Sunday, September 23, 2018

MasterMind Educator Groups: Build Safe Spaces for Innovation

Rebecca Mieliwocki on episode 366 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Mastermind groups are innovative ways to create safe spaces for teachers to grow and learn together. In this show, 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki shares how she has facilitated Mastermind groups successfully. She talks about the pitfalls and challenges of creating spaces to innovate and why mastermind groups aren’t for every teacher.

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Rebecca Mieliwocki – Bio as submitted


Rebecca MieliwockiRebecca Mieliwocki is the 2012 National and California Teacher of the Year.  A middle school English teacher for 22 years, Rebecca is now a teacher on special assignment specializing in secondary teacher development for Burbank Unified School District in California.  Her book Adventures in Teacher Leadership is due out with ASCD in March of 2019.

Twitter: @mrsmieliwocki

 

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Meet The Inspiring Elementary Spanish Teacher #GiveGreatness

Meet Evelyn Hamlin

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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So many teachers never get the credit they deserve. Evelyn Hamlin is a teacher who teaches her whole elementary curriculum in Spanish. She received recognition from her school and students recently with a surprise event at her school hosted by SMART.

There are so many inspiring teachers out there. I appreciate that SMART is taking time to encourage those teachers who give greatness every single day. We are part of a noble profession and teachers deserve to be noticed and recognized.

This video inspired me and reminded me how many teachers I know who have not been thanked as they deserve. Who gives greatness in your life?

As part of the Give Greatness campaign, SMART is featuring some teachers who have been nominated who deserve recognition. Senora Evelyn Hamlin is the first video released as part of this campaign and was presented with a SMART Board.

More than 850 nominations were submitted from around the world. SMART has chosen three submissions and is surprising the nominees. They visited the school, secretly interviewed the nominees and gave them special recognition.

Nominate an Educator You Know for SMART’s Giving Greatness Contest

Don’t miss YOUR chance to nominate an inspiring educator and qualify you both to win an incredible classroom technology package! Nominations close at 5:00 pm ET on October 10th, so visit www.smarttech.com/givegreatness to celebrate someone amazing today.

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored blog post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

General Grammar Exercise

Fill in the blanks. This grammar exercise tests your understanding of basic English grammar rules and structures. Answers 1. Most people want a new system.… Continue reading
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

5 Ways to Teach Digital Citizenship (and the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship)

Episode 365 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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What are the essential things we need to teach students about digital citizenship? How can we simply help them understand using examples and research (because we know lecture doesn’t work so well on this topic.) All of the nine topics that I like to teach begin with P: passwords, property, photographs, permissions, privacy, professionalism, permanence, and protection.

I wrote about these in Reinventing Writing and in other articles. In today’s show, I share my latest thinking on helping students understand how to discern truth from fiction and other important topics for being safe and wise in today’s modern world.

Today’s Sponsor: Advancement Courses

Donor’s Choose. From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today.

Get a discount off your PD. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20.

With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20.

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Vicki Davis is the host of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast and a full-time classroom teacher in Albany, Georgia. See her bio.

Contact us about this show by emailing vicki@coolcatteacher.com 

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

 

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Synonyms Exercise

Read the following sentences and from the given options choose the word that can replace the given keyword. Answers 1. The prisoner’s life was full… Continue reading
from English Grammar https://www.englishgrammar.org/synonyms-exercise-2/

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

14 Million People Read Her Classroom Tweet About 1 Question She Asks Students

André Sasser on episode 364 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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André Sasser, a 9-year math teacher, tweeted something that has been viewed by 14 million people. This simple statement has transformed Andre’s classroom in powerful ways. Learn about the question and the changes that have made her math classroom a more exciting place.

Today’s Sponsor: Advancement Courses

Donor’s Choose. From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today.

Get a discount off your PD. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20.

With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20.

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André Sasser – Bio as submitted


Andre SasserAndré Sasser has been teaching math in Louisiana for nine years. She is currently teaching 6th-grade math, 8th-grade math/Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II at the high school where she graduated. Teaching math is a dream come true for André. She comes from a family of educators, and teaching is all she has ever wanted to do. Peek into André’s classroom and you will find her students engaged in math conversation, working problems on the vertical whiteboards, or enjoying a Desmos activity. Her daily goal is to make math class an exciting experience for every student who walks through her door.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

 

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Geo-Inquiry in Project Based Learning

Jim Bentley on episode 363 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Geo-inquiry helps students learn through geographic based explorations. Geo-inquiry expert Jim Bentley (author of the free National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Educator Guide) talks about what this project-based learning method looks like in his fifth-grade classroom. He shares examples of what he has done, challenges, and some of the mistakes he made at first. This Wonderful Classroom Wednesday melds together PBL, inquiry-based learning, Geography, Science, and Social Entrepreneurship into a fascinating approach that teachers will want to understand. (This is particularly useful for teachers of elementary-age children.)

Today’s Sponsor: Advancement Courses

Donor’s Choose. From now until September 28, Advancement Courses, an online provider of professional development for K-12 teachers, is donating 10% of their sales to funding DonorChoose.org projects. Go to advancementcourses.com/give to submit your project today.

Get a discount off your PD. AND, if you are in need of PD, 10-Minute Teacher listeners get 20% off any online courses with code COOL20.

With this coupon, a 3 grad credit course for continuing education, salary advancement, or recertification is only $359. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20.

Jim Bentley Geo Inquiry in Project Based Learning

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Jim Bentley – Bio as submitted


Jim Bentley_20180613_00006Jim Bentley is an elementary educator who also serves as a National Geographic Fellow and a Buck Institute for Education National Faculty. He works with both the Education and the Environment Initiative and KQED as a Teacher Ambassador and is passionate about environmental and civic education, media literacy, and filmmaking.

Blog: https://www.jbconsultingllc.org/

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Twitter: @Curiosity_Films

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Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

 

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