Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13)

5 Ways to Find Project Based Learning Ideas @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Project-Based Learning is a powerful tool. Today’s show gives us ideas for where we can find new and innovative project ideas and create them ourselves. Dr. Jennifer Pieratt, author of “Keep it Real with PBL” for both elementary and secondary students, shares how she finds many of the project ideas that she creates and shares at crafted curriculum. Today’s Sponsor is Advancement Courses. Now is the time to plan your professional development with Advancement Courses. They offer over 240 online…

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The Surprising 1-Day Motivational Intervention that Improves Student Achievement @coolcatteacher – Education Article

A surprising intervention was shown to improve grades. The intervention took one day and was a very minimal activity by most considerations. Dr. Lauren Eskreis-Winkler digs into the research and shares what they learned. Learn More About the Research 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…

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Behind the Magic of Disney Education @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Education needs to be relevant and exciting to students. The Disney Youth Education program hosted me at the end of this past summer to experience three of their programs first-hand. In today’s podcast, I interview the director of the program Aaron Joyner to talk about the philosophy behind Disney’s education magic. I also share some of my first-hand experiences and observations from the trip. Listen to Aaron Joyner talk about the magic behind Disney Education   Disclosure I was hosted…

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5 Ways to Improve Relevance in Our Classrooms Now @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Part of being remarkable is that students believe your class and content applies to their life. On the 10 Minute Teacher, we want to help you be a more remarkable educator, so today, Denis Sheeran, author of  Instant Relevance, Using Today’s Experiences to Teach Tomorrow’s Lessons, shares five ways we can become more relevant in our classrooms today. Students need to feel like what they do relates to their daily lives. Here’s how to relate! Sponsor: The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art…

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Creating Positive Learning Environments @coolcatteacher – Education Article

As we lay out our rooms and organize our spaces, we can make our learning environments more positive spaces to interact, collaborate and work together. Today Kevin Stoller gives us ideas to make our learning environments more positive places to interact. Sponsor: The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?”…

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Toyota Dream Car Art Contest – Education Article

STEM, STEAM, and design thinking are buzzwords in education today. In addition to true STEM projects, we also work to include the arts in all subjects. The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is the perfect contest for classrooms across the United States. Specifically, this art contest combines design thinking and the arts. Definitely, download the lesson plan and entry forms now. Then, enter between November 1, 2019, and January 31, 2020. (Also scroll down for a special art supply…

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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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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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Plagiarism Prevention: Best Practices with Urkund – Education Article

Urkund is a plagiarism prevention tool with many benefits for teachers in helping students create original work. In this blog post, I’ll share my review of this product from a company founded in 2000 and will talk about its benefits and features. Urkund is a cost-effective plagiarism prevention tool, integrates with popular LMS systems, and why it is rapidly becoming a popular tool in this area. I’ll also give you a code to receive a free trial of Urkund. This…

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Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and in Class Everyday @coolcatteacher – Education Article

So many kids struggle, especially in summer school. Popular author, Dr. Barbara Blackburn, gives us some tips to start summer school or any school year in a way to help struggling learners set goals. This must-listen episode will give you ideas for having a great summer as well. Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’s 2019 Teacher’s Guide to Technology. It is a great teacher PD tool which includes videos and resources to help you learn new techniques and technologies for your classroom.…

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Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and in Class Everyday @coolcatteacher – Education Article

So many kids struggle, especially in summer school. Popular author, Dr. Barbara Blackburn, gives us some tips to start summer school or any school year in a way to help struggling learners set goals. This must-listen episode will give you ideas for having a great summer as well. Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’s 2019 Teacher’s Guide to Technology. It is a great teacher PD tool which includes videos and resources to help you learn new techniques and technologies for your classroom.…

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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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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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16 Fast, Fun Things to End on An Up Note – 🎶 – Education Article

We’re working towards the end of the school year, teachers! You’re going to make it! In this newsletter, I’ve got 16 fun, quick ideas to make the end of the school year more exciting. Oh, and interestingly, Kahoot bought Dragonbox. My best stuff typically goes in my weekly newsletter. I’m sharing last week’s newsletter content because I thought it might be helpful for some of you (and you could see why you should subscribe.) Just scroll down to the bottom or…

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Raspberry Pi Guy, Rocketboards, and Robots – Education Article

Matt Timmons-Brown is the “Raspberry Pi Guy” on Youtube. If you don’t know what the Raspberry Pi is, it is an amazing small computer from which you can make amazing things. Matt is the author of Learn Robotics with Raspberry Pi. This 19-year old student at the University of Edinburg talks about how he interested himself in Computer Science and shares his insight on how to engage his generation in a powerful career. Listen to the Raspberry Pi Guy Matt…

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