Innovator’s Mindset: Teaching Students to be Problem Finders

Every Classroom Matters Episode 215

8 ways to spark problem finders

Why are we giving kids problems to solve? Why don’t we help them learn to find their own problems? George Couros left an Innovation Day wondering if the kids tried to solve new problems or if they just copied what they saw other kids do. Did the kids see problems and did they see themselves […]

Merging Classrooms: How I Shared My Students with a Class in Egypt

Every Classroom Matters episode 214

Adam Jones How I merged my classroom with aclassroom in Egypt

Talking about ISIS and Arab Spring online with kids from the US and Egypt. Did teacher Adam Jones really do that? Yes he did. He merged his classroom with a colleague in Egypt with incredible results. Listen now. Essential Questions: Merging Classrooms: How I Shared My Students with a Class in Egypt How can you […]

100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators

The easy tool educators are using every day

100+ Great Google Classroom Resources

Google Classroom allows teachers to easily manage student work and teaching with Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Spreadsheets and anything Google. This handy tool has opened up the doors of blended learning and collaborative classrooms like never before. Teachers wanting to implement Google Classroom can use these resources to get started, level up their learning, or […]

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 […]