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Inquiry into learning…

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Do you focus as much on the process of learning as the content? Do your students reflect as much on how they learn as on what they learn. As a PYP school, we have six units of inquiry each year, on...
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Ali J the winner of 'The Argument' at Serena Imagine Arts Center 

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Alliah Jewell will exhibit her work at Serena Imagine Arts Center until the end of February. She is the winner of the competition 'The Argument' held at the end of 2017 at Serena Imagine Arts Center. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/135/130/21
 
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Some Practical Tips to Help You Differentiate Your Teaching Strategies

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Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Lots of great ways to differentiate instruction and engage students.
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How to Keep Disappointment from Derailing Our Dreams

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Day 13 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Disappointment comes to us all. We believe in someone and are betrayed. Or we apply for a job and it doesn’t happen. Someone makes a promise and they break that promise. We try to achieve something – we fall short. It happens to everyone. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. whose birthday and legacy we celebrate today said, We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope. But how can we do this? Who Do You Feed? I think that we can prevent bitterness the same way we prevent scrub oaks from growing in the flower bed: we pull them up when they are small. However, we shouldn’t continue to revisit the hurt and focus and dwell on it. Instead, we must learn to redirect, forgive, and move on. Perhaps the best explanation can be found in an old tale from the Cherokee Indians, the Legend of Two Wolves , that goes like this, An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.” We cannot help being disappointed. Disappointment is a normal part of life. Inevitably it comes to us all. Decide What To Do with Your Disappointment However, when we’re disappointed, we can help what we do with it. Will we feed our anger? Do we feed our self-pity? Shall we feed our resentment? If we do, bitterness will grow. It has too. If you live long enough, you’ll meet someone consumed by their anger, self-pity, and resentment. They have fed all their disappointment to the angry wolf. He crowds out the good. But if you live long enough, you’ll also meet someone who should be angry but is not. Who should pity herself, but does not. Who should be resentful but is full of kindness and joy and peace. You can’t pick your pain. However, you can pick your wolf. Today, as you pursue excellence, think of your most recent pain. Are you processing that pain in healthy ways? Or are you revisiting it to feed your anger, self-pity, and resentment? The wolf you choose to feed makes all the difference in who you become. This post is day thirteen of 80 days of excellence . I’ve created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series. The post How to Keep Disappointment from Derailing Our Dreams appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Take a Rest

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Day 11 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Sometimes you must rest to be your best. Get some. This post is day eleven of 80 days of excellence . I’ve created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series. The post Take a Rest appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Setting Goals Helps You Get the Most Out of Activity Monitors (and Life)

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Day 9 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Some people think just being aware of something is enough to improve. They think that to say less profanity that they’ll just have someone put a penny in a jar when they say a curse word. Or, they’ll track their steps so they’ll notice them and work to take more steps and get more exercise. Monitoring without goal setting may actually hurt your performance. New research shows that just being aware of activity on your activity monitor does not improve your activity. This post is day nine of 80 days of excellence . I’ve created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series. So, in this research — they find that if you want to have a benefit of increasing your steps, you have to set a goal for how many steps. In fact, if you DON’T set a goal, your activity may actually decrease. So, is it 5,000 steps a day or 10,000? How many? This fits with all of life. Setting a target makes a difference. For example, someone timing your run around the track may not make a difference unless you set as your goal to improve that time. We all need goals. We all need to know what success looks like. So, I challenge you today. If you have an activity monitor – what is your goal in steps or calories burned? Set it. And if you don’t have one, then set a physical goal of some kind — 20 minutes a day or 30 minutes a day or walk 2 miles a day. Some measurable goal. Because exercising “when I feel like it” won’t cut it and it won’t get you the results you’re looking to improve. Even more, if you don’t set your physical health as a priority, one day your body will make it a priority for you. So, today’s challenge – set physical goals. Track them. Even better, have an accountability partner. The post Setting Goals Helps You Get the Most Out of Activity Monitors (and Life) appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Today’s Challenge: Focus on Where You Are

