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Every weekday, join full-time teacher Vicki Davis, author of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, as she dives into what matters most to classroom teachers. The best and brightest educators and idea creators will inspire you as they are interviewed on this show. You'll learn behind the scenes tips, classroom ideas, and practical mindsets for anyone working with today's kids.

10 Minute Teacher Podcast Vicki Davis

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Every weekday, join full-time teacher Vicki Davis, author of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, as she dives into what matters most to classroom teachers. The best and brightest educators and idea creators will inspire you as they are interviewed on this show. You'll learn behind the scenes tips, classroom ideas, and practical mindsets for anyone working with today's kids.

    Research Based Strategies for Distance Learning Now with Dr. Matthew Rhoads

    Research Based Strategies for Distance Learning Now with Dr. Matthew Rhoads

    Dr. Matthew Rhoads is teaching at a distance and coaching other teachers to improve their teaching as well. Based in San Diego, Dr. Rhoads talks about how to integrate instructional strategies, have a teacher toolbox, how to show teachers technology, using Google Jamboard to brainstorm, how to observe and model online teaching for teachers. Additionally, he shares thoughts on how to use Zoom effectively (and not too much) and how to engage students. Finally, he reflects on attendance issues and how to help students who need it most.
    www.coolcatteacher.com/e702 
    Sponsor: Planboard & Chalk As we prepare to teach in a blended or distance learning environment, a rock-solid lesson planner is a must. I use a free program called Planboard for my lesson planning. My school uses Planboard with Chalk.com’s curriculum planning tool. This powerful tool links with standards -- and gives us the ability to do some timesaving, efficient reporting and tracking. The best thing about Planboard is I can plan my lessons anywhere - on my Mac, PC or iPad. Wherever I work, my lesson plans are with me. And as I said, Planboard is FREE for teachers. I hope you’ll check out Planboard now!
    Dr. Matthew Rhoads - Bio as Submitted Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. is an Educational Specialist at a secondary school in a school district located in North San Diego County. He is also a lecturer at San Diego State University on Educational Technology and Instruction as well as a student teacher supervisor for the Dual Language and English Learner department. Dr. Rhoads is also an educational consultant with Discovery Source. His new book is Navigating the Toggled Term: Preparing Secondary Educators for Navigating Fall 2020 and Beyond, which discuss how schools can navigate online, hybrid learning, and traditional classroom settings by moving interchangeably between each of these educational settings with the online instructional infrastructure and the toggled term instructional model. Navigating the Toggled Term also provides chapters on selecting edtech tools, edtech tools and their instructional applications, differentiating instruction, Special Education case management and online IEPs, reopening schools and refining reopening school plans, and instructional and organizational frameworks that can help schools and districts toggle between online, hybrid, and traditional educational settings.
    Website: www.matthewrhoads.com 
    Twitter: @mattrhoads1990
    Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    • 13 min
    Education Renaissance: Research on Returning to School After Natural Disasters

    Education Renaissance: Research on Returning to School After Natural Disasters

    Dr. Brianna Kurtz, classroom teacher and researcher, studied "global practices in returning to formal schooling after interruptions in education due to natural disasters." She studied students displaced after Hurricane Maria and what helped them resume schooling successfully. Today, she shares what we can learn from her research as well as some emerging research on best practices for teaching during the pandemic.
    www.coolcatteacher.com/e701 
    Sponsor: Planboard & Chalk As we prepare to teach in a blended or distance learning environment, a rock-solid lesson planner is a must. I use a free program called Planboard for my lesson planning. My school uses Planboard with Chalk.com’s curriculum planning tool. This powerful tool links with standards -- and gives us the ability to do some timesaving, efficient reporting and tracking. The best thing about Planboard is I can plan my lessons anywhere - on my Mac, PC or iPad. Wherever I work, my lesson plans are with me. And as I said, Planboard is FREE for teachers. I hope you’ll check out Planboard now!
    Dr. Briana Kurtz - Bio as Submitted Dr. Brianna Kurtz has been an educator in high school and community college mathematics classrooms for fifteen years. Her research focuses on global practices in returning to formal schooling after interruptions in education due to the effects of natural disasters.
    Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    • 14 min
    Don't Fall out of the Boat with Vicki Davis

    Don't Fall out of the Boat with Vicki Davis

    Today's 700th-anniversary message is a gift to teachers, educators, and parents everywhere. This show is a lifeline for those who need an anchor of purpose. Teachers have been confiding in Vicki that in such a turbulent time as this, many of them feel like they're careening along in a raft, in level five waters, with no end in sight. You can make it. Today is a special anniversary episode - a little longer than our usual one but from Vicki's heart to yours. Teachers, you matter! Your job is important! 
    Sponsor:  Today’s sponsor, Trilogy Mentors is dedicated to bringing relationship-based learning online. Trilogy Mentors is THE all-in-one platform for tutors to manage your business online. Engage with your students in their online classroom and manage your business with Trilogy’s scheduling, billing and administrative tools. With Trilogy Mentors, you’ve got integrated back-office tools to let you easily manage admin tasks to grow your business and connect with students on the same platform from home or wherever you find yourself teaching.
    Visit coolcatteacher.com/tutor, sign up for a demo and use the coupon code COOLCAT50OFF for 50% off your first month. I recommend Trilogy Mentors because they not only have an outstanding platform but offer the training, educational content, and technical support to help you easily transition online.
    Show Notes from Today's Show Mastering the 7 Decisions by Andy Andrews Dr. Michael Catt @michaelcatt Be The Leader You Were Meant to Be by LeRoy Eims Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Helicopter Scene (warning: I don't recommend this movie - listen to the podcast to know why we laugh) Be Educator's Overcomers Movie Jeff Galloway 10K App 10 Fingers for God by Paul Brand The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard Chadwick Boseman's Tribute to Denzel Washington Days After a Funeral in a Georgia Town 'Coronavirus Hit Like a Bomb' in the New York Times Malachi Russell's Story Thank you so much for making episode 700 possible! Hear from my heart what I'm learning in this time!

