10 Minute Teacher Podcast

10 Minute Teacher Podcast

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The remarkable teacher’s ten minute PD breakaway every weekday.


6 Tips to Close Out the School Year in Google Classroom
May 25 • 15 min
Google Classroom has been the tool of choice for many schools. Did you know that you need to “close out” the school year to set yourself up for success in the fall? In this episode, Kasey and I discuss how to effectively close out the school year….
How to Engage Kids in Distance Learning
May 25 • 10 min
Are your gradebooks like Swiss Cheese? Are there kids who are just missing? Today, Mary Howard, sixth grade science teacher in New York, talks about how we can engage kids in distance learning. These are not easy times to teach but they are important…
What Will School Be Like in the Fall after a COVID-19 Spring?
May 23 • 17 min
Today Joseph Fatheree, award-winning teacher and thought-leader talks about the conversations administrators, policymakers, and teachers are having about what “the Fall” looks like in K12 education. There are so many scenarios that could be possible…
Sustainability Spotlight: How to Empower Students to Tackle Sustainability Issues
May 20 • 9 min
We can tackle sustainability issues by empowering students. I would also think that this could apply to helping students be part of the solution for health in their communities and schools. Let’s face it, if we’re going to solve hard problems, we need…
Boom Cards: Engagement for Learning from a Distance
May 20 • 9 min
During distance learning, some teachers have found a new way to engage students — Boom Cards. Mary Howard is one of those teachers. She says it excites her sixth grade students in New York and gives us the low-down on why Boom Cards are so exciting…
Why Second and Third Chances Matter for Kids
May 18 • 10 min
New Hampshire State Teacher of the Year 2020, Kim Piper, works within the prison population of the state. She shares what she has learned from her time working with some amazing students in the prison system and compares it to what she learned as a…
5 Major Elements of a STEAM Mindset
May 18 • 7 min
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math comprise STEAM learning. However, there is more to a true STEM mindset than just the content. Today Tim Needles talks about five elements that comprise an effective STEAM mindset to help us bring these…
Why Kids Never Stop Moving: Neuroscience and a Student’s Need to Move
May 15 • 13 min
Have you ever wondered why kids never stop moving? Suzanne Cresswell shares the neuroscience behind student’s need for movement. Sponsor: In today’s challenging times, we know how critical it is to make sure kids are equipped with social and…
How PBL in Math Class Can Make Projects Unforgettable
May 12 • 9 min
In these times, part of being a teacher is to have meaningful online projects with engagement. PBL can create memorable learning with projects, and Lauren Harris uses projects to teach math. Sponsor: In today’s challenging times, we know how…
Absolutely Essential SEL Skills We Need During the Pandemic
May 11 • 10 min
Students, parents, and teachers have social emotional learning skills that are needed in today’s climate. Dr. Amy Cranston helps us understand how we can help our children (and families and schools) make it through this difficult time. Sponsor: In…
5 Ways to Build Effective Social and Emotional Learning Environments Online
May 11 • 10 min
The current education climate has created unique social-emotional challenges for students, parents, and teachers alike. Today, Dr. Amy Cranston helps us understand how to create effective social-emotional learning environments online. As we move…
50, Fit and Fantastic: How I Celebrated My Quarantine Birthday with Joy
May 4 • 20 min
This past year, I turned 50, lost 50 pounds, and ran a half marathon. So much has happened recently. Challenges, ups and downs, and joys. We all have them and so do I. However, the discipline to lose the weight and to run 19.3 miles in 2 days has…
4 Security Issues for Schools During Distance Education
Apr 24 • 12 min
Schools spend time, resources, and focus on security. Now, that security is moving online. What was once relegated to the IT department is now everybody’s business. In today’s show, I share four security issues that are on my mind. First, video…
21 Tools I Use to Manage Distance Learning
Apr 23 • 19 min
Today I share the tool kit and tips that have helped streamline distance learning at my school. Check out the shownotes for the list of tools and links. Sponsor:See which I shared recently on my blog. I share 10 important concepts we need…
The Covid-19 Education Question: Is this Really Learning?
Apr 22 • 9 min
As students learn from home, pundits and parents alike ask “is this really learning?” Yet, in every circumstance, students (and teachers) are learning something. What is it? Sponsor: See which I shared recently on my blog. I share 10…
All Systems Go – How We Went to Distance Learning without Missing a day
Apr 21 • 12 min
On a Friday, we had school in our physical building. By Monday, we had more students in our online school that we had on the previous Friday. In this episode, 10 Minute Teacher host, Vicki Davis, talks to production editor Vicki Morgan about the story…
How a 17 Year Old Student in New York is Giving Back
Apr 17 • 11 min
High school junior Jameson Cohen was looking forward to Spring Baseball Season. When he found out he’d be spending it at home, he turned it into a season of giving back. Not only was he able to feed and connect with people in need, he created a…
Top 10 Ways to Give Back While at Home
Apr 16 • 13 min
Research says that when students are engaged in service-learning, their immune system, heart rate and sense of well-being improves dramatically. Children are happiest when they feel a sense of purpose. Here are ten tips to help kids experience these…
Helping Kids Be Healthy and Whole While Learning from Home
Apr 15 • 12 min
Students can sense and even internalize the emotions their teachers are feeling, especially stress, depression and worry. Not only do we need to help kids stay physically healthy, we need to help them stay emotionally healthy. SEL expert Dr. Kim…
SEL and Physical Exercise - 8 weeks of Free Lessons
Apr 15 • 7 min
Social-emotional learning is a vital part of health and wellness. Today’s guest has some free word of the day SEL workouts for students. As students stay home, learn some ideas to help students be healthier at home during this time with some videos…
Free Ideas for Teaching Middle School Math Online #RemoteLearning
Apr 14 • 9 min
Math can be taught online. In today’s show, Noelle Pickering shares free ideas for teaching middle school math online. These ideas will help you teach math no matter where you or your students are online. Show Sponsor: Advancement Courses has a…
Community and #RemoteLearning Conversations with Brad Currie
Apr 13 • 8 min
How do teachers share information quickly as they have had to move to distance learning amid coronavirus school closures? Brad Currie shares how teachers are sharing #remotelearning best practices as well as what is happening with him and his school…
How Montana Teachers Are Responding to Stay At Home Challenges
Apr 13 • 11 min
Montana State Teacher of the Year, Dylan Huisken talks about online distance education learning. He shares how he is connecting with students during the Coronavirus crisis as students and teachers stay home and work to connect for learning in Montana….
An Oregon Teacher on Distance Learning at his School - Tyler Cienfuegos
Apr 12 • 8 min
Oregon was one of the earliest states to have to release students to learn from home. How are teachers handling things during coronavirus distance learning? Today, Oregon teacher Tyler Cienfuegos shares what is happening in Oregon and how they are…
US Edtech Policy Conversations Amidst Coronavirus Concerns with Tom Murray
Apr 11 • 13 min
What is happening at the US policy level with the coronavirus health crisis? Today, US policy influencer Tom Murray, shares what he’s seeing from the national level and the conversations that are happening as policymakers wrestle with the issues that…
10 Trauma Informed Principles for Educators During the Coronavirus with Dr. Eric Rossen
Mar 31 • 15 min
Students experiencing the coronavirus crisis are experiencing trauma. So are teachers and parents. In today’s show, learn the ten principles (and a bonus) to help us encourage and help others as we work through this crisis together. This is an…
Effective Learning in an Online Classroom
Mar 30 • 12 min
How I teach students to be effective learners in an online classroom. This episode is an audio version of my presentation to students about how to be effective learners in an online classroom. Check out the full video here:
Teaching Kids with “Paper Packets” due to Coronavirus closures with Dee Ross Kalman
Mar 12 • 9 min
Some teachers (and students) don’t have a choice. Because they have no internet connection, school closures mean “paper packets.” Three weeks of them. Today’s teacher recorded this episode the day she spent at school making three weeks of paper…
Teaching Science Online with Chris Anderson #remotelearning
Mar 11 • 10 min
As schools are working to blend teaching or go completely online, what about science? Isn’t science supposed to be totally hands-on? In today’s session, we interview an instructional technology coach and the executive producer of Science Around Cincy,…
16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus
Mar 10 • 9 min
As we struggle with the coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, many of us educators are figuring out how to prepare to teach online. Blended learning (having a face to face and an online classroom) is best. We have one more reason— when you already have…
Motivating Your School on Mondays with Mark French
Mar 9 • 9 min
Dr. Mark French is a principal who is redefining the role. Not only is his book he co-authored “Principals in Action: Redefining the Role” but he lives it every day on the playground, in the lunchroom, and everywhere around his campus. Today he talks…
5 Steps to Regain Control of Your Classroom with Linda Kardamis
Mar 7 • 10 min
Is your classroom out of control? Are you struggling to teach but student behavior is getting in the way? Today, classroom management expert, Linda Kardamis gives us a place to start. Today’s Sponsor - Free Classroom Management Webinar: On…
4 Ways to Go Upstream to Solve Problems with Dan Heath
Mar 5 • 16 min
You can solve problems by going Upstream. Dan Heath, the author of the new book , talks about the principles the Chicago Public School system used to go from a 52% graduation rate to one close to 80% in just a few years. Some of the same principles…
How Kids Can Design in AR and VR with Robert Kalman
Mar 4 • 10 min
Robert Kalman’s middle schoolers are designing in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). In this episode, Robert gives us his insights and tips into the best tools and tips in AR and VR today. From Google Tour Creator, CoSpaces, Merge Cube…
How to Program (and Use) Google App Scripts with Alice Keeler
Mar 3 • 12 min
If you’re using the Google Suite for Education, Google App Scripts can save you time. Alice Keeler talks about how she programs Google App scripts, some add ons she’s made, and some you can use to help improve what you’re doing in your classroom! …
Coronavirus, Kobe Bryant and News Literacy with Darren Hudgins
Mar 2 • 18 min
As the Coronavirus spreads, so does the news about it. Some stories are accurate. Some stories are not. And some stories are full of half-truths. All designed to get people to read and for the clicks to come. Today’s guest, Darren Hudgins is co-author…
5 Reasons Using Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers is a Bad Idea with Jody Stallings
Feb 28 • 12 min
Some districts and schools use test scores to hold teachers “accountable.” But what if this practice is hurting the very kids it is trying to help. Teacher and columnist Jody Stallings shares what he uncovered when he looked at this practice and why…
What Really Engages Students with Heather Wolpert-Gawron
Feb 27 • 9 min
Heather Wolpert-Gawron surveyed over two thousand students from every US state and type of school to find out what engages them in learning. She discovered some surprising trends that will impact how we teach teachers to teach and how we look at a…
Take the LEAP - Don’t Sit and Stick with Elisabeth Bostwick
Feb 26 • 8 min
Creating the culture in your classroom can help you be a better and happier teacher and can help your students learn better and be happier too. Today’s guest, Elisabeth Bostwick takes us into her classroom to share how she creates a luminous learning…
Organic Edtech Coaching with Adam Juarez
Feb 25 • 9 min
Edtech coaching can be improved with “walkarounds” and interaction between edtech coaches and teachers. Adam Juarez talks about organic edtech coaching and how to cultivate those relationships. Adam Juarez - Bio as Submitted Adam Juarez is a…
Smart Risk Taking in Education with Kristen Nan
Feb 24 • 8 min
Take risks in education to build relationships, have difficult conversations, and make progress. Kristen Nan, a third-grade teacher, co-authored a book with her assistant superintendent. It was a risk, for sure, but Kristen talks about the risks she…
5 Ideas for Building Staff Morale with Brad Shreffler
Feb 21 • 8 min
How do you build staff morale? Brad Shreffler has five ideas to help us as you work to build bridges of trust and relationship with your colleagues at school. Enjoy coming to school because you love working with your colleagues. Today’s sponsor:…
Why I #LoveTeaching with Vicki Davis
Feb 20 • 11 min
As part of #LoveTeaching week, I recorded some thoughts on why I love teaching. But I also have to share some of my heart about teaching, our future, and all of the amazing things our profession does for the future. Please share your story for…
How to Know You Make a Difference with Christie Thompson #LoveTeaching
Feb 19 • 11 min
In this heartwarming episode, Christie shares one of the stories of how she knows she is making a difference. She also shares encouragement for the days when teachers fall short. For 21 years, Christie Thompson has loved teaching. She’s a guidance…
Powerful Student Voices with Leah Juelke: Helping the World Understand Kids #LoveTeaching
Feb 18 • 10 min
Leah Juelke, 2018 North Dakota State Teacher of the Year, works with EL English and Speech in Fargo, North Dakota. She has helped children under her care tell their stories and have a voice for their experiences. Recently, some of her students help…
Teaching Fireworks: Why Zest Simmons Loves Teaching #LoveTeaching
Feb 17 • 9 min
We can get out of education, but the kids can’t. Today’s students need educators who love them and who love teaching. Zest Simmons, award-winning AP Teacher and Alabama State Teacher of the Year 2019 tells the story of how she ignites learning and…
Get Inspired and Celebrate #LoveTeaching Week with Stacey McAdoo
Feb 14 • 11 min
Love Teaching Week Begins Today! February 14 is the beginning of #LoveTeaching week. Each day there are challenges and prompts so check Twitter and We Love Teaching.org () for how you can participate. Today we start as Stacey McAdoo, Arkansas State…
Nicholas Provenzano’s 4 Ready to Go tips for Project Based Learning and Maker Spaces
Feb 13 • 10 min
How do you get started with project-based learning (PBL) and Makerspaces? Nicholas Provenzano, the author of the book, , gives us four tips to get started with effective PBL and Makerspace use in your school and classroom. Today’s sponsor:…
Trust and Grace in the Classroom with Alana Stanton
Feb 12 • 9 min
Each year, many educators select a word or two for the year. Kindergarten teacher Alana Stanton, shares her words, “Grace” and “trust” and how she applies them to her classroom, student and parent relationships, and her teaching practice every day….
4 Emerging Edtech Trends in 2020 with Nikolaos Chatzopoulos
Feb 11 • 7 min
Nikolaos Chatzopoulos shares four trends that are shaping how his schools teach with technology. From coding to robotics and augmented reality and his favorite (which he saved for last), learn how a leading-edge K-8 program is using technology to…
Engagement & Edtech in Social Studies with Dustin Harnish
Feb 10 • 10 min
You can blend old fashioned relationships with modern edtech if you know how. Teacher Dustin Harnish proves it. Dustin Harnish teaches seventh-grade social studies with Spheros, 3d printing, and engaging activities. But he uses far more than…
Jon Orr’s 5 Ways for Parents to Help Kids with Math
Feb 7 • 12 min
Parents can encourage math success just like reading success. Today, Jon Orr helps parents through five things they can do to help their child become more successful at math. These can be applied from very young children to older students. Math is…
The Power of Reflection and Conversation with Paul O’Neill #pln365
Feb 6 • 11 min
Sharing and reflecting make us better educators. Today the founder of #pln365 gives us a transparent look into his journey and encourages us to take one of our own. Paul O’Neill - Bio As Submitted Paul O’Neill is an educational game changer…
Misconceptions About Kids With Learning Differences in the Classroom
Feb 5 • 11 min
As students with learning differences are put into general classroom spaces, many teachers have misconceptions about including these special students in their classrooms. Dr. Rebekah Dyer talks about these misconceptions and how we can work to reach…
Tech Tools for School Counselors
Feb 4 • 11 min
School counselors are unique. They have unique needs as they help guide students and perform duties at their school. Today, guidance counselor, Steve Sharp helps guidance counselors know the tools that can help them level up. Steve Sharp - Bio As…
Student Leadership Through a Student-Led Podcast
Feb 3 • 10 min
Award-Winning Culture is a student podcast led by teacher Hans Appel. Hear the story behind this exciting student podcast and get inspired to start a student podcast at your school. He shares his starting story, how he keeps it going with an annual…
5 Steps to Gamify Your Elementary Classroom
Jan 31 • 11 min
How could you take your whole elementary classroom year and gamify it? What if everything students learn could gain them XP (experience points?) What if you can reach those strugglers by making a classroom on mission? Today, Heather Marrs, a teacher…
Silicon Valley Teacher Spotlight: Mike Messner
Jan 30 • 10 min
Mike Messner teaches seventh-grade social studies in Silicon Valley. He shares his stories of the tech they use, what Silicon Valley parents like (and don’t like), and how he has joined an online PLN to bring state of the art to his classroom. …
STEM and Makerspaces in the Language Arts Classroom
Jan 29 • 9 min
Language arts classrooms can use more than books to teach. Kate Hodges, a language arts teacher in Ohio, shares how she uses project-based learning (PBL), making, and more to help students learn language arts. Sponsor: Adobe I use Adobe…
How to Use Fortnite for Education in the Classroom
Jan 27 • 10 min
Fortnite has a physics engine in the game. Unknown to many educators, Fortnite has three modes of play. While Battle Royale is a first-person shooter, the creative mode is not. Some educators are creating private islands (for free) that their students…
How to Build School Culture and Student Relationships
Jan 26 • 7 min
We can build a positive school culture that includes good student relationships. From building a wall of dreams to bringing our best energy, Danny Steele encourages us to grow and connect with colleagues and students. Sponsor: Adobe I use…
5 Starters for a Strong Team
Jan 24 • 15 min
You can’t always pick your team but you can start helping your team come together and work like one. Jamy Bechler, host of the Success is a Choice podcast shares five ways to start building a strong team today. From knowing your purpose to developing…
3 Questions to Spark Change
Jan 23 • 12 min
Relationships are a key component of change. We have to relate to educate. We also have to relate to cooperate with our peers. Today, Vernon Wright, creator of the Zero Apology Zone, shares some drivers of change including three questions you don’t…
3 Free Ways Teachers and Students Can Collaborate Globally
Jan 22 • 10 min
Connect your classroom! It can be done. Today Michael Drezek takes us into the “Our Global Classroom” Community and shares three of the many ways students are collaborating. Join in! Sponsor: Discovery Education Today’s podcast is sponsored…
What’s Hot (and Not) in Google Classroom with Alice Keeler
Jan 21 • 11 min
Google Classroom is a tool that can help build relationships between students and teachers. But not everything is perfect. Google Classroom Guru Alice Keeler talks about what is hot and not in Google Classroom and how teachers are using it to teach….
Be “the One” for Kids
Jan 20 • 9 min
Children need educators to reach into their world and relate to them. When struggling students find an educator who connects to them, life change can result. While one educator can’t possibly reach every child, every educator can reach some child….
5 Ways to Find Project Based Learning Ideas
Jan 17 • 8 min
Project-Based Learning is a powerful tool. Today’s show gives us ideas for where we can find new and innovative project ideas and create them ourselves. Dr. Jennifer Pieratt, author of “Keep it Real with PBL” for both and students, shares how she…
How to Teach Social Emotional Learning with the Arts (aka SEAL)
Jan 16 • 12 min
Elizabeth Peterson was learning about SEL and as an art teacher, she knew she could teach Social Emotional Learning with the arts. So, she did. Then, she called it SEAL. Learn what she did, how it impacted students and her thoughts on this method of…
How to Teach Bravery
Jan 15 • 12 min
Bravery, vulnerability, acceptance of others, acceptance of yourself — these can be difficult things to teach. Today’s guest, Michelle Cottrell-Williams talks about how she teaches this in her classroom. Today’s Sponsor is Advancement…
3 Basic Things Every School Should Teach Relating to Technology
Jan 14 • 10 min
Sixty-seven percent of STEM jobs will be in computing. Schools and teachers have the daunting task of lining up the needs of today’s workforce with what is being taught. Jorge Valenzuela, the author of Rev Up Robotics, discusses the three things…
6 Steps to Be a Better Communicator
Jan 13 • 10 min
Communication can be challenging for many who feel invisible. In today’s show, Dr. William Lane offers encouragement for those who struggle to communicate. With six simple steps, he helps us understand how to empower those who struggle to communicate…
5 Mindsets to Teach Better Today
Jan 10 • 11 min
Settling in the land of complacency is no place for a truly remarkable teacher. Remark-ability begins in your ability to level up and learn a little more every day. Today, Rae Hughart from #teachbetter gives us five mindsets to help us teach better in…
The Surprising 1-Day Motivational Intervention that Improves Student Achievement
Jan 9 • 11 min
A surprising intervention was shown to improve grades. The intervention took one day and was a very minimal activity by most considerations. Dr. Lauren Eskreis-Winkler digs into the research and shares what they learned. Dr. Lauren Eskreis-Winkler -…
How to Make Math Moments That Matter
Jan 7 • 11 min
Math shouldn’t break your heart. It should excite you and your students. But how? Let’s move from boring, rote, repetitive math to a math class that sparks curiosity, makes sense and ignites joy. Kyle Pearce, co-creator of mathmoments.com gives us a…
How to Help A Student Who Is Always In the Principal’s Office
Jan 7 • 13 min
Some students just seem to “live” in the principal’s office. How do we help those students change their behavior and connect with their classmates and teachers? Today, award-winning principal, Andy Jacks, says that he spent most of his younger years…
Kids Are an Opportunity Not An Obligation with Hamish Brewer
Jan 6 • 13 min
Every child can achieve. Children are an opportunity not an obligation. Celebrate individuality. Sacrifice together. Make no excuses. Principal Hamish Brewer will be back at his school this week skateboarding down the hallway and giving high fives as…
5 Random Ideas to Revv Up Your Classroom
Dec 20, 2019 • 14 min
David Sladkey has been teaching for over thirty two years. Today, he shares five random but very helpful ideas with teachers everywhere. From a new way to track requests to go to the bathroom to a unique cooperative learning strategy and a super cool…
Behind the Magic of Disney Education
Dec 19, 2019 • 11 min
Education needs to be relevant and exciting to students. The Disney Youth Education program hosted me at the end of this past summer to experience three of their programs first-hand. In today’s podcast, I interview the director of the program Aaron…
How to Help Everybody Do Math
Dec 18, 2019 • 11 min
Learning can be hard. Many students struggle. Teachers can struggle to help students learn content but what do we do when students have thinking that is limiting their ability to learn. In today’s show, we talk about math, but the language and…
How to Talk to Students About the Deep Fake
Dec 17, 2019 • 12 min
Conversations with students about things that are meaningful, relevant, and part of the fabric of their lives is an important part of cultivating savvy citizens. Today’s guest, teacher Chelsey Greer, talked with her students about the disturbing…
How Teachers Can Learn Awesome Things Every Day
Dec 16, 2019 • 10 min
Kelly Christopherson has taught for twenty-five years and has been helping educators use to level up their learning for most of that time. As one of the leaders on #saskedchat (Saskatoon Ed Chat on Twitter), he has seen classrooms transform and is now…
5 Ways to Improve Relevance in Our Classrooms Now
Dec 13, 2019 • 13 min
Part of being remarkable is that students believe your class and content applies to their life. On the 10 Minute Teacher, we want to help you be a more remarkable educator, so today, Denis Sheeran, author of Instant Relevance, Using Today’s…
3 Ways to Thank Administrators
Nov 14, 2019 • 13 min
Thankfulness is modeled and shown by how we appreciate those around us. In today’s show, Dr. Frank Buck gives some creative ways to thank administrators. If you’re planning ahead for the holidays, you’ll have time to work on these ideas at your…
Creating Positive Learning Environments
Nov 6, 2019 • 12 min
As we lay out our rooms and organize our spaces, we can make our learning environments more positive spaces to interact, collaborate and work together. Today Kevin Stoller gives us ideas to make our learning environments more positive places to…
Using Comics to Teach Chemistry (and more!)
