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Every Classroom Matters With Cool Cat Teacher

A candid look at the new big ideas that are transforming classrooms everywhere from a practicing teacher's point of view.

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The Four Liter Challenge: Teaching Students About Water Poverty

Our guests today created a see judge, act model for teaching kids about people who struggle to get access to clean water.Follow: @coolcatteacher @bamradionetwork#edtechchat #edchat #edtechMaggie Lauder is in her tenth year of teaching theology at a Catholic high school and her eighth year at Servite High School in Anaheim. Joe Kim is serving as the Director of Campus Ministry at St. Francis High School in La Canada, CA. and pursuing a Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University, and run a graphic apparel company called PAL Campaign.

9mins

4 Apr 2014

Rank #1

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How You Can be a Better Teacher Tomorrow

Good formative assessment helps you be a better teacher tomorrow. Our guest calls poor formative assessment "uninformative assessment" and identifies four traits that make the difference. Follow: @coolcatteacher @DouglasReeves @GRADECAM #edtechchat #edchat #edtech Dr. Douglas Reeves is the founder of Creative Leadership Solutions. The author of more than 30 books and 80 articles on leadership and organizational effectiveness, Doug has twice been named to the Harvard University Distinguished Authors Series. He has worked in every state in the U.S. and more than 20 other countries. Blogs at CreativeLeadership.net.

12mins

31 Jan 2017

Rank #2

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Building Relationships with Students of All Types

In this segment our guest shares what he's learned about building relationships with students --especially those who don't want to connect with you. Follow: @jamessturtevant @coolcatteacher @bamradionetwork #edtechchat #edchat #edtech James Sturtevant is working through his 30th year in public education. He believes a strongstudent/teacher is essential to the learning process and is the author of You've Got to Connect.

12mins

18 Jun 2015

Rank #3

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Empowering Students To Achieve Amazing Things

In this segment we talk with a teacher and his students who collaborated with students worldwide to take control of their learning in a big way. Learn more... Follow: @ifitzgerald15 @EWaltersScience @coolcatteacher @bamradionetwork #edtechchat #edchat #edtech Eric Walters serves as the Director of STEM Education at the Marymount School of New York, where he teaches AP Physics, Honors Physics and Atmospheric Science. An Apple Distinguished Educator, Eric also serves as moderator for the Student Technology Leadership Team and C.O.D.E., the Upper School Coding Club. Tylor Johnson is a senior at Marymount School of New York and a founding member of the Student Technology Leadership Team. Isabelle Fitzgerald is a senior at Marymount School of New York and a founding member of our Student Technology Leadership Team.

11mins

8 Jun 2015

Rank #4

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The Priority List: A Creative Approach to Teaching Literature and Life's Greatest Lessons

Our guest is a master teacher of literature who has had an incredible impact on thousands of students. In this segment he shares the philosophy that drives his approach to teaching along with practical tips for getting students to think deeply about the larger questions of life.Follow: @coolcatteacher @bamradionetwork#edtechchat #edchat #edtech David Menasche grew up in Miami, Florida, and majored in journalism at Eugene Lang College and the New School for Social Research. He later earned his teacher certification from Florida International University and taught at the renowned Coral Reef Senior High School for fifteen years. Menasche has taught over 3,000 students and in 2012, he was awarded Teacher of the Year by his region. He now resides in New Orleans.

11mins

15 Mar 2014

Rank #5

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Curation Trends: Finding the Best Teaching Tools, Apps, and Resources

Our guest today has been on curating teaching resources for almost two decades. In this segment she shares insights, resources and advice for smart curation. Follow: @coolcatteacher @kathyschrock@bamradionetworkKathy Schrock is a retired teacher-librarian and school district technology director. She has been involved with critical evaluation of Web sites since 1995 and continues to provide resources to teachers to help them include these skills in teaching and learning.

