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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

    • Self-Improvement
    • 4.8 • 242 Ratings

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.

    How to Engage Students in Zoom and Teach Effectively at a Distance

    How to Engage Students in Zoom and Teach Effectively at a Distance

    Many of us are learning to traverse between online and in-person learning environments. Our guest Aaron Johnson, author of Online Teaching with Zoom, shares with us how to better engage students through Zoom, so we can all teach effectively at a distance.
    www.coolcatteacher.com/e713 
    Sponsor: GoGuardian The State of Engagement Report 2020 has valuable classroom research and information on distance learning best practices. This must-read report is funded by GoGuardian and includes a meta-analysis of best practices in engaging distance learning. We can improve engagement with our students - no matter where they are learning. Thank you GoGuardian for sponsoring this podcast and the report. Download the State of Engagement Report 2020 now!
    Aaron Johnson - Bio as Submitted Aaron Johnson is Associate Dean of Educational Technology at Denver Seminary, a graduate school in Littleton, Colorado. As a veteran online educator, Mr. Johnson's goal is to support teachers transitioning to the online classroom and those who want to improve their teaching skills.
    His books have become go-to resources for colleges, universities, and K-12 school districts. Their to-the-point style and practical ideas make them easy to read and immediately applicable. Readers describe the series as "useful," "helpful," "applicable," "reassuring," and "accessible."
    His background includes work as a junior high and high school teacher, instructional designer, and faculty developer. During the initial days of COVID, Mr. Johnson was a sought-after aid to institutions that needed help transitioning their faculty to online delivery.
    Books:
    Online Teaching with Zoom: A Guide for Teaching and Learning with Videoconference Platforms (Excellent Online Teching Book 2) Online Teaching: Effective Strategies for a Successful Semester Online Blog: excellentonlineteaching.com 
    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."
    All opinions on this show are my own and those of my guests on the show and are not necessarily endorsed by the show's sponsor.
     

    • 11 min
    4 Essential Factors for Student Engagement

    4 Essential Factors for Student Engagement

    Our focus on the frontlines of education is to keep students engaged. We can never get enough ideas on how to help our students stay excited, engaged, and learning. Our guest today Mariana Aguilar is going to share with us four key factors for student engagement that she has come across in her research.
    www.coolcatteacher.com/e712
    Sponsor: GoGuardian The State of Engagement Report 2020 has valuable classroom research and information on distance learning best practices. This must-read report is funded by GoGuardian and includes a meta-analysis of best practices in engaging distance learning. We can improve engagement with our students - no matter where they are learning. Thank you GoGuardian for sponsoring this podcast and the report. Download the State of Engagement Report 2020 now.
    Mariana Aguilar - Bio as Submitted Mariana Aguilar leads the Research team at education technology company, GoGuardian. In her role, she seeks to understand the relationship between the digital learning experience and student outcomes. Mariana began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member teaching 3rd grade in South LA. Since then, she has worked with various education non-profits including Murmuration and Citizens of the World Los Angeles. 
    Twitter: @MarMarAguilar
    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."
    All opinions on this show are my own and those of my guests on the show and are not necessarily endorsed by the show's sponsor.
     

    • 14 min
    3 Ways to Activate Genius Mode & Creativity (Even at a Distance) with David Dubczak

    3 Ways to Activate Genius Mode & Creativity (Even at a Distance) with David Dubczak

    David "Creative Dave" Dubczak is a middle school teacher who sparks creativity. In today's show, he defines creativity and the two kinds of creative thinking to understand: divergent and convergent thinking. Then, he gives us three ways to activate "Genius Mode" and spark creativity in our students along with examples of what he's doing in his classes. We can spark creativity even at a distance!
    www.coolcatteacher.com/e711
    David "Creative Dave" Dubczak - Bio as Submitted David Dubczak, a.k.a Creative Dave, loves helping people be more creative. He believes everyone has their own secret “Genius Mode,” and creative thinking is the key to unlocking it.
    David has been a teacher for the past 10 years at Indianola Middle School in Indianola, Iowa, teaching Computer Science. Away from school, he is a creativity coach and consultant, helping people and businesses increase their creativity.
    As an educator, his passion is teaching kids to fail. In research and development industries, the ability to fail and learn from failure is incredibly important. Schools today don't share that view, and he’s trying to change it.
    David is also an award-winning playwright, and his video productions have won several awards with organizations such as the Iowa Motion Picture Association, Broadway World, and the Festigious International Film Festival Los Angeles.
    David earned his Bachelor of Science in Education at Drake University and his Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology at Iowa State University. He loves to speak and workshop on creativity and productive failure.
    Book him at www.CreativeDave.net, and see his other productions at www.ConjunctionMedia.com.

