaches lots of ideas for using technology to improve sports performance and get fit. Today we talk to my favorite P.E.

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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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