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Day 4 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter I wish my phone had three “do not disturb” settings. One is the regular, turn everything off except those few important family members. From 8 pm to 7 am, that is on now. However, I think many of us have a problem focusing both at work and at home. So, I wish that I had a “work only” mode for my phone and that all social media would be blocked. Finally, I wish I had a “home only” mode for my phone so social media would get through but all texts and work apps would no longer be awake. The actress Carrie Fisher said, “What I always wanna tell young people now: Pay attention. This isn’t gonna happen again. Rather than try to understand it as it’s going along, have it go along for a while and then understand it.” Focus is something we all need. This post is day four of 80 days of excellence . I’ve created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series. I think many times I suffer from “creep.” Home life can creep into my daily work. But also, work can creep into my home life. So, instead of giving either place my entire attention, I give less than 100% sometimes. So, in a pursuit of greater excellence, I think it is healthy to focus on where we are at this moment. If what we’re doing right now is so important, it is important enough to give our entire attention. When I’m at work, I think it is ethical to focus on the students in front of me. My school is paying me and even more so, I’ve made my commitment to teach.  I’ve given my word that I’ll do a good job. How can I do a good job at something if my feet are up on my desk or if I’m mindlessly surfing social media. (This is why I use a scheduling tool, you might see me tweet during the day, but 99% of the time, I’ve scheduled it before the day ever began.) Parents can trust that when I’m at school, I’m not going to be on social media. I’m going to focus on their children, my students. But when I’m at home, I need to focus on my own children and husband and family. Additionally, of course, I also have the podcast and blog, and of course, this new 80 Days of Excellence endeavor of which I’m on day four with this post. Being where you are Yesterday after church, my son drove me home. He’s still got his learners but is just about time for his driver’s license test. You’d better believe that on a cold dark night, he had my 100% attention. But does he have my attention at the supper table? Does he have that same attention when he comes to my office with a question? He deserves my focus, but does he have it? Do you focus? So, today, on our fourth day of excellence together. I challenge all of us to focus. Focus on being where we are. At work, be totally at work. Focus completely on getting your job done. Be excellent and give it all you have. Stay away from social media unless you need it for your job. Leave social for home time. But when it is time to leave work, focus completely on your home. Socialize on social media if you like. But don’t check email for work. Be fully present at home. When you’re having dinner tonight, give your fellow diners your total attention. So, today, let’s focus on focus. Let’s be truly present where we are and tune out where we’re not. Distracted driving is dangerous but so is distracted living. Focus and pursue excellence today! The post Today’s Challenge: Focus on Where You Are appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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How Lifelong Learning and a Growth Mindset Can Propel Your Career

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The pace of change is accelerating, and to succeed in any industry, and to be ready to participate in the next evolution of it, professionals must adopt habits and practices that empower lifelong…

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How Lifelong Learning and a Growth Mindset Can Propel Your Career


Many people believe once they’ve earned all the degrees needed for their dream job, their learning days are over. This is a dangerous way to manage a career, because technologies and business models emerge and force change so rapidly.
The pace of change is accelerating, and to succeed in any industry, and to be ready to participate in the next evolution of it, professionals must adopt habits and practices that empower lifelong learning.

One challenge to lifelong learning is that many people assume they are not capable of it or not good at it. We tell ourselves, I’m not a math person. I don’t get code. Writing is not my strong suit. Remarks like this may mask a feeling that learning itself is beyond our grasp.

 

Lifelong learning never happens without a healthy dose of personal grit. A short, but powerful word, grit means persevering in the face of challenges and adversity. Gritty individuals are motivated to overcome those obstacles — whether in their personal or professional lives.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Grit

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Growth+Mindset

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/andragogy-adult-teaching-how-to-teach-ict/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/adventures-of-learning-how-does-it-happen/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=life+long+learning

 

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What do you want to learn next? What is your next goal? How might you change your mindset?
 
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Nice reminder we all have room to growth and keeping that mindset enables us to transform daily and overcome obstacles that get in the way. 

