20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

The CoolCatTeacher

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.

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.

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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?

Your Guide to Preventing and Responding to School Bullies

Waterford

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a campaign founded by PACER to eradicate bullying across the country. According to school bullying statistics, 37% of children report having been bullied before, but only 31% of this number reported it to an adult.[5]

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What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

The CoolCatTeacher

Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Additionally, Chad talks about how he orients students to the maker space and the biggest problems he’s had with it (and how he’s solving them.)

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How To Get Started Teaching Online

EdNews Daily

Welcome back to our “Teacher Feature Series,” where we chat with educators who work online across borders. My name is Shaundra Schlapia, and I teach students in various elementary grades and middle grades one-on-one lessons with HAWO American Academy. Click to tweet.

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How to Serve Students With Special Needs From Afar

Edsurge

About 14 percent of all public school students receive special education services, and for many of them the switch to remote learning has been difficult on families and the schools that teach them every day. How are schools adjusting? What resources are they turning to? And what’s most important to focus on? To that last question, Sean Arnold, a STEM coach and special educator for the New York City Department of Education, has a suggestion.

3 Teacher Money Making Opportunities Using Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Jessica Gordon @1337teach shares three ways teachers can use technology to make money this summer (or anytime.) Download the transcript of this show or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

How to Make an Impact as a Tech Coach

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Make an Impact as a Tech Coach appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Coaching a coach is an exciting experience, but everyone has struggles that they need to mastermind one in a while. Many of the barriers that Alison faces each day are likely similar to yours.

Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards

The Hechinger Report

2, 2014 photo, teacher Joy Burke surprises her students with homemade cookies as they leave their fifth grade class at John Hay Elementary school in Seattle. Cookies and math tend to go together in an elementary school classroom. In this Thursday, Oct.

The 5-Second Rule And Other Myths: How to Protect Kids’ Health At School

EdNews Daily

Five seconds might fly by to us, but to microbes, it’s plenty of time to hitch a ride on fallen food. Of course, try telling that to a hungry kindergartener whose ham sandwich hit the cafeteria floor. Taking off for deep cleaning isn’t isolated to that one case.

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The Social Media Game Elementary School Students Should Be Playing

The Innovative Educator

Fortunately, my employer supports this and as such, we have been incorporating the voice of students in the guidelines around social media (You can see the teen guidelines at schools.nyc.gov/socialmedia ). Most recently I had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of elementary students about social media and which platforms they are using. Admittedly, I''m not much of a user of social media platforms for the under 13 set, so I knew I had a lot to learn.

Imagining the Awesome Future of Automobiles

The CoolCatTeacher

In addition to true STEM projects, we also work to include the arts in all subjects. Entry Guidelines The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is open to children aged 4 – 15 in the United States. How to Use the U.S. Help Your Students Enter the U.S.

Wanda Terral: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, Wanda Terral talks about how to help kids understand digital safety. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e305.

When kids go back to school, who’s going to drive the bus?

The Hechinger Report

For the past three months, Bridget and Jerry Boyce have taken every precaution to avoid bringing the novel coronavirus into their rural Oregon home. After schools closed, they chose not to participate in a meal-delivery program to students’ homes.

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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Top 10 Social Networking Guidelines for Educators Who Wish to Keep Their Career Intact

EdTechSandyK

I put this together about two months ago at the request of some educational technology professionals I know who were curious about boundaries when it comes to what to post and do on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. I tweaked it just this week to present to a group of elementary (K-5) teachers. Would you want to discuss those things in person with your boss, students, students’ parents, or co-workers?

Technology and Digital Media in the Classroom: A Guide for Educators

Waterford

Technology has done more to change school curriculum and practices than nearly anything else—and in such a short amount of time! By learning to view it as a means of enhancing your lessons and resources, you can provide your students with tools and opportunities they may not otherwise access.

5 Fast Ways to Give Positive Feedback

The CoolCatTeacher

Principal Meredith Akers shares how to motivate and encourage others From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Have you ever made the mistake of giving other people the kind of feedback you want to receive – but it just fell flat?

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TEACHER VOICE: Reimagine schools? We must widen our starting points

The Hechinger Report

This week, we were treated to another spectacle in the long-running saga of reopening U.S. and called for the CDC to revise its guidelines to facilitate this. The decision to reopen schools, as well as how and what to prioritize, is extraordinarily complex.

