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3 Interesting Trends in Online Education Content (That You May Not Know)

18 September, 2018 - 20:15

Andrew Pass on episode 362 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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Online content should be riveting, interesting, and should educate students. Andrew Pass talks about trends in online education and shares the trends we should understand as educators. He also shares his thoughts on where virtual reality (VR) is now and where it needs to go in education.

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Andrew Pass – Bio as submitted

Andrew Pass is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of A Pass Educational Group, LLC. The company works with all levels, from kindergarten to corporate.  Prior to beginning A Pass Educational Group, Mr. Pass completed advanced doctoral work in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy at Michigan State University. In addition, he holds an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.

After graduating from college, Pass taught fifth and sixth-grade Judaic studies courses at a private school in Texas for three years. He later taught pre-service social studies methods courses at Michigan State. More recently, he taught graduate courses in educational technology, focusing on the many education friendly tools within Web 2.0.

Blog: https://apasseducation.com/

Twitter: @apasseducation

 

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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How to Unleash Student Motivation to Succeed

17 September, 2018 - 20:30

Chris Holmes on episode 361 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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As many educators know who have studied the growth mindset, teaching motivation and metacognitive principles is challenging.  While he started as a journalism teacher, now Chris works with students to try to help them understand motivation and success principles. He will share with us what works (and doesn’t) and also will tackle misconceptions and misapplications of the word “grit.” You can’t just tell students to “have grit” but there are things you can say instead.

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. Listen Now

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

 

Chris Holmes – Bio as submitted

Chris Holmes is a teacher, researcher, and writer who studies student motivation. His 18-year teaching career includes working with students on the verge of dropping out, students with learning disabilities, and students who are gifted.

Twitter: @cholmes66

 

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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5 Ideas to Experience Inquiry in Your Classroom

14 September, 2018 - 21:05

Kimberly Mitchell in Episode 360 of the 10-Minute Teacher

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Kimberly Mitchell talks about how we can promote inquiry in the classroom. From helping students to effectively generate questions to modeling curiosity, we have five practical ideas to bring inquiry into our classroom.

Sponsor: PowerSchool has fantastic a fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar including my “Digital Dozen: 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom” and an upcoming webinar on “Best Practices for a Balanced Assessment System.”

Related Shows Bio of Kimberly Mitchell as Submitted

Kimberly L. Mitchell @inquiryfive is the author of Experience Inquiry (www.experienceinquiry.com), co-founder of Inquiry Partners (www.inquirypartners.com) and adjunct professor at the University of Washington’s College of Education.

Blog: www.inquirypartners.com

Book: Experience Inquiry: 5 Powerful Strategies, 50 Practical Ideas

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.”

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All 4’s and 5’s: Secrets to AP Teaching Success

13 September, 2018 - 21:03

Andrew Sharos on episode 359 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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AP US History Teacher, Andrew Sharos, talks about how to create a collaborative environment that helps students learn and succeed in AP courses. It definitely isn’t just drill and practice, but a team experience that starts with a relationship.

Sponsor: PowerSchool has fantastic a fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar including my “Digital Dozen: 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom” and an upcoming webinar on “Best Practices for a Balanced Assessment System.”

Bio of Andrew Sharos as Submitted

Andrew Sharos @AndrewSharosAP is a former high school history teacher now serving as Assistant Principal. He is the founder of the Village Project Consulting group that focuses on building stronger academic cultures in schools. He is also the author of “All 4s and 5s”- a soulful, underdog story about a teacher and his students achieving record Advanced Placement scores.

Blog Post: www.andrewsharos.com

Book: All 4’s and 5’s: A Guide to Teaching and Leading Advanced Placement Programs

 

 

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.”

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Remarkable Teaching: Student Created Virtual Reality Projects

12 September, 2018 - 21:03

Sean Wybrant in episode 358 of the 10-Minute Teacher

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Sean Wybrant, 2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year, has students building virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. They are programming in advanced ways with a full motion capture lab. Even more amazing are the methods Sean is using to teach his students.

Sponsor: PowerSchool has fantastic a fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar including my “Digital Dozen: 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom” and an upcoming webinar on “Best Practices for a Balanced Assessment System.” PowerSchool is my only recommended SIS and LMS. Listen to the Show

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Sean Wybrant, a Career and Technical Education teacher at William J. Palmer High School, in Colorado Springs District 11, was named the 2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year by Interim Education Commissioner Katy Anthes at an assembly on October 11, 2016.

Wybrant was selected for numerous reason, including his respect and admiration of colleagues. He is an expert in his field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence. He collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success. In addition, he demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls, embodies lifelong learning, and expresses himself in an engaging and articulate way.

Wybrant has taught At William J. Palmer High School for the past four years and has been in the profession for 12 years. He engages students in meaningful projects and encourages exploration of a variety of topics, bringing learning to life for students. He says he became a teacher to change the world.

Reprinted from Colorado Teacher of the Year 2017 Bio

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.”

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What’s in Your Edtech Bag? #EdTechRations

11 September, 2018 - 21:03

David Hopkins on Episode 357 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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David Hopkins, author of Emergency Rations #EdTechRations: What’s so important we can’t leave it at home? talks about the educational technology that educators around the world carry in their bags and pockets.