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Why Not? by Just Imagine

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This tasteful outfit includes a leather jacket, lace shirt with optional bra, and a brooch as a gift. Available in 5 sizes and 5 colors, be sure to pick up your outfit today. Available in the marketplace online at https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/JI-WHY-NOT-LEATHER-ENSEMBLE-DKB-ADD-TO-UNPACK/6681335
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'The Argument' at Serena Imagine Arts Center

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You are invited to an opening on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm SLT at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/191/25/21 Focusing on how many unjust things are in the world today and how many feelings of hostility are festering among our global neighbors, a group of talented artists have come together to offer "The Argument".
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5 Ideas for Teaching Fire Prevention and Safety

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Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter October is National Fire Prevention Month, with Fire Prevention Week happening October 8-14. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has fantastic resources to help educate children on preventing fires. In addition to fire prevention week materials, they are also launching a brand new safety app for kids. In this blog post, I’ll share all of the resources that you can use for educating children how to prevent fires. This is a post sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and SparkySchoolhouse.org . Understanding Fire Danger The single most practical fire safety strategy for families is having parents and children agree on a place outside the house where they would meet in case of a fire. For this and other helpful information use the how-to template available in the 2017 Sparky Schoolhouse Fire Prevention resources . Here you can find a selection of videos for preschool through grade five. Just pick the grade level and you’ve got a video you can use. These videos include many cross-disciplinary resources including a history of the Great Chicago Fire and a downloadable ebook (in all formats) to reinforce safety messages, reading, science, math, and social studies. In Sparky’s Schoolhouse, you’ll find grade-level videos and activities for core subject areas. Take some time to incorporate a fire safety message in your lesson plans for next week! 5 Ideas for Teaching Fire Prevention and Safety This Week Teach students about a home fire escape plan and holding a dril l Teach children home safety tips including smoke detectors, quick release security bars that everyone can open Consider asking your local fire department to do a presentation on security bars, home escape, and fire prevention and safety Send a flyer home.  The NFPA has many flyers and handouts (and even a cool quiz) that your students could distribute throughout neighborhoods as a service project. (See the teacher resources page for these.) Reinforce the message. Use videos in a variety of subjects – history, math, language arts – to emphasize the fire prevention and safety theme of this week. (They are on the 2017 fire prevention resources page.) Helpful Links and Resources Teacher Fire Prevention Resources SparkySchoolhouse.org homepage is NFPA’s teacher portal for fire safety education. Start here to get resources and plan your week’s activities. Sparky Schoolhouse 2017 Fire prevention resources : Get your fire prevention teacher guide . Download a how-to template for students and families to help them create a home fire escape plan. (This is the type of homework we should assign.) They have targeted materials for high-risk populations. Student Fire Prevention Resources Sparky.org is a student-friendly site for children’s education. Sparky’s Fun House game is a web-based activity to help students learn about fire safety. This could be a great use of their in-class technology time during the week of October 8-14. Sparky the Fire Dog® was hanging out at a carnival funhouse when he heard the beep, beep, beep of a fire alarm! Help him find a safe way out so he can get to the outside meeting place. Once you help Sparky get safely outside, you’ll unlock three fun minigames including a math and a spelling game. Standards-aligned math problems included in the Bot Blaster minigame get more difficult as children progress through the levels, giving kids quick exposure to addition facts ideal for K-2 students. On the Word Coaster mini-game, students will be exposed to common spelling words given in grades K-2, with an increasing challenge level as students spell words correctly. The National Fire Prevention Association has given all of us teachers the resources we need for every subject. We can teach fire safety and fire prevention. Let’s do this. 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 that I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies that 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.” The post 5 Ideas for Teaching Fire Prevention and Safety appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Researching a Topic with Google Keep

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter I’ve taught lots of tools for research with Diigo being one of my favorites. (Diigo tutorial here .) However, with some recent integration of Google Keep with Google Docs, for this project I have students using Google keep and tagging. I’ve embedded two tutorials below. First, you’ll have the YouTube video. It will just play and not pause. Second, I’ve got the Edpuzzle video. If you watch Edpuzzle, you can see how I’ve inserted pauses, etc. in it for students to do the work. They can ask me for help if they get stuck at any point. (I’ve written about Edpuzzle before.) YouTube Tutorial     Edpuzzle The post Researching a Topic with Google Keep appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Top 10 Episodes So Far in Season 2 of the 10-Minute Teacher