The Surprising Science of Life Changing Moments

The CoolCatTeacher

Perhaps it was a comment or it was a moment and although it may not have seemed to be anything to others around you, you experienced a seismic shift in how you viewed yourself. Dr. Michael Rousell studies these moments and relates them to neuroscience.

Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If there is someone other than the teacher managing the makerspace or there is a schedule for the school, your kids may only be able to use it once a week or month. The educator can assist learners in the interview process including how to develop interview questions.

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3 steps to implementing an ecosystem of phonics-based learning

eSchool News

When Florida State Assessment scores revealed that our third-graders were under-performing in reading, my colleagues and I analyzed the data to determine the root cause of performance. The data showed a need for an explicit, phonics-based approach to literacy for our young students.

Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development

User Generated Education

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said in a statement, “Even high quality professional development must be directly relevant to the needs of teachers and genuinely improve teaching and learning.” Time to Tinker and Play. Ability to Tailor to Own Needs.

1st Grade digital PBL: Does it work?

Neo LMS

Project-based learning , as we have often examined in this blog, is a powerful way to not only impart information, by exploration, but has the added advantage of stimulating and developing a range of other skills and habits such as communication, creativity, curiosity, confidence and collaboration.

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Educators as Purveyors of Hope

User Generated Education

I sought this degree due to my affinity towards at-risk and adjudicated youth. I have since become a teacher educator (with some teaching of elementary gifted students at a few Title 1 schools thrown in). The goal, though, is for you to develop your own sense of hope.”

Demonstrating the Impact of Powerful Learning: HP Teaching Fellows and Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

If you’ve ever found yourself in Baltimore and walked into Katie Dell’s classroom, you would see students personalizing their learning experience by choosing from an array of activities that are designed to help them work toward their learning goals.

A Back-to-School, Personalized Learning Toolkit

Edsurge

Growing up, I received what was largely a one-size-fits-all education; as a result, I struggled to connect academically to this model. Today, I’m amazed at the impact technology can have on the learning process—especially when it enables teachers to personalize learning.

K-12 Education in the Post-COVID Era

Kitaboo on EdTech

How the next few months will play out across the world is quite uncertain. Institutions need to start thinking about the impact of this pandemic and the resulting disruption on K-12 education globally. Educators across the country are reacting in real-time to the new situation.

Website Review: Prodigy Game

Ask a Tech Teacher

There are a lot of online math systems to help students through one of school’s toughest subjects (if not science). Each one proclaim s they have the way to teach students while having fun, in ways that are aligned with state and national standards. Free (fee upgrade to Premium).

This District Helps Young Kids Identify Their Interests — and Ideal Careers

Edsurge

She was teaching fourth grade when a new integrated curriculum focused on careers was introduced district-wide—and it was making her lessons more relevant to the real world. The students just rose to the occasion of learning about themselves.”

Teaching teachers to relinquish control

The Christensen Institute

The new report How to create higher performing, happier classrooms in seven moves: A playbook for teachers ” tells stories of teachers who improved student engagement and academic results by introducing seven specific, practical moves into their classrooms that replicate the successes of top managers in cutting-edge workplaces. To do this, a teacher must free students from teacher-delivered instruction and give them content and lessons that they can learn independently.

SEL Can Help Special Educators Address Rapidly Evolving Remote Learning Requirements

Edsurge

This is the third of a three-part series looking at how social-emotional learning strategies can support teachers of students with learning differences during the pandemic. And with no precedent to draw on. In reality, the requirements will continue to change.

How SEL Can Promote Hard Conversations About Mental Health

Edsurge

Through each heartbreaking loss, administrators and staff worked to find lifesaving mental health supports and strategies for the 30,0000 students in Kansas' second largest district. “We EdSurge: How does SEL fit into your efforts to support students’ mental health?

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Multiple Choice

Digital Promise

One of the key elements of the curriculum-design approach known as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is student engagement — creating opportunities for students to become engaged and stay motivated, to believe that what they’re learning is important, and to feel capable in their learning. Fostering engagement — knowing your students, knowing how to make the material sing to them — is where the art of teaching is on full display, says author Katie Novak in UDL Now! ,

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