Sponsor: PowerSchool has fantastic a fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar including my “Digital Dozen: 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom” and an upcoming webinar on “Best Practices for a Balanced Assessment System.” PowerSchool is my only recommended SIS and LMS. Listen to the Show

Bio of David Hopkins as Submitted

David @hopkinsdavid is an experienced and award-winning senior learning technologist and instructional designer, author of four self-published books and a keen supporter of online learning for all ages and all background.

https://www.hopkinsdavid.co.uk 

Books by David Hopkins 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.”

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The Thank You Project #MondayMotivation

10 September, 2018 - 20:27

Morgan Toal shares on episode 356 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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Teacher Morgan Toal shares the powerful writing project that she calls the “Thank You Project” – what a great way to be kind and considerate and teach writing at the same time! This is a fantastic project to consider around Thanksgiving, at the end of the school year or something you could do throughout the year at certain times to promote gratitude all year long. You could expand this to include parents and others within the student’s daily sphere of influence. Kindness and consideration of others is something we should teach as part of social-emotional learning as well as writing.

Download the Thank You Project – Word Document

Sponsor: PowerSchool has fantastic a fantastic K12 Academic Leaders Webinar Series at coolcatteacher.com/PowerSchoolWebinar including my “Digital Dozen: 12 Tips for Building Your Digital Classroom” and an upcoming webinar on “Best Practices for a Balanced Assessment System.” PowerSchool is my only recommended SIS and LMS.

Related Topics Morgan Toal’s Bio as Submitted

Morgan Toal @mrstoalenglish is an avid reader, obsessed seaglasser, dedicated teacher, and an exhausted mom. After 10+ years Morgan has developed a try-anything, out-of-the-box approach to teaching her students and her colleagues. She was nominated by a colleague for the Teachers that Rock – Class of 2018, and by her principal and supervisor for the 2017 New Jersey Exemplary Secondary Educator award.

Download: The Thank You Project (Word File)

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5 Ideas for A Positive Cultural Impact

7 September, 2018 - 22:05

Aaron Polansky on episode 355 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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Aaron Polansky gives us five exciting ways to have a positive cultural impact in your school now.

Aaron Polanksy: Bio as Submitted

Aaron Polansky is an unorthodox leader with a passion for life, and he brings his message to life with an “Authentricity” (learn more at www.AuthentricitySpeaks.com) that inspires positive change, transforms cultures, and brightens mindsets.

Polansky graduated from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and earned a Master of Science degree in Administration with a research focus in Sport Psychology from Springfield College. He is the 2011 Wrestling USA Magazine Massachusetts Man of the Year, 2013 Massachusetts Assistant Principal of the Year, 2015 recipient of the Frederick Douglas Award for his contributions to ‘at-risk” youth, and recently served as a Keynote for the international BLC18 Conference in Boston, MA with more than 22 countries represented.

Aaron has delivered his message to schools across the United States and recently published his first children’s book, Dolphins in Trees (https://amzn.to/2LKWXaG), with NY Times bestselling authors turned publishers Dave and Shelley Burgess. Aaron has served in the capacity of coach, teacher, or administrator at all levels of education from pre-K through college.

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Language Teacher: Cultural Awareness and Story to Excite Kids about Learning Spanish

6 September, 2018 - 22:05

Jennifer Degenhardt in episode 354 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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Jennifer Degenhardt talks about how she uses stories in Spanish to help students engage with learning Spanish.


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Resources Mentioned in the Show Bio as Submitted by Jennifer Degenhardt

Jennifer Degenhardt, author
www.puenteslanguage.com
Puentes, LLC

Jennifer Degenhardt, B.A., M.Ed., taught middle and high school Spanish for 24 years. She began writing when students in her classes were not “buying in” to the traditional textbook lessons. With the first story she wrote, Jennifer found that her students were more engaged, both with the language and in class in general. While her books highlight cultural, social, economic and political themes necessary for continued conversation, both in- and out of the classroom, all of them deal with identity to some degree and how important it is to know who you are. Jennifer is passionate about helping students learn more about themselves and others through storytelling and writing. Contact her at jadegen9@gmail.com, 203-671-3165 and visit her website, www.puenteslanguage.com to check out her books!

 

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The Secret Agents of Jordan Jackson Elementary School

5 September, 2018 - 21:55

Rayna Freedman on Episode 353 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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Rayna Freedman inspires her elementary students with a spy-themed classroom experience that runs throughout the year. Learn how she does it and why in this fun Wonderful Classroom Wednesday. She’s also included a copy of her presentation that she gives on how she does this in the show notes.

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Resources from the Show Rayna Freedman’s Bio as Submitted

Rayna Freedman @rlfreedm has been teaching for 17 years at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary school and has been blogging with students in the 4th and 5th grade. She is on the MassCUE board of directors, a doctoral student, and hopes to change the world of education some day.

Link to student blog: http://jjsecretagents.blogspot.com/
Link to teacher blog: http://msfreedmanagent24.blogspot.com/

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