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Thank you for listening to the 10-Minute Teacher. We’ve broken the quarter of a million download mark and growing. So many amazing educators have joined the show to inspire and encourage teachers. Here are the top 10 shows for season 2 so far. #10MT Season 2 Top 10 (So far) 5 Mistakes Teachers make the First Week of School (and how not to make them) with Linda Kardamis (#115) Thinking Routines in the Classroom  with Karen Voglesang #134 5 Ways to Help At-Risk Children Succeed  with Basil Marin #130 Flexible Seating: Getting Rid of Cemetery Style Seating in the Classroom with Bill Selak #118 Transform Learning this School Year with Eric Sheninger #111 5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Superheroes  with Kecia Ray #135 Hack Homework: 5 Ideas for Better Homework with Connie Hamilton #120 LEAD like a Pirate: Make Schools Amazing for Everyone (Even Teachers)  with Shelley Burgess #136 23 GSuite IDeas to Excite Your Students about Learning  with Eric Curts #112 Edtech and Social Emotional Learning  with Dr. Michelle Zimmerman #137 To be fair, it takes about six weeks to see where a show will end up in the download rankings. Thank you so much. Thank you for listening, sharing, and for the guests who are appearing on the show to help other teachers. This 5-day a week podcast for teachers is truly a work of heart. Please contact us   if you have suggestions for guests. Here are some new features to help you find resources you want. TIP #1: Search for the Topic I’ve invested in a database search tool to index all of the shows. You can now search for a guest or topic and find what you want. You can search on the main podcast page . TIP #2: Get the Shows Emailed to You At the bottom of this post, you can sign up to have the show notes sent to you. I”ve got an amazing person, Kymberli Mulford , who is transcribing every episode and making tweaks for readability. (That is why we call them enhanced transcripts. I also add links to them as well.) Would you take time to leave a review? Reviews, particularly those on iTunes, really help the show. If you’re enjoying it, would you take time to review the show? Click this link to go to the show and leave a review. Thank you!   The post Top 10 Episodes So Far in Season 2 of the 10-Minute Teacher appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Visit Just Imagine at Renaissance Faire Hunt VII 2017

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Be sure to check out Just Imagine at the 7th Annual Renaissance Faire Hunt this month. The faire runs from September 1 to September 30th. The theme is Kings, Queens, & Fools. Be sure to check out Just Imagine at this event! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mieville%20Shelley/50/174/37
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Are you a Leaner or a Lifter?

Day 15 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As my students and I were watching a John Maxwell video yesterday, he quoted this poem which hit me between the eyes. I’m asking myself: do I intentionally lift or do I lean. Now, admittedly, we all lean sometimes. That is the nature of being human. However, lifting, as Maxwell says, is intentional. You have to decide to lift up others. Which Are You? by Ella Wheeler Wilcox There are two kinds of people on earth today; Just two kinds of people, no more I say, Not the sinner and saint, for it’s well understood, That the good are half-bad and the bad half-good. Not the rich and the poor, for to rate a man’s wealth, You must first know the state of his conscience and health. Not the humble and proud, for in life’s little span, Who puts on vain airs, is not counted a man. Not the happy and sad, for the swift flying years Bring each man his laughter and each man his tears. No; the two kinds of people on earth I mean, Are the people who lift, and the people who lean. Wherever you go, you will find the earth’s masses, Are always divided in just these two classes. And oddly enough, you will find too, I wean, There’s only one lifter to twenty who lean. So, today, as we ponder excellence yet again, let’s ask ourselves: do we lift or do we lean? This post is day 15 of 80 days of excellence . I’ve created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series. The post Are you a Leaner or a Lifter? appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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The Lie of Giving 110%

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Day 14 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter We cannot let how we feel determine how hard we work. Famed basketball coach John Wooden always taught his players that there’s no such thing as 110%. If they didn’t give 100% in practice, it could never be gotten back later with some superhuman effort. Therefore, a decision to do less than you can do is an irrevocable decision to settle for less than your best. You can’t get it back. This post is day 14 of 80 days of excellence . I’ve created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series. The post The Lie of Giving 110% appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Idea-a-thon 2018 l Contest by Remote-Learner