Nov 5, 2019 • 9 min
Science can be difficult for low to average readers. Today, we’ll dig into the power of comic books to help us teach difficult subjects to students by making learning reachable and approachable. C.A. Preece works to reach every learner by working to…
The Golden Bell of Justice
Nov 4, 2019 • 13 min
Recently, I came across a story that my mother had adapted when she was a teacher to use to teach students about caring for others who had done things for them. During this time of Thanksgiving and approaching Christmas, it is easy for many of us…
5 Fast Ways to Give Positive Feedback
Nov 2, 2019 • 10 min
Have you ever made the mistake of giving students or others the kind of feedback you want to receive - but it just falls flat? For example, I’m a “word” kind of person and I can float on a compliment for days. However, some people I know are visual….
Math Problems that Unlock Student Thinking
Oct 31, 2019 • 11 min
Filled with dread, some math teachers have a problem. As they give problems to students to work their students become problems. Behavior problems. Boredom problems. Sometimes the problem is that students aren’t excited by the problems. However, math…
Why Kids Need Life Skills (including how to cook!)
Oct 30, 2019 • 9 min
Students need life skills. Some schools are adding in courses to help students cook, care for their families, manage their money and more life skills. Others have always had these courses. Today we interview a teacher, Andrea Moore, who started her…
20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity
Oct 29, 2019 • 15 min
Creativity is something that we have to nurture as teachers. In this blog post and episode, I share some of the ways I believe nurture creativity in students. See the show notes at Sponsor: The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth,…
The Surprising Science of Life Changing Moments
Oct 28, 2019 • 11 min
Have you ever had a moment when your life changed? 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…
5 Ways to Empower Girls
Oct 27, 2019 • 10 min
Lynn Colón, co-author of , helps us understand what schools need to be doing to intentionally empower their female students to achieve more. Lynn shares some of her journey and the nuances of understanding girls today. Lynn Colón - Bio As…
Self Care Tips and Advice to Be Your Best
Oct 24, 2019 • 11 min
Take care of yourself! We often tell each other this as teachers and rightly so. I once read that teachers work the same amount of time in ten months that most people work in a year. Teaching is not for the faint of heart or weak of the back but we…
How to Design Learning Spaces in Libraries
Oct 23, 2019 • 10 min
Many schools are reimagining the learning spaces that some call libraries or media centers. 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…
Getting past STEM Labels into real STEM Learning
Oct 22, 2019 • 9 min
Lots of things are labeled “STEM” these days but many of them are just rote instructions for students to follow. Is this truly STEM learning? Taylor Ryan is STEM coordinator for his school as they work to integrate STEM into every class. He shares…
Overcoming Your Fears (and Helping Kids Do It Too)
Oct 21, 2019 • 9 min
Tara Martin has written a book to help children (and adults) face their fears called Today, we talk about a powerful metaphor and the risks of life and how sometimes we have to jump! Enjoy! Your Challenge I have a saying in my office by…
5 Ways to Greet Your Students
Oct 18, 2019 • 10 min
Thom Gibson has fun ways to greet students as he walks around campus. He shared them on Twitter recently and I started using some of them and it adds a whole element of fun and engagement while interacting with students. Learn about these ideas and…
Unique Teacher Appreciation Ideas
Oct 17, 2019 • 11 min
“Room service” door hangers are one of the unique ideas that André Sasser shares on the show. From a Woot Wagon to more, André talks about little things that encourage her as a teacher. I also talk about the “fun committee” at my school and some…
3 Ways to Engage Families in Your Classroom
Oct 16, 2019 • 10 min
Families want to engage in classrooms but as students get older, it can be challenging. In today’s episode, Jeromie Heath helps teachers understand how to engage families in the classroom in positive, proactive ways. Sponsored By Advancement…
Understanding The Deep Fake: A Troubling Trend
Oct 15, 2019 • 20 min
Deep fake videos are now possible. In this disturbing trend, convincing videos, audio, and photos are viewed and shared by those who somehow think you can trust what you see and hear. Wesley Fryer takes us deep into the world of deep fakes in this…
How and Why to Create Powerful Relationships with Students
Oct 13, 2019 • 13 min
Do you have that difficult student who seems to fight you each time you try to reach him? Coach D was that student. He tells a powerful story of a teacher who was a reacher in his life and changed his life with a two-minute conversation in sixth…
5 Ways to Survive (and Thrive) at Teaching
Oct 11, 2019 • 9 min
Chad Klein is a 22-year educator. He shares his advice for teachers to take care of themselves and love teaching in this quick motivational talk. Chad Klein - Bio as Submitted I’ve been teaching and coaching since 1997. I’ve worked…
Using Games to Help Reluctant Readers and Writers (and More)
Oct 10, 2019 • 10 min
Dr. Lee Graham is working with teachers to teach them principles of game-based learning to teach writing. Her anecdotes of classroom behavior-changing results are - pardon the pun - game-changing. Learn more. Dr. Lee Graham - Bio As Submitted…
Technical Writing with Drones in the Traditional Literature Classroom
Oct 9, 2019 • 9 min
Jeremy Rinkel has added technical writing to his traditional English Literature course. As a form of relevant non-fiction writing, Jeremy uses drones, robots, and 3d printers to give students an exciting topic on which to write their how-to and…
How to Make Programming Easier
Oct 8, 2019 • 10 min
Programming doesn’t have to be so hard. Computer Science teacher, Michael Backus, gives us advice to help make programming easier. Michael Backus - Bio As Submitted \Michael Backus teaches computer literacy and computer science at Teeland…
How to Empower Teachers
Oct 7, 2019 • 10 min
Administrators can empower teachers and principal Evan Robb shares some of the techniques. Evan is author of The and Evan Robb - Bio as Submitted Distinguished Principal, TEDx Speaker, Author Evan Robb is presently Principal of…
5 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Library Without Spending a Dollar
Oct 6, 2019 • 7 min
Colby Sharp author of shares some ways to improve your classroom library without spending any money at all. There are some ideas for all of us here. Colby Sharp - Bio As Submitted Colby Sharp is a husband and father of five. He teaches fifth grade…
When I Knew It Was Time to Leave the Classroom
Oct 3, 2019 • 11 min
Starr Sackstein reflects on when she knew it was time to leave the classroom. Starr Sackstein - Bio As Submitted Over 16 years ago, Starr Sackstein started her teaching career in Far Rockaway High School, eager to make a difference. Quickly…
Unconventional Project Based Learning that Engages Learners
Oct 2, 2019 • 10 min
Project Based Learning (PBL) works if you know how to bring it into your classroom. Today, Noa Daniels shares how. Noa is a passionate educator and enthusiastic learner. She is a classroom teacher, podcaster, blogger. She is also a coach, consultant…
8 Apps to Improve Your Health (and helped me lose 28 pounds)
Oct 1, 2019 • 13 min
I’ve lost 28 pounds since late June and am running 8-10 miles a week. And yes, I just turned 50 and feel great. In this show, I’ll share the apps and tips for living a healthier lifestyle including the “eating plan” I’m using at .
One Surprising Thing About Gen Z Everyone Should Know
Sep 30, 2019 • 14 min
The Millennials aren’t the youngest generation anymore. Generation Z is here. They are the kids in K12 education right now who have only known social media and the Internet. Ninety percent of preschool children are online. This has good and bad…
5 Easy STEM Activities any Teacher Can Do
Sep 27, 2019 • 9 min
Today high school math teacher, Chris Woods, gives us simple ideas of STEM activities any teacher can do. Get some ideas for how you can integrate STEM in the classroom. Chris Woods - Bio as Submitted Chris Woods has taught High School Math for over…
How to Help Bilingual Students
Sep 12, 2019 • 13 min
Dania Santana, author of the bilingual children’s book, , and multicultural parenting expert, shares how we can reach bilingual students. She discusses the current thought on best supporting bilingual students. Challenge Have a conversation…
4 Steps to Improve Student Engagement
Sep 11, 2019 • 12 min
Engaging students can be a challenge. A student from Jeromie Heath’s class shares her perspective on learning and why she wanted to learn for Jeromie in this episode. Today, join in the conversations about learning and engagement and all your own…
3 Add Ons to Solve Problems in Google Classroom (Programmed by 1 Teacher)
Sep 10, 2019 • 11 min
Michael Backus had a problem as he was teaching in Google Classroom. So, he programmed add-ons to solve the problem of needing checklists attached to his Google Classroom assignments. He saw a problem and programmed a solution, first by creating an…
Teen Genius Says “I Learned Nothing from Lecture”
Sep 9, 2019 • 9 min
She was named America’s Top Young Scientist of 2017 by the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, with a patent-pending device to detect lead in water faster than any other current techniques. She then open-sourced this device so people…
5 More Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom
Aug 30, 2019 • 10 min
Rob Donatelli shares with us five more easy brain breaks. As a follow up to one of the most popular 10 Minute Teacher episodes, , Rob gives us more ideas to bring to our classroom. Sponsor: E4Effort is a tool built upon the research behind…
4 Ways to Build Relationships That Matter
Aug 29, 2019 • 11 min
Charles “Chuck” Poole shares how to build relationships that matter. While content and passion for our content and the craft of teaching are all essential parts of teaching that cannot be dismissed - relationships with students are also in the mix as…
4 Ways to Use Improv to Teach
Aug 28, 2019 • 10 min
Mel Paradis, author of , shares four ways to use Improv to teach in the classroom. Here are some fantastic ideas to share in your classroom. Sponsor: E4Effort is a tool built upon the research behind helping students improve. Check out for more…
The Oculus Quest: Why It Is a Game Changer
Aug 27, 2019 • 11 min
Virtual Reality is improving for use in the classroom. Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality Education Expert, Jaime Donally, thinks that the is a game-changer for the classroom. From less “queasiness” to some amazing apps, Jaime explains why she thinks…
5 Ways to Step Back into the Classroom Better Than We Ever Were Before
Aug 26, 2019 • 13 min
Students need our help to regulate their own emotions. Today, psychologist Dr. Jody Carrington helps us understand five ways we can connect with our students and help them regulate their emotions. Understanding these simple principles can help us…
5 Ways to Curate Texts That Inspire Readers
Aug 23, 2019 • 10 min
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? Julie Wright gives practical advice for librarians and all of us teachers (including me) who like to…
Equity Programs in New York State
Aug 22, 2019 • 14 min
Dr. Anael Alston is Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Access, Equity and Community Engagement in the New York State Education Department. He talks about what works to engage young men of color in education and his journey and passion for…
Giving Teachers Choice in their Professional Development
Aug 21, 2019 • 11 min
Meredith Akers is a principal who has been using some unconventional methods of teacher PD. 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….
Secrets for Fun, Engaging Computer Science that Changes Kids Lives
Aug 20, 2019 • 12 min
Alfred Thompson has secrets that transform Computer Science classrooms. Yet, he shares them openly. Project-based learning. Passion-based learning. Problem-based learning. These three P’s of teaching perfection have been a mainstay in Alfred’s…
Using Amusement Parks, Mud Runs, and Escape Rooms to Inspire Your Classroom
Aug 19, 2019 • 10 min
Student engagement! We need it! Today’s guest, John Meehan, shares inspiring stories that help us use amusement parks, mud runs, and escape rooms to inspire exciting lessons in our classroom. John is the author of Get excited. Let’s do this! …
5 Ways to Step Back from Burnout
Aug 16, 2019 • 15 min
In the high-stress, fast-paced job of teaching - burnout can happen to anyone. In today’s show, we talk about recognizing burnout, how to get help, and steps to tackle it when it happens. Amber Harper, an expert on the topic of burnout,…
Opportunities for Genuine Student Leadership
Aug 15, 2019 • 11 min
Students need real leadership opportunities - not just running a note to the office or other tasks that may be called “leadership” but really aren’t. Adam Welcome, co-author of After listening to today’s show, I think you will take one of two…
Speed Presentations: Help Students Improve Presentation Skills Rapidly
Aug 14, 2019 • 7 min
Presentation skills are an essential skill for students to master. How do you help students improve when there are many students in the class. Robert Donatelli has a solution: speed presentations. Learn how to use this technique to help students…
How Turning on Location Services Could Save Your Life
Aug 13, 2019 • 9 min
Pam Shoemaker is getting ready to retire from teaching. As she and her husband were returning home from looking for places to retire, a storm arose. While location services can be used to perhaps compromise our privacy, in this case, it may have saved…
Closing the Attitude Gap – Building a Bond from Day One
Aug 12, 2019 • 11 min
He didn’t like school. But now he’s been a principal and written ten books and travels the world helping principals and educators learn how to engage today’s students — especially inner-city youth. Baruti Kafele has inspiring words for us on today’s…
5 Strategies for Coaching Instructional Excellence
Aug 9, 2019 • 11 min
Sherry St. Clair gives us principles for effective instructional coaching. Targeted to both administrators, instructional coaches, and technology coaches - Sherry has five practical ideas to get us started. Sherry is the author of . Today’s Challenge…
Effective Grouping Strategies in the Classroom
Aug 8, 2019 • 13 min
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 helps us understand how to start our school year with a plan for grouping students in reading…
Breakout EDU in Adult PD and College Education
Aug 7, 2019 • 9 min
BreakoutEDU is a box with locks that also can be a great educational experience. In today’s show, Lucy Manley shares how breakout boxes are becoming an exciting part of her college’s educational experiences including Freshmen orientation. …
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Tyler - a 7th Grade App Builder Spurred on By Genius Hour
Aug 6, 2019 • 11 min
Today, you’ll listen to a young man who became an entrepreneur as a result of his school’s genius hour. Listen with a purpose and prepare to get your daily challenge at the end and a link to the blog post I’ve written inspired by this show…
Motivation to Thrive Your First Few Years of Teaching
Aug 5, 2019 • 10 min
Today, let’s make our profession better by focusing on how we can encourage new teachers and each other. Edwin Thomas Minguela reflects upon his first two years of teaching. As you listen to what he has learned and his encouragement for teachers,…
The Human Side of Change in Education
Aug 2, 2019 • 11 min
Change has a human component. In fact, without helping people change - there isn’t any change. Today, Julie Wilson, author of shares how we can supercharge change by helping people become part of it. Prepare for your classroom for the fall with from…
What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Teen Dating Abuse
Aug 1, 2019 • 13 min
One in four teens will experience teen dating abuse. Teen dating abuse is on the rise and is being compounded by the pressure on teens to portray a “perfect relationship” on social media. So, when a teen admits what is happening, sometimes…
Math Class PBL: Create Memorable Learning with Projects
Jul 30, 2019 • 10 min
Math teacher Lauren Harris had a problem. Students weren’t remembering important concepts from the previous year that she knew she had taught. How could she help students remember? Her answer is that she includes meaningful projects in her curriculum….
8 Epic Edtech Tools to Try This School Year
Jul 30, 2019 • 14 min
Innovate and try some new apps. Today, Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, talks about eight edtech apps that you should try. (He also shares a bonus fitness opportunity for educators.) Listen to the show and learn how it is used…
11 Principles for an Amazing School Year
Jul 29, 2019 • 15 min
Back to school is here! We’re starting up the year with principal Dr. Sanée Bell, author of the new book, Today, Sanée shares her eleven principles from the book and gets us motivated for an epic school year. (We’ve also included the…
5 Ways to Maximize Your Summer
Jul 12, 2019 • 9 min
Today Angela Watson teaches us how to maximize our summer. If you like her ideas, take to see if her 40-hour workweek program is right for you. Cool Cat Teacher Vault: This is one of the most popular shows of all time and perhaps can help…
Top Show of Season 5: Neuroscience Research and 5 Ways to Superior Teaching
Jul 11, 2019 • 15 min
Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath’s book is my book of the summer. His neuroscience insights shared in this podcast need deeper exploration and understanding as we design learning. Since John Medina’s book Brain Rules, this book is my favorite…
Never Yell and Other Classroom Management Secrets of a Pro [Top Episode]
Jul 10, 2019 • 15 min
Classroom management is a challenge for many teachers. Stacey Corrigan talks about how she manages her classroom. From transitions to handling disruptions, Stacey talks about the 20+ year classroom journey. She even shares the mistakes she has made…
5 Authentic Ways to Encourage People Right Now [Best of Season 5]
Jul 9, 2019 • 12 min
Genuine appreciation that is timely and meaningful can go a long way in the classroom, between colleagues, and administrators and their teachers. So why don’t we show more appreciation? It doesn’t have to be hard as Dr. Brad Johnson explains in…
5 Ways to Battle Burnout [BEST OF SEASON 5]
Jul 8, 2019 • 12 min
Tired teachers need strategies to stay refreshed and feel good. Today, we talk about battling burnout. This week we are counting down the top episodes of 2019. Today’s show is 5 Ways to Battle Burnout with Mandy Froehlich and it is the number 4…
Post #ISTE19 Recap Show #notatiste19
Jun 28, 2019 • 18 min
Today is a recap of #ISTE19 from 4-time attendee Matt Miller and first-time attendees Angie Ridgeway and Nate Ridgeway. They share what people were talking about and their observations about what was missing. (Record Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019)…
5 Ways To Bring SEL Into Edtech Classroom Use
Jun 27, 2019 • 15 min
Mark Sparvell cites current research about what students really want in their classroom and how social-emotional learning relates to education technology. Sponsor: Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common…
Augmented Reality Ideas from Mary Howard’s #ISTE19 Session
Jun 26, 2019 • 10 min
Mary Howard’s sixth-grade class is doing amazing things with augmented reality. This 10 minute episode highlights some of the things Mary is sharing right now at ISTE19 about her work with students in augmented reality! Enjoy! Today’s…
What’s Hot (and Not) at #ISTE19 with Monica Burns
Jun 25, 2019 • 11 min
Monica Burns @talks about the hottest edtech topics right now (and those that aren’t so hot) in this candid and wide-ranging conversation. Sponsor: Go to use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your professional development. That’s just…
7 Hot Edtech Topics #iste19 #notatiste19
Jun 22, 2019 • 17 min
Stacey Roshan, author of Tech with Heart, talks about seven edtech topics that are sparking conversation this summer both online and at ISTE19. Sponsor: Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common…
No #ISTE19 Fomo - Join #NotAtIste19 and Start Learning
Jun 21, 2019 • 12 min
ISTE 2019 is here but there’s no reason for all of us edtech geeks who can’t go this year to miss out on the learning. The #NotAtISTE19 hasthag is already hopping. Peggy George is one of the many leaders in the #NotAtISTE19 community and she tells…
5 Ways to Customize Your Teacher Professional Development This Summer
Jun 20, 2019 • 11 min
Teachers need personal professional development. In today’s episode, we’re sharing five real-world examples of teachers who used their summer to improve their classroom and earn professional development credit. From combatting student anxiety,…
A Learner- Centered Innovation Model with Katie Martin
Jun 19, 2019 • 10 min
Katie Martin, an ISTE 2018 keynote, talks about the importance of putting learners at the center of your innovation model. She starts with the questions we need to ask ourselves and our students and talks about what learner-center innovation looks…
How to Design the Classroom for Learning with Michael Cohen
Jun 18, 2019 • 11 min
Michael Cohen, aka the Tech Rabbi, and author of talks about classroom design. We should design the classroom environment for learning. Special ISTE19 Episodes From Monday, June 17 to Thursday, June 27, the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast will be…
23 Gsuite Ideas to Excite Your Kids About Learning - ISTE19
Jun 17, 2019 • 11 min
Eric Curts @ teaches us twenty-three ways to use Gsuite tools in our classroom. With ideas for Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings for all subjects and ages, you’ll want to scroll down and follow the links in our enhanced show notes. …
5 Ways to Work On Your Personal Brand This Summer
Jun 14, 2019 • 10 min
Many of you this summer are going to be working on your personal brand. Now, whether you think you have a brand or not, you do. And I know it’s kind of frustrating because some people just don’t want to have a brand. And if that’s you, that’s…
5 Awesome Things for Teachers to Do This Summer
Jun 13, 2019 • 12 min
Summer is an important time for educators. While some people debate what educators should or shouldn’t do over the summer, ultimately it is YOUR summer and YOUR plans. Here are five things to consider as you plan your summer. Full Transcript: …
How to Help Kids Who Hate Math Learn It
Jun 12, 2019 • 9 min
Today Dan Meyer gives us tips and advice for helping kids who hate math learn to love it. He explains the 3-Act method of teaching. Today’s Promotion: Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’s . It is a great teacher PD tool which…
iPads in Kindergarten
Jun 11, 2019 • 9 min
Karen Lirenman () and Kristen Wideen (@) have written the definitive book on using iPads in the elementary classroom, . (This episode is from our vault of most popular shows of all time - and it was the first show! Kristen and Karen share…
Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and Your Classroom Everyday
Jun 10, 2019 • 11 min
So many kids struggle, especially in summer school. 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. This must-listen episode will give you ideas for…
5 Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom
Jun 7, 2019 • 9 min
Want to help students learn and be more refreshed? Students need breaks too. That is why brain breaks are becoming so popular. Teacher Rob Donatelli talks about the brain breaks phenomenon. Then, Rob gives teachers five ideas he uses in his classroom…
How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child
Jun 6, 2019 • 9 min
Tom Loud dropped out of high school because he didn’t connect with his teachers. 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…
How to Create a Summer Writing Notebook
Jun 5, 2019 • 9 min
oday Angela Stockman challenges teachers and students to create a summer writing notebook with the #flaneur challenge. This is going to be fun! Let’s do this. Today’s sponsor is is a remarkable plagiarism prevention tool and connects…
Hyperdocs: Tips and How-To’s for Teachers
Jun 4, 2019 • 10 min
Lisa Scumpieru, 10th-grade Literature Teacher, gives us a crash course in Hyperdocs. She shares lesson plans, ideas, and tips for getting started quickly without hassle. Full Transcript: Today’s sponsor is is a remarkable plagiarism…
What Helps Kids Really Learn
Jun 3, 2019 • 10 min
How do kids learn and remember? Teacher Andrew Stadel, @ founder of the popular site , talks about this pursuit of learning in the classroom. This topic is his summer research topic. As you ponder the classroom, look at what you’ll research to…
5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer
May 31, 2019 • 9 min
Linda Kardamis talks about how we can make the most of our summer. Get ready to rock summertime with these five ideas. Blog Post/ Podcast Sponsor: Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off…
20 Ways to Have a Summer That Matters
May 30, 2019 • 11 min
Today I want to challenge your thinking about your summer. So, I’ve collected twenty of the best ways to make this summer one of learning. This is a blog post / podcast simulpost. You’ll find the same content in slightly different form so you can…
How to Amplify Kindergarten and Elementary Voices
May 29, 2019 • 9 min
First grade teacher Danielle Moore has worked with early elementary and kindergarten students as she helps them amplify their voice. Yes, young children have something to say to the world! Danielle shows us how. Sponsor: Now is the time…
10 Tips for Awesome Digital Citizenship
May 28, 2019 • 11 min
Tech Coach Penny Rayhill shares ten tips for awesome digital citizenship. If you’re looking for some sites to explore - here they are! Sponsor: Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off…
12 Fundamentals of Success - Write Your Own Story
May 27, 2019 • 8 min
Jon Barth, author of encourages us teachers to write our own story. As we reflect this summer upon our past school year, now is a great time to adopt some of these principles. Sponsor: Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to and use the offer…
How I overcame adversity
May 24, 2019 • 16 min
Episode 500 - A personal story
Rocking TpT This Summer
May 23, 2019 • 10 min
Pam Olivieri in episode 499
Research Spotlight: Student-Centered Blended Learning
May 22, 2019 • 7 min
Regina J Giraldo-García on Episode 498
How to Promote Deeper Learning with the Four Shifts
May 21, 2019 • 9 min
Julie Graber on Episode 497
What’s New In Digital Leadership version 2
May 20, 2019 • 10 min
Eric Sheninger on Episode 496
5 Ways to Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom Now
May 17, 2019 • 11 min
Connie Hamilton on episode 495
Talking to Kids About Poverty
May 16, 2019 • 11 min
Jaime Casap on episode 494
How to Set Goals for Your Library This Summer
May 15, 2019 • 10 min
Amanda Johnson on episode 493
Martians in Your Classroom, STEM, and Making Makerspaces Accessible
May 14, 2019 • 10 min
Rachael Mann on episode 492
Alec Couros on Spearfishing, Citizenship, and Lateral Reading
May 13, 2019 • 11 min
Schools are being targeted with “spearfishing” attacks - a new form of phishing that is quite deceptive. Citizenship encompasses digital citizenship and the importance of lateral reading are three of the motivating topics tackled today with education…
5 Ways to Leverage Play In Your Class Today
May 10, 2019 • 10 min
Jill Vialet on episode 490
Music Teachers of Excellence with the CMA Foundation
May 9, 2019 • 9 min
Tiffany Kerns on episode 489
PBIS, Discipline, and Compassion Fatigue
May 8, 2019 • 11 min
Melissa Mann on Episode 488
Raspberry Pi Guy, Rocketboards & Robots
May 7, 2019 • 13 min
Matt Timmons-Brown on episode 487
How to Build Trust with Your Students
May 6, 2019 • 13 min
CJ Reynolds on Episode 486
5 Ways to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed
May 3, 2019 • 9 min
Jon Harper on episode 485
How to Transform the American High School
May 2, 2019 • 10 min
Dr. Sarah Fine on episode 484
How to Give Effective Feedback that Works
May 1, 2019 • 8 min
Jordan Catapano on episode 483
Digital Equity: How to Understand The Problems Facing #Edtech
Apr 30, 2019 • 10 min
Nicol Howard on episode 482
Motivating Thoughts for Teachers
Apr 29, 2019 • 9 min
Pat Hensley on Episode 481
5 Things to Know About Gen Z Kids
Apr 26, 2019 • 8 min
Shalini Shankar or episode 480
How Can We Help Lonely Kids and Improve School Safety?