12mins

10 Mar 2014

Rank #6

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My Lesson Plan Isn't Working, Kids Aren't Learning, I'm Freaking Out

We all have lesson plans that crash and burn. The lesson plan is a disaster, the students are off task and authentic learning is nowhere to be found in the room. It this segment we talk openly about why some lessons go south and how to recover. Follow: @coolcatteacher @teach2inspireu @bamradionetwork #edtechchat #edchat #edtech Alicia Roberts is currently the Educational Technology Specialist at Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory K-12 and founder of Teach2Inspire,LLC, an educational consulting firm working with districts, schools and teachers to support successful implementation of Technology Instruction related to the Common Core State Standards, and Curriculum Mapping. She has worked with leaders in the industry to design workshops sharing the best free web-based education resources for K-12 educators.

9mins

2 Nov 2015

Rank #7

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Two Ways to Turn Struggling Students into Life-Long Readers

Our guest is passionate about literacy. She has dedicated her life to helping kids master the fundamentals that lead to the love of reading, writing and life-long learning. Follow: @coolcatteacher @pamallyn @bamradionetwork #edtechchat #edchat #edtech Pam Allyn is a renowned literacy advocate, founder of the global organization LitWorld and author of 23 books for parents and educators on why reading and writing changes lives. Pam and her team are the founders of World Read Aloud Day on February 24th, 2016.

13mins

19 Feb 2016

Rank #8

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Improve Your Teaching by Doing a Few Things Well

Join us as our guest makes a compelling case for being a more effective teacher by doing more with less. Follow: @coolcatteacher @gcouros @listenwiselearn #edtechchat #edchat #edtech George Couros is an Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant and the author of the book, "The Innovator's Mindset."

10mins

30 Jan 2017

Rank #9

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My Best Lesson Plans: More Learning, More Fun

What is your vision of the ideal lesson? After years of teaching, our guest says her vision involves two principles, rigor, and fun. Listen in as she talks about how to bring the two together in a classroom.Follow: @coolcatteacher @bamradionetwork #edtechchat #edchat #edtech Follow: @coolcatteacher @bamradionetwork #edtechchat #edchat #edtech Laura Candler is the owner of Teaching Resources and a former 5th-grade teacher from Fayetteville, NC. She has presented educational workshops to teachers around the country for over 20 years. She's the author of 10 books for teachers as well as over 100 digital resources. She can be found at www.facebook.com/teachingresources.

11mins

21 Apr 2016

Rank #10

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How 3D Printers Opens New Possibilities for Project - based-Learning

Our guest is one of the first teachers to use a 3D printer for project-based learning. In this segment we get an introduction to using 3D printers in the classroom. Follow: @kellyhines @coolcatteacher @bamradionetworkKelly Wade Hines a 5th grade teacher, lifelong learner, NBCT, DEN Guru from North Carolina, DEN LC, SMART Exemplary Educator & Certified Trainer, NC Kenan Fello and mom to 3 crazy boys,

12mins

17 Mar 2014

Rank #11

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Reimagining Homework with Teachers, Students and Parents

Our guests offer suggestions on how homework can be redefined to make it meaningful, relevant, and fun. Follow: @coolcatteacher @mssackstein @conniehamilton @classtag #edtechchat #edchat #edtech Connie Hamilton Ed.S. is a curriculum director in for Saranac Community Schools and a national presenter focusing on questioning, best practices, and leadership. She co-authored Hacking Homework with Starr Sackstein. Starr Sackstein teaches writing and journalism in New York City. She is a National Board-certified teacher and the New York director for the Journalism Education Association.

11mins

31 Mar 2017

Rank #12

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These Five Things Won't Make You a Better Teacher, This One Will

What makes a teacher better? According to our guest, it's often not what we've been taught to believe. In this segment, Josh Stumpenhorst aims to debunk the myths and focus on what really makes a difference in our instruction. Follow: @stumpteacher @coolcatteacher @bamradionetwork #edtechchat #edchat #edtech #edtechchat #edchat #edtech Josh Stumpenhorst is a junior high Language Arts and Social Science teacher as well as an active blogger (stumpteacher.blogspot.com ) and tweeter (@stumpteacher). He has been named the 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year, 2012 Illinois Teacher Excellence Award Winner, 2012 Illinois Computer Educator Teacher of the Year and a member of the 2011 International Society of Technology Educators Emerging Leaders class.