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Sparking Innovation At Remote-Learner we're big believers in the ripple effect. We see the power of technology and its potential to improve lives through learning. We celebrate collaboration and community, which is why we're proud to sponsor the inaugural Idea-A-Thon—a contest to spark innovation in online learning! A Contest for Big Thinkers and Innovators in Online Learning All great solutions start with an idea! For the Idea-A-Thon, we're looking for innovative ideas to improve eLearning at your school or workplace, your community, or out in the world. Think about online learning, how it's delivered, and how the experience can be improved for learners, instructors and/or administrators. The best ideas are ones that address a real problem. To enter the Idea-A-Thon, you will be asked to submit a brief abstract that includes the issue you have identified to address, a description of your solution, and an explanation of its value, along with any other materials that help you best illustrate the problem and how you intend to solve it. Creativity is encouraged, as entries are open format and can include video, slide deck presentations, PDFs etc.
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Recklessly Abandoned to Love

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Day 10 of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter This reckless abandon of showing love to others can feel like you are not showing love to yourself sometimes. Yet it is part of reckless abandon to pour yourself out in love of others when you do not know how to go on. When you are tired. When you can go no more. “If love is who I am Then this is where I’ll stand Recklessly abandoned Never holding back I want to live like that I want to live like that Am I proof That You are who you say You are? That grace can really change our heart Do I live like Your love is true?” Live like that by Sidewalk Prophets Love Costs Something In times when I am exhausted (like now) I think of King David at the threshing floor where he was stopping to offer a sacrifice after the plague stopped and the owner offered to give him the property and David said “I will not offer that which costs me nothing”. And that seems to be what many want to do today. They want to serve others as long as they are not tired. They want to give money as long as they have enough. They want to show up if they have time on their schedule. STOP! True sacrificial love can cost us everything! I am not talking a lack of self- care or namby-pamby martyrdom— I am talking a conscious decision by healthy minded brave adults to give, show up, and do for others when all you want to do is lay on the couch and curl up under a blanket and hibernate for days. Our Love and Encouragement is Needed There are certainly times for retreat but not every time and every day. We have children and people who need encouragement. We need a world of brave people willing to be recklessly abandoned to being a pipe full of God’s love to a world that sees too much hurt and pain and wonders who is going to show up. I cannot do everything and I might not can do much but I can serve my small calling with faith. I can love kids and parents who wound me and be encouraging to others in my profession even when criticized. For if we are called, we are equipped. But if we are called, we cannot wait until it is convenient and when we feel like it to show up. I do not write as anyone who is good or perfect but as one who struggles every single day to show up when all I want to do is give up. Your Work Matters I write as one who hopes that this tiny insignificant blog post will remind you that no act of kindness is wasted and that your showing up, giving up, and bucking up MATTERS. Live your calling, my friends. Be recklessly abandoned to show love to others. Be encouraged that your actions of love Matter. As for me, I was recklessly loved first so it is a small thing to give the same reckless love to others. And if you knew the truth, you’d realize you are recklessly loved too. This post is day ten of 80 days of excellence . I’ve created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series. The post Recklessly Abandoned to Love appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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The Process of Success

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Day 8 Challenge of 80 Days of Excellence From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter John Maxwell in his video series Today Matters says, “In life, we typically overestimate the event and underestimate the process.” This post is day eight of 80 days of excellence . I’ve created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series. The students didn’t understand this. To me, the famous Coach John Wooden expresses the meaning, “When opportunity knocks, it is too late to prepare.” So, when you’re standing on the free throw line with no time left on the clock and you can tie the game with one shot and win with two, it is too late to work on your free throw shots — you’re there. Champions are made during the preparation process. The true work happens not at the state or national game – although that is very hard – most of the work happens before. I once heard a man say, “I spent twenty years preparing to be an overnight success.” Sometimes when we see success in others it is easy to think that it was easy. Great deeds require great sacrifice. Everybody wants to ride in the parade, nobody wants to hit the weight room every morning at 5 am. Day 8 Excellence Challenge Think about the success you desire. Are you longing for the outcome or are you realizing that the process of success is what gets you there? What are you willing to do on a daily basis with no one noticing in order to achieve that success? The post The Process of Success appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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How to Keep Children Busy, Learning, and Inspired During (and Beyond) School Vacations with Jam.com