Apr 25, 2019 • 10 min
Joe Fatheree on episode 479
Standards-Based Grading: How to Start the Journey
Apr 24, 2019 • 10 min
Nicole Naditz on episode 478
11 Essential Chrome Extensions (And a New Browser)
Apr 23, 2019 • 8 min
Vicki Davis in episode 477
5 Tips to Help Students Feel Valued in the Classroom
Apr 22, 2019 • 10 min
Crystal Willis from SunflowersandSped on episode 476
5 Ideas for Helping Parents Read with their Kids (No Matter Their Age)
Apr 19, 2019 • 10 min
Amy Mascott on episode 475
Girls and STEM: The Google 20% Project That Encourages Girls to go Into STEM
Apr 18, 2019 • 11 min
Komal Singh on episode 474 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast
Can Schools Be Fair? Restorative Justice and Improving Your School Culture
Apr 17, 2019 • 11 min
Brad Weinstein and Nathan Maynard on episode 473 of the 10-Minute Teacher
Will AI Help Education or Ruin It? The Pitfalls and Possibilities of AI.
Apr 16, 2019 • 12 min
Joe Fatheree on episode 472
Improve Student Behavior Now!
Apr 15, 2019 • 12 min
Darrian Tanner on episode 471
5 Writing Strategies and Tools to Reach Every Learner
Apr 12, 2019 • 10 min
Michele Haiken on Episode 470
Unconventional Project Based Learning That Engages Students
Apr 11, 2019 • 10 min
Noa Daniel on episode 469 of the 10-Minute Teacher
My Kids Hate Their Desks! (And What I Did About It!)
Apr 10, 2019 • 10 min
Brooke Markle, a veteran middle-level English educator, realized that her kids hated their desks. They wiggled. They moved. They struggled to pay attention. So, with a limited budget, she decided to change her classroom to give students a choice. The…
Principal Frank DeAngelis - Part 2
Apr 9, 2019 • 8 min
Frank DeAngelis was principal of Columbine high school in 1999 and remained the principal until 2015 when all of the students who were in PreK at the time of the shooting graduated. His story of resilience and leadership is one that will inspire you to be…
Columbine’s Frank DeAngelis - The Story of Columbine’s Heart, Resilience, and Recovery
Apr 8, 2019 • 11 min
Frank DeAngelis was principal of Columbine high school in 1999 and remained the principal until 2015 when all of the students who were in PreK at the time of the shooting graduated. His story of resilience and leadership is one that will inspire you to be…
Neuroscience Research: 5 Ways to Superior Teaching
Mar 21, 2019 • 16 min
Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath gives us five ways that recent neuroscience research can help us improve our classroom teaching. www.coolcatteacher.com/e465 Todays’ sponsor is NetRef, join me on Tuesday, March 26 at 4 pm ET for a free webinar, 5 Ways to Help…
How a Little Graphic Novel is Inspiring Teachers to Think
Mar 21, 2019 • 10 min
Today’s show is an inspiring look into some of the truths of teaching from Josh Stumpenhorst, author of the graphic novel, Drawn to Teach, about the real life of teachers and how we can improve. www.coolcatteacher.com/e464 Todays’ sponsor is NetRef, join…
What Happens When a Statistics Class is Taught with PBL
Mar 20, 2019 • 11 min
Emma Chiappetta, Utah State Teacher of the Year 2017, uses a project-based learning approach for statistics. For those who think you cannot teach difficult content without heavy testing, Emma offers an alternative view. www.coolcatteacher.com/e463 Join me…
Advice from a Filmmaking Pro About How to Help Kids Make Movies
Mar 19, 2019 • 10 min
Making movies with kids? You can benefit from practical advice from a professional film editor. Steven Hullfish has interviewed many of the top film editors in the world and shared their stories in Art of the Cut. www.coolcatteacher.com/e462 Todays’…
15 Ways to Get More Motivated This Week
Mar 18, 2019 • 11 min
If you’re struggling and need some encouragement, today’s show is for you. Mike Roberts, author of Chasing Greatness: 26.2 Ways Teaching is Like Running a Marathon, shares fifteen ways to get motivated this week. www.coolcatteacher.com/e461 Todays’…
5 Things About Effective Digital Citizenship You Need to Know
Mar 15, 2019 • 8 min
Mike Ribble, a digital citizenship expert, shares five important things every educator should know about digital citizenship. www.coolcatteacher.com/e460 Todays’ sponsor is NetRef, powerful Internet monitoring software for your school and classroom.
How To Help Kids Ask More Amazing Questions Now
Mar 14, 2019 • 10 min
The Right Question Technique is being used by educators around the world to help children ask better questions. Erin Murphy talks about how we can implement some simple techniques to improve student questions today. www.coolcatteacher.com/e459 Todays’…
5 Essential Things Teachers Need to Know About UDL
Mar 13, 2019 • 10 min
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) doesn’t have to be mind-boggling. Today’s guest is international UDL expert Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D. She talks about what we need to know and also the common mistakes educators make when starting to use UDL.…
What Educators Need to Know Right Now About Digital Citizenship - Part 2
Mar 12, 2019 • 8 min
In part 2 of this show, we discuss the addictive nature of social media and other important digital citizenship issues. Internet safety expert Anne Collier shares. www.coolcatteacher.com/e457 Todays’ sponsor is NetRef, powerful Internet monitoring…
What Educators Need to Know Right Now About Digital Citizenship Part 1
Mar 11, 2019 • 9 min
Anne Collier, Founder and Executive Director of The Net Safety Collaborative and SocialMediaHelpline.com, shares what we need to know about social media in this two-part series. www.coolcatteacher.com/e456 Todays’ sponsor is NetRef, powerful Internet…
5 Ways to Achieve Balance
Mar 8, 2019 • 9 min
Mandy Froehlich gives teachers advice on how to achieve balance between their classroom and personal life. It is difficult but these ideas can help. www.coolcatteacher.com/e455
What This Writing Expert Learned That Will Make You a Better Teacher
Mar 7, 2019 • 10 min
Angela Stockman has been spending time with students as she teaches them to improve and enjoy their writing. She’s learned some remarkable things that she shares on this show. www.coolcatteacher.com/e454
Why Teaching Languages is Actually Very Important
Mar 6, 2019 • 10 min
Diego Ojeda, co-founder of @LangchatPLN talks about the importance of languages and why we need to know them even in a world of translators and AI. www.coolcatteacher.com/e453
How to Use Augmented Reality in Language and Literature Classes
Mar 5, 2019 • 8 min
TW Williamson, a teacher in Taiwan, is helping language and literature teachers use Augmented Reality (AR) in exciting ways. Dive into this new technology and see how it is being used. www.coolcatteacher.com/e452
Momo Reflections — The Warning: My Thoughts on What We Can Learn from “Momo”
Mar 4, 2019 • 11 min
The Momo scam/hoax/threat has inspired some thoughts about what we should learn so we can prevent such a time-wasting but hurtful thing from spreading again in the future. www.coolcatteacher.com/e451
5 Ways to Teach Using Art
Mar 1, 2019 • 8 min
Nicola Giardina, author of The More We Look, the Deeper It Gets: Transforming the Curriculum Through Art shares five ways we can incorporate art into our teaching. www.coolcatteacher.com/e450 Check out the Cool Cat Teacher weekly newsletter at…
Why Playful Learning Is So Important in the Classroom and the Real World
Feb 28, 2019 • 9 min
David Gann, Professor of Innovation and Technology Management, shares what his research has shown about playful learning in the business world and classroom. This is a great show for those who think “play” is a bad word and to realize that play is…
How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education
Feb 27, 2019 • 10 min
Michael Cohen, aka the Tech Rabbi, and author of Education by Design talks about classroom design. We should design the classroom environment for learning. www.coolcatteacher.com/e448 Today’s sponsor is Empatico a powerful global collaborative tool for…
How to Use Alexa Devices in the Classroom
Feb 26, 2019 • 9 min
Dr. Brian S. Friedlander talks about the Amazon Alexa devices and why so many teachers are excited about them. www.coolcatteacher.com/e447 Today’s sponsor is Empatico, a free global collaborative app for students aged 7-11. coolcatteacher.com/empatico
Reclaiming Our Calling #MotivationMonday
Feb 25, 2019 • 9 min
Get motivated and remember why we want to teach with principal Brad Gustafson. www.coolcatteacher.com/e446 Sponsored by Empatico, an amazing free way to collaborate for ages 7-11 www.coolcatteacher.com/empatico
5 Essential Practices for Designated and Integrated ELD
Feb 22, 2019 • 10 min
Elizabeth Iwaszewicz talks about five strategies for designated and integrated ELD /ELA. www.coolcatteacher.com/e445 Today’s sponsor is Metaverse. Go to
AI in the Classroom
Feb 21, 2019 • 11 min
Michelle Zimmerman talks about AI in the classroom and her new book that shares what we should be doing in this topic. www.coolcatteacher.com/e444 sponsored by: Metaverse - learn more at < href=”https://www.coolcatteacher.com/metaverse…
Creating in AR and VR in the Classroom
Feb 20, 2019 • 11 min
Jaime Donally talks about how students can create with AR and VR in the classroom. coolcatteacher.com/e443 Today’s sponsor is Metaverse. Check them out at coolcatteacher.com/metaverse
AR and VR in the Classroom
Feb 19, 2019 • 11 min
Augmented Reality an Virtual Reality in the classroom with Hall Davidson. www.coolcatteacher.com/e442 Today’s sponsor is Metaverse. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/metaverse to try this app for free.
25 Days of Making: When Educators Make, Create, and Have Fun
Feb 17, 2019 • 9 min
Learning to make and create can be a challenge but hundreds of educators took the challenge. Aaron Maurer talks about the 25 days of making. You can join in! www.coolcatteacher.com/e441 Today’s sponsor is Metaverse. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/metaverse…
5 Ways to Battle Burnout
Feb 15, 2019 • 10 min
Tired teachers need strategies to stay refreshed and feel good. Today, we talk about battling burnout. www.coolcatteacher.com/e440 Right now, 10-minute Teacher Listeners can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20 at advancementcourses.com/coolcat.…
Valentine’s Gift: Confessions of the Pain, Joy, and Love of Teaching
Feb 14, 2019 • 24 min
In this extended Valentine’s Gift, I share some stories of insults, struggles, mistakes, and joys of teaching. www.coolcatteacher.com/e439 Right now, 10-minute Teacher Listeners can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20 at…
This is What Happens When You Teach From Antarctica
Feb 13, 2019 • 11 min
Developing an “explorer’s mindset” is the goal. To accomplish this, Donnie Piercey traveled to Antarctica and connected with his students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e438 Right now, 10-minute Teacher Listeners can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20…
Fantastic Apps I Use Every Day
Feb 12, 2019 • 9 min
I have picked five of my essential classroom tools. Pick one today to try with your students. I’ve also added some of my favorite new productivity tools for my smartphone, iPad, and a few new ones for my Mac. www.coolcatteacher.com/e437 Right now,…
Revealing the Heart to Breakthrough to the Unreachable Student
Feb 11, 2019 • 11 min
Basil Marin’s story of the struggle to success will inspire every teacher to reach the unreachable student. We all have unreachable stars in our classroom if we’ll just look for them. www.coolcatteacher.com/e436 Right now, my listeners can save 20% off…
5 Popular Must-Watch Videos with Inspiring Stories That Will Make You Smile
Feb 8, 2019 • 11 min
Trevor Muir’s Facebook videos are getting millions of views. Hear the touching teacher stories that are resonating and have teachers sharing. See the videos at: www.coolcatteacher.com/e435 The Teacher’s Guide to Technology 2019 is here! See…
Secrets of Accessible Online Content You Need to Know
Feb 7, 2019 • 8 min
In some of the statistics about online accessibility, we see that, up to 20% of people are excluded from websites when our site is not accessible. More than that - federal lawsuits for non-compliance have risen 180% from 2017 to 2018 in the United States.…
Pioneering Excellence for Better Computer Science Now
Feb 6, 2019 • 12 min
Doug Bergman, author of Computer Science K12: Imagine the Possibilities, gives an overview of the things we should be teaching students relating to Computer Science from kindergarten to high school. www.coolcatteacher.com/e433 The Teacher’s Guide to…
Valuable Virtual Reality Things Every Teacher Should Know
Feb 5, 2019 • 12 min
The impossible, dangerous, counterproductive, or experience are perfect experiences for virtual reality. Teacher Steven Sato shares with us the kinds of virtual reality experiences that are useful in the classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e432 The…
Beware of Time-Wasting Low Level Technology Learning
Feb 4, 2019 • 12 min
Tom Murray reflects on his first 1:1 program seventeen years ago with Palm Pilots. He’s concerned that we often celebrate low-level learning. “Just because something is digital does not mean it is any good,” says Tom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e431 The…
5 Authentic Ways to Encourage People Right Now
Feb 1, 2019 • 11 min
Genuine appreciation that is timely and meaningful can go a long way in the classroom, between colleagues, and administrators and their teachers. So why don’t we show more appreciation? It doesn’t have to be hard as Dr. Brad Johnson explains in this…
How to Make Science Thrilling from a “Jurassic Park” Mind
Jan 31, 2019 • 12 min
Dr. Ray Havasay was a scientist consulted on the making of the original Jurassic Park. Now, she is Executive Director of The Center for Science Teaching and Learning where she specializes in helping engage students in exciting science learning.…
How to Get Your Students Out of the Box
Jan 30, 2019 • 11 min
How can you get your students out of the box when you educate them in a box? Check out a revolutionary way to educate with arts, ag, and nature by digging into Chattahoochee Hills Charter School outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Executive Director, Chester…
Building Good Relationships with Your Students’ Parents
Jan 29, 2019 • 11 min
Today’s parents like a different kind of communication. Student videos. Some information and not others. Mike Daugherty, a Director of Technology in Ohio, has been studying this topic and experimenting for the last several years to find optimal ways to…
Building Positive Relationships Between Administrators and Teachers
Jan 28, 2019 • 9 min
While teachers might need to put students first, Dr. Brad Johnson makes the point in his book Putting Teachers First: How to Inspire, Motivate, and Connect with Your Staff that administrators need to focus on teachers in order to help students. He also…
5 Sure Fire Ways to Create Remarkable Graphics
Jan 25, 2019 • 10 min
Tony Vincent is a pro at creating graphics. His blog and work is full of amazing graphics. Today, he teaches us five sure-fire ways to create remarkable graphics. We can teach our students or use them to promote the causes we care about.…
How Should We Evaluate Leaders?
Jan 24, 2019 • 13 min
Dr. Toby Travis, Headmaster and leadership consultant, talks about the effective methods of evaluating school leaders, focusing on the research. www.coolcatteacher.com/e424
No 1:1 devices? You can be an awesome tech using school anyway!
Jan 23, 2019 • 10 min
Gail Charnick and her teachers are using a variety of technologies and showing that you don’t have to be 1 to 1 to be leading edge. www.coolcatteacher.com/e423
Virtual Valentines & 2 other cool, fun collaborative ideas for teachers
Jan 22, 2019 • 8 min
Dyane Smokorowski talks about Virtual Valentines, a Doodle project, and a fun trip with teachers to the San Diego Zoo this summer. Dive in! www.coolcatteacher.com/e421 Get the weekly newsletter with free resources and ideas for your classroom from the…
How to Motivate Teachers to Change
Jan 21, 2019 • 10 min
Motivating change in ourselves and others can be challenging but it can be done. Join Joy Kirr, 7th grade ELA Teacher, with surprising insight on why teachers really change! www.coolcatteacher.com/e421 Get Vicki Davis’ weekly newsletter for teachers with…
5 Ways to Connect Young Adults with Reading
Jan 18, 2019 • 11 min
Librarian Karen Scott challenges us with some non-traditional practices to get kids interested in reading including organizing her library by genre and using social media and graphics to inspire a love of reading. www.coolcatteacher.com/e420 Advancement…
How We Disenfranchise Students of Color
Jan 17, 2019 • 17 min
Self-examination is an important part of improving our teaching practice. With this in mind, Josh Parker encourages us to reflect upon our practice as a teacher with working with a diverse population of students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e419 Advancement…
3 Awesome Minutes: Question Formulation Techniques (QFT)’s
Jan 16, 2019 • 9 min
Chris Fancher talks about how to use question formulation techniques (QFT)’s in your classroom by sharing what he does in his. This simple 3 minutes can change your classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e418 Advancement Courses has expertly-crafted classroom…
Preservice Teachers in a Virtual Co-Op Program
Jan 15, 2019 • 13 min
Dr. Sam Fecich runs a virtual co-op program for her preservice teachers. This program not only helps her preservice teachers learn while doing authentic work, but it helps teachers get help for their classrooms. www.coolcatteacher.com/e417 Advancement…
Telling our Student’s Stories
Jan 14, 2019 • 12 min
Tell student stories. In today’s episode, Jamie Ewing talks about his new YouTube channel and why he finds sharing student stories to be a powerful way to help the profession of teaching. www.coolcatteacher.com/e416 Advancement Courses has…
5 Questions We Ask While Using Rubrics
Jan 11, 2019 • 12 min
Rubrics can be helpful. But when are they not helpful? What mistakes do we make when using rubrics? English teacher, Dr. Scott N. Forrest shares the five questions they ask at his school when working with rubrics. www.coolcatteacher.com/e415
Breaking Lockstep Test Prep in Schools
Jan 10, 2019 • 15 min
Jerry Blumengarten has been working with schools for years. But when his local schools in Florida where he has retired have turned away his free offer of help because they have no time, Jerry fights back by talking about how we need to break this…
Injury Free VR, VR in Healthcare, and Future VR Classroom Trends
Jan 9, 2019 • 14 min
Preventing injuries during VR in the classroom and some interesting future VR trends in healthcare and the classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e413 The 40-Hour Workweek program will help you cut down the number of hours you spend on your job and help you…
VR Nausea, Safety and other Virtual Reality Protocols to Keep Kids Healthy and Learning
Jan 8, 2019 • 12 min
Got a VR Headset? Did you know some of them cause nausea? Jaime Donally, talks about virtual reality in the classroom and shares everything we need to know! Part 1 of 2 www.coolcatteacher.com/e412 The 40-Hour Workweek program will help you cut down the…
Never Yell and Other Classroom Management Secrets of a Pro
Jan 7, 2019 • 16 min
Stacey Corrigan shares her classroom management secrets (and some mistakes). This show challenges teachers to reconsider what works (and doesn’t) in their own classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e411 Sponsor: The 40-Hour Workweek program will help you cut…
ENCORE: 20 Tech Tips to Shake Up Learning
Dec 24, 2018 • 13 min
Kasey Bell shares her tech tips for helping teachers make progress with technology. She also shares the biggest mistake she’s made as a teacher relating to edtech. https://www.coolcatteacher.com/20-tech-tips-shake-learning/
ENCORE: Trade the Cow and Start the Year Well
Dec 20, 2018 • 8 min
Start the year right with this motivational story about Will Rogers. “Trade the Cow.” The next 40-hour workweek club from Angela Watson starts in January. Go to coolcatteacher.com/40 to get early bird materials and an early bird access price.
