Strategies to Help Kids Love Reading

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Barb Gilman (known as @barbinnebraska) has a classroom rich with a love of reading. Today she talks about strategies any teacher can use to help kids love reading. She starts with a sign posting what she’s reading now! I’ve heard other educators (including my friend Todd Nesloney) who have teachers in their schools post what they are reading. 

This episode is sponsored by 3D Bear. Join me, Jaime Donally of #ARVRinEdu chat and some excited AR classroom enthusiasts on Wednesday, December 19 at 9 pm ET for a free webinar about best practices in AR Classroom teaching.

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Barb Gilman

@barbinnebraska

– Wife, mother, and Catholic School Teacher
– 15 years teaching 3rd graders at St. Margaret Mary School in Omaha, Nebraska
– Co-Founder of #CatholicEdChat a Twitter Chat for Catholic school teachers- Saturday’s 8am CT. We started November 2012
– Blogger at Catechists Journey for Loyola Press https://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/author/barb/ since November 2014
– 2014 NCEA Distinguished Teacher for the Plains States
– 5 time presenter at the NCEA national convention
– Cover Girl for Today’s Catholic Teacher, Fall 2016
– Co-Organizer of #NECathEdCamp, founded 2015
– Follow me on Twitter @BarbInNebraska

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3D Printing in a STEM Classroom

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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David Ternent, a teacher in a middle school STEM classroom in Ohio, shares how he has used his 3D printers to transform and excite kids about learning STEM concepts. His students are 3d printing tiny houses, drones with cameras and VR glasses and so much more. He shares his workflow, how his students sculpt in VR before printing, example projects, and how he manages supply costs. He also gives advice to teachers and districts who want to start with 3D printing.

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Lately my students have printed mini drones that you can attach motors to. We’ve even put cameras on the drones and we’ve flown them using VR goggles. 

David Ternent on episode 402 
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This episode is sponsored by 3D Bear. Join me, Jaime Donally of #ARVRinEdu chat and some excited AR classroom enthusiasts on Wednesday, December 19 at 9 pm ET for a free webinar about best practices in AR Classroom teaching. Register here.

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David Ternent

David Ternent is a middle school STEM teacher in Ohio. I met him this summer when I spoke in Akron and was amazed at what he and his students are doing in his classroom.

David is a 7th grade STEM teacher in the Stow-Munroe Falls School District. He has taught Chemistry and Physical science at the High School level and Earth/Space and Life science in Middle school. He loves to go on great adventures with his wife and two sons. David also loves to train Jiu Jitsu, Rock Climb, and hike/backpack all over the place!

Twitter: @dave_ternent

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Top Chef: Cooking Up Instructional Greatness with Fun PD

Allison Starling on Episode 401 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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Allison Starling has an awesome idea for teacher professional development! She creates two “PD Events” at different times during the year and creates a game to encourage learning at her school.

I loved this idea so much that I’m using it at my school. Right now, we’re doing the “Christmas Three” PD Event and teachers are challenged to try three new things before Christmas. So many are trying things and we’re having fun. Over half the teachers are now in Google Classroom and sharing with one another using video and photographs of what they are doing. If you work with instructional coaching, this is a definite idea to share and adapt. What will be your PD event?Top Chef professional development experience

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Allison Starling’s Bio as Submitted


Allison Starling is the Director of Innovative Learning at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School in Austin, Texas. Allison’s work is driven by the idea learning should be authentic and engaging for all students with the most progressive pedagogical approaches used.

Allison likes dogs and breakfast tacos and is not good at volleyball.

 

 

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5 Ways to Help a Teacher

Debbie Scott on episode 400 of the 10-Minute Teacher

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Debbie Scott has started the “Help a Teacher” Facebook page. Learn how it works and join in supporting teachers.