How to Keep Children Busy, Learning, and Inspired During (and Beyond) School Vacations with Jam.com | Durff | Scoop.it
A sponsored post From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Jam.com is a website that will change your child’s life. Many of us who focus on enriching our child’s experience are always looking for things that will really spark his or her curiosity. The problem I’ve always had is that sometimes my children are interested in things that I don’t know how to help them do. They might be interested in making Minecraft videos or building whole new worlds with Legos. Maybe they want to draw — and you, as a parent, can barely draw a stick figure! So what can you do to encourage your child in these areas? This is particularly hard if they don’t have a teacher in their school with expertise in these areas or if they’re not able to take classes addressing their interests. Jam.com will solve this problem for you. Let’s take a look at what this site does. This is a sponsored post. Fun Online Classes for Kids Jam.com is a website offering classes on topics that kids age 7 through 16 are sure to love. The coursework includes assignments that they can post for other students to give them feedback. They’re also giving feedback on the things that other students have created and done. This model matches world-class teachers who are subject experts with kids who are passionate about those subjects. (Imagine a NatGeo star teaching cool science projects, for example, or a professional artist teaching drawing.) So, when you combine these world-class teachers with an exciting, engaging learning environment for kids, you have Jam.com. Jam cards are individual cards that students click through to promote learning. Cards can include videos, drawings, and more. As they engage with content and other “jammers,” they earn experience points which unlock future learning opportunities.   Give the Gift of Learning I’m writing about Jam.com during the holiday season because this is a great gift for your kids or grandkids this Christmas. It would also be an ideal tool for an afterschool enrichment program where students have a variety of choices to take classes that interest them. Some of the most popular courses include: Secrets of Drawing Drawing Bootcamp (for beginners) Build Anything With LEGO Invent Your Own Machines Start Your 14-Day FREE Trial at Jam.com Right now, Jam.com has a 14-day free trial. But in addition, they’re offering a discount to my readers and listeners. If you use the code COOLCAT50 , you can get $50 off the price of a course or a subscription that lets you have access to all of the courses at Jam.com.   When you sign up on Jam.com, your child uses their screen name, not their real name, to post their work and respond to others.   Engage and Interact When I signed up for Jam.com as a parent, I was excited to see all of the courses tailored to kids’ interests and passions. As a teacher, I was also excited by all of the interaction and engagement that’s going on in these courses. Now is a great time to introduce your child to this website and give them a chance to play and learn in a way that means something to them. Children get excited about learning when it is something that is of interest to them. Students interact with their teachers and other students on the cards that they post under their screen name.   So whether your child wants to draw, do science experiments, make Minecraft videos, or just about anything else, there’s probably a course at Jam.com that would excite them. Remember that you can also buy a family subscription to this service. Jam.com is a perfect gift for enrichment at home, for homeschoolers, or even for afterschool enrichment clubs. Sign up your free 14-day trial at Jam.com . Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored blog post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies that 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.” The post How to Keep Children Busy, Learning, and Inspired During (and Beyond) School Vacations with Jam.com appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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A List of 10 Social Media Skills for Every Modern Teacher [Infographic] by GDC Team

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A List of 10 Social Media Skills for Every Modern Teacher
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Yes, the more teachers know. . . 

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Challenging goals for Educators. “Lot of meat on these bones.”
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15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

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"According to Code.org, 90 percent of parents in the U.S. want their children to learn computer science—it will be crucial for many jobs in the near future—but only 40 percent of schools teach it. Critics claim that it is mainly the more affluent schools that offer computer science courses, thus denying those who attend poorer schools the chance to learn necessary skills. A focus on STEM is not enough: Code.org also reports that while 70 percent of new STEM jobs are in computing, only 7 percent of STEM graduates are in computer science. It is imperative that savvy schools begin to focus some STEM resources on computer science and programming.