    • 10 min
    5 Ways to Be Kind Right Now with Houston Kraft

    5 Ways to Be Kind Right Now with Houston Kraft

    With 2020 and everything going on, there are countless reasons why being kind is important right now, both in and out of the classroom. In this episode, I sit down with fellow kindness advocate Houston Kraft, public speaker, curriculum developer, and co-founder of CharacterStrong. Houston will talk with us about the value of kindness, 5 ways to be kind right now, and where to start.
    www.coolcatteacher.com/e710 
    Houston Kraft - Bio as Submitted Houston is a speaker, curriculum developer, and kindness advocate who has spoken at over 600 schools or events internationally. In 2016, he co-founded CharacterStrong - curriculum and trainings that transform the way schools teach social-emotional learning, character education, and Kindness. To date, they have worked with over 2500 schools globally serving over 1 million students. In 2019, his face was featured on Lays BBQ chip bags as someone who helps "spread smiles.” In 2020, his first book, Deep Kindness was released. His mom is his hero and her best life lesson is to “hug like you mean it.”
    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."
    All opinions on this show are my own and those of my guests on the show and are not necessarily endorsed by the show's sponsor.

    • 11 min
    How to Improve Google Classroom & Remote Learning Experiences with Kasey Bell

    How to Improve Google Classroom & Remote Learning Experiences with Kasey Bell

    Teaching online is challenging for many teachers. In this show, we talk about best practices to re-engage students, the common mistakes districts are making, and teachers' importance right now. You'll find this show encouraging, challenging, and relevant to right now - and you'll get some new ideas!
    www.coolcatteacher.com/e709
    Sponsor: Hāpara Google Classroom is great, but as education standards evolve, there are a few things lacking. Admin teams require better analytics. Students need a one-shot view of their tasks and want everything on one page. And as you know, teachers desperately need better monitoring capabilities. All of this is possible with the Hāpara Instructional Suite that organizes teaching and learning workflows in G Suite and Google Classroom seamlessly. Go to www.hapara.com/coolcatteacher to learn more about how Hāpara can help your school.
    Resources Mentioned on the Show
    10 Google Classroom Tips for Remote Learning - Shake Up Learning 7 Ways to Rethink Digitial Assignments - Shake Up Learning Kasey Bell - Bio as Submitted Kasey Bell is a former middle school teacher turned award-winning digital learning coach at Shake Up Learning. She is also an international speaker, author of Blended Learning with Google, Google A to Z, and Shake Up Learning, blogger at ShakeUpLearning.com, host of The Shake Up Learning Show Podcast, and co-host of The Google Teacher Podcast.
    Twitter: @shakeuplearning
    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."
    All opinions on this show are my own and those of my guests on the show and are not necessarily endorsed by the show's sponsor.

    • 15 min
    15 Ways to Make Google Classroom Better for Everyone

    15 Ways to Make Google Classroom Better for Everyone

    Today, I'm giving you another peek into my classroom, this time, to share tips for getting the most out of your Google Classroom. In this episode, you'll hear 15 better practices when using Google Classroom, from habits to technical tools.
    The full transcript is available on the show's blog post at: www.coolcatteacher.com/e708
    Sponsor - Hāpara Google Classroom is great, but as education standards evolve, there are a few things lacking. Admin teams require better analytics. Students need a one-shot view of their tasks and want everything on one page. And as you know, teachers desperately need better monitoring capabilities. All of this is possible with the Hāpara Instructional Suite that organizes teaching and learning workflows in G Suite and Google Classroom seamlessly. Go to www.hapara.com/coolcatteacher to learn more about how Hāpara can help your school.
    Resources Mentioned the Show: Harry Wong's The First Days of School Alice Keeler Planboard Text Expander Quizziz IXL Google Classroom Duo Bootcamp with Alice Keeler Vicki Davis - Bio Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher and an Instructional Technology Director. She blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and hosts this podcast. See www.coolcatteacher.com/bio for her full bio.
    Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a 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."
     

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
242 Ratings

242 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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