ENCORE: 5 Habits of Healthy Teachers
Dec 19, 2018 • 10 min
Jen Burdis, teacher, and two-time American Ninja Warrior Competitor shares her secrets for staying healthy as a teacher. coolcatteacher.com/e370 The next 40-hour workweek club from Angela Watson starts in January. Go to coolcatteacher.com/40 to get early…
ENCORE: Math Success with No Textbook
Dec 18, 2018 • 12 min
Mandy Tolen shares how she teaches math, engages students and teachers to standards with NO TEXTBOOK. From choose your own adventure stories to other engaging methods, all teachers will have something to learn. Join Augmented Reality Classroom enthusiasts…
ENCORE: 5 Creative “Googley” Tech Tools to Get Kids Creating
Dec 17, 2018 • 11 min
#5 Show of Season 4 — Evan Mosier from Iowa teaches us some awesome Googley ideas to start our school year with excitement and creativity. www.coolcatteacher.com/e406 Join Augmented Reality Classroom enthusiasts as they talk about the pedagogies of…
5 Things to Keep in Mind When Implementing Technology
Dec 14, 2018 • 12 min
Dr. Joshua Elliott talks about what we need to consider when implementing new technology. coolcatteacher.com/e405 Join Augmented Reality Classroom enthusiasts as they talk about the pedagogies of teaching with AR. This free webinar will be on Wednesday,…
Student Authored Interviews: An Empowering Way to Help Students Lead
Dec 13, 2018 • 10 min
Daniel Miyake from Los Angeles talks about how his students interview on-campus visits. He also shares how students help convey the vision for the school. www.coolcatteacher.com/e404 Join Augmented Reality Classroom enthusiasts as they talk about the…
Strategies to Help Kids Love Reading
Dec 12, 2018 • 11 min
Barb Gilman (known as @barbinnebraska) has a classroom rich with a love of reading. Today she talks about strategies any teacher can use to help kids love reading. coolcatteacher.com/e403 Join ARClassroom enthusiasts to talk about the pedagogies of…
3D Printing in a STEM Classroom
Dec 11, 2018 • 11 min
David Ternent shares how he has used his 3D printers to transform and excite kids about learning STEM concepts. coolcatteacher.com/e402 Join Augmented Reality Classroom enthusiasts to discuss the pedagogies of teaching with AR. This free webinar is…
top Chef: Cooking Up Instructional Greatness with Fun PD
Dec 10, 2018 • 10 min
Allison Starling talks about a fun “PD Event” she plans for her school that makes innovation fun. She discusses how she styles this event and what teachers learn.www.coolcatteacher.com/e401 Sponsor: Take the Goodbye, Teacher Tired Challenge: 5 Days to…
5 Ways to Help a Teacher
Dec 7, 2018 • 10 min
Debbie Scott has started the “Help a Teacher” Facebook page. Learn how it works and join in supporting teachers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e400 Link: https://www.facebook.com/helpateacher/
Games and Play Based Learning in the Classroom
Dec 6, 2018 • 11 min
Play can be used to teach. C. Ross Flatt from the Institute of Play, talks about exemplars and best practices for play in the middle and high school classrooms. www.coolcatteacher.com/e399
Formative Assessment in Kindergarten
Dec 5, 2018 • 15 min
Becky Holden talks about formative assessment in kindergarten. From notetaking on how knowledge is forming as students are learning to the importance of understanding a child’s learning path, www.coolcatteacher.com/e398 SPONSOR: Join a Free Personalized…
Innovative Science Teaching in Grades 6-12
Dec 4, 2018 • 12 min
Isabella Liu is a science teacher in Hong Kong. From augmented reality to game-based learning, she has a variety of ideas to share about how she amps up her science teaching with technology. www.coolcatteacher.com/e397 SPONSOR: Join a Free Personalized…
5 Ways to Help Kids of All Ages Code #HourofCode
Dec 3, 2018 • 10 min
Brian Aspinall, author of Code Breaker, shares how students from kindergarten to high school can start to learn coding. www.coolcatteacher.com/e396 SPONSOR: Join a Free Personalized Learning Session with Me and TextHelp! This Thursday, December 6 from 1-3…
5 Ways to Use Augmented Reality in the Classroom
Nov 30, 2018 • 12 min
Lindsay Fell is using augmented reality in the classroom (and so much more.) Today she shares five favorite augmented reality tools (plus one more.) www.coolcatteacher.com/e395 Today’s sponsor: Project Pals has a useful classroom collaborative platform…
Transformational Teaching in Troubled Times - Part 2 - Sia Kyriakakos
Nov 29, 2018 • 10 min
Sia Kyriakakos teaches art in Baltimore but she teaches far more than art. In part 2 of this conversation with a teacher who is working to become relevant and relatable, see how Sia is teaching in tough times. www.coolcatteacher.com/e394 Today’s sponsor:…
Transformational Teaching in Troubled Times - Part I - Sia Kyriakakos
Nov 28, 2018 • 10 min
Sia Kyriakakos teaches art in Baltimore but she teaches far more than art. In part 1 of this conversation with a teacher who is working to become relevant and relatable, see how Sia is teaching in tough times. www.coolcatteacher.com/e393 Today’s sponsor:…
Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom
Nov 27, 2018 • 14 min
Master music teacher Amy Burns shares how Seesaw has become a portal for musical performances for parents and grandparents. She shares her game-changing best practices for the elementary music classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e392 Today’s sponsor:…
Rewiring Education: Lessons Learned from Apple’s First VP of Education
Nov 26, 2018 • 13 min
John Couch, Apple’s first VP of Education hired by Steve Jobs, talks about education as it should be. From the early research from Apple to current technologies, learn about what we should be doing in education with challenge based learning.…
Student Created Learning (A Timeless Learning Priniciple)
Nov 8, 2018 • 14 min
Pam Moran and Ira Socol talk about the timeless principle of student-created learning. What does this look like? www.coolcatteacher.com/e389
How Do I Help My Students Use iPads? Helping Kids Troubleshoot iPads and Use Them Effectively
Nov 7, 2018 • 9 min
Pana Asavavatana won the ISTE Kay Bitter Award for 2018 as a top technology using kindergarten teacher. In today’s show, she digs deep about how she teaches her students to use iPads. www.coolcatteacher.com/e388
Are Smartphones in the Classroom a Smart Move?
Nov 6, 2018 • 11 min
Liz Kolb evaluates where we’ve come with smartphones in the classroom a decade after writing one of the original educational books about using cell phones in the classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e387
How to Hold Better Meetings
Nov 5, 2018 • 11 min
Rushton Hurley talks about how to run more exciting and effective meetings in schools. www.coolcatteacher.com/e386
Overcoming 5 Barriers to the Implementation of PBL
Nov 2, 2018 • 12 min
John Larmer, the editor at the Buck Institute, talks about common barriers to effective project-based learning and how to overcome them. www.coolcatteacher.com/e385 Today’s sponsor is Projectpals.com, a fantastic platform for students to plan, create, and…
Gold Standard Project Based Learning: Project Based Teaching
Nov 1, 2018 • 11 min
After much research, Suzie Boss shares what makes excellent project-based teaching and gives a sneak peek into her book by the same name. www.coolcatteacher.com/e384 Today’s sponsor is Projectpals.com, a fantastic platform for students to plan, create,…
A Personalized High School: How It Works
Oct 31, 2018 • 13 min
Julia Bamba leads a personalized high school. After three years, they are graduating their first senior class. Learn about their successes and lessons from this revolutionary approach to learning being piloted in many US districts.…
An Artificial Intelligence Curriculum in Middle School
Oct 30, 2018 • 13 min
Dr. Justin Aglio has partnered with Carnegie Mellon and MIT to develop a middle school curriculum teaching Artificial Intelligence. Learn how they did it and what they are teaching in today’s episode. www.coolcatteacher.com/e382 Today’s sponsor is…
Atomic Habits for Teachers and Students
Oct 29, 2018 • 15 min
James Clear, author of Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones, talks about healthy habit building for students and teachers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e381 Today’s sponsor is Projectpals.com, a fantastic platform for…
5 Ways for Teachers to Take Back Time and Make the Most of It
Oct 26, 2018 • 10 min
Sarah Johnson is a leader who is passionate about stemming burnout through sharing the balance message for fellow educators, elevating women in leadership, and inspiring others with faith-filled leadership. www.coolcatteacher.com/e380 Go to…
The Neuroscience of Play, Games, and Learning (and Why Fortnite Might Not Be So Bad After All)
Oct 25, 2018 • 14 min
Dr. Dave Neale is a researcher in the psychology of play and learning at the Centre for Play, Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) at The University of Cambridge. www.coolcatteacher.com/e378 Sponsor: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate…
Important Things I’ve Learned and Want to Teach from Disaster
Oct 17, 2018 • 10 min
Today, I share some things from my home that I’ve learned and want to teach as a result of Hurricane Michael. www.coolcatteacher.com/e377 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to…
I was hit by Hurricane Michael: What You Need to Know About Tech When You Have No Technology
Oct 16, 2018 • 22 min
The technology and tips that we have learned in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael that you need to know. coolcatteacher.com/e377 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. Go to…
How School Leaders Can Motivate Instructional Innovation: A Teacher’s Quest for Progress
Oct 15, 2018 • 12 min
Thomas Arnett, a senior research fellow for the Christensen Institute, talks about research on effective teacher PD. www.coolcatteacher.com/e376 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12…
Eduprotocols for Littles with Jon Corippo
Oct 5, 2018 • 13 min
Instead of selecting many apps, select a few tools/protocols for how things are taught with edtech by selecting an eduprotocol. www.coolcatteacher.com/e375 Sponsored by: The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. 150+ apps for your student iPads…
Kindergarten Kindness Superheroes and the DNA of Kindergarteners
Oct 4, 2018 • 11 min
Laurie McIntosh’s kindergarten “superheroes” wear their capes and spread kindness. She also surveys student’s DNA (dreams, needs, and abilities). www.coolcatteacher.com/e374
Gaming in Early Elementary in Education in Australia
Oct 3, 2018 • 10 min
Helen Kardiasmenos talks about early elementary gaming and how she is using gaming in her classroom in Australia. www.coolcatteacher.com/e373 Sponsor: The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. 150+ apps for your student iPads or Google Play…
iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education
Oct 2, 2018 • 12 min
Emily Lynch talks about how to use iPads in the classroom to differentiate instruction. www.coolcatteacher.com/e372 Sponsored by: The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. 150+ apps for your student iPads or Google Play devices inside one…
Motivating Teachers of K-2 Students
Oct 1, 2018 • 11 min
Karen Lirenman inspires K-2 teachers with her secrets to innovating and staying positive. coolcatteacher.com/e371 Sponsor: The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. 150+ apps for your student iPads or Google Play devices inside one powerful app.…
5 Habits of Healthy Teachers
Sep 28, 2018 • 11 min
Jen Burdis, teacher and two-time American Ninja Warrior Competitor, shares her secrets for staying healthy as a teacher. www.coolcatteacher.com/e370 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code…
1 Way to Help Kids with the Trauma and Drama of Life (and a Free Journal to Help You Do It)
Sep 27, 2018 • 13 min
The Imagine Project has free journals and lesson plans that help students cope with the drama and trauma of life. Dianne Maroney helps us. www.coolcatteacher.com/e369 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online…
Flexible Seating: Before and After
Sep 26, 2018 • 10 min
Fourth-grade teacher Justine MacKinnon helps us understand how flexible seating has changed her classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e368 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With…
Making a Yearbook with Google Slides
Sep 25, 2018 • 13 min
Jennifer Scott saves her school tens of thousands as they make their yearbook with Google Slides. www.coolcatteacher.com/e367 www.coolcatteacher.com/e367 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with…
MasterMind Educator Groups: Build Safe Spaces for Innovation
Sep 24, 2018 • 12 min
In this show, 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki shares how she has facilitated Mastermind groups successfully. www.coolcatteacher.com/e366 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses…
5 Ways to Teach Digital Citizenship (and the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship)
Sep 21, 2018 • 12 min
In this show, I teach the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship in 5 simple steps. Enjoy! www.coolcatteacher.com/e365 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20. With this coupon, a 3 grad…
14 Million People Read Her Classroom Tweet About 1 Question She Asks Students
Sep 20, 2018 • 12 min
André Sasser, 9-year math teacher, tweeted something that has been viewed by 14 million people. This simple statement has transformed Andre’s classroom in powerful ways. coolcatteacher.com/e364
Geo-Inquiry in Project Based Learning
Sep 19, 2018 • 12 min
Geo-inquiry expert Jim Bentley talks about what this project-based learning method looks like in his fifth-grade classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e363 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code…
3 Interesting Trends in Online Education Content (That You May Not Know)
Sep 18, 2018 • 10 min
Andrew Pass talks about trends in online education and shares how to educate effectively in online learning spaces. www.coolcatteacher.com/e362 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20.…
How to Unleash Student Motivation to Succeed
Sep 17, 2018 • 12 min
Chris Holmes talks about how he teaches metacognition and success principles to students and what he has learned about grit. www.coolcatteacher.com/e361 Sponsor: If you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with…
5 Ideas to Experience Inquiry in Your Classroom
Sep 14, 2018 • 13 min
Kimberly Mitchell talks about how we can promote inquiry in the classroom with five practical ideas. www.coolcatteacher.com/e360 Powerschool has fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar. PowerSchool is my only…
All 4’s and 5’s: Secrets to AP Teaching Success
Sep 13, 2018 • 15 min
AP US History Teacher, Andrew Sharos, talks about how to create a collaborative environment that helps students learn and succeed in AP courses. www.coolcatteacher.com/e358 PowerSchool has fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at…
Remarkable Teaching: Student Created Virtual Reality Projects
Sep 12, 2018 • 15 min
Sean Wybrant, 2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year, has students building virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. www.coolcatteacher.com/e358 PowerSchool has fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar…
What’s in Your Edtech Bag: Trends and Tools from Educators and the World
Sep 11, 2018 • 11 min
David Hopkins, author of Emergency Rations #EdTechRations: talks about the educational technology that educators around the world carry in their bags and pockets. www.coolcatteacher.com/e357 Sponsor: PowerSchool has a fantastic K12 Academic Leaders…
The Thank You Project: #MondayMotivation
Sep 10, 2018 • 13 min
Teacher Morgan Toal shares the powerful writing project that she calls the “Thank You Project.” www.coolcatteacher.com/e356 Sponsor: PowerSchool has fantastic a fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar…
5 Ideas for A Positive Cultural Impact
Sep 7, 2018 • 9 min
Aaron Polansky gives us five exciting ways to have a positive cultural impact in your school on Monday.
Language Teacher: Cultural Awareness and Story to Excite Kids about Learning Spanish
Sep 6, 2018 • 10 min
Jennifer Degenhardt talks about how she uses stories in Spanish to help students engage with learning Spanish. www.coolcatteacher.com/e354
The Secret Agents of Jordan Jackson Elementary School
Sep 5, 2018 • 12 min
Rayna Freedman inspires her elementary students with a spy-themed classroom experience that runs throughout the year. Learn how she does it and why in this fun Wonderful Classroom Wednesday. www.coolcatteacher.com/e353
Let’s Try Because Our Students Need Us: A Story of Persistence
Sep 4, 2018 • 7 min
IT Integrator, Evan Mosier, and his teacher friend, Tom, have a remarkable story of persistence when first working to integrate Google Classroom. Be inspired to overcome and persist because our students need us to do it! www.coolcatteacher.com/e352
Motivating Kids with Nontraditional Memory Techniques
Sep 3, 2018 • 10 min
Oskar Cymerman shares some unique memory techniques we can use to help kids learn and remember. www.coolcatteacher.com/e351
5 Inspirational Thoughts for Teachers
Aug 31, 2018 • 14 min
Ideas, research, and inspiring thoughts we can all use for our classrooms. www.coolcatteacher.com/e350 Sponsor: Read my review of the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset at www.coolcatteacher.com/vr and learn how to enter to win a STEAM Lab Makeover from…
Lesson Planning with the Classroom Chef Model
Aug 30, 2018 • 8 min
John Stevens talks about a method of lesson planning to help teachers “serve up” more exciting lessons to students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e349 Sponsor: Read my review of the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset at www.coolcatteacher.com/vr and learn how to…
Student-Driven Hyperdocs
Aug 29, 2018 • 9 min
Kate Bradford and Brett Miller share their secrets for student-driven Hyperdocs. Taken from their popular ISTE 2018 session, learn about the next evolution of Hyperdocs. www.coolcatteacher.com/e348 Sponsor: Read my review of the Acer Windows Mixed Reality…
Whose Land? Understanding Indigenous Peoples Through Edtech
Aug 28, 2018 • 10 min
Michael Furdyk from Taking IT Global talks about some global initiatives to help students understand indigenous peoples and develop empathy. www.coolcatteacher.com/e347
Motivating Kids to Read and Write: Sparks in the Dark
Aug 27, 2018 • 13 min
Todd Nelsoney and Travis Crowder talk about some of the ideas to get kids excited about reading and writing from their book “Sparks in the Dark.” We can motivate and excite kids about reading and writing. www.coolcatteacher.com/e346
5 Creative “Googley” Tech Tools to Get Kids Creating
Aug 24, 2018 • 11 min
Evan Mosier from Iowa teaches us some awesome Googley ideas to start our school year with excitement and creativity. www.coolcatteacher.com/e345 Sponsor: Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20 for a 20% discount.
#Supermuch teaching in the classroom and online
Aug 23, 2018 • 12 min
Jody Green and Dr. Tim Greene talk about taking teaching to the next level with #supermuch. We discuss what going to the next level in the classroom and in online learning means both at the secondary and college level. www.coolcatteacher.com/e344 Sponsor:…
Inspiring Creative Writers in Fifth Grade
Aug 22, 2018 • 12 min
Classroom teacher Faith Maria Brody talks about how she inspires a love of writing in her fifth graders. www.coolcatteacher.com/e343 Sponsor: Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20 for a 20% discount.
AR, VR, and MR for All Classrooms
Aug 21, 2018 • 11 min
Augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality are terms being thrown around in technology circles. But what do the mean? How are they being used in the classroom? Jaime Donally teaches us about them. www.coolcatteacher.com/e342 Sponsor: Go to…
A Learner Centered Innovation Model
Aug 20, 2018 • 10 min
Katie Martin, an ISTE 2018 keynote, talks about the importance of putting learners at the center of your innovation model. She starts with the questions we need to ask ourselves and our students and talks about what learner-center innovation looks like.…
5 Ideas to Tap Social Media to Enhance PD and Student Learning
Aug 17, 2018 • 12 min
Nikki Robertson, ISTE Librarians Network President Elect, shares five ways to use social media to enhance professional development and improve student learning. Can you use Snapchat to connect with parents? Can social media be effective professional…
Hacking Early Learning
Aug 16, 2018 • 9 min
Jessica Cabeen, the 2017 Minnesota National Distinguished Principal, and talks about how we can hack and improve early learning. This is a must-listen for kindergarten principals and teachers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e339
Math Success with No Textbook
Aug 15, 2018 • 10 min
Mandy Tolen shares how she teaches math, engages students and teachers to standards with NO TEXTBOOK. From choose your own adventure stories to other engaging methods, all teachers will have something to learn from this teacher who ditched her textbook…
20 Tech Tips to Shake Up Learning
Aug 14, 2018 • 10 min
Kasey Bell shares her tech tips for helping teachers make progress with technology. She also shares the biggest mistake she’s made as a teacher relating to edtech. See the infographic and more information about Kasey at www.coolcatteacher.com/e337
Trade the Cow and Start the School Year Well
Aug 13, 2018 • 7 min
Start the school year right with this motivational story about Will Rogers. “Trade the Cow.” www.coolcatteacher.com/e336
Why Kids Can’t Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student’s Need to Move (#1 Episode of Season 3)
Jun 15, 2018 • 13 min
Students have reasons for how they behave. Occupational and physical therapist, Suzanne Cresswell, helps us understand children and why some of them just can’t stop moving. Sponsor: www.coolcatteacher.com/e335 Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use…
Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders (#2 Episode of Season 3)
Jun 14, 2018 • 10 min
Learn about the virtual mentorship program for prospective administrators, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor. www.coolcatteacher.com/e334 SPONSOR: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional…
5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons (#3 Episode of Season 3)
Jun 13, 2018 • 13 min
Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. www.coolcatteacher.com/e333 Sponsor: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for…
5 Ideas for Writing with Technology (#4 episode of Season 3)
Jun 12, 2018 • 10 min
Jacqui Murray shares how we can help improve in writing using technology, particularly kids who struggle with handwriting & typing. Show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e332 Sponsor: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional…
5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management (#5 Episode of Season 3)
Jun 11, 2018 • 10 min
Teacher Mike Roberts give five strategies that can help us with formative assessment AND classroom management. #5 Episode of Season 3 www.coolcatteacher.com/e331 Sponsor: Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development…
5 Awesome Things for Teachers to Do This Summer (e330)
Jun 8, 2018 • 12 min
Teacher, ultimately it is YOUR summer and YOUR plans. Here are five things to consider as you plan your summer. www.coolcatteacher.com/e330 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to…
IT Coaches Leading Change in the Classroom (e329)
Jun 7, 2018 • 9 min
Instructional Technology Coaches can be helpful advisors for teachers if they learn strategies of encouragement and empowerment. www.coolcatteacher.com/e329 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to…
Helping Kids Cope with Tragedy: The Experience in One Jazz Band (e328)
Jun 6, 2018 • 9 min
One middle school had to cope with the tragic death of a classmate. This story features how one remarkable teacher and his jazz band helped a whole school.. www.coolcatteacher.com/e328 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses…
The Facebook Scandal: What Can We Learn as Educators (e327)
Jun 5, 2018 • 10 min
Professor Britt Wattwood has moved his college classes off Facebook. Today he reflects on the implications for educators and how he’s talking about the Analytica scandal.www.coolcatteacher.com/e327 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level…
Dr, Barbara Blackburn: Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and in Class Everyday (e326)
Jun 4, 2018 • 11 min
www.coolcatteacher.com/e326 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course.
