Innovation

Getting past STEM Labels into real STEM Learning @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Lots of things are labeled “STEM” these days but many of them are just rote instructions for students to follow. Is this truly STEM learning? Taylor Ryan is STEM coordinator for his school as they work to integrate STEM into every class. He shares what he’s learned about true STEM learning in the past year in this role. Hear about STEM from the trenches of a school that is doing it. Listen to Taylor Ryan talk about authentic STEM Learning…

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Where is Your Learning Culture? – Education Article

There are many factors that inhibit change. In some cases, comfort is the enemy of growth. We teach the way we were taught or lead the way we were led. Now I am not saying that this is bad per se, but the bottom line is whether or not the practice is effective. The same could be said for the status quo. Doing what we have always done might seem like a sound path forward if the results you are…

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Unconventional Project Based Learning that Engages Learners @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Project Based Learning (PBL) works if you know how to bring it into your classroom. Today, Noa Daniels shares how. Listen to the Show Subscribe to the Show   Get Credit! Some schools, districts, and organizations allow credit for listening to podcasts. Whether they do or don’t, to get the most out of listening you can use this Podcast PD Template Hyperdoc. Just make a copy and adapt it for your use or print it. If you don’t have Google Docs,…

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Save Money on Easy, Awesome Science Projects @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Ward’s Science has cool hands-on science lessons. Everything comes in the box and you’re ready to engage your students. Recently I tested three of these science kits and in this blog post, I’ll share a review of these kits and how you can save 15% and get free shipping on your future order before October 31, 2019. Additionally, I’ll share information on engaging students in hands-on science learning. This post is sponsored by Ward’s Science. All opinions are my own.…

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It Won’t Work…Or Will It? – Education Article

When we look at various aspects of society, there is always an innate desire to improve through innovation. However, there seems always to be impediments to this process. Perhaps it is the little voice in your head that says any new idea or strategy is a waste of time, as it has no chance to succeed. Maybe it is the collective voices of colleagues pushing you to abide by the status quo and not rock the boat. Throw in fear,…

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Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution “Don’t prepare kids for something. Prepare them for anything!” I remember a world without the Internet, smart devices, mobile phones, 3D printers, and 4K televisions sets. After all, this was the world that many of us grew up in. There was an abundance of playing outside, reading, walking around the mall, going to the movies, and talking on the phone. Sure, we had our technology…

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How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Tom Loud dropped out of high school because he didn’t connect with his teachers. Somehow, he connected with books though and became a high school and college graduate. Now, Tom is a 10-year classroom veteran who is working to make his classroom (and help others) connect with kids in new ways. Today we’ll talk about unleashing the potential in every child. And yes, you’ll hear birds chirping, but that is ok! Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention…

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5 Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Want to help students learn and be more refreshed? Students need breaks too. That is why brain breaks are becoming so popular. Teacher Rob Donatelli @DTown_MrD talks about the brain breaks phenomenon. Then, Rob gives teachers five ideas he uses in his classroom for brain breaks. Take a brain break today! Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web…

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Fordham Institute and Center for American Progress Collaborate on “Moon Shot” for Kids – Education Article

You probably thought that the rightwing Thomas B. Fordham Institute, which supports charters and vouchers but not public schools, was on the opposite side of the political aisle from the Center for American Progress, which is described by the New York Times and the Washington Post as “left-leaning” (which is inaccurate). Well, they are on the same page in sponsoring a low-budget “moon shot for kids.”  By August 1, 2019, submit a brief application through our online portal. We are…

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How Kids Really Learn @coolcatteacher – Education Article

How do kids learn and remember? Teacher Andrew Stadel, @mr_stadel founder of the popular site estimation180.com, talks about this pursuit of learning in the classroom. This topic is his summer research topic. As you ponder the classroom, look at what you’ll research to become a better teacher. Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web tool or by…

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20 Ways to Have a Summer That Matters @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Today I want to challenge your thinking about your summer. So, I’ve collected twenty of the best ways to make this summer one of learning. This is a blog post / podcast simulpost. You’ll find the same content in slightly different form so you can read or listen to this content. Enjoy! Blog Post/ Podcast Sponsor: Advancement Courses Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your summer PD…

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How to Amplify Kindergarten and Elementary Voices @coolcatteacher – Education Article

First-grade teacher Danielle Moore has worked with early elementary and kindergarten students as she helps them amplify their voice. Yes, young children have something to say to the world! Danielle shows us how. Sponsor: Advancement Courses Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your summer PD courses. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

(Also see part 2 in this blog post series, “Discussing ClassenSAS Future at Northeast Academy in OKCPS.”) This past Tuesday evening, January 22, 2019, the superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools gave an important and divisive presentation to the OKCPS board and community. I was not able to attend in person, but did view the livestream on YouTube along with our middle daughter, who just graduated from ClassenSAS last year in 2018. Our son is a 2016 graduate of ClassenSAS.…

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How to Amplify Kindergarten and Elementary Voices @coolcatteacher – Education Article

First-grade teacher Danielle Moore has worked with early elementary and kindergarten students as she helps them amplify their voice. Yes, young children have something to say to the world! Danielle shows us how. Sponsor: Advancement Courses Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your summer PD courses. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional…

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10 Tips for Awesome Digital Citizenship @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Tech Coach Penny Rayhill shares ten tips for awesome digital citizenship. If you’re looking for some sites to explore – here they are! Sponsor: Advancement Courses Now is the time to plan your summer! Go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat and use the offer code COOL20 to get 20% off your summer PD courses. That’s just $120 per graduate credit hour or $160 for 50 clock hours. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional learning, classroom management, teacher wellness, special education classes and more.…

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When There’s a Will There’s a Way – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Kid-Centric Schools: When There’s a Will There’s a Way Kid-Centric Schools: When There’s a Will There’s a Way When I wrote Uncommon Learning back in 2015, the premise was to set the stage as to how we could create schools that work for kids. A good deal of the strategies presented came from what we successfully implemented at New Milford High School where I was the former principal. To get a better gist of the main focus…

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