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Jam-packed with cool classrooms, cool apps, and cool teaching ideas, full-time teacher and award-winning edtech influencer, Vicki Davis, who blogs as the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, loves to interview awesome teachers and educators from around the world on this teacher podcast. Her goal is to interview the most in-classroom teachers on one helpful teacher podcast. This encouraging show will give you quick ideas you can use right away. You can follow Vicki @coolcatteacher on all social media and join the conversation.

10 Minute Teacher Podcast with Cool Cat Teacher Vicki Davis

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 269 Ratings

Jam-packed with cool classrooms, cool apps, and cool teaching ideas, full-time teacher and award-winning edtech influencer, Vicki Davis, who blogs as the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, loves to interview awesome teachers and educators from around the world on this teacher podcast. Her goal is to interview the most in-classroom teachers on one helpful teacher podcast. This encouraging show will give you quick ideas you can use right away. You can follow Vicki @coolcatteacher on all social media and join the conversation.

    Money Matters: How to Equip Students for Financial Success

    Money Matters: How to Equip Students for Financial Success

    In this episode, we're diving deep into a crucial topic for every student but often overlooked in the curriculum: financial literacy. Brian Curcio joins us from Rapunzl, an organization dedicated to providing financial literacy resources for students and educators. If you've ever wondered how to prepare your students for the real-world challenges of budgeting, investing, and understanding debt, this episode is your roadmap to making money management an engaging and essential part of your teaching.
    Show notes and full transcript: https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e837 
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    • 12 min
    Unlock Your Second Brain: A Guide to Choosing the Best Digital Notetaking App

    Unlock Your Second Brain: A Guide to Choosing the Best Digital Notetaking App

    As rapidly as notebook services are changing, it is so important that its worth the risk. Today, I'll share six apps for digital note-taking and my experiences with each of them. I'll also give you a peek at my first testing of Google NotebookLM. I'll also give you tips on creating a workflow that works for you.
    The apps I'm covering in today's "Tech Tool Tuesday" include Evernote, Notion, OneNote, LogSeek, Apple Notes, and Google Keep as well as Google NotebookLM. We all need to find a system that works for us and we need to choose tools that align with our individual preferences and workflows.
    This show is also being posted to YouTube. When the video goes live, it will be posted on the blog post and show notes for this podcast episode.
    Show notes and full transcript: https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e836 
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    • 15 min
    The First Professional Athlete To Go From Illiteracy To A Master's Degree

    The First Professional Athlete To Go From Illiteracy To A Master's Degree

    Today we learn from an NBA player who admitted he was illiterate at age 32, learned to read, went back to college and eventually earned his master's degree. In this episode we dive into the extraordinary life of Dean Tolson, a man whose life changed from dribbling basketballs to championing education. At age 32, Dean went from the high-flying courts of professional basketball to the halls of academics, where he learned to read and achieved the unimaginable Master's degree. 
    Dean shares his inspiring transition from an illiterate athlete to a magna cum laude graduate; his story is not just about the victories or the setbacks; it's a powerful call to action for every listener to recognize the undeniable value of education in shaping one’s destiny. Join us as Dean Tolson unfolds the chapters of his life, offering invaluable lessons on resilience, the importance of education, and the belief in one's potential to overcome any obstacle.
    I played the rough cut of this episode for my eighth graders and we had an incredible class discussion about how perhaps we have turned things upside down in our society. I hope there are many more like Dean who rise through athletics and go back and complete their education. We should all reflect on the emphasis we put on education and the importance of getting a great education even if a student is pursuing a career in sports.
    Show notes and full transcript: https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e835 
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    • 11 min
    5 Ingredients For Student Well-Being: Help Students Be Healthy

    5 Ingredients For Student Well-Being: Help Students Be Healthy

    In a world where the mental health of our youth is becoming an increasingly pressing concern, Dr. Brian Smith's podcast couldn't come at a more critical time. His enlightening discussion on 'The Recipe for Student Well-Being' offers a beacon of hope, laying out a clear, actionable plan for schools eager to make a positive impact on their students' lives. But what exactly are these five essential ingredients for nurturing student well-being? From empowering educators with well-being skills to fostering safe and positive learning environments, enhancing positive relationships, providing direct instruction on well-being competencies, and implementing assessment for continuous improvement, Dr. Smith's formula is both comprehensive and compelling.
    As we peel back the layers of his approach, it's evident that supporting student well-being goes beyond mere academic achievement. It's about creating a holistic environment where students can thrive, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. Join us as we dive into each of these ingredients, illustrated with real-life examples and practical ideas from Dr. Smith's podcast, to inspire and motivate educators, parents, and policymakers alike to champion the cause of student health and happiness.
    Show notes and transcript: https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e834

    • 17 min
    Simple Ways to Put More Rigor in Your Lesson Plans

    Simple Ways to Put More Rigor in Your Lesson Plans

    In today’s show, Barbara Blackburn shares about the concept of rigor in education. We discuss how rigor is not about making things harder for students, but about setting high expectations and providing support to help students achieve those expectations. Barbara also explores specific examples of rigor in math, literature, writing, science, and history, emphasizing the importance of going beyond the text and providing evidence to demonstrate understanding.We, as teachers, can focus on the process of learning and engage students in meaningful discussions and activities. Barbara also shares her website, which offers over 100 free resources for educators.(Included in the show notes.)
    Show notes: https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e832
    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction and Humility
    00:44 Understanding Rigor
    01:55 Rigor in Math
    05:15 Rigor in Literature and Writing
    13:39 Rigor in Science and History
    15:00 Conclusion and Resources

    • 16 min
    7 Ways to Make Worksheets Engaging and Effective: The Ultimate Guide

    7 Ways to Make Worksheets Engaging and Effective: The Ultimate Guide

    In this episode, we tackle a topic that's often whispered in the hallways of schools everywhere with a mix of disdain and necessity: worksheets. I'll admit that I have often expressed my own dislike of worksheets, so much so that I rarely use them myself.
    Show notes and transcript: https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e832
    However, we can all take the worksheets we do have and transform them from mere busywork as we reimagine them into dynamic, engaging learning experiences. With Linda's background in middle school math and a passion for providing practical solutions, this fresh perspective will help you (and me) see that worksheets can be an asset if used properly in the classroom instead of a hindrance.
    In this classroom-focused episode, join us as we explore seven innovative strategies to breathe new life into worksheets, turning them into powerful vehicles for learning and student engagement. Let's get started. A note from Vicki, your host: To celebrate the 7th anniversary of this podcast, we're returning to our five-day-a-week format to inspire and encourage you on the way to school each morning! Enjoy!

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
269 Ratings

269 Ratings

Clement Townsend ,

Quick and Informative

Great information and easily consumable. The topics are always relevant and provide valuable insight to help improve my teaching methods.

55grateful ,

Refreshing

This podcast does a great job of touching on all the big ideas in the world of education right now. It is very relatable and every episode leaves me with a nugget to think about. As a teacher who has been working in an in person setting I have enjoyed hearing the latest on the virtual end and now we are headed that way too.

Harpera82 ,

Quick Acts of Inspiration

I really appreciate Vicki’s ability to find quick ways to inspire a deeper understanding and/or ignition of curiosity for teachers. 10 Min Teacher is always letting me in on the trends and important issues that teachers today should be aware of and can choose to learn more about if it inspires them. Great podcast - any day of the week!

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