Todd Finley: 5 Ways to Overcome Cognitive Overload (e325)
Jun 1, 2018 • 13 min
Todd Finley shares how to help your students when struggling with cognitive overload. www.coolcatteacher.com/e325 www.coolcatteacher.com/e324 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to…
Elizabeth Merce: Ditch the Clips in Kindergarten (And Here’s What to Do Instead) #ditchtheclips (324)
May 31, 2018 • 12 min
Kindergarten teacher, Elizabeth Merce, urges teachers to “ditch the clips” and shares what you can do instead. www.coolcatteacher.com/e324 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to…
Using the Real-World Classroom Model When Teaching Finance (e323)
May 30, 2018 • 10 min
The Real-World Classroom model of teaching finance is part simulation part game. Invented by Brian Bean, this model of teaching is transforming Texas classrooms and beyond. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e323 SMART’s Give Greatness contest is today’s…
Kasey Bell’s 8 Great Ways to Use Google Slides (e322)
May 29, 2018 • 12 min
Kasey Bell teaches us eight great ways to use Google Slides. From stop motion to video controls and cool add ins for formative assessment and graphics, learn about this Swiss Army Knife of Google tools - Google slides. www.coolcatteacher.com/e322 Kasey…
Awesome Mentoring: First Year Teacher Lindsay Godlman Tells All (e321)
May 28, 2018 • 12 min
Helping first-year teachers learn and grow is a challenge. Today we spotlight a successful mentoring relationship. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e321 Sponsor: SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their…
Gerald Aungst: 5 Principles of the Modern Mathematics Classroom (e320) #mathchat
May 25, 2018 • 9 min
The 5 C’s of the awesome math classroom are conjecture, communication, collaboration, chaos (listen to the show and don’t be afraid), and celebration according to 25-year educator Gerald Aungst. Gerald is author of Five Principles of the Modern…
District Leadership: Teacher-Driven Curriculum Design (e319)
May 24, 2018 • 11 min
More than 60 teachers in Dr. Steven Weber’s district helped write their math curriculum. Now, they are excited. Learn how this process not only helps develop curriculum, it also develops teacher leaders and promotes the important conversations that need…
Marynn Dause: Literature Performance Odyssey with Performances and Student Leadership (e318)
May 23, 2018 • 11 min
They only had a few days to teach the entire Odyssey. So, teacher Marynn Dause met with her students. They decided to follow the pattern of Homer and become storytelling bards themselves with powerful results. Marynn shares this innovative approach to…
Laura Dennis: Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards (e317)
May 22, 2018 • 10 min
Hyperdocs literacy task boards and Flipgrid are two favorite tools of Laura Dennis, third grade teacher. Learn more about how Laura’s classroom has become more modern and simplified with these valuable tools. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e317
Stephanie Goldman: ACE Mentor Relationship Building with Google Drive and Google Classroom (e316)
May 21, 2018 • 12 min
Stephanie Goldman and her first-year mentee Lindsay George have used Google Drive and Google Classroom to supercharge their mentor/mentee relationship. Stephanie calls this the ACE method of mentoring: Access, Collaboration and Experimentation. Learn this…
Trevor MacKenzie: 5 Ideas to Bring the Inquiry Mindset into Your Classroom Today (e315)
May 18, 2018 • 11 min
Fantastic ideas to bring the inquiry mindset into the classroom including curiosity jars, provocations and more. Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e315
Ann Oro: Developing a Digital Citizenship Curriculum (e314)
May 17, 2018 • 12 min
Ann Oro helped her diocese develop curriculum standards for digital citizenship by grade level. Ann also talks about the fifth-grade course piloted by Seton Hall. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e314
Carrie Pierce: Discovery and Inquiry Based Learning in Math (e313)
May 16, 2018 • 10 min
Math teacher Carrie Pierce talks about promoting discovery and inquiry-based learning in math. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e313
Special Student Episode: “Ticked off Teens” Talk about Social Media (e312)
May 15, 2018 • 7 min
In this episode, three of Vicki Davis’ students share their thoughts about social media. This edtech tool Tuesday showcases three students with an opinion but also how podcasts can help students develop their voice. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e312
Kayla Delzer: Student Leadership in Social Media, Score Reporting, and Parent-Teacher Conferencing (e311)
May 14, 2018 • 11 min
Kayla Delzer motivates us to relinquish control and empower students with three powerful examples. We can do this! Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e311 The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking…
James O’Hagan: 5 Reasons to Bring ESports to your School (e310)
May 11, 2018 • 14 min
Esports are coming to state high school athletic competitions, college sports, and intramurals. Esports pioneer James O’Hagan explains the phenomenon. Show Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e310 Enter an educator in SMART’s Give Greatness Contest. The winning…
Linda Kardamis: How to Finish The School Year Strong (e309)
May 10, 2018 • 9 min
Linda Kardamis shares common mistakes to avoid and positive things to do that will help you have a successful finish to your school year. Show Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e309 Enter an educator who inspires greatness in SMART’s Give Greatness Contest. The…
Lindsey Danhoff: Kindergarten and Early Elementary Passion Projects (e308)
May 9, 2018 • 10 min
Kindergarteners explore their “wonderings” in Lindsey Danhoff’s classroom. Lindsey gives practical advice for passion projects with younger aged children. Show Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e308 Enter an educator who inspires greatness in SMART’s Give…
Vicki Davis: 7 Strategies I Use When Students Make Apps (or Do Any Genius Projects) e307
May 8, 2018 • 15 min
Host Vicki Davis will give you 7 strategies to use for making apps, student passion projects, making movies, or any project where students create. Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e307 Enter an educator who inspires greatness in SMART’s Give Greatness Contest.…
Hope King: How to Engage Students and Find Your Creative Breakthrough (e306)
May 7, 2018 • 13 min
Hope King shares how every teacher can make their classroom more exciting and why it is necessary. Show Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e306 Enter an educator who inspires greatness in SMART’s Give Greatness Contest. The winning nominator and his or her nominee…
Wanda Terral: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death (e305)
May 4, 2018 • 11 min
In today’s show Wanda Terral talks about how to help kids understand digital safety. Show Notes: < href=”http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e303”>coolcatteacher.com/e303 Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by…
Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual (e304)
May 3, 2018 • 10 min
Kyle Pearce talks about how to make math visual for students. Discussing current theories supporting effective math teaching, Show Notes: < href=”http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e304”>coolcatteacher.com/e304 Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key…
Denis Sheeran: How We Should be Teaching Math in Classrooms Today (e303)
May 2, 2018 • 10 min
Math teacher Denis Sheeran talks about what math should (and shouldn’t) be. Make math meaningful and real with these tips and ideas. Show Notes: < href=”http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e303”>coolcatteacher.com/e303 Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for…
Bethany Petty: Using Edtech to Enhance Learning - e302
May 1, 2018 • 11 min
Today’s guest, Bethany Petty gives us pointers and shares a common pitfall of those implementing new technology in the classroom. Show Notes: < href=”http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e302”>coolcatteacher.com/e302 Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9…
Wade King: Find Your Creativity Wildcard - e301
Apr 30, 2018 • 9 min
We can unleash our creativity as teachers if we want to inspire our students. Co-author of Wildcard, Wade King, shares how. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e301 Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by…
5 Googley Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month (e300)
Apr 27, 2018 • 9 min
Eric Curts gives us five Googley ways to celebrate Poetry Month. Learn about some tools you can use all year long in your language arts classes. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e300 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses…
Building a Classroom Community by Having Parent Parties (e299)
Apr 26, 2018 • 9 min
Engage parents any time of the year with these strategies. Parent parties are fun, exciting ways to help parents and improve relationships. You can do this even now. Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e299 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level…
Flipping Awesome Physics with an Asynchronous Flipped Gameful Mastery Learning Classroom (e298)
Apr 25, 2018 • 10 min
Jonathan Thomas-Palmer teaches physics. Students start with a zero and level up as they use videos, one on one help, and game based mastery to master physics. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e298 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level…
Making Better Videos and Movies with Students (e297)
Apr 24, 2018 • 9 min
Digital filmmaking can successfully be integrated into any class. Learn practical tips and ideas from Joe Brennan. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e297 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to…
What To Do When Someone Hates You (e296)
Apr 23, 2018 • 12 min
There is one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing. Say nothing. Be nothing.” says Aristotle. Criticism comes with putting yourself out there. But how do you respond when that criticism turns to hatred? http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e296 Advancement Courses…
5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School (e295)
Apr 20, 2018 • 10 min
Brian Page has ideas to bring financial literacy to every school. Whether you want games, curriculum, or to know what’s next in financial literacy, A must-listen podcast. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e295 April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET…
The Best PD for Math Teachers (and How to Use It) (e294)
Apr 19, 2018 • 9 min
David Petro has been using Twitter for his math PD for more than eight years. Learn about the current trends in hashtag learning and the popular PD Twitter techniques. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e294 April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET…
Bringing Literature to Life in Open Sim (e293)
Apr 18, 2018 • 9 min
Mary Howard’s students build and learn in Open Sim, a virtual world like Second Life. From architecture to understanding the Diary of Anne Frank, literature comes alive. www.coolcatteacher.com/e293 April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET Twitter chat…
Open Badges in Elementary School (e292)
Apr 17, 2018 • 9 min
Some elementary classrooms are using open badges for competency by students. In today’s show, Amy Cooper talks about how this is done and insights on student motivation. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e292 April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET…
Infographics in Education with Eileen Lennon (e291)
Apr 16, 2018 • 10 min
Infographics are powerful communication tools. Today, infographic pro Eileen Lennon shares how she uses infographics, creates them, and why they’re such a powerful tool. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e291 April 26 is #PowerofEcon day with a noon ET…
5 Ways to Bring Computational Thinking and STEM Together (e290)
Apr 13, 2018 • 10 min
STEM and Computational Thinking go together. Today’s guest is a PhD, Biomedical engineer and STEM Teacher. Stephanie Zeiger helps us see the potential of STEM and computational thinking. Show notes:coolcatteacher.com/e290 Legends of Learning has awesome…
Understanding ADHD and Helping Kids Succeed (e289)
Apr 12, 2018 • 11 min
Katherine Firestone helps parents and kids with ADHD. Having been diagnosed with ADHD herself, Katherine is uniquely positioned to help us understand what to do to help children with ADHD and their parents. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e289 Legends…
Merge Cube Mania in Middle School (e288)
Apr 11, 2018 • 12 min
Karen Bosch explains why Merge Cubes are so hot, how they are being used in classrooms, and how she’s using them to build critical thinking and creativity in her school. Join Merge Cube Mania! Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e288 Legends of Learning…
How to Host a Student Media Festival (e287)
Apr 10, 2018 • 10 min
Mike Lawrence, current organizer of the longest running student media festival in the country, shares how to set up and run your own media festival. Learn the ins and outs of student media festivals. www.coolcatteacher.com/e287 Legends of Learning has…
Mathivating Kids to Get Excited About Math (e286)
Apr 9, 2018 • 15 min
Get Mathivated with Kim Thomas. She literally speaks math and has exciting things to do each day of the week for her students. (She also has quite an interesting way to handle difficult behavior including profanity.) Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e286
5 Ways to Bring Sustainable Food Systems into Your School (e285)
Apr 6, 2018 • 8 min
Julie Willcott talks about how we can bring sustainable food systems and understanding into our schools with these five simple ideas. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e285 Sponsor: I’ll be at the STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in…
Teaching Isn’t Rocket Science - It’s Way More Complex (e284)
Apr 5, 2018 • 9 min
Dr. Doug Green challenges our thinking about school, how we should teach, and the flaws with the testing programs we have in education today. Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e284 Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta…
Elearning Engagement with Persuasive Design Strategies (e283)
Apr 4, 2018 • 11 min
Dr. Laurie Korte talks about e-learning design that engages learners and common mistakes of e-learning and blended learning classrooms. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e283 This Thursday, April 4 at 2pm ET/11 am PT join me for 12 Tips for Building Your…
Drones in the English Classroom (e282)
Apr 3, 2018 • 8 min
Santha Walters uses drones in her English classroom to teach writing, collaboration and more. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e282 This Thursday, April 4 at 2pm ET/11 am PT join me for 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom sponsored by…
Connecting Parents to Student’s Digital Lives (e281)
Apr 2, 2018 • 11 min
Mike Daugherty is helping connect the parents at his school to the digital lives of students. How can schools connect with parents to relate better to students? We learn how today. www.coolcatteacher.com/e281 This week I’ll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical…
5 Ideas for Writing with Technology (ENCORE)
Mar 23, 2018 • 10 min
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. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e280…
Why Kids Can’t Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student’s Need to Move [BONUS]
Mar 22, 2018 • 13 min
Occupational and physical therapist, Suzanne Cresswell, helps us understand why some kids just can’t stop moving Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e279 Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018 with me Suzy…
Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders (ENCORE) e278
Mar 21, 2018 • 10 min
Emerging administrator leaders and administrators are participating in an emerging leadership virtual mentorship program created by Jodie Pierpoint and many volunteers. Learn about this program, how you can join in, and how you can become a better mentor.…
5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons (ENCORE 277)
Mar 20, 2018 • 12 min
Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, was a history teacher. It shows. In today’s show, he talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e277 STLinATL at Woodward Academy, Atlanta…
Maker Monday: How Start the Week with Creativity and Purpose (ENCORE 276)
Mar 19, 2018 • 9 min
John Spencer, coauthor of two different best-selling books, Launch and Empower, talks about the creativity (and test score) boosts his classes experienced when he began Maker Mondays. www.coolcatteacher.com/e276 Sponsor: Join me at the STLinATL Conference…
5 Ways NOT to Implement Next Generation Science Standards (e275)
Mar 16, 2018 • 11 min
Patti Duncan shares some of the common mistakes she finds that schools implementing Next Generation Science Standards make. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e275 Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning…
Learning Science Through Authentic Investigation (e274)
Mar 15, 2018 • 10 min
Kate Dobrzenski spotlights K-4 innovative science practice. She discusses how to incorporate the observation of phenomena and other NGSS. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e274 Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students…
Flipping Awesome Science (e273)
Mar 14, 2018 • 10 min
Marc Seigel, a contributing author to Flipping 2.0, talks about an innovative flipped science classroom. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e273 Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next…
6 Super Science Edtech Ideas (e272)
Mar 13, 2018 • 10 min
Leah LaCrosse shares six edtech ideas science teachers can start using today to improve learning and excite students about science. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e272 Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8…
Active Learning in the Science Classroom (e271)
Mar 12, 2018 • 10 min
Thirty-three year Presidential Award Winning science teacher Glen Westbroek believes in creating active learning experiences in his science classroom. Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e271 Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for…
5 Ideas to Change Teaching with Digital Tools with Meg Ormiston (e270)
Mar 9, 2018 • 10 min
In today’s show Meg Ormiston gives us an idea for each of the 5 C’s: creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and computational thinking. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e270 Advancement Courses has 200+ graduate level online…
Rethinking Professional Development so It Actually Improves Teaching (e269)
Mar 8, 2018 • 11 min
Teachers need to have say in their own PD, but how do you help teachers become intrinsically motivated to learn? coolcatteacher.com/e269 Advancement Courses has 200+ graduate level online professional development for K12 Teachers Use COOL20 at checkout to…
Game Based Learning in Action (e268)
Mar 7, 2018 • 10 min
On today’s show Matthew Farber, author of Game-Based Learning In Action, talks about how to effectively use games in the classroom. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e268 Advancement Courses has 200+ graduate-level online professional development for K12…
Podcasting How To’s and Tips with Jeff Bradbury (e267)
Mar 6, 2018 • 10 min
Jeff Bradbury, IT Coach and Podcaster at the Teachercast Network and I talk about education podcasting and how it all works. www.coolcatteacher.com/e267 Advancement Courses has 200+ graduate level online professional development for K12 Teachers Use…
Blessings for the Broken Teacher (e266)
Mar 5, 2018 • 13 min
Award Winning teacher Aimee Ross in an inspiring look into the journey of teaching, being recognized for your work, and realizing that the students really are why we teach. coolcatteacher.com/e266 Advancement Courses has 200+ graduate level online…
5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology (e265)
Mar 2, 2018 • 9 min
Elementary Math can be exciting. Check out these five ideas to use technology to make math exciting. www.coolcatteacher.com/e265 This week, see my post, 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom, sponsored…
Why We Still Need to Know Things in the Age of Google (e264)
Mar 1, 2018 • 14 min
We hope that kids will learn critical thinking skills in one class and then apply it to another. However, MIT Teaching Systems Lab Director, Dr. Justin Reich, discusses current research that is shaking up how people think about learning.…
Happy Apples: Fun PD Subscription Boxes for Teachers Made by the District (e263)
Feb 28, 2018 • 8 min
Crystal Marshall-Krauss and her colleagues at the district office in Howard County, Maryland have created a fun way to excite teachers about professional development. www.coolcatteacher.com/e263 This week, see my post, 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make…
Simple Steps to Teach Kids to Program (e262)
Feb 27, 2018 • 10 min
Teaching kids to code starts with helping them understand the concepts behind coding before you get into syntax. Aditya Batura, Programmer and Entrepreneur, talks about helping every student understand computational thinking. www.coolcatteacher.com/e262…
5 Ways to Promote Health and Happiness in Every Classroom (e261)
Feb 26, 2018 • 9 min
Here’s what I do to prevent problems before they happen. www.coolcatteacher.com/e261
5 Teacher Myths and How to Dispel Them (e260)
Feb 23, 2018 • 10 min
Teachers are not all saints, nor are they all slackers. — These are just two of the myths that social studies teacher Aaron Pribble tackles in this motivating, uplifting talk about what it is really like to be a teacher in America today.…
Creating a Vision for Your School and Getting Buy In from Stakeholders (e259)
Feb 22, 2018 • 10 min
Strategic planning for your school or district can take a variety of forms. In today’s show, learn how one successful district has tackled this process and how they are getting buy-in from teachers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e259 Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’…
Iditarod Teacher: How to Connect and Learn from the Iditarod Race (e258)
Feb 21, 2018 • 9 min
Heidi Sloan is the Iditarod teacher for this year. It starts on March 3 - 18. Get free lesson plans, connect with a musher and more. http://iditarod.com/edu/category/teacher-on-the-trail/ Links: www.coolcatteacher.com/e258 Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’…
Google Jamboard (e257)
Feb 20, 2018 • 9 min
Google Jamboard is a fun interactive app. There’s hardware too, but don’t be worried. The free app has lots to play with. You just download it on Google Play or iTunes and use it with your touch Chromebook or iPad after listening to Tom Mullaney share how…
The Compassionate Achiever: Understanding Empathy and Compassion So We Don’t Burn Out (e256)
Feb 19, 2018 • 14 min
Dr. Chris Kukk, author of the , combines neuroscience with social sciences to discuss why compassion helps us achieve more. He also shares the difference between empathy and compassion and why one of these is a recipe for burnout.
