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10 Minute Teacher Podcast

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.

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181: Shattering Perfect Teacher Myths

Aaron Hogan shatters myths about teaching. Empower yourself as a teacher with the knowledge you do not have to be perfect. Learn how to build collegiality and support other teachers. 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 by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

9mins

30 Oct 2017

Rank #1

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5 Ideas to Include Every Child in Your Classroom (e240)

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 webinar “Preparing Students for Success: Measuring What Matters” about preparing students for success and measuring what matters. Jake Cotton, a superintendent from Virginia, will be sharing.

9mins

26 Jan 2018

Rank #2

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3 Awesome Minutes: Question Formulation Techniques (QFT)'s

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 courses. Use the code COOL20 to get 20% off your course at www.advancementcourses.com/coolcat.

9mins

16 Jan 2019

Rank #3

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ENCORE: 20 Tech Tips to Shake Up Learning

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/ 

13mins

24 Dec 2018

Rank #4

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#149 Encouraging independent readers without being overwhelmed

Meredith Ogden helps us understand strategies for guiding independent readers. www.coolcatteacher.com/e149 Sponsor: Book Creator. Previously on the 10-Minute Teacher, guests have mentioned Book Creator as one of their top apps for the iPad. Well, now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser. Make books, send the link to parents and even include audio and video. As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version - go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. This is great news! Now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms, on any device, using the Chrome web browser. (This tool would be perfect for following the techniques described in today's show.)

11mins

14 Sep 2017

Rank #5

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170 5 Ways to Add Morning Meetings to Special Ed Classrooms

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: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. It also incorporates rubrics so teachers can provide meaningful, qualitative feedback to encourage the writing journey.  This handy free Google Docs add-on tracks things like: time spent writing, spelling-grammar-and punctuation error rates and pulls it into a clear graphical view in your teacher dashboard. To learn more about Wriq go to www.texthelp.com/wriq

10mins

13 Oct 2017

Rank #6

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How to Build Trust with Your Students

Students need to trust their teachers. The result is better relationships, better learning, and a better quality of experience for everyone -- teachers and students included! Today's featured educator is CJ Reynolds, a teacher in West Philadelphia. CJ shares how to build relationships with students in some unconventional and cool ways. He also talks about why his YouTube channel has become so popular and how teachers can get motivated every day (not just Mondays.) www.coolcatteacher.com/e486 CJ Reynolds - Bio As Submitted CJ Reynolds teaches high school literature and The History of Hip-Hop in West Philadelphia. He is also the creator of the YouTube channel, Real Rap with Reynolds which aims at helping new and burned out teachers be the teacher they always wanted to be. Blog: https://www.realrapwithreynolds.com/ Twitter: @realrapreynolds

13mins

6 May 2019

Rank #7

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14 Million People Read Her Classroom Tweet About 1 Question She Asks Students

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. Learn about the question and the changes that have made her math classroom a more exciting place. www.coolcatteacher.com364 Sponsor: From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today. AND, 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 credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. Never stop learning!

12mins

20 Sep 2018

Rank #8

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#115 5 Mistakes Teachers Make the First Week of School (and how not to make them) with Linda Kardamis

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! This episode is sponsored by Staples. Staples is my go-to back to school shopping source. Check out coolcatteacher.com/pro for my 10 Ways to tackle back to school like a pro. And remember to sign up for Staples Teacher rewards for free shipping on orders over $14.99 and 5% back. Staples has everything we need in stock all season long and ready to go for school. Go to www.staples.com/backtoschool for more information and great deals! Read the show notes at www.coolcatteacher.com/e115 at 5:45 am after this show goes live on iTunes. Listen to the rest of the shows at www.coolcatteacher.com/podcast

10mins

28 Jul 2017

Rank #9

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Fantastic Apps I Use Every Day

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, 10-minute Teacher Listeners can save 20% off each course with the code COOL20 at advancementcourses.com/coolcat . (That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours.)

