Edusketching: A Tool to Help Students Understand Complex Concepts

Every Classroom Matters Episode 213


Your recall of information is up to 55% greater with the use of a picture linked to the content, according to edusketch expert and National Board Certified Teacher, Wendy Pillars. Wendy coined the term edusketch and authored the book Visual NoteTaking for Educators: A Teacher’s Guide to Student Creativity. OK, busy teachers, this is something you […]

Teacher PD Is Still Broken, These 3 Steps Can Fix It

Every Classroom Matters episode 212

3 Steps to fix teacher professional development

Many teachers feel like teacher professional development is a waste. Dan Brown shares the three research-based ways to make teacher PD better. What is more hypocritical than a lecture on differentiated instruction or project based learning? But there is teacher professional development that DOES impact learning in the classroom. Let’s do that. Listen Now. The […]

Top Blog Posts of January 2016

The Cool Cat Teacher Blog

top blogposts of January 2016

Wow! January 2016 was an epic month here with a reach of over 200,000 views between this blog, my blogspot blog, and Add to it a great month for Every Classroom Matters and all of you who share and reshare on Facebook and Twitter and you’re looking at more than a million educators reached […]

You Matter: Before You Help Students, You Must Help Yourself

Every Classroom Matters episode 211

before you help students you must

Stress caused me to lose half my hair and gain weight. Stress put Angela in the hospital three times in a year. As much as we love caring for children, we’ve learned very hard lessons that mattering starts with loving yourself enough to take care of yourself. From going offline to exercise to just taking […]

What Is Competency-Based Learning, Why Does It Matter?

Every Classroom Matters episode 210

What is competency based learning?

New Hampshire and educator John Martin are at the forefront of the competency-based learning movement. In today’s show, we’ll give you an overview of competency-based learning including some of the benefits and the problems. Whatever your school situation, by having teachers agree upon standard competencies that students master, schools can be more certain of what […]

Reconnecting Your Students to the Lessons of Nature

Every Classroom Matters episode 209

How to reconnect students to nature

We need to take kids out into nature! Far too many children are growing up not seeing the beauty of nature and not learning to respect the danger. We are going to inherit the future where the only thing valued by this generation is made of concrete, rebar, and steel. The lone wildflower that springs […]

Would You Want to Be a Student in Your Own Classroom?

Every Classroom Matters episode 207

Would you want to be a student in your own classroom-

Teachers go into professional development and they complain. This is boring! There’s nothing here I can use! I don’t have time to learn anything new! But these same teachers who have such high demands of those who teach them — go into the classroom and deliver a lesson that could bore the ticks off a […]

10 Things Google Classroom Makes Easier

Every Classroom Matters episode 208

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Google Classroom makes sharing Google Docs, Presentations, and Spreadsheets easier. While it is not a learning management system, it is a handy tool for any teacher using GAFE (Google Apps for Education.) In today’s episode Alice Keeler, author of 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom updates us on the newest features. Alice says […]

7 Productivity Secrets for Educators

Every Classroom Matters episode 206

7 Productivity Secrets for Educators

Productivity expert Dr. Frank Buck teaches us how to select the productivity tools to stay organized. Learn these seven productivity secrets to getting organized. Face it, educators have unique challenges and needs. In this show, Frank shares his “Magnificent 7” or the seven questions you should ask before you pick an electronic tool. Listen In […]

Mattering Secret #1: “I See You”

Mattering Mondays with Angela Maiers

I See You: Mattering Secret #1

How can you help kids know that they matter and are important? Success in life and the world begins not just with self-esteem but with kids knowing that they matter. Angela Maiers is our guest today to talk about Mattering. Listen Now Essential Questions: Why Your Students Need to Know that You See Them What is […]