    • 31 min
    Creativity Now with Best Selling Author Sean Thompson

    Creativity Now with Best Selling Author Sean Thompson

    Sean Thompson, author of Creativity is Everything, talks about his first day back at school and how he is bringing creativity, physical and emotional wellbeing to his students. He also shares free courses you can use with your students and ways you can bring creativity into your classroom now.
    Sponsor: Wipebook Flipchart Wipebook is an excellent solution for educators, no matter where you’re teaching. Check out Wipebook Flipchart at www.wipebook.com/coolcatteacher. These flipcharts make it SO easy to snap a picture and upload it to your Google Drive or Dropbox for quick sharing with your students and they are reusable dry erase surfaces you can use again and again. Features like dark, easy-to-see borders and the Wipebook Scan App make it simple to use. Go to wipebook.com/coolcatteacher right now -- and receive 30% off your order. Wipebook flipchart is a fantastic addition to your classroom teaching toolkit - especially if you’re teaching from home.
    www.coolcatteacher.com/e699 
    Sean Thompson - Bio as Submitted Sean is an educational technology specialist at Sacred Heart International School in Tokyo. He travels extensively across southeast Asia speaking, presenting and participating in discussions regarding the effective integration of technology in an educational setting.
    In 2014 he partnered up with DEEP Learning to support the team with the development, promotion and execution of professional development conferences for teachers worldwide.
    Sean is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, an International Baccalaureate Educator Network Workshop Leader , a Google education Trainer and a Certified Google Educator available for professional development at your school.
    Website: https://www.creativityiseverything.net/ 
    Twitter: @seansensei 
    Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    • 12 min
    Feedback Tips for Blended and Online Learning

    Feedback Tips for Blended and Online Learning

    Feedback is important. But how do teachers give it frequently and in ways that help students learn? How can teachers have time and get this done with all that is going on this Fall 2020? Today, Matthew Johnson, author of Flash Feedback, shares his advice to help get close to kids through feedback and connections in our digital classrooms. It can be done!
    www.coolcatteacher.com/e698 
    Sponsor: The Wipebook Workbook is designed for everything from sketching to notetaking and includes a graph, ruled, and blank pages. It is foldable but also stands up so each student’s whiteboard can be seen in your online classroom. You can purchase the Wipebook Workbook in packs of 25.
    That way, every student at home or in the classroom has their own dry-erase surface to help them visualize and work things out. These cost-effective dry erase surfaces are must-use tools for STEM Teachers.
    Go towww.wipebook.com/cctpromo   and receive 30% off your order.
    Matthew Johnson - Bio as Submitted Matthew is a high school English language arts teacher from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also a writer and speaker who has spent much of the last decade in pursuit of a white whale: Feedback practices that are both effective and efficient. His journey to find more meaningful and sustainable feedback and teaching can be found on his weekly blog www.matthewmjohnson.com and in his new book Flash Feedback: Responding to Student Writing Better and Faster -- Without Burning Out. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Matthew can be found in his garden, in the kitchen, or in transit between the two with an armful of fresh produce.
    Twitter: @a2matthew
    Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    • 11 min
    Hands On Ecology at a Distance

    Hands On Ecology at a Distance

    As you adapt lesson plans for distance learning, ecology offers great opportunities for backyard learning and learning at a distance. Today, Sara Owen talks about stream walks and outdoor classroom opportunities and how she uses the outdoors to teach. 
    www.coolcatteacher.com/e697
     
    Sponsor: Wipebook Flipchart Wipebook is an excellent solution for educators, no matter where you’re teaching. Check out Wipebook Flipchart at www.wipebook.com/coolcatteacher. These flipcharts make it SO easy to snap a picture and upload it to your Google Drive or Dropbox for quick sharing with your students and they are reusable dry erase surfaces you can use again and again. Features like dark, easy-to-see borders and the Wipebook Scan App make it simple to use. Go to wipebook.com/coolcatteacher right now -- and receive 30% off your order. Wipebook flipchart is a fantastic addition to your classroom teaching toolkit - especially if you’re teaching from home.
    Sara Owen - Bio as Submitted Sara is a field ecologist at the Montana Natural Heritage Program, where she leads the Wetland and Riparian Mapping Center's mapping program for the western U.S. She loves fieldwork because it allows her to explore new places while working with and learning from other ecology nerds like herself. Sara is the author of "Seth and Mattie's Big River Adventure," an educational adventure storybook that introduces young, budding ecologists (ages 7-10) to the world of stream ecology. Although she doesn't get to do it often enough, Sara loves to take kids of all ages (including those 80-year-old kids!) on Stream Walks where they flip over rocks to see who's living beneath them. She's always up to some adventure or another, which you can follow on Instagram: @thenomadicecologist
    Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    • 9 min

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