How to Keep Kids Safe

(and prevent problems online)

Welcome to episode 296 of the Every Classroom Matters podcast. In this episode, Shannon Mclintock-Miller and I discuss current best practices about digital citizenship and online safety for kids. If you’ve ever taught kids who have their own smartphones, you know how quickly social media problems can escalate at school. Understandably, schools that don’t open lines […]

The One Present I Wish Parents Would Give My Students

the one gift

The gifts that change your life are the ones you didn’t know you wanted in the first place. I can tell the kids who get this kind of gift. They are different. Let me tell you how. Four perfect examples of students who have gotten this type of gift were in my classroom today. It should […]

4 Ways to Cultivate Motivation in Your Students

How to Become a Master at Student Motivation

student self motivation

Student self-motivation is, perhaps, the Holy Grail of teaching.  In fact, the hardest days of teaching are when your students don’t care. In those circumstances, we start to wonder if we should care either. For example, have you heard some teachers complaining when student motivation is missing: “My students never study.” “My students just don’t […]

How Do We Teach Kids to Use Smartphones Safely?

Digital Citizenship Spotlight

Most students use smartphones with unfiltered access to the Internet. Even worse, many students have no filter when they consider what they should share. Schools and parents need to get smart about how they talk to kids about smartphones. In today’s show, we talk with digital citizenship pioneer, Dr. Mike Ribble, about a cutting-edge issue: […]

How to Help Your Students Work Through Traumatic Experiences

Including Important Tips for Running Active Shooter Drills at School

Students today seem to have more sensitive, traumatic issues than ever before. But sometimes the drills we do — active shooter drills, for example — can cause their own type of trauma. Some kids might even need to opt out of some of those drills.  Child trauma psychologist, Dr. Steven Berkowitz helps us understand children […]

Staples and Katy Perry Impact 1072 classrooms and 98,609 students!

A Big Thank You to Staples for their Support of Teachers and Students

Almost one hundred thousand students (98,609 to be exact) were impacted by the $1 million donation that Staples made to DonorsChoose.org this past June. As I blogged this past June, Staples partnered with Katy Perry to help classrooms across the country. They made a one million dollar donation this past April and have been giving […]

3 Reasons to Bring Music into the Classroom

(Besides Improving Test Scores)

3 reasons to bring music into the classroom

Why does music seem to rewire the brain for learning? Studies show a definite link between music and academic success. Then, why is music often one of the first things cut when budgets shrink? Let’s dive into why music is so important to a child’s education. We’ll also discuss some of the ways we need […]

Why You Shouldn’t Babysit Kids with Tablets! (And What to Do Instead)

Advice about Tablets and Young Children: What Works and Warnings from an Expert.

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You’ve seen it. Young children engrossed in tablet devices. But how much is too much? Today’s expert, Diane Levin, gives technology guidance to the parents and teachers of young children. Parents and teachers need to interact with students. Kids need the real world. Hands-on manipulatives help them learn, as well. Today’s guest helps us with balancing the physical […]

The Amazing Benefits of Student Created Classroom Design

Back to School Classroom Design -- sponsored by Carson-Dellosa

The Benefits of Student Created Classroom Design

Sixth graders created their own classroom design. Not only were these kids excited to come to school, but they got passionate about learning!   Furthermore, the results in Catherine Stanley’s classroom should make us all wonder why more of us don’t let our students customize their classrooms. As an example of how you should share […]

3 Top Tips to Make Writing Exciting

Collaboration, Commenting, and a Global Audience

How to Make Writing Exciting when you teach writing

Learning writing can be exciting! Kids can love writing. Now, students can easily join writing communities. After joining, students find that commenting on another student’s writing can be fun.  Teacher-librarian, Cynthia Alvarado, shows us how to make writing exciting for kids. Additionally, she’ll also teach us her tips and tricks for coaching kids to level up […]