5 Ways to Stop Bullying in Every School (e255)
Feb 16, 2018 • 10 min
School culture and policies are part of what helps us combat bullying in schools. Rick Rando, school empowerment speaker, shares what schools can do to help stop bullying. www.coolcatteacher.com/e255
School Counselors Helping More Women Go Into Computer Science (e254)
Feb 15, 2018 • 11 min
Guidance counselors are challenged to encourage students into exciting opportunities that fit their skills and abilities but also to be careful not to stereotype. Today, Angela Cleveland talks about the tips, resources, and ideas to help encourage young…
Teach the Whole Preschooler: Nurturing Developing Minds (e253)
Feb 14, 2018 • 11 min
Cindy Terebush talks about the common mistakes of preschool programs. She also shares awesome success stories and tips for helping your preschool be the best in today’s era. www.coolcatteacher.com/e253 Sponsor Matific: The US Matific Games are coming this…
Sit With Us App: How Kids are Fighting Bullying One LunchTable at a Time (e252)
Feb 13, 2018 • 10 min
Natalie Hampton, a senior in Los Angeles, was bullied and ate alone every day. After she transferred schools, she found teachers and other students who wanted to make sure no one ate alone. Her “Sit with Us” app and clubs are sweeping the US and beyond.…
Beat Boredom: Engaging Tired-Out Students in Critical Thinking (e251)
Feb 12, 2018 • 11 min
Students can seem tired and bored, but we can engage them in learning. Martha Rush has ideas and inspiration to help us reach our students this week! www.coolcatteacher.com/e251 Matific is Today’s Sponsor: The US Matific Games have the warm-up week…
5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management (e250)
Feb 9, 2018 • 10 min
We need more strategies than fist to five or thumbs up thumbs down. Teacher Mike Roberts give five strategies that can help us with formative assessment AND classroom management. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e250 FREE MATH RESOURCE: The US Matific…
Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades (e249)
Feb 8, 2018 • 12 min
Fun, exciting tools and techniques can help very young kids understand math and learn computational thinking. Today’s guest, Steve Floyd, tells us how. Show notes: http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e249 Sponsor: FREE MATH RESOURCE! The US Matific Games are…
Admin Hack: Easy Paperless Contact Logs (e248)
Feb 7, 2018 • 10 min
Today’s guest, Meredith Akers, has gone paperless with her contact logs. She talks about how she did it, the time she’s saving, and her recommendations for building relationships with parents by becoming more organized with your contact logs. Show notes:…
iPad Magic: 6 Ideas Every iPad Teacher Needs to Know (e247)
Feb 6, 2018 • 10 min
Want to show your cursor on the iPad screen? Want to find the cents button? There’s a trick for these things and more on the iPad. Today, Tony Vincent shares six ideas every iPad teacher needs to know. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e247 Matific is…
Change One Simple Thing to Start Your Journey to Remarkable Teaching (e246)
Feb 5, 2018 • 9 min
You can change one simple thing to help transform your classroom. Change is a decision, not to leap forward but to take one small step and then another with Pam Moran. www.coolcatteacher.com/e246 Matific is Today’s Sponsor: The US Matific Games are coming…
5 Home and Smart Phone Filtering Options for Parents (e245)
Feb 2, 2018 • 11 min
Children with smartphones have unfiltered access to the Internet unless their parents make a decision to filter. Today, we discuss five options for filtering and why it is something parents should discuss with IT Director Mike Daugherty from Ohio.…
Why Kids Can’t Stop Moving: The Neuroscience Behind a Student’s Need to Move (e244)
Feb 1, 2018 • 14 min
Students have reasons for how they behave, particularly if they have learning differences and learn in unique ways. Occupational and physical therapist, Suzanne Cresswell, helps us understand children and why some of them just can’t stop moving.…
Virtual Mentorship for Emerging Leaders (e243)
Jan 31, 2018 • 11 min
Emerging administrator leaders and administrators are participating in a virtual mentorship program created by Jodie Pierpoint. www.coolcatteacher.com/e243 Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education…
Effective Digital Citizenship Education (e242)
Jan 30, 2018 • 10 min
Digital citizenship education doesn’t work in a lecture format. 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.…
Kids Co-Creating Curriculum (e241)
Jan 29, 2018 • 9 min
Students can co-create curriculum and their classrooms with teachers for powerful learning experiences. From Albemarle County, Virginia with Superintendent Pam Moran. www.coolcatteacher.com/e241 Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to…
5 Ideas to Include Every Child in Your Classroom (e240)
Jan 26, 2018 • 9 min
We can include every child in our classroom with these five important reminders from inclusion expert, Toby Karten. www.coolcatteacher.com/e240 PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have a free…
College Admissions Tips and How To’s for Parents and Teachers (e239)
Jan 25, 2018 • 11 min
Finding the “perfect” college is different for every student. Jennifer Ann Aquino talks about helping every college-bound student find their personal fit. Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e239 PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On…
Inquiry-Based Learning in the History Classroom (E238)
Jan 24, 2018 • 9 min
Josh Eby shares how he uses inquiry-based learning in his history classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com//e238 PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have a free webinar“Preparing Students for Success: Measuring…
Virtual Valentines: Get Ready Now to Join In the Fun! (e237)
Jan 23, 2018 • 12 min
Virtual Valentines are an incredible global project in February. Listen to the show and sign up for this FREE project by February 2. LInks: coolcatteacher.com/e237 PowerSchool is my SIS and LMS and is the sponsor of today’s show. On January 31, they have…
Educating Kids for Life NOT for Tests (Pam Moran part 2 - e 236)
Jan 22, 2018 • 13 min
Pam Moran, superintendent in Albemarle County in Virginia, shares about some cool virtual reality in Virginia, new teachers challenges, and how she thinks education is entering a new Renaissance of creativity and innovation. SponsorOn January 31,…
5 Ideas for Writing with Technology (e235)
Jan 19, 2018 • 10 min
Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e235 Screencastify is the top screencasting tool for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. Start nowt screencastify.com/coolcat. If you want…
SEL & Classroom Safety: 3 Lessons from Sandy Hook Every Educator Should Know (e234)
Jan 18, 2018 • 12 min
Scarlett Lewis, mother of a 6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook shooting, has turned her heartbreak into a passion to prevent school violence. In this show, she shares practical information to promote social-emotional learning and what we should all be…
Books to Africa and My Personal Transformation to a Global Educator (e233)
Jan 17, 2018 • 11 min
Julie Hembree and her students are sending books to Africa. She’s started the Cultivate World Literacy Project. coolcatteacher.com/e233 Screencastify is the top screencasting tool for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. screencastify.com/coolcat. To go for…
Engaging Kindergartners with Technology: Augmented Reality, Ipads, QR Codes and More (e232)
Jan 16, 2018 • 10 min
Greg Smedley Warren shares his tips and tricks for using technology in kindergarten. Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e232 Screencastify is the top screencasting tool for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. Start nowt screencastify.com/coolcat. If you want…
From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran (e231)
Jan 15, 2018 • 9 min
Pam Moran has been a leader in education reform in Virginia as the state has moved from testing to transformation. Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e231 Screencastify is the top screencasting tool for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. Start nowt…
Middle School STEAM: 5 Ways to Amp it Up! (e230)
Jan 12, 2018 • 10 min
Exciting STEAM projects can ignite and excite any middle school. Today, Pauline Roberts gives us five important ingredients for amping up STEAM in middle school. www.coolcatteacher.com/e230 Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School STEM teachers should…
Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL (e229)
Jan 11, 2018 • 10 min
Kathleen McClaskey talks about the research on learning styles and the alternatives for teaching and reaching every child. Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e229 Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire…
iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment (e228)
Jan 10, 2018 • 13 min
Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. Notes: coolcatteacher.com/e228 Sponsor: Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics…
7 Productivity Power Tools for the Busy Educator (e227)
Jan 9, 2018 • 12 min
Become more productive today with these seven tools from Dr. Frank Buck. Automate what you can and save time. www.coolcatteacher.com/e227 Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School Science teachers should get the FREE Xplorlabs Fire Forensics kit. Solve…
Maker Monday: How Start the Week with Creativity and Purpose (e226)
Jan 8, 2018 • 9 min
John Spencer, coauthor of two different best-selling books, Launch and Empower, talks about the creativity (and test score) boosts his classes experienced when he began Maker Mondays. www.coolcatteacher.com/e226 Xplorlabs is today’s sponsor. Middle School…
5 Free Tech Tools to Try in Your Social Studies Lessons (e225)
Jan 5, 2018 • 12 min
In today’s show, Richard Byrne talks about top free tech tools to try in social studies lessons. www.coolcatteacher.com/e255 Richard Byrne the author of Free Technology for Teachers has some fantastic professional development courses including a course…
Recognizing Human Trafficking and What To Do About It in Schools (e224)
Jan 4, 2018 • 14 min
Human trafficking is on the rise in the United States. Some states now include human trafficking in their definition of child abuse. Others do not. In today’s show, Ashley Burkett talks about the signs that a child is being trafficked, how children are…
How to Assess Your District: the Global Challenge Project as a Case Study
Jan 3, 2018 • 12 min
A district is assessing itself with a massive project for 800 eighth graders. No grades. Just learning and sharing. Despite worries that it wouldn’t work - it has been working for years and is just getting better. Learn about the Global Challenge Project…
8 Tried and True Edtech Tools to Try in 2018 (e222)
Jan 2, 2018 • 12 min
Sometimes the best tools have been around awhile. Steve Dembo @teach42 talks about the tried and true tools that teachers should still use. Show notes www.coolcatteacher.com/e222 Richard Byrne has some fantastic courses for history teachers, getting…
What To Do When Students Come to You Unprepared and Other Reflections (e 221)
Jan 1, 2018 • 11 min
As Thomas Paine recommends we must ‘smile in trouble, gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.” In today’s show, we discuss how teachers should respond when students come to us unprepared and other reflections on teaching with…
What Helps Kids Really Learn [Number 1 Episode of 2017 - Encore]
Dec 29, 2017 • 11 min
How do kids learn and remember? Teacher Andrew Stadel, @mr_stadel founder of the popular site estimation180.com, talks about this pursuit of learning in the classroom. This topic is his summer research topic. As you ponder the classroom, look at what…
5 Ways to Connect with Your Students Over the Break [Encore Episode]
Dec 28, 2017 • 10 min
Today Connie Hamilton @conniehamilton gives us five ways to connect with our students over the break. This is the number two episode of 2017. Listen to it now and plan ahead for by picking one or more of these ideas. www.coolcatteacher.com/e219 Trim Three…
5 Mistakes Teachers Make the First Week of School
Dec 27, 2017 • 11 min
Linda Kardamis @LindaKardamis shares five mistakes teachers make the first week of school. Remember that January is a fantastic time to “reboot.” So, if you made one of these mistakes, work to start over and correct those mistakes.…
Google Classroom Top New Features to Learn
Dec 26, 2017 • 10 min
Today Alice Keeler @alicekeeler shares the must-try new features of Google Classroom. She also teaches us how we can learn Google Classroom features and hacks over the summer (even without students.) A must listen for people using Chromebooks or Google…
5 Easy Brain Breaks to Do In Class with Rob Donatelli [Encore Episode and the 5th top show of 2017]
Dec 25, 2017 • 8 min
Want to help students learn and be more refreshed? Students need breaks too. That is why brain breaks are becoming so popular. Teacher Rob Donatelli @DTown_MrD talks about the brain breaks phenomenon. Then, Rob gives teachers five ideas he uses in his…
Get Motivated To Do Project-Based Learning Right with Ross Cooper [Encore Episode and the 6th top show of 2017]
Dec 22, 2017 • 12 min
Ross Cooper, the co-author of Hacking PBL, helps us get motivated to think about project-based learning differently. www.coolcatteacher.com/e215 Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com. The creative courses at Jam.com are project-based, creative and FUN.…
23 GSuite Ideas to Excite Kids About Learning with Eric Curts [Encore Episode and 7th top show of 2017]
Dec 21, 2017 • 10 min
Eric Curts @ericcurts teaches us twenty-three ways to use Gsuite tools in our classroom. With ideas for Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings for all subjects and ages. www.coolcatteacher.com/e214 Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com. The creative…
5 Ways to Be an Unforgettable Teacher Encore Episode and 8th top show of 2017]
Dec 20, 2017 • 10 min
Chuck Poole shares five ways to be an unforgettable teacher or an unforgettable coach. www.coolcatteacher.com/e213 Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com. The creative courses at Jam.com are project based, creative and FUN. Use the code COOLCAT50 to get…
Classroom Videos: How-to Tips and Tricks - Show #9 of 2017 - Encore Episode
Dec 19, 2017 • 10 min
Tim Betts rocks YouTube history. As a certified YouTube educational channel, he’s one of those that history teachers will love! But he also teaches us how to do this with students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e212 Today’s episode is sponsored by JAM.com, the…
5 Ways to Teach How the Brain Learns with Ramona Persaud - Encore Episode number 10 of 2017
Dec 18, 2017 • 9 min
Today Ramona Persaud @ramonap director of the film, Grey Matters, talks about how we can teach kids the way the brain learns. www.coolcatteacher.com/e211 Check out the free resource: “Goodbye Teacher Tired: 5 Days to Doing Fewer Things Better” from Angela…
Unleashing the Potential of Every Child
Dec 15, 2017 • 8 min
Tom Loud dropped out of high school because he didn’t connect with his teachers. 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…
Thinking Routines in the Classroom - Encore Episode and #12 in downloads for 2017
Dec 14, 2017 • 10 min
oday Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr teaches children to use thinking routines in her classroom. After participating in Harvard’s Project Zero, she is applying and using the methods in classrooms and with teachers. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply…
Helping Autistic Students Travel by Making Books - encore episode #13 of 2017 of the 10-minute teacher
Dec 13, 2017 • 10 min
Autistic children can struggle with unfamiliar places. 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…
What Great Teachers Do - Encore episode - #14 of 2017 of the 10-Minute Teacher
Dec 12, 2017 • 13 min
Global Teacher Prize finalist Joe Fatheree talks about what great teachers do. He shares his observations and also his hopes for improving the profession. www.coolcatteacher.com/e207 Check out the free resource: “Goodbye Teacher Tired: 5 Days to Doing…
5 Ways to Help At Risk Children Succeed (e206): Encore Episode Best of 2017
Dec 11, 2017 • 11 min
Today Basil Marin @basil_marin takes us on a journey to help at risk children with these five steps. This episode is a special encore episode and #15 of the 2017 year for #10MT. www.coolcatteacher.com/e206 Today’s sponsor: Metaverse is a free simple…
5 Lies I used to Believe About Teaching But I Don’t Anymore (e205)
Dec 8, 2017 • 13 min
When I first started teaching, I used to believe some things about the profession that I just don’t believe anymore. In today’s final episode of season 2, I reflect on those lies and how I’ve grown in my practice. www.coolcatteacher.com/e205 Today’s…
Virtual Reality (VR) as a new educational paradigm (e204)
Dec 7, 2017 • 11 min
Several virtual reality options are available for classrooms. Today’s guest, Enrique Cachafeiro talks about the hardware, software options, and future of virtual reality and joining the educators moving this technology forward. www.coolcatteacher.com/e204…
Teaching History with Simulations and Game Based Learning (e203)
Dec 6, 2017 • 11 min
History teacher David Harms uses simulations to teach history. Whether it is World War 1, 2, the Cold War or the American Civil War, learn how these immersive “games” teach history much more deeply than most textbooks. www.coolcatteacher.com/e203 Today’s…
7 Things to Know About Coding in the Early Childhood Classroom with Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers from Tufts University (e202)
Dec 5, 2017 • 9 min
Today, Dr. Marina Umashchi Bers from Tufts University discusses her research findings about what works (and doesn’t) with young children in the classroom. You’ll get creative ideas for hands-on programming that works for early childhood.…
How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson (e201)
Dec 4, 2017 • 13 min
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. Learn how you can go past the Hour of Code and use coding all year long! www.coolcatteacher.com/e201…
How to Be a Change Leader in Your School (e200)
Dec 1, 2017 • 10 min
We can be change leaders and help our school improve and grow. Rebecca Wattleworth gives us tips to be a change leader no matter what school we’re working in right now. www.coolcatteacher.com/e200 Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for…
199: 7 Secrets to have a Better Thanks-Living All Year Long
Nov 30, 2017 • 12 min
You can have a more thankful, joyful year all of the time. In today’s show, I share seven secrets to live a more joyful, thankful life all year long. www.coolcatteacher.com/e199 Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication.…
4 Geeky Gifts for Teachers - 2017 Edition
Nov 29, 2017 • 12 min
Leslie Fisher, a favorite geek of many teachers, has some cool gift ideas for teachers (or your favorite geek.) Get links to these gift ideas here: www.coolcatteacher.com/e198 Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the tool I chose for parent/teacher communication.…
197: 8 Great Gifts for Administrators
Nov 28, 2017 • 9 min
Dr. Frank Buck talks about what to get administrators (and what not to give them.) We have an entertaining chat about all the ideas to make this holiday season very special for your administrator. www.coolcatteacher.com/e197 Today’s Sponsor: Bloomz is the…
196: How Parents and Teachers Can teach Empathy and Empowerment in the Aftermath of Tragedy
Nov 27, 2017 • 10 min
Joe Mazza shares how parents can help students have empathy and become empowered changemakers in the face of tragedy. In this special show, we give tips to parents and teachers about things they can do this season to help kids serve others affected by a…
195: 5 Ideas for Fantastic Professional Development
Nov 17, 2017 • 10 min
Dyane Smokorowski, “Mrs. Smoke” talks about what makes excellent professional development. We talked at NNSTOY about training that inspires and helps teachers change. www.coolcatteacher.com/e195 FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work…
194: She Hired Me! Betty Shiver, the woman who convinced me to become a teacher
Nov 16, 2017 • 15 min
In today’s show, Betty Shiver, my former curriculum director and the person who convinced me to become a teacher and I talk about teaching. We discuss hiring, inspiring, and having conversations that inspire people to change and improve their classrooms.…
193: My student’s views on learning and teaching — Brent Johnson #stuvoice
Nov 15, 2017 • 13 min
Brent Johnson is a senior at Westwood Schools. He has taken my classes for the last four years. We have a frank conversation about technology and a win in the National 4H Competition as a result of some apps he made in my class.…
192: Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech
Nov 14, 2017 • 10 min
Mandy Froehlich talks about a tool she uses in her classroom, Flipsnack. Learn how she uses this tool. www.coolcatteacher.com/e192 FlexPath – only at Capella University – lets teachers work at their own pace to earn their MEd in a competency-based…
191: Amazing Grace Adkins - my 89 year old learning lab director and the most amazing woman I know
Nov 13, 2017 • 20 min
Mrs. Grace Adkins is a hero, mentor, and teacher to many. With a 56-year career as an educator, Mrs. Adkins approaches her 90th birthday still teaching, loving kids, and riding over 100 miles on her bike weekly. www.coolcatteacher.com/e191 FlexPath – only…
190: Global Education Conference 2017 with Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon
Nov 10, 2017 • 12 min
Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, Global Education Conference co-chairs, talk about the Global Education Conference 2017 that runs from November 13-16. Go to globaleducationconference.com to join in. www.coolcatteacher.com/e190
189: Different Schools for a Different World
Nov 9, 2017 • 11 min
Dr. Scott McLeod, co-author of Different Schools for a Different World, has a frank conversation about the change that needs to happen, how long it will take to happen, and the next steps for promoting creativity in schools. www.coolcatteacher.com/e189…
188: Blowing up the Curriculum with the Learning Journey Model
Nov 8, 2017 • 11 min
Mark Engstrom shares a personalized model for learning that he calls the “Learning Journey Model.” www.coolcatteacher.com/e188 Got 5 minutes? That is all it takes to enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. If you’re a US public school teacher of…
187: Hyperdocs: How to’s and Tips for Teachers
Nov 7, 2017 • 10 min
Lisa Scumpieru, 10th-grade Literature Teacher, gives us a crash course in Hyperdocs. www.coolcatteacher.com/e187 Sponsor: Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. US public school teacher of grades 6-12. Just come up with a STEAM idea that can help your…
186: 10 Keys to Purpose Driven Learning
Nov 6, 2017 • 11 min
Michael Matera @mrmatera, author of Explore Like a Priate, talks about Purpose Driven Learning in the classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e186 Enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. US public school teachers of grades 6-12, you and your students just…
185: 5 Reasons to Try a Whole Novel Approach in Your Classroom
Nov 3, 2017 • 9 min
Ariel Sacks, author of Whole Novels for the Whole Class, shares five reasons to try a whole novel approach. She also explains how this approach works and some advantages for teachers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e185 Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a…
184: How to Build Great Teachers
Nov 2, 2017 • 11 min
Dan Brown talks about practical things we can do to help build grade teachers. From best practices to policy, Dan shares what works (and some of what doesn’t.) www.coolcatteacher.com/e184 Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google…
183: Grit in the Classroom
Nov 1, 2017 • 9 min
Laila Sanguras, author of Grit in the Classroom, defines grit, shares the misinformation about grit, and talks about developing it in our students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e183 Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that…
182 Computer Science Teaching Tips with Alfred Thompson
Oct 31, 2017 • 10 min
Alfred Thompson talks about the trends in teaching Computer Science. How to get kids moving as you teach programming What happens when a school has every student learn Computer Science How to engage young women in Computer Science Programming Today’s…
181: Shattering Perfect Teacher Myths
Oct 30, 2017 • 9 min
Aaron Hogan shatters myths about teaching. You do not have to be perfect. www.coolcatteacher.com/e181 Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time…
180: 5 Ways to Be an Unforgettable Teacher
Oct 27, 2017 • 10 min
Chuck Poole shares five ways to be an unforgettable teacher. He also gives us links to some free cards he shares with students and parents and more. www.coolcatteacher.com/e180 SPONSOR: GradeCam can save you time! Quickly create assessments for any grade…
179: Why Teachers Should Talk About Teaching
Oct 26, 2017 • 10 min
Tom Rademacher, author of It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and slightly unprofessional) Book About Teaching, shares why teachers should tell their story. (And how they can do it without losing their job.) www.coolcatteacher.com/e179 SPONSOR:…
178: Secrets of Great District Leadership
Oct 25, 2017 • 10 min
Superintendent Randy Ziegenfuss talks about secrets of transformational district leadership www.coolcatteacher.com/e178 SPONSOR: GradeCam can save you time! Quickly create assessments for any grade or subject without special forms or equipment. Instantly…
177: 7 Global Project Ideas from a Leading 3rd Grade Classroom
Oct 24, 2017 • 10 min
Vickie Morgado from Canada has her third graders connecting with the world! Learn about global Kahoots, how she tweets with her class and more. www.coolcatteacher.com/e177 SPONSOR: GradeCam can save you time! Quickly create assessments for any grade or…
176: Include Every Child in your Classroom
Oct 23, 2017 • 9 min
Get inspired to include every child as fourth grade teacher, Kelly Malloy, shares us how she focuses on children. www.coolcatteacher.com/e176 SPONSOR: GradeCam can save you time! Quickly create assessments for any grade or subject without special forms or…
175 5 Ways to Help Numbers Come Alive
Oct 20, 2017 • 11 min
Dr. Rebecca Klemm @numbersalive shares how to help numbers come alive for all ages. www.coolcatteacher.com/e175 GradeCam lets you create assessments with formats including multiple choice, true/false, number grids, rubrics, and handwritten numeric answers…
174 Finding Passion and Purpose: Barbara Bray
Oct 19, 2017 • 9 min
Barbara Bray talks about personalizing learning in the classroom. She teaches us strategies and helps us think about how to make our classrooms better. www.coolcatteacher.com/e174 GradeCam lets you create assessments with formats including multiple…
173 A Teenage Bullying Story
Oct 18, 2017 • 9 min
Sarah Beeghley @the-geeky_girl has been called by a US Senator to tell her story as part of anti-bullying legislation. Hear her story and advice to teachers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e173 GradeCam lets you create assessments with formats including multiple…
172 K-6 Educational Music Videos: Selecting the Right Videos for Learning
Oct 17, 2017 • 9 min
Joanna Pace is an elementary teacher and Matt is a songwriter from Las Vegas. Today they talk about how to select good videos on YouTube for K-6 students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e172 GradeCam lets you create assessments with formats including multiple…
171 Purpose-Full Education #MotivationMonday
Oct 16, 2017 • 11 min
Dr. Amy Fast, author of It’s the Mission, Not the Mandates, talks about how to regain the purpose of education in schools. www.coolcatteacher.com/e171 GradeCam lets you create assessments with formats including multiple choice, true/false, number grids,…
170 5 Ways to Add Morning Meetings to Special Ed Classrooms
Oct 13, 2017 • 10 min
Dr. Felicia Durden shares methods behind having a powerful morning meeting in special education classrooms. From routine to celebrations, we talk about how to start the day well in special education classrooms. www.coolcatteacher.com/e170 Today’s Sponsor:…
169 Bullying and Cyberbullying: The Things You Need to Know
Oct 12, 2017 • 14 min
Anne Collier helps us understand the statistics on bullying and cyberbullying. We talk about targets, those who bully and how to respond when helping those embroiled in this situation. www.coolcatteacher.com/e169 Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a…
168 Making Google Masters for Kids of All Ages
Oct 11, 2017 • 11 min
Lee Ann Yonker helped start the #MiniGoogleMasters movement in her school in K-3rd grade, demonstrating littles can be tech-savvy too! Having moved to 5th grade, Mrs. Yonker is continuing her tech encouragement with the #MakingGoogleMasters. Today’s…
167 6 Tech Treasures for Special Ed Teachers (K-6) #edtech #spedchat
Oct 10, 2017 • 11 min
Special ed teacher Melissa Mann shares six of her favorite edtech tools for the special education classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e167 Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student…
166 How to Make Your Teaching Something Special #SomethingSpecialEDU
Oct 9, 2017 • 9 min
Rushton Hurley, author of Making Your Teaching Something Special: 50 Ways to Become a Better Teacher, gives us ideas to build rapport, review for tests, and improve our teaching. www.coolcatteacher.com/e166 Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on…
165: 5 Things That Happen When We empower Students
Oct 6, 2017 • 9 min
AJ Juliani, author of Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning talks about the empowerment of students. How teachers can be the “guide on the ride” and help students find their passions. We can do this! www.coolcatteacher.com/e165 Sponsor:…
#164 Leading Project Based Learning
Oct 5, 2017 • 10 min
Erin Murphy, the co-author of Hacking Project Based Learning, talks about leading project-based learning. She discusses principal-teacher relationships, evaluations, and common mistakes made in PBL implementation. www.coolcatteacher.com/e164 Sponsor: Book…
#163 Inventionland: A Transformational Design Course
Oct 4, 2017 • 10 min
Curriculum Specialist Mandi Figlioli is excited about her school’s adoption of the Inventionland design and protoyping course. If you’re teaching design or making, you can learn from this show. www.coolcatteacher.com/e163 Sponsor: Book Creator for Chrome…
#162 Minecraft in the classroom
Oct 3, 2017 • 10 min
Jeff Geargardt, uses Minecraft EDU to teach students lessons as he works with cross-disciplinary teaching. He’ll share a science lesson how he had students “living on Mars” in Minecraft. Plus tips and tricks and how to get started.…
#161 Motivating Ourselves to a More Epic Classroom
Oct 2, 2017 • 10 min
Trevor Muir crafts his classroom around a story. He uses the “hero’s journey” to make his classroom more epic. Enjoy! www.coolcatteacher.com/e161 Sponsor: Book Creator for Chrome As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of…
#160 5 Ways to Integrate Mindfulness into the Classroom
Sep 29, 2017 • 10 min
Teacher Beth Maloney helps students set goals for behavior and other techniques that improve Social Emotional Learning and student success. www.coolcatteacher.com/e160 Sponsor: Kids Discover Online is hosting a webinar - 10 Ideas for Excellent…
#159 What Great Teachers Do
Sep 28, 2017 • 12 min
Global Teacher Prize finalist Joe Fatheree talks about what great teachers do. He shares his observations and also his hopes for improving the profession. www.coolcatteacher.com/e159 Sponsor: Kids Discover Online is hosting a webinar - 10 Ideas for…
#158 Research Schools: What Are They and How Do They Work?
