Top 10 Blog Posts and Shows on the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and Every Classroom Matters Podcast

Top Blog Posts on the Cool Cat Teacher Blog

November has been a busy month. Not only are teachers using new tools, but they are struggling with burnout and old-fashioned interpersonal skills. We are needing inspiration and simple edtech advice as shown by the top blog posts here on the Cool Cat Teacher Blog and shows this month.

Top 10 Blog Posts of November 2015: The Cool Cat Teacher Blog

  1. 10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around
  2. Note Taking Skills for 21st Century Students
  3. Why Teachers Need to Keep Going Even When It's Hard
  4. 5 Ways to Teach Gratitude in Your Classroom
  5. 15 Best Google Drive Add-Ons for Education
  6. How to Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching
  7. 10 Inspirational Videos for Teachers
  8. What To Do When Someone Hates You
  9. 6 Reading Comprehension Problems and What To Do About Them
  10. 8 Great Ways to Level Up Game Based Learning in the Classroom

Top Shows of November 2015: Every Classroom Matters

Every Classroom Matters continues to have more than 110K downloads each month and growing (November stats aren't in yet.) Thank you to all of you who listen, share, and share your ideas for guests on the show. 

  1. Alec Couros' Epic Educational Truths – Alec reflects on his career as a teacher and Sylvia Duckworth draws an amