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    Justin Reich on episode 264 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast.

    From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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    We hope that kids will learn critical thinking skills in one class and then apply it to another. However, MIT Teaching Systems Lab Director, Dr. Justin Reich, shares that this may not be so. Today we discuss current research that is shaking up how people think about learning. This week I’ll be sharing the 7 […]

    The post Why We Still Need to Know Things in the Age of Google appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!


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    Day 52 of 80 Days of Excellence.

    From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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    Research has shown that there is part of our brain – the forward most region of the medial prefrontal cortex that helps us self-reflect. Using neuroimaging studies in 2007, research Arnaud D’Argembeu of Belgium found that this part of the brain “helps a person reflect ton their traits and abilities versus those of others.” But […]

    The post Calibrate Your Talent Meter: Honest Self-Awareness is a Secret of Success appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!


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    Kelly Gary on episode 265 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast.

    From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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    Elementary Math can be exciting. Check out these five ideas to use technology to make math exciting.   This week I’ll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. Shift #1 is that Students are collaborators. My […]

    The post 5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!


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    Glen Westbroek on episode 271 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast.

    From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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    Thirty-three-year Presidential Award Winning science teacher Glen Westbroek believes in creating active learning experiences in his science classroom. Today we kick off science week on the 10-Minute Teacher talking about active learning, Next Generation Science Standards, and what an engaging science classroom looks like. Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students […]

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  • 03/14/18--02:30: Flipping Awesome Science
  • Marc Seigel on episode 273 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast.

    From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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    Marc Seigel, a contributing author to Flipping 2.0, talks about an innovative flipped science classroom. How do lessons flow? What are common mistakes? How do students make progress? Learn all this and more in this quick, 10-minute show. Legends of Learning has amazing game based science experiences for students in 3-8 aligning with Next Generation […]

    The post Flipping Awesome Science appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!


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    Jacqui Murray on episode 235 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast.

    From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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    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. Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. I’ll be speaking with other amazing educators like […]

    The post 5 Ideas for Writing with Technology appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!


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    Join me and other education speakers at Woodward Academy in Atlanta this summer.

    From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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    STLinATL is an exciting education conference hosted at Woodward Academy in Atlanta this summer July 26-27. I’ll be speaking along with Jay McTighe, Dr. Janet Zanida, Suzie Boss and more at this affordable conference ($295 including meals and conference attendance.) THE STLinATL CONFERENCE WILL FOCUS ON THE FOLLOWING AREAS: Whole Child (e.g., mindfulness, brain-based learning, […]

    The post Awesome Atlanta Education Conference: STLinATL – July 26-27, 2018 appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!


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    Dr. Doug Green on episode 284 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast.

    From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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    Dr. Doug Green challenges our thinking about school, how we should teach, and the flaws with the testing programs we have in education today. 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 […]

    The post Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!


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    Kim Thomas on episode 286 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast.

    From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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    Get Mathivated with Kim Thomas. She literally speaks math and has exciting things to do each day of the week for her students. (She also has quite an interesting way to handle difficult behavior including profanity.) Listen Now Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. *** Enhanced Transcript Mathivating Kids […]

    The post Mathivating Kids to Get Excited About Math appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!


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    Amy Cooper on episode 292 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast.

    From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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    Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. In today’s show, Amy Cooper talks about how this is done, the advantages, and insights on student motivation. On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program. We’ll have free resources available for downloading. To […]

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    Jonathan Thomas-Palmer on episode 298 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast.

    From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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    Jonathan Thomas-Palmer teaches physics. Students start with a zero and level up as they use videos, one on one help, and game-based mastery to master physics. Advancement Courses has more than 200 graduate level online PD courses for K-12 teachers. Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course. […]

    The post Flipping Awesome Physics with an Asynchronous Flipped Gameful Mastery Learning Classroom appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!


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