Sep 27, 2017 • 10 min
Aaron Marvel talks about research schools. Modeled like a “teaching hospital” - these schools have researchers and educators working hand-in-hand. www.coolcatteacher.com/e158 Sponsor: Kids Discover Online is hosting a webinar - 10 Ideas for Excellent…
#157 Top Tech Tools for Kids Who Struggle to Read and Write #spedchat
Sep 26, 2017 • 9 min
Dr. Brian Friedlander discusses the top tech tools for kids who struggle to read and write. From voice dictation to word suggestion and more, give kids practical tools. www.coolcatteacher.com/e157 Sponsor: Kids Discover Online is hosting a webinar - 10…
#156 Leadership, Vision & Problem Solving in Education #MondayMotivation
Sep 25, 2017 • 10 min
Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis talks about involving the community, solving problems, handling stress, and casting a vision. www.coolcatteacher.com/e156 Sponsor: Kids Discover Online is hosting a webinar - 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry Based Learning…
#155 5 Ways to Flip Your Classroom
Sep 22, 2017 • 9 min
Keith “Hip” Hughes has a massive following on his YouTube channel http://youtube.com/hiphughes. Today, he shares his technique for flipping the classroom in engaging, powerful ways. www.coolcatteacher.com/e155 Today’s sponsor is Edpuzzle, a favorite…
#154 Not “Just” a teacher
Sep 21, 2017 • 10 min
Briana Hodges @edutechtastic shares her story of finding her voice and how a mentor (Carl Hooker) encouraged her to speak and be more. You’ll never say “just a teacher” again. www.coolcatteacher.com/e154 Today’s sponsor is Edpuzzle, a favorite #flipclass…
#153 Integrating the Arts into EVERY Subject
Sep 20, 2017 • 12 min
As 2007 State Teacher of the Year in Rhode Island, Catherine Davis-Hayes is passionate about helping every teacher use the arts in their classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e153 Today’s sponsor is Edpuzzle, a favorite #flipclass tool. Go to…
#152 Classroom Videos: How-to Tips and Tricks
Sep 19, 2017 • 11 min
Tim Betts @mrbettsclass rocks YouTube history. As a certified YouTube educational channel, he will teach us how to make videos with students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e152 Today’s sponsor is Edpuzzle, a favorite #flipclass tool. Go to…
151 Unleashing the Potential of Every Child #MondayMotivation
Sep 18, 2017 • 10 min
Tom Loud @loudlearning dropped out of high school because he didn’t connect with his teachers. Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to connect with kids in new ways. www.coolcatteacher.com/e151 Today’s sponsor is Edpuzzle, a favorite…
#150 5 Ways to Be a Better MakerEd Educator (on a Budget)
Sep 15, 2017 • 9 min
Dr. Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein gives practical advice for schools with low-budgets who want to make and create. You don’t have to have expensive gadgets to unlock a world of creativity in your classroom. www.coolcatteacher.com/e150 Sponsor: Book…
#149 Encouraging independent readers without being overwhelmed
Sep 14, 2017 • 11 min
Meredith Ogden helps us understand strategies for guiding independent readers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e149 Sponsor: Book Creator. Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. Make books, send the link to parents and even…
#148 Transforming Writing Programs for Growth and Engagement
Sep 13, 2017 • 11 min
Tim Whitaker, creator of Mighty Writers in Philadelphia, talks about the techniques he uses to get kids excited about writing. Over 2,500 students in Philadelphia choose to come to write after school as part of his program. Sponsor: Book Creator. Use Book…
#147 Helping Autistic Students Travel by Making Books #spedchat
Sep 12, 2017 • 10 min
Brett Bigham has created a way to use books to help special needs and young children prepare to go to new places. Learn about this technique and how to help children travel who may have fears. Sponsor: Book Creator for the Google Chrome browser. Make…
#146 Get Motivated to Do PBL Right #MotivationMonday
Sep 11, 2017 • 12 min
Ross Cooper, the co-author of Hacking PBL, helps us get motivated to think about project based learning differently. www.coolcatteacher.com/e146 Sponsor: Book Creator. We can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. As a…
#145 5 Ideas for Technology Stations
Sep 8, 2017 • 8 min
Leslie Swanson-Anaya, elementary teacher of the year for Texas region 15, has ideas for awesome technology stations. These apps will work for all ages of students and subjects. Today’s sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based assessment tool that lets you…
#144 How to Be a Better Instructional Coach
Sep 7, 2017 • 10 min
Jamey Everett shares tips on being a better instructional coach based on her wildly popular ISTE 2017 session. We can build trust, be helpful, and help teachers improve learning but it takes lots of work and trust. Today’s sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based…
Helping Kids Recover from the Trauma of a Storm (Season 2 Special Episode)
Sep 6, 2017 • 17 min
Dr. Steven Berkowitz, child trauma psychologist, teaches us how to help children and families after the trauma of a storm. This special episode is longer than 10 minutes. This show’s transcript will be posted www.coolcatteacher.com/trauma within several…
#143 Safely Involve Students in School Social Media and More Ways to Give Students a Voice
Sep 6, 2017 • 9 min
Heather Callihan’s @hcallihan students help with their Facebook and Twitter using some technology tools. Students can have a voice. www.coolcatteacher.com/e143 Today’s sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based assessment tool that lets you completely customize…
#142 Kindergarteners and Chromebooks - Yes #Gafe4littles works
Sep 5, 2017 • 10 min
Kindergarten Teacher Christine Pinto @pintobeanz11 has rocked our thinking about Google Apps and kids. Her kindergarteners are making websites! www.coolcatteacher.com/e142 Today’s Sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based assessment tool that lets you completely…
#141 I wish my teacher knew: The ONe Question that Can Change Everything
Sep 4, 2017 • 9 min
Kyle Schwartz @kylemschwartz asked a question of her students that went viral. Learn about the lesson plan to help you connect with students. www.coolcatteacher.com/e141 Today’s Sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based assessment tool that lets you completely…
#140 5 Ways to Amp Up STEAM Learning
Sep 1, 2017 • 10 min
Aaron Maurer @coffeechugbooks gives us five ways to improve STEAM education for kids. www.coolcatteacher.com/e140 Today’s Sponsor is TeacherVision. Their FutureFit curriculum aligns social emotional learning and character education with traditional…
#139 Thinking PBL with the Buck Institute
Aug 31, 2017 • 10 min
Rody Boonchouy @rodyboo from the Buck Institute talks about effective project based learning. With a powerful metaphor explaining the difference between projects and project based learning, Rody sets the stage to discuss PBL trends and tips.…
#138 What’s Hot in 2nd Grade with #2ndchat moderator Carol McLaughlin
Aug 30, 2017 • 9 min
Carole McLaughlin @missmac100 second grade teacher from Alabama and #2ndchat moderator talks about the global trends in second grade. From PBL, global projects and steam to the biggest heartbreaks of second-grade teachers, Carol shares it all. Even if you…
#137 Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel
Aug 29, 2017 • 10 min
Dr. Michelle Zimmerman @mrzphd talks about social emotional learning and education technology. With insights on everything from Minecraft, to digital inking, to common mistakes made with technology and SEL, Michelle gives us an important overview of two…
#136 LEAD Like a Pirate: Make Schools Amazing for Everyone (Even Teachers!)
Aug 28, 2017 • 11 min
Shelley Burgess @burgess_shelley helps us understand the leadership role we all play. And while we want to do what is best for students, how teachers and how they are treated is important too! Today’s Sponsor is TeacherVision. TeacherVision gives you…
#135 5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes
Aug 25, 2017 • 11 min
Kecia Ray @keciaray former president of ISTE helps us understand five transformative practices that help teachers become superheroes. If you don’t “get” why technology is important, or know people who don’t, take a listen to understand and learn about…
#134 Thinking Routines in the Classroom
Aug 24, 2017 • 11 min
Karen Voglesang @NBCTchr uses thinking routines in her classroom. After participating in Harvard’s Project Zero, she is applying and using the methods in classrooms and with teachers. Learn some thinking routines and how to apply these valuable techniques…
#133 Using Marvel Comics to Teach Government Regulation
Aug 23, 2017 • 9 min
Kyle Stern @stern_history uses Marvel’s “Civil War” to teach Government Regulation. The test scores show it is working. Understand how a teacher can use graphic novels (a/k/a Comic Books) to meet standards, excite kids, and teach at the same time. It can…
#132 Teachers Teaching Refugee Children via Skype with Koen Timmers
Aug 22, 2017 • 10 min
Koen Timmers @zelfstudie is a teacher in Belgium. He has founded the Kakuma project where teachers are helping teach in refugee camp via Skype. In today’s show, he talks about this project and his Human Differences project. www.coolcatteacher.com/e132…
#131 The Power of the Plant in Schools with Stephen Ritz
Aug 21, 2017 • 10 min
Stephen Ritz @StephenRitz grows 50,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx. As founder of the Green Bronx Machine, his students grow plants while learning more and going onto college. Exciting! www.coolcatteacher.com/e131 Today’s sponsor is Kid’s Discover.…
#130 5 Ways to Help At Risk Children Succeed
Aug 18, 2017 • 11 min
Basil Marin @basil_marin takes us on a journey to help at risk children with these five steps. From the inspiring books to the essential mindsets, Basil will help us reach at risk kids because he speaks from experience. www.coolcatteacher.com/e130 Today’s…
#129 5 Ways to Reach even Resistant Writers with Writer’s Workshop
Aug 17, 2017 • 10 min
Angela Stockman @AngelaStockman gives our writing workshop a makeover. The author of Make Writing, Angela is passionate about creating writing workshop experiences that are relevant to today’s learners and accessible to even the most resistant writers.…
#128 Josh Stumpenhorst’s Learning Commons: Drones, Literature, and Creativity
Aug 16, 2017 • 10 min
Josh Stumpenhorst @stumpteacher is directing a library revolution and evolution to Learning Commons at his school. They are transforming from a place where students “have to go” to a place where they “want to be.” www.coolcatteacher.com/e128 Today’s…
#127 Simple Virtual Reality for Any Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard
Aug 15, 2017 • 10 min
Donnie Piercey @mrpiercey, co-author of the Google Cardboard Book, shows how we can add simple augmented reality to our classrooms. Check the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e127 Today’s sponsor, Owl Eyes. In this free web-app, you can have a private…
#126: A Terrible Thing Happened on Awards Day: Here’s What I’m Doing About It
Aug 14, 2017 • 11 min
Amber Teaman @8amber8, principal, shares something that happened at her school this year relating to awards day and what she and her team are doing about it. Show notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e126 Owl Eyes is a free web-app with hundreds of free ebooks —…
#125 5 Ways to Transform Your Classroom into a Voyage of Discovery
Aug 11, 2017 • 11 min
Sarah Reed @KYTOY15 had her students going on a pirate voyage before Teaching Like a Pirate became the fad. From dressing like a bumblebee to class entry routines, NBCT Sarah Reed has ideas for us. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e125 Show Sponsor:…
#124 Digital Leadership with Students and Social Media with Jennifer Casa-Todd
Aug 10, 2017 • 9 min
Jennifer Casa-Todd @JCasaTodd opens our minds to social media leadership with students. She argues that we’re limiting students when we don’t let them lead using social media. Jennifer is the author of Social LEADia. Enter the giveaway contest in the show…
#123 Fake News Lesson Plan Ideas with Jennifer Carey
Aug 9, 2017 • 10 min
Jennifer Carey @TeacherJenCarey gives us ways to teach information literacy. She gives us tips for developing savvy in our students. She also talks about the “term” fake news and if we should be using it at all. Thanks to today’s sponsor: Take a look at…
#122 3 Ways to Hack Classroom Presentations
Aug 8, 2017 • 9 min
James Sturdevant @jamessturtevant helps us hack our classroom presentations. So, whether they are flipped or in person, you can have more engagement with these tools and ideas. We’re also giving away a copy of his book that is coming out soon, Hacking…
#121 What 41 Years of Teaching Taught Me
Aug 7, 2017 • 14 min
Karen Van Duyn has taught for 41 years. From the timeless lessons about students to what she did when a principal thought she didn’t know how to teach - Karen has an open honest discussion. She even shares her thoughts on when it is time to retire. This…
#120 HACK HOMEWORK: 5 Ideas for Better Homework with Connie Hamilton
Aug 4, 2017 • 9 min
Connie Hamilton @conniehamilton challenges us to re-think homework. After you listen to these five steps, you’ll have a process to determine what homework should be assigned, what shouldn’t, and how to better support parents at home. Connie co-authored…
#119 What Actually Works in Edtech with Tom Murray
Aug 3, 2017 • 11 min
The 2017 US “Thought Leader of the Year”, Thomas C. Murray @thomascmurray talks about what actually works in edtech according to the research. In this podcast, Tom shares the research and highlights, some of which are included in the book Learning…
#118 Flexible Seating: Getting Rid of Cemetery Style Seating in the Classroom
Aug 2, 2017 • 11 min
Bill Selak @billselak talks about flexible seating and the research behind academic gains when using it. He also shares how flexible seating should go with more student voice and choice in their learning. Prepare to have your mind shift about how we sit…
#117 Flipgrid: Fun Ideas to Engage Learners
Aug 1, 2017 • 9 min
Teryl Magee @teryl_magee gives us five ways to use Flipgrid and some essential tips on how to use it. This fun tool is a great way to engage students at the beginning of school. She also uses this for professional development for teachers. Sponsored by…
#116 To Reach the Unreachable Star #MondayMotivation
Jul 31, 2017 • 10 min
Kim Clayton @kaclayton tells her story of reaching students who have been “given up on” by many. You’ll be encouraged not only to reach the unreachable star but to teach them! Remember why you’re in the teaching profession and be the teacher and reacher!…
#115 5 Mistakes Teachers Make the First Week of School (and how not to make them) with Linda Kardamis
Jul 28, 2017 • 10 min
Linda Kardamis @LindaKardamis shares five mistakes teachers make the first week of school. This episode is intended to be a helpful reminder that will help every teacher start the school year well. We can do this! www.coolcatteacher.com/e115 This episode…
#114 Inspiring Math Excellence in the Classroom with Po-Shen Loh
Jul 26, 2017 • 10 min
Po-Shen Loh @poshenloh, National Math Coach and Carnegie Mellon Professor gives us a refreshing take on teaching math. From giving kids problems with the right level of difficulty to solving problems with students, learn how to take any math student to…
#113 Creating a Nurturing Environment for Kids with Nancy Blair
Jul 26, 2017 • 8 min
Nancy Blair blairteach@blairteach , middle school principal, and #edchat leader gives us practical ideas to create a nurturing environment in our schools. As a result of these programs and ideas, Nancy has seen discipline problems reduced in the last…
#112 23 #GSuite Ideas to Excite Your Students About Learning
Jul 25, 2017 • 9 min
Eric Curts @ericcurts teaches us twenty-eight ways to use Gsuite tools in our classroom. With ideas for Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings for all subjects and ages, you’ll want to check the show notes for this one! www.coolcatteacher.com/e112 This…
#111 Transform Learning this School Year with Eric Sheninger
Jul 24, 2017 • 9 min
Eric Sheninger @ motivates us to transform learning this school year. We’re starting Season 2 with a bang and a big book Giveaway, Learning Transformed by Eric Sheninger and Thomas C. Murray! Enjoy! This episode is sponsored by Staples. Staples is my…
#110 TOP EPISODE: 5 Easy Brain Breaks (Encore)
Jun 30, 2017 • 9 min
In this encore episode Rob Donatelli talks about the Brain Breaks phenomenon and gives teachers five ideas for brain breaks he uses in his high school classroom. Read the show notes at . We’ll be taking a break from the show for a few weeks in July,…
TOP EPISODE: Helping Kids Who Hate Math Learn It (Encore)
Jun 29, 2017 • 9 min
Dan Meyer @ stars in the top “Thought Leader Thursday” episode of season 1 as he shares how to help kids who hate math learn it. You can read the show notes and transcript at
#108 Amazon Alexa in the Classroom #iste17
Jun 28, 2017 • 11 min
Bill Selak @ shares how he’s using Amazon’s Alexa via the in the classroom. He shares the ideal grades (in his opinions) and how the Echo is an “assistant” of sorts for his teachers. Read the show notes at about 5 hours after this show goes live on…
#107 ISTE 2017: Google, Touch Screen Chromebooks, and more trends from #iste17
Jun 27, 2017 • 8 min
Kasey Bell @ sits down to talk about the hot trends at ISTE 2017 including lots of Google stuff, new AR news, Google Keep, touch Screen Chromebooks, and more news. This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. Come by PowerSchool’s Classroom of the…
#106 The PowerSchool Unified Classroom Makes a Teacher’s Life Easier #iste17
Jun 26, 2017 • 11 min
Hardeep Gulati CEO of PowerSchool shares about the Unified Classroom in this special ISTE episode. This unique approach combines a Student Information System (SIS), Learning Management System (LMS), Assessment Suite, and more into one classroom…
#105 5 Ways to Participate in #ISTE17 even if you’re not there #notatiste17
Jun 23, 2017 • 9 min
Peggy George @ was one of the most photographed people last year at ISTE 2016, however - SHE WASN’T THERE. Peggy is an expert on getting the most of ISTE by attending virtually. Today, she’ll teach five tips for getting the most out of ISTE whether…
#104 5 Ways to Get the Most Out of #iste17
Jun 22, 2017 • 11 min
Terry Freedman @ author of talks about how to get the most out of ISTE 2017 or any conference you attend. This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. I am so excited to be at ISTE with PowerSchool on This episode is sponsored by Powerschool. I am…
#103 TOP EPISODE Social Emotional learning with Puppets (Encore)
Jun 21, 2017 • 10 min
TOP Wonderful Classroom Wednesday episode of Season 1: Karen McCallum is a special ed elementary teacher in Alberta, Canada. She has specialized in special education and behavior support programming. Today she tells a heartwarming but powerful story…
#102 iPads in Kindergarten (Encore Episode: 10MT Best of Season1) #edtech
Jun 20, 2017 • 10 min
In this 10-Minute Teacher Best of Season 1, we listen to the #10MT top podcast for an Edtech Tool Tuesday all season. Caitlin Arakawa talks about how she uses iPads in Kindergarten.) For the show notes, visit . Also, during this show, I share…
#101 TOP SHOW: Jim Forde You’re the Teacher (Encore Episode)
Jun 19, 2017 • 10 min
TOP EPISODE OF SEASON 1: Today is an encore episode. This is the most listened to podcast episode of season 1 and the top Monday motivation episode, Jim Forde “You’re the teacher.” To see the show notes, visit . Jim Forde is a middle school science…
#100 5 Ways to Maximize Your Summer
Jun 16, 2017 • 9 min
Angela Watson teaches us how to maximize our summer. If you like her ideas, take this quiz to see if her 40-hour workweek program is right for you. Read the show notes at about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the…
#99 Creating a Summer Writing Notebook #flaneur Challenge
Jun 15, 2017 • 8 min
Angela Stockman @ challenges teachers and students to create a summer writing notebook with the #flaneur challenge. This is going to be fun! Let’s do this. Read the show notes at about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest…
#98 The Most Remarkable Thing
Jun 14, 2017 • 9 min
Today, I reflect upon teaching and share the most remarkable thing about our classrooms. Read the show notes at about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at
#97 Google Classroom: Top New Features to Learn Over the Summer
Jun 13, 2017 • 10 min
Alice Keeler @ shares the must-try new features of Google Classroom. She also teaches us how we can learn Google Classroom features and hacks over the summer (even without students.) A must listen for people using Chromebooks or Google Classroom. Read…
#96 Go Bold School with Weston Kieschnick
Jun 12, 2017 • 10 min
Weston Kieschnick @ helps us how to go bold school with blended learning. Old school plus blended learning = bold school. Check the show notes for the book giveaway. Read the show notes at about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to…
#95 5 Ways to Connect with Your Students Over the Summer
Jun 9, 2017 • 9 min
Connie Hamilton @ gives us five ways to connect with our students over the summer. We can start next year ahead by picking one or more of these ideas. Read the show notes at about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the…
#94 The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary in the Classroom
Jun 8, 2017 • 9 min
Dr. Kimberly Tyson @ and Dr. Angela Peery @ share their advice for helping students learn blended vocabulary. We’ll also be giving away of their book (http://amzn.to/2s1XobA) so check out the show notes. Read the show notes at about 5 hours after…
#93 An Australian Math Classroom with iPads #ipadchat
Jun 7, 2017 • 9 min
Tom Davidson @ shares how he uses iPads in his math classes to teach. He’ll talk about Explain Everything, SeeSaw, Aurasma and his workflow with some sample lessons. If you’re using iPads or want to compare how math is being taught somewhere else,…
#92: Quizizz - Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords
Jun 6, 2017 • 11 min
Jon Corippo @ talks about one of his favorite tools, . He shares how you can use this tool to teach vocabulary and save time for other things! Read the show notes at about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at
#91 16 Things They Don’t Tell You About Teaching
Jun 5, 2017 • 10 min
There are some things people don’t tell you about teaching that I wish teachers could know. Here you go! Read the show notes at about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at
#90 5 Ideas to Build Your Personal Brand This Summer
Jun 2, 2017 • 10 min
Every teacher has a brand. Hear five ideas for developing your personal brand from host, Vicki Davis @ based on how she’s built her brand for the last eleven years. Read the show notes at about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen…
#89 Alan November Shares A Mind Blowing New Idea in Assessment
Jun 1, 2017 • 10 min
Alan November @ shares an assessment idea that is gaining steam. First discovered at Harvard, it is making inroads in middle and high schools around the country. In today’s tThoughtLeader Thursday, start thinking about this new idea in assessment…
#88 Promoting Academic Discourse in the ESL Classroom
May 31, 2017 • 10 min
Greetzel Mojica @ talks about how she teaches academic discourse in her sixth grade classroom. Using a recent project on volcanoes as a backdrop, we do a deep dive into how Greetzel empowers her students to give effective feedback using academic…
#87 3 Teacher Money making Opportunities using Technology
May 30, 2017 • 10 min
Jessica Gordon @ shares three ways teachers can use technology to make money this summer (or any time.) We talk about some ethical considerations and opportunities. Read the show notes at about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to…
#86 What helps kids really learn? #MondayMotivation
May 29, 2017 • 10 min
Andrew Stadel @ discusses his summer research topic, “what helps kids learn?” As we grapple with this topic, Andrew shares resources and how he’s pursuing this topic. Read the show notes at about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to…
#85 5 Fantastic Peer Feedback Strategies for Your Classroom
May 26, 2017 • 9 min
Starr Sackstein @ shares 5 strategies for empowering peer review in the classroom. She also is hosting a giveaway contest with her book on assessment. Read the show notes and enter the contest at about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes….