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Debbie Scott’s Bio as Submitted


Debbie Scott is from Midland, Texas where she lives with her husband. She enjoys spending time with her three children, three children-in-laws and 9 grandchildren! Her faith is important to her and she attends First Baptist Church in Midland. She has a bachelors in Accounting and Information Systems but has worked as a legal assistant with her husband for the last 20+ years. She has always enjoyed helping people so Help A Teacher was an immediate fit for her. Creating her first Facebook page, Help A Teacher, and assisting in the creation of the webpage, HelpATeacher.com have brought her great joy and she strives everyday since to reach more Teachers to share with them the excitement of Help A Teacher.

Website: helpateacher.com

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Games and Play Based Learning in Middle and High School

C. Ross Flatt in Episode 399 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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Play can be used to teach. C. Ross Flatt from the Institute of Play, talks about exemplars and best practices for play in the middle and high school classrooms.

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C. Ross Flatt’s Bio as Submitted


C. Ross Flatt is the Director of Programs and Partnerships at the Institute of Play, a non-profit dedicated to transforming education through play. Ross leads the vision, strategy, and execution for all of the Institute’s programs, including TeacherQuest, a program for all educators who are interested in bringing game-based learning into their classroom. Prior to working at the Institute, Ross was a social studies teacher for 10 years in both public and parochial schools and was a school administrator. For 6 of those years, he was a founding educator at Quest to Learn in New York City, the first public school to make game-based learning an essential part of its mission. He has a B.A. in History from Gettysburg and holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Fordham University.

Twitter: @ross_at_play

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Join Me in the Personalized Learning EdWeek Summit with Texthelp

We’ll be in Room 8: Texthelp: Enabling Students to Personalize Their Own Learning

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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We can enable students to personalize their own learning. With apps, tools, and knowledge about how they learn, students who have learning differences can empower themselves to learn better and faster. I have learned this from experience both with my students and my children who have learning differences.

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I won’t use the word learning “disabilities” because I believe students just learn differently and are ABLE to learn. Because they learn differently, they need different tools. In the Personalized Learning Summit, I’ll be co-hosting the “Enabling Students to Personalize Their Own Learning” in Room 8.

The Summit will happen from 1-3 pm ET on Thursday, December 6. You can register even if you cannot attend and you’ll be able to access the notes and information from all of the rooms in the summit.

If you want to personalize learning, you’ll want to join in this mega- event.

What will we be discussing about personalizing learning?

  • The challenges of differentiating instruction
  • We’ll encourage sharing of best practices in personalization
  • How to make time to personalize when we have so much to do
  • At 2pm we’ll have a speed sharing round of tools for enabling students to personalize their learning (and while this session is sponsored by Texthelp, they are encouraging us to share lots of tools to help students learn!)

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Formative Assessment in Kindergarten

Becky Holden in episode 398 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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Becky Holden talks about formative assessment in kindergarten. From notetaking on how knowledge is forming as students are learning to the importance of understanding a child’s learning path, Becky relates this topic to all ages as we discuss the best practices in formative assessment.

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SPONSOR: Join a Free Personalized Learning Session with Me and TextHelp!
This Thursday, December 6 from 1-3 pm Eastern Time, Edweek is hosting an event about personalized learning. I’ll be co-hosting a panel conversation on how I help kids learn how to personalize their own learning, how we can differentiate instruction, and we’ll have an “old fashioned” tool share at 2 pm in the room.
Even if you cannot attend live, you can sign up to review the links and transcripts later. Get ready to talk about Personalized Learning.
Just go to text.help/coolcatteacher and join the conversation.

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Becky Holden’s Bio as Submitted


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Becky Holden, an Early Education Mathematics Specialist at Trinity School in Atlanta for the last four years, supports students and teachers in Early Learners (three-year-olds), Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade. Over her 42-year educational career, she has also written mathematics curriculum for the state of Tennessee, was a reading consultant and a K-5 district math coach, and spent 33 years in the classroom. A recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, Holden is a National Board Certified Teacher who is passionate about primary school mathematics.

Blog: bpholden.wordpress.com

Twitter: @bholden86

 

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