12mins

4 Aug 2015

Rank #13

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3 Strategies for Students who Struggle with Reading and Writing

Helping students who struggle with reading and writing can be a big challenge for teachers. Join us as we discuss the best strategies for helping those students who need special attention. Follow: @coolcatteacher @bamradionetwork #edtechchat #edchat #edtech Dr. Linda H. Mason is a Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She conducts research on Self-Regulated Strategy Development for reading comprehension and writing.

12mins

15 Jul 2016

Rank #14

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7 Smart Ways to Know What Your Students Are Really Learning

How effective is your teaching? How do you know how much your students are learning? What are the best practices and tools for doing effective formative and summative assessment? We discuss all of this and more in this episode.Follow: @garnet_hillman @coolcatteacher @bamradionetwork #edtechchat #edchat #edtech Garnet Hillman is an instructional coach at Caruso Middle School in Deerfield, IL. She is passionate about reforming assessment and grading practices to ensure the focus for all students is on learning.

10mins

11 Aug 2015

Rank #15

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[Teaching Strategies] What I Learned About Student Engagement from Watching TV

Have you heard of the Iron Chef or American Idol? Can these TV shows teach us anything about student engagement? Our guest says, absolutely. Learn more...Follow: @jcorippo @coolcatteacher @bamradionetwork #edtechchat #edchat #edtech Jon Corippo is the Chief Instigator of the CUE Rock Star Teacher Summer Camps, an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher, former Assistant Superintendent and IT Director.

10mins

9 Jul 2015

Rank #16

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Balancing Learning and Fun: How to Create Riveting Lesson Plans

Our guest is a gamemaster turned teacher, who uses the principle of good game design to create riveting lesson plans. Follow: @coolcatteacher @bamradionetwork #edtechchat #edchat #edtech Lee Sheldon is a professional game writer and designer currently working on his 40th game. He recently joined the Interactive Media and Game Development (IMGD) program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Previously he was an Associate Professor in the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He wrote the bestselling book The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game. Before his career in games, Lee was a television writer-producer--from Charlie’s Angels to Star Trek: The Next Generation.

13mins

18 Feb 2016

Rank #17

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Teaching Kids to Be Kind

Join us as we talk about how kindness can be taught in our schools. Follow: @coolcatteacher @bamradionetwork #edtechchat #edchat #edtechCaitlin Charnow is a seventh grade Language Arts Teacher, and the head of the National Junior Honor Society at Schmucker Middle School. It is a personal goal of hers to spread tolerance and understanding to her students, and to give them a voice. She is excited to realize this goal through leading the students in Project To Be Kind. Stacy Eck has been a teacher for 7 years and has served as the National Junior Honor Society leader at Schmucker Middle School for 3 years.

10mins

19 Mar 2016

Rank #18

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How Monsters and Minecraft Can Drive Great Teaching and Learning

Our guest shares with us how Minecraft, monsters and screencasting can be used as a powerful tool for nurturing 21st century skills.Follow: @globalearner @coolcatteacher @bamradionetwork #edtechchat #edchat #edtech Joel Levin was a mild-mannered computer teacher in New York City until he began using Minecraft in his classroom. He quickly realized that he had unlocked one of the most versatile and engaging educational tools since the pencil. He formed TeacherGaming in 2011 to make MinecraftEdu, a custom remix of the original Minecraft designed for classroom use. He has been teaching for 10 years, but has been playing games since the Pong era

11mins

30 Jun 2015

Rank #19

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Three Learning Experiences You Should Give to Every Student

Our guest supports the notion that the environment is the third teacher. What does this mean? How and what does the environment teach? Follow: @coolcatteacher @djakes @bamradionetwork #edtechchat #edchat #edtech David Jakes spent three decades in education as a teacher, administrator, technologist, and designer. After working with The Third Teacher+, a leading learning space design firm, David now works as an independent consultant helping schools design solutions for organizational change that feature compelling physical and digital spaces for learning.

9mins

16 Nov 2015

Rank #20