#84 Helping Kids in Poverty Succeed
May 25, 2017 • 10 min
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach @ talks about how to help kids in poverty succeed. We’ll also be hosting a giveaway contest with a course on this topic along with 11 other courses. Read the show notes at about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes….
#83 App Smashing with Kindergarteners
May 24, 2017 • 9 min
Carrie Willis @ talks about how kindergarteners in her STEAM lab use their iPads. They use SeeSaw portfolios, green screen videos, and more. She also talks about what the students do and what the adults do. Read the show notes at about 5 hours after…
#82 iPads in Kindergarten: Creating, Innovating and Learning
May 23, 2017 • 10 min
Caitlin Arakawa @ talks about her first year using iPads in her kindergarten classroom. She shares her mistakes and what she learned. She also give us her favorite hack for making a soundproof iPad booth for recording. Read the show notes at about 5…
#81 Learning First, Technology Second #motivationmonday
May 22, 2017 • 10 min
Liz Kolb @lkolb talks about how we can put learning first and a very important reason technology should be second. C heck the show notes for the book giveaway and transcript at about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of…
#80 5 Ways to Adjust Teaching to How the Brain Learns
May 19, 2017 • 9 min
Ramona Persaud, director of the film, Grey Matters, talks about how we can teach kids the way the brain learns. Read the show notes at about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at
#79 Building Your School and Personal Brand
May 18, 2017 • 10 min
Learn the basics for building your school and personal brand from Trish Rubin, co-author of BrandED. Enter the book giveaway on the show notes blog at about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at
#78 A Stress Free Plan for Closing Out Your Classroom
May 17, 2017 • 10 min
Angela Watson teaches us a stress-free plan for closing out your classroom. See also her 5 Summer Secrets for a Stress free Fall video series - . Read the show notes at about 5 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at
#77 Breakout EDU Digital is Awesome (and Free) #edtech #breakoutedu
May 16, 2017 • 9 min
Mari Venturino @ talks about breakout edu digital for edtech tool Tuesday. These challenges are free! (And perfect activities for team building at the end of the school year.) Learn about the challenges and advantages of breakout edu digital. Have…
#76 Understanding the Heart of Dyslexia and Special Needs #MondayMotivation
May 15, 2017 • 10 min
Melissa Raguet-Schofield @ is a Mom of a dyslexic. Today, we travel into the heart of a Mom of a child who struggles. What better motivation can we have as teachers than to empathize with those in our classroom who struggle? As a Mom of a dyslexic…
#75 5 Essential Questions of Life with Dean James Ryan
May 12, 2017 • 9 min
Dean James Ryan @, the eleventh Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education gave a speech at graduation that went viral. It is the topic of his book “” and today’s conversation. Dean Ryan shares his 5 essential questions of life (and a bonus…
#74 How Do We Make Homework Worth the Time?
May 11, 2017 • 10 min
Matt Miller @jmattmiller author of the upcoming book “Ditch that Homework” talks about homework. What does the research say? What is the one area that “homework” helps? Can homework be better? Let’s talk homework and make sure students are spending…
#73 Paul Solarz’ Student Centered Classroom
May 10, 2017 • 10 min
Paul Solarz @ has a student-centered classroom. His students do just about everything. No, he’s not lazy! The students have purpose and meaning. And Paul is free to just teach! Paul is the author of . Enter the book giveaway and read the show notes at…
#72 Using Google Keep and Evernote to Collaborate and Organize
May 9, 2017 • 10 min
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. Learn all about this tool that has educators talking…
#71 Energizing Yourself for Great Teaching #MondayMotivation
May 8, 2017 • 10 min
Take care of yourself, teachers. Today, Mark Eichenlaub @ and I discuss a very important person in your classroom - YOU! You’ll find the show notes, transcript, and bio of our guest at about 8 hours after this show goes live on iTunes. See our other…
#70 5 Simple Ways to Improve Physical Education w/ Edtech
May 5, 2017 • 9 min
Jarrod Robinson, the PE Geek, helps us learn how to use technology in physical education. Lots of fun ideas! Show notes will be available at approximately 5 hours after the episode goes live! See all of the shows at .
#69 Helping Kids Who Hate Math Learn It
May 4, 2017 • 9 min
Dan Meyer gives us tips and advice for helping kids who hate math learn to love it using his 3 Act Math approach. The show notes will go live at approximately five hours after the show goes live. See for more episodes.
#68 Wonderful Word Problem Breakthroughs
May 3, 2017 • 10 min
Kitty Tripp shares a breakthrough she’s had with helping her students solve word problems. Teach them to become a director! If you’re preparing students to take a test or just teaching math, this is a fascinating method of teaching. Kitty Tripp,…
#67 Game Based Learning and Twine
May 2, 2017 • 9 min
Matt Farber talks about game-based learning in his classroom and a new tool he loves: Twine. We’re also hosting a giveaway contest of his new book Game Based Learning version 2. As Matt discusses Game-Based Learning, you’ll hear: Why game-based…
#66 How to Make it to the End of the School Year #MondayMotivation
May 1, 2017 • 10 min
Today I share a post I wrote several years a go that tends to be shared like crazy this time of year. I hope it encourages you to finish well. Here’s the link to the blog post: I’ve also got a new way I’m posting transcripts. Once the show goes up,…
#65 5 Mistakes that Hurt Standardized Test Scores
Apr 28, 2017 • 9 min
Dr. Brad Johnson talks about the mistakes schools make that hurt their standardized test scores. You might be surprised that sometimes the things schools do may have the opposite impact of what they intend. Consider this feedback as you prepare to…
#64 Fast Problem Solving and Innovation with Hack Learning
Apr 27, 2017 • 10 min
Mark Barnes @markbarnes19 discusses a popular method of problem-solving: Hack Learning. Instead of a 5-year plan, this model helps educators improve on a daily and more short term basis. He gives examples of how educators are hacking (and improving)…
#63 Teaching CyberSecurity to Empower Students and Schools to Be Safe
Apr 26, 2017 • 9 min
David Raymond is part of equipping Virginia high school students to defend themselves from cyber attacks. With knowledge in digital forensics and current technology, the Virginia Cyber Range is working to lead the world in educating its students on…
#62 Special Needs #edtech treasure chest with Jennifer Cronk
Apr 25, 2017 • 10 min
Jennifer Cronk helps us empower those with special needs. She shares her treasure chest of favorite edech tools for those with special needs. This show is a must-listen for special needs teachers. In today’s show about special needs edtech…
#61 Combatting Emotional Fatigue: A Teacher’s occupational Hazard
Apr 24, 2017 • 10 min
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life” Mary Oliver. Joan Flaherty, the author of , talks about how we can combat emotional fatigue. Teacher, you have one wild and precious life. Our students do too. We need to…
#60 5 Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom
Apr 21, 2017 • 9 min
Want to help students learn and be more refreshed. Students need breaks too. That is why brain breaks are becoming so popular. Teacher Rob Donatelli @ talks about the Brain Breaks phenomenon and gives teachers five ideas he uses in his classroom for…
#59 Tips for Successful Digital Parenting
Apr 20, 2017 • 10 min
How much time on devices is too long? Should kids put up their smartphones and talk to each other and parents sometimes? Are we using technology too much as parents? Today, for Thought Leader Thursday, Weston Kieschnick @ and I have a…
#58 How the African STEP Dance Ignited Kids at Ron Clark Academy
Apr 19, 2017 • 10 min
African Step, based on the African Gumboot Dance, has an American version with a competition. Junior Bernadin @ is one of the STEP coaches at 3-time national champion winning Ron Clark Academy. Learn about this marvelous type of song/ dance and its…
#57 Richard Byrne’s Most Exciting #Edtech Tools
Apr 18, 2017 • 10 min
Richard Byrne @rmbyrne discusses the edtech tools he’s most excited about today. From video tools, creation tools, to app creation, you’ll hear about the tools and ideas that Richard is most excited about in edtech today. In today’s show, Richard…
#56 Motivating Special Needs Breakthroughs #mondaymotivation #spedchat
Apr 17, 2017 • 10 min
Empowering special needs students with technologies is one of the greatest ways to motivate and ignite their learning. Jennifer Cronk @ shares two tearful but joyful stories of people with special needs unleashed (including her own.) Let’s start this…
#55 5 Things Every Digital Citizen Should Know with Alice Chen
Apr 14, 2017 • 9 min
Digital citizenship is a challenge. In today’s episode, Alice Chen shares five things every student should know about digital citizenship. A full transcript of this show and the show notes are available at as well as details on entering this…
#54 8 Tips for Classroom Procedures (in a Computer Lab)
Apr 13, 2017 • 10 min
Classroom management can be a challenge in any classroom. In this episode, I share my secrets and tips for managing my computer lab classroom. I hope it helps.
#53 Social Emotional Learning for Special Needs with Puppets #spedchat
Apr 12, 2017 • 10 min
Karen McCallum is a special ed elementary teacher in Alberta, Canda. She has specialized in special education and behavior support programming. Today she tells a heartwarming but powerful story about how two puppets are helping transform the social…
#52 Aurasma and AR in the Classroom
Apr 11, 2017 • 9 min
Dr. Tim Green, Instructional Design Expert, talks today about augmented reality. Specifically he shares his favorite Augmented Reality (AR) instructional tool, Aurasma. Tim also shares a vision for the future of where augmented reality is probably…
#51 When Kindness goes Viral
Apr 10, 2017 • 9 min
Will Parker @williamdp has seen kindness go viral on his campus. Learn how his faculty and student council worked together to create a nurturing environment. And how one Post-It Note moved the school to go viral. Will shares how: His student…
#50 5 Ways to Get a Laugh in Your Classroom
Apr 7, 2017 • 9 min
Today I’ll tell some crazy stories about the lengths I’ll go to get a laugh in my classroom.We’re celebrating 50 episodes of the 10-Minute Teacher! Thanks for your support and sharing the show!!! These 5 ways are how I introduce a little laughter into…
#49 Sylvia Martinez: 3 Mistakes Teachers Make About Tinkering
Apr 6, 2017 • 10 min
Sylvia Martinez, @, co-author of , talks about tinkering today. Some teachers have a misconception that kids just pick up and play with materials and learn, but it is a little bit more nuanced than that. Sylvia does an amazing job of helping us…
#48 A Milken Award Winner Shows Us An Exceptional Elementary Math Classroom
Apr 5, 2017 • 10 min
Felicia Casto @, used to hate math. But one day, she woke up and realized she was bored and her students were too. She set about to find answers. After diving into research and applying what she learned, Felicia and her elementary students have left…
#47 Classroom Blogging with Elementary Students
Apr 4, 2017 • 9 min
Rayna Freedman @ shares classroom blogging. Her students all blog weekly. Some blog collaboratively. She uses blogging to teach elementary students how to write. In today’s show, we talk about classroom blogging with Rayna Freedman. Rayna will share: …
#46 How Vulnerability Can Make Your Classroom a Safer Place
Apr 3, 2017 • 10 min
Michelle Cottrell-Williams @ applies Brene Brown’s research on vulnerability to make her classroom a safer place. Motivate yourself to be more authentic with your students as we talk about vulnerability, shame, and guilt in the classroom. Michelle…
#45 5 Ideas to Connect with Other Classrooms
Mar 31, 2017 • 10 min
TW Williamson @ an educator in Taiwan shares his story of global collaboration and connection with US teacher Annette Lang. In today’s show, TW shares 5 Ideas for connecting your classroom with others. Connecting is part of a teacherpreneurial mindset…
#44 Larry Ferlazzo’s Thoughts on Classroom Management
Mar 30, 2017 • 10 min
Larry Ferlazzo @larryferlazzo discusses classroom management. Today, for Thought Leader Thursday, we’re thinking about how we can all improve our classroom management skills. Larry shares tips from an “old pro” about how we can create a more…
#43 Integrating STEM and Language Arts Masterfully
Mar 29, 2017 • 10 min
Candace Hisey @ talks about true STEM and Language Arts Integration. With both extended and daily projects, students watch science, technology, engineering, and math come alive in all of their classes. Hear how Candace does it in today’s Wonderful…
#42 Making Music with iPads and #Edtech
Mar 28, 2017 • 8 min
Kids can learn to make music with iPads and technology. This isn’t just child’s play - some serious music learning can happen. On today’s show, K3-6th grade teacher Justin Kamp @ from Wisconsin unleashes his favorite apps, strategies, and tools…
#41 Angela Maiers on Unleashing Genius #mondaymotivation
Mar 27, 2017 • 10 min
My husband told me Friday night, “Did you really listen to what Angela Maiers said on that podcast?” I was tired beyond belief - not taking very good care of myself and having one of those bouts of self-deprecation that some of us teachers have. So,…
#40 5 Ideas to Improve Rural Education in America
Mar 24, 2017 • 9 min
Daisy Dyer Duerr @ reimagines what rural education can be. Rural education has a significant majority of perpetually impoverished counties in America. Additionally, only 55% of rural America has broadband access versus 94% of urban America. This…
#39 Eric Sheninger: Digital Pedagogy That Actually Improves Learning
Mar 23, 2017 • 9 min
Eric Sheninger @ challenges us to move to the next level with digital technologies. We can’t use tech because it is “cool and new.” It must improve learning. If it doesn’t improve learning, why are we spending the money? In today’s show, Eric…
#38 Effective Student-Led Parent Conferences
Mar 22, 2017 • 9 min
Laura Penrod Stock @ coaches students to create powerful student-led conferences with their parents. By creating unique year-long portfolios, Laura believes students connect with their parents to help plan their future work and share their…
#37 Formative Assessment Tools and Tips from Monica Burns
Mar 21, 2017 • 9 min
Monica Burns @ gives us the tips and tools for successful formative assessment. Get results by knowing what your students know. Formative assessment is a powerful use of education technology if you know how. Today’s episode is a must listen for…
#36 Give Kids What They Deserve #MondayMotivation
Mar 20, 2017 • 9 min
Adam Welcome @ inspires us to treat kids in positive ways. As co-author of , Adam gives us unique things to do the first day of the week. He also shares the shocking mistake he made when he started out as teaching and bad advice he got from another…
#35 Chromebooks: 5 Ideas to Amp Up Learning
Mar 17, 2017 • 8 min
John Sowash @ knows Chromebooks. Today he gives us five ideas to amp up our Chromebook classroom. Many of these tools and tips will work for any device that can access the Web. His ideas include: Formative Assessment Multimedia Projects Station…
#34 - How Perla Zamora and Her students in Mexico are Tearing Down Walls
Mar 16, 2017 • 10 min
Perla Zamora @ from Tampico, Mexico is tearing down walls. For thought leader Thursday, today, ask yourself how you’re connecting your classroom to the world. In today’s show, we’ll discuss: Ways Perla is connecting her classroom to other classrooms…
#33 Powerful Language Learning in the 21st Century
Mar 15, 2017 • 9 min
Rachelle Dene Poth @ teaches Spanish and STEAM with technology, student choice, and project based learning. For Wonderful Wednesday, take a trip inside her classroom to learn how she does it all. As we discuss language learning and STEAM, Rachelle…
#32 Epic Pi Day Math Episode
Mar 14, 2017 • 9 min
Chris Smith is a Maths teacher from Scotland where his irrational passion for Pi earns him geeky renown. He is an enthusiastic ambassador for the beauty and usefulness of Mathematics and shares this message with his anyone who will listen. In…
#31 Kevin Honeycutt inspires us to reach “that kid” #mondaymotivation
Mar 13, 2017 • 10 min
Kevin Honeycutt @ grew up in poverty and attended school in many cities across the United States. As he witnessed education around the country he collected powerful experiences that still influence his conversations and his work with educators. He…
#30 5 Ideas to Level Up Language Arts #5ideaFriday
Mar 10, 2017 • 9 min
Alex Corbitt from the Bronx has 5 created ideas to help improve and make language arts learning fun. He also has some inspiring thoughts for new teachers. In today’s episode, we’ll discuss: How to scaffold reading Making use of classroom spaces Some…
#29 Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the Classroom
Mar 9, 2017 • 10 min
Augmented reality and virtual reality. Are these buzzwords or are they things that can be used to improve learning? Today Steven Anderson @ pulls back the veil and helps us learn about these emerging technologies. In today’s show, we discuss: …
#28: Saving Big Money with iPads and Google Classroom
Mar 8, 2017 • 11 min
Kyle Taylor @ and his school have implemented iPads with Google Classroom and are saving half (yes, half) of what it previously cost to set up a classroom with technology. For Wonderful Wednesday we learn all about their decision making process and…
#27 Elementary Portfolios with SeeSaw
Mar 7, 2017 • 10 min
Suzy Lolley loves Seesaw. Today she teaches us how she teaches teachers to use Seesaw with their iPad classrooms. Today on Tech tool Tuesday we discuss: What Seesaw does in the classroom The ages of students for using Seesaw Workflow using Seesaw in…
#26 How to Have an Attitude to Try New Things #mondaymotivation
Mar 6, 2017 • 9 min
Josh Harris, an elementary edtech director from California, talks about an attitude of innovation. He talks about how to empower ourselves with an attitude of fearlessness and trying new things. In this show we discuss: How to adopt an attitude of…
#25 5 Ideas to Be Technology’s Master and Not Its Slave #productivity
Mar 3, 2017 • 9 min
Aaron Sams @ helps give us ways to master technology. Aaron Sams is an Instructor of Education at Saint Vincent College, is an advisor to TED-Ed, and was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2009. Aaron is an…
#24 Poverty and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations
Mar 2, 2017 • 10 min
Dr. Anael Alston @ talks about common misconceptions that educators have about students in poverty. Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, Anael “Dr. A” Alston is an award-winning educator and serves as Superintendent of Schools of the…
#23 Creating a Student Centered Library Where Kids Love to Learn
Mar 1, 2017 • 9 min
Librarian Micki Uppena has a wonderful library. In addition to a rich maker space, Micki takes us on a journey into a 21st-century library where kids love to learn. In today’s show, she shares with us: The kinds of conversations she has with students…
#22 What to Buy For Your Makerspace #makered
Feb 28, 2017 • 9 min
Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space in our schools. In today’s show, we discuss: The technologies he has in his maker space The arts and materials he also has on hand How Chad…
#21 Triumph Amidst the Struggle to Educate with Todd Nesloney #mondaymotivation
Feb 27, 2017 • 8 min
To be remarkable teachers, we must learn to rise above our problems and bring our best self to the kids. Have you ever struggled to get out of the car to walk into school on Mondays? I have. There have been times I’ve had trouble getting out of the…
#20 5 Tech Tools to Try in 2017 with Jennifer Gonzalez
Feb 24, 2017 • 9 min
Jennifer Gonzalez shares her favorite tools to try in 2017. Technology moves so quickly! Do you know what to try next? Well, today’s guest and edtech expert Jennifer Gonzalez gives us some amazing tools to try for Five Idea Friday. In today’s show,…
#19 Digital Learning Day: Social Media PD Best Practices #DLDay
Feb 23, 2017 • 9 min
10MT | 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Researcher Laura Pasquini
#18 The Lemonade War that Motivated a Whole School to Read
Feb 22, 2017 • 10 min
10MT | A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Principal Ryan Kaczmark
#17: Microsoft One Note: Useful Tips and Tricks for the Classroom
Feb 21, 2017 • 10 min
Tom Grisson talks Microsoft One Note
#16 Dave Burgess Talks Student Engagement #MondayMotivation #tlap
Feb 20, 2017 • 10 min
Student engagement and comfort zone enlarging with Dave Burgess
#15 5 Simple Ways to Gamify Your Classroom
Feb 17, 2017 • 8 min
Jessica Gordon talks about game-based learning
#14: To Stand Against Bullying, Mr. Hadley Shaves His Head
Feb 16, 2017 • 10 min
10MT Episode #14 The Story Behind the Viral Video with Mr. Hadley
#13 Tackling Behavior Problems by Acting out Negative Stereotypes in the School Perfect Project
Feb 15, 2017 • 10 min
Teacher Todd Clinton talks about School Perfect
#12 31 Favorite Everyday Tech Tools of Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
Feb 14, 2017 • 10 min
A Special Valentine’s Day Episode with Tools Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher loves
#11 A Song for Teachers: You’re the Teacher by Jim Forde #MondayMotivation
Feb 13, 2017 • 9 min
Jim Forde sings “You’re the Teacher” on the 10-Minute Teacher Show
#10: 5 Ideas for Improving Student Writing
Feb 10, 2017 • 9 min
Jennifer Serravallo talks about writing
#09: 5 Things That Harm a Student’s Ability to Succeed
Feb 9, 2017 • 9 min
Dr. Brad Johnson talks about movement, health, and mistakes schools make with students.
#08: The #BreakoutEDU Box: the Teaching Experience That Has Everybody Talking
Feb 8, 2017 • 9 min
Adam Bellow talks about #BreakoutEdu
#07: Getting Started Using Twitter for Educational Excellence
Feb 7, 2017 • 9 min
Billy Krakower (@wkrakower) co-author of 140 Twitter Tips for Educators talks about the benefits of Twitter for educators. Bill and host Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) share: * biggest mistakes * strategies for not getting overwhelmed * ideas of cool…
#06: The 6 most Motivating Sketchnotes in Education Today
Feb 6, 2017 • 10 min
An Interview with Sylvia Duckworth, author of Sketchnotes for Educators
#05: 5 Ideas for Using Game-Based Learning in Your Classroom Today
Feb 3, 2017 • 9 min
Interview with Teacher Michael Matera
#04: Simple Ways to Find Your Teaching Blindspots in the Classroom
Feb 2, 2017 • 10 min
David Guerin shares how to be a better teacher by finding your blind spots.
#03: Science Kits with Love from Kansas to Haiti
Feb 1, 2017 • 8 min
The science of helping kids meet real world needs as they are learning
#02: Secrets for Teaching Great Writing in the Classroom by Using Peer Review
Feb 1, 2017 • 8 min
Teacher Jennifer Burgin talks with Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher on 10MT about peer review
#01: Awesome Apps for iPads in the Elementary Classroom
Feb 1, 2017 • 8 min
Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen have written the definitive book on using iPads in the elementary classroom, . In this episode, they share their favorite apps and the biggest mistake they made when getting started with iPads in their classrooms. The…
#00: Sue and Mrs. Scruggs
Feb 1, 2017 • 8 min
A Remarkable Story about a Teacher