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Battling Blended Learning Burnout and Finding Balance

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Tiffany Wycoff, the co-author of the bestselling book, Blended Learning in Action , talks about the state of blended learning today.

How to Use Gamification for Attention-Getting and Fun Learning

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Paolo Tolomeo gets kids excited about learning math and language arts by sailing the 7 seas.

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15 Real-World Lessons You Can Teach Kids NOW

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The time for financial literacy and real-world learning is now. And there is no better free resource for educators to use than Everfi.

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6 Ways to Help Kids Learn Real-World Skills

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. With free financial literacy courses for high school and middle school, social-emotional learning, and digital literacy classes, today we highlight six ways you can help students learn real-world skills.

365 Inclusive Learning Strategies to Help Every Child

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Karen Janowski and her coauthors have written a book Inclusive Learning 365: Edtech Strategies for Every Day of the Year.

How to Get the Most Out of Google Apps Now with Eric Curts

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Some awesome changes have happened with Google Apps over summer 2021.

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How to Use Google’s Free Applied Digital Skills Curriculum

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Google's Applied Digital Skills Curriculum is a fantastic free resource of lesson plans, videos, and learning experiences for students everywhere.

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44 Years as a Kindergarten Teacher

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Teaching kindergarten has never been easy, but could you imagine doing it for forty-four years? Mrs. Sharon Howard has done just that.

What Every Student Needs to Know About Money

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Financial literacy is a must-teach topic for students, a topic Kailen Stover has been teaching for years. In this show, she shares what every student needs to know and how to teach them. Money matters.

SEL Spotlight: Dr. Marc Brackett – How Kids Learn Right Now

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How to Help Struggling Readers in Grades 6-12 with Pam Allyn

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Students are coming back to school and many of them are reading below grade level. While this has always been a challenge, this year it may be even more so.

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10 Ways I Use Evernote to Manage My Life

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Evernote has been my go-to tool for over 10 years.

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The Opportunities to Have Disruptive Thinking in the Classroom with Eric Sheninger

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We all have undergone disrupted thinking because of our disrupted society due to the pandemic. But many of us hope we don’t go back to business as usual.

Getting the Brain Ready to Learn Math

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Liesl McConchie talks about how the brain learns math From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. When students come into your math class, are they ready to learn? Is their brain in a ready state?

How to Encourage Youth Leadership on Your Campus

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Every student can lead and impact their school and community.

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Research Spotlight: Helping Refugee Students Learn in Schools

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. In today's show, we are working to develop empathy for some of our most struggling students – students who are refugees.

How to Understand Generation Alpha

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. There’s a new generation in town. That’s right. Gen Z is now followed by Generation Alpha.

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How to Have Deeper Learning and Better Schools

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Jal Mehta from the Harvard School of Education Shares How From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Deeper Learning can happen as we work to connect with students and transform them into critical thinkers as well as knowledgeable about our content areas.

8 Ways to Engage Every Learner [Free Webinar on Demand]

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As we prepare for school, learning the current best practices and edtech apps is a great way to get excited (and save time.)

5 Ways to Participate in the Mars Rover Landing on Thursday, February 18

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The Perseverance Rover will land on Mars this Thursday, February 18th at approximately 3:55 pm Eastern Time.

21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This summer, educators need to get some rest so that we can be our best.

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8 Ways to to Engage Every Learner

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. You can engage every learner as you head back to school. I share eight ways to engage every learner as we head back to school in this special extended bonus episode.

How to Make Classroom Games with Easy, Awesome Educaplay

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Sixteen types of games, Google Classroom and LMS compatibility and auto-grading From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This week, I began using Educaplay to make fun classroom learning games for my students.

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How a Student Held a Virtual Summer Camp in Summer 2020

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sophia is a student in Oman. During the 2020 shut down, Sophia wanted to help the children in her neighborhood have a fun learning experience — so she created a virtual summer camp online.

How to Turn Ideas Into Action (with a Free Download)

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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What Really Happened in Hybrid Classrooms This Year

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today’s episode focuses on the realities of hybrid teaching. Tennille Johnston is an award-winning science teacher in Texas who is speaking out about what really happened this school year.

The Search for Wisdom As The Winds of Fortune and Fate Blow

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The farmer and his family were settlers in the Midwest. This family had a house in the middle of a large wheat field they had planted. And all around them was brush and rolling wheat as far as the eye could see.

How to Assess with Respect with Starr Sackstein

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Assessment is part of what teachers have to do in school. Although it is required, we teachers can make sure we assess with respect.

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8 Great Ways Administrators Can Prepare for the Fall

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. An amazing fall starts now with the administrative preparation this summer. Dawn Stansbury discusses eight things administrators need to do this summer and we highlight differences in those items now after the pandemic.

5 Ways to Teach Gratitude in your Classroom #creativitymatters

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Lesson Plans that Teach Gratitude From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Whatever your activities for November and Thanksgiving, I’ve got some ideas to inspire gratitude in your classroom.

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Successful Distance Learning for Young Kids

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter You may be worried that the youngest kids can’t learn at a distance, but Dr. Nancy Frey, co-author of the Distance Learning Playbook comes along side us to help us understand how it can be done.

Finally, I’m Ready to Look Ahead and Live

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Why I didn't quit teaching and am ready for my 20th year! From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The hurts are deep for so many of us, like me. And yet, there are times we have to choose to go on.

6 Steps to Teach Book Creation with Book Creator

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Book Creator , the simple ebook authoring program, encourages writing and creativity in kids. They have some new templates as well.

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How to Create Massive Multiplayer Kahoot Games

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Did you know that you can play massive Kahoot games with many students as players?

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Try SplashLearn for Summer Learning and Fall Success

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Personalize learning and make it fun for students. I recommend SplashLearn for parents this summer to strengthen the foundations of Mathematics (Pre-kindergarten to Grade 5) and Reading (Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2.)

How to Partner with Parents During Pandemic Learning

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Taylor shares how schools can better connect with parents From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Some schools need to reset their relationships with parents. Others want to make it stronger as they transition to a different form of learning.

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Choose Your Own Adventure Professional Development

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Professional Development can be an adventure! Yes, you can create fun, exciting learning. In this show, learn how Laurie Guyon uses hyperdocs and a “choose your own adventure” format.

5 Steps to Fact Checking – Digital Literacy in Action

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. As we teach students how to discern the truth, Amanda Brace has five steps for fact-checking that she teaches her students.

4 Social Emotional Learning Strategies to Use in the Classroom Now

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We know that to teach students, we must relate to educate and one of the first things we must relate to is their emotions in that moment.

Google Classroom Bootcamp Duo Demo: Student and Teacher Views

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Alice Keeler and Vicki Davis demo both sides of Google Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As so many of us schools are having to move quickly to Google Classroom, Alice Keeler sat down with me recently to do what we’re calling a “duo demo.”

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16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As we struggle with the coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, many of us educators are figuring out how to prepare to teach online. Blended learning (having a face to face and an online classroom) is best.

Current Research and 4 Trauma-Informed Principles to Help Students Now

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Eric Rossen from NASP shares From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Current Research and 4 Trauma-Informed Principles to Help Students Now with Dr Eric Rossen Students experiencing the coronavirus crisis are experiencing trauma. So are teachers and parents.

3 Products from Logitech to Help Reach Every Student

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sometimes devices just help us. They improve something we already do in powerful ways. In this post, I’ll highlight three such items.