In my opinion, parents of every student in every school at every level should demand that all students be taught how to code. They need this skill not because they’ll all go into it as a career—that isn’t realistic—but because it impacts every career in the 21st-century world. Any country recognizing that will benefit in the long term.

With the following resources, you can teach programming to every student and every age."


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Do an Hour of Code Dec. 5-11! Thanks to Yashy Tohsaku. 

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Trip by Just Imagine

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Take your next trip dressed in the Trip outfit with a woolen poncho, leather skirt, and over the knees socks. This is a stylish way to travel during this autumn season. Outfit available in 5 mesh sizes. Remember to wear your group tag for a discount! Be memorable this summer in this pants outfit. Hurry in to get yours now at Just Imagine http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/245/214/22
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How to Choose Font Sizes

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A tutorial video From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Helping students select the right font sizes could be a challenge. My sister is a graphic design professor and taught me a simple way to select font sizes. Graphic design students might find it a bit oversimplified but for high school students it works like a charm. I’ve also included the assignment I give after this assignment for those of you who want to understand how this works. YouTube Video: How to Choose Font Sizes   The Edpuzzle Video: How to Change Font Sizes This has some checkpoints built into it for those of you who want to understand how I use that tool. Remember that edpuzzle will also let you rip the original audio off and record it in your own voice for those of you who want to use my video and add your voice instead of mine.   A follow-up assignment to demonstrate learning Note that I’ve already taught my students about the six basic font families: Old Style, Modern, Slab Serif, Sans Serif, Script, and Decorative. I don’t share that video publicly because I lean heavily on The Non-Designers Design Book by Robin Williams (not the comedian.) This book is so helpful when trying to explain basic graphic design to students or adults who need just enough to make their work look great but aren’t in design school. This lesson reviews font families and also helps them practice interpolating font sizes. The Font Size Assignment Based on what you learned in the Font Formula Video , you are going to use PowerPoint. Each slide will have the following: A Font Formula (you must use 6 different font formulas) The name of the font you selected The name of the font family for that font Make the slide look similar to the one below where you show a Heading, a subheading, and a body typestyle. Draw arrows from the formula to the font size that you selected. Turn in the PowerPoint here. It should be six slides. Six different formulas. Six different font families and fonts. A Sample Slide This is a sample slide. Note that I don’t require students to change the background color but they often want to make it look like mine. This is a simple follow up as well to PowerPoint skills as well but the focus is font families and font sizes and correct interpolation. The post How to Choose Font Sizes appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Free Webinar: 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry-Based Learning

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Sponsored by Kids Discover Online From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers), Monica Burns (Class Tech Tips), and I will be hosting a free webinar with Kids Discover Online on October 3 from 4:30-5:30 pm Eastern Time. We will discuss 10 ideas for excellent inquiry-based learning . The emphasis is on practical ideas — you can start using them today! Register here and join us . In this webinar, we’ll cover: What is inquiry-based learning? What research points to the need for inquiry-based learning? Securing administrator support for inquiry-based learning Practical do’s and don’ts for inquiry-based learning in the classroom Simple ways to get started with inquiry-based learning in the classroom 10+ practical examples If you want to implement or improve inquiry-based learning at your school, this webinar is a must join. Learn more now . The sponsor of this webinar is Kids Discover Online. I’ve written about their 150 nonfiction science and history articles and how they support inquiry-based learning.   Monica Burns, Richard Byrne and I will be discussing 10 ideas for Excellence Inquiry-based learning on October 3. Join us!   I hope you see you at the webinar. It is going to be fun and very informative. If you want to build inquiry-based learning, this will be helpful!   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.)   The post Free Webinar: 10 Ideas for Excellent Inquiry-Based Learning appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow!
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Be A Queen: Elisabeth now available at the 7th Annual Ren Faire

Be A Queen: Elisabeth now available at the 7th Annual Ren Faire | Durff | Scoop.it
The faire runs from September 1 to September 30th. The theme is Kings, Queens, & Fools. Be sure to check out Just Imagine at this event! See the all the medieval outfits in our booth. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Imagine/232/225/22
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