9mins

12 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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5 Ideas for Writing with Technology (ENCORE)

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 Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like Suzy Boss, Janet Zadina, Jay McTighe, Dr. Brendan Ozawa de Silva, Scott Sanchez, Dr. Ayanna M Howard and more. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. www.stlinatl.com

10mins

23 Mar 2018

Rank #11

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Thinking Routines in the Classroom - Encore Episode and #12 in downloads for 2017

Today 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 these valuable techniques in your classroom. Karen was the 2015 Tennessee State Teacher of the Year and I interviewed her at the NNSTOY Conference in DC this summer. www.coolcatteacher.com/e209 The 10-Minute Teacher started on February 1 of this year and already has over 400,000 downloads! Thank you to all of you who are listening to the show. If you like the show, would you go to coolcatteacher.com/iTunes and leave a review on the 10-Minute Teacher on iTunes. I appreciate it so much!

10mins

14 Dec 2017

Rank #12

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Denis Sheeran: How We Should be Teaching Math in Classrooms Today (e303)

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:  www.coolcatteacher.com/e303 NetRef: Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Sign up at www.coolcatteacher.com/netref

10mins

2 May 2018

Rank #13

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PBIS, Discipline, and Compassion Fatigue

When I shared a USA Today Article on PBIS on my Facebook page, teachers started responding and yelled volumes about mis-implementation mis-understandings and mis-use of discipline -- specifically PBIS -- in their schools. So, Melissa Man, special education teacher with her Master's in Counseling agreed to come on the show and talk about the topic. What do you think? Melissa Mann's Bio as Submitted Melissa Mann is a special education teacher with the Madison County School System. She has taught both self-contained and collaborative students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. Melissa is dual certified in Elementary Education and Special Education. She also has a Master's in School Counseling and is a certified school counselor. Melissa presented at ISTE in 2015, and she has presented for the past eight years at Alabama's state technology conference and at various local conferences. Melissa is also a trainer with Simple K-12.  Her portfolio can be found at: www.bit.ly/TechTreasures Blog: https://techtipsforthek-6classroom.blogspot.com/ Twitter: @mnmann

11mins

8 May 2019

Rank #14

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15 Ways to Get More Motivated This Week

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' sponsor is NetRef, join me on Tuesday, March 26 at 4 pm ET for a free webinar, 5 Ways to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology. Register now.

11mins

18 Mar 2019

Rank #15

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How to Motivate Teachers to Change

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 freebies, ideas, and more at www.coolcatteacher.com/newsletter. 

10mins

21 Jan 2019

Rank #16

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#159 What Great Teachers Do

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 Excellent Inquiry-Based Learning with me, Richard Byrne and Monica Burns on October 3 at 4:30 pm EDT.  Learn more about their 150 history and science nonfiction texts that promote inquiry-based learning at www.kidsdiscover.com/inquiry

12mins

28 Sep 2017

Rank #17

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5 Reasons Using Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers is a Bad Idea with Jody Stallings

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 using test scores to evaluate teachers is a very bad idea. www.coolcatteacher.com/e635 Jody Stallings - Bio As Submitted Jody Stallings has been an award-winning public school teacher in Charleston, South Carolina, since 1992. He is director of the Charleston Teacher Alliance and an adjunct professor with the American Public University System. He writes the weekly “Teacher to Parent” column for which he is the recipient of the 2018 first place award in column writing from the South Carolina Press Association. https://www.facebook.com/teachertoparent Twitter: @stallings_jody

12mins

28 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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171 Purpose-Full Education #MotivationMonday

Dr. Amy Fast, author of It's the Mission, Not the Mandates, talks about how to regain the purpose of education in schools. From making your school mission move from the letterhead to what we do in schools and more, get motivated to make your school more today! www.coolcatteacher.com/e171 GradeCam lets you create assessments with formats including multiple choice, true/false, number grids, rubrics, and even handwritten numeric answers that can be read and scored by Aita - Gradecam's Artificial Intelligence Teaching Assistant. Score assessments, generate reports and transfer grades automatically. Work smarter instead of harder. Sign up for your 60-day free trial at gradecam.com/coolcatteacher

11mins

16 Oct 2017

Rank #19

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Game Based Learning in Action (e268)

Game-based learning might not be what you think. On today’s show Matthew Farber, author of  Game Based Learning In Action: How an Expert Affinity Group Teaches with Games, talks about how to effectively use games in the classroom. He shares a four-part model including playing the game, debriefing, reflecting, and then creating. Show Notes: www.coolcatteacher.com/e268 Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. You can take these courses for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification. They are practical courses that have teachers developing tangible resources to use in their classrooms immediately. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout to get 20% off any course. With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course is only $359.

10mins

7 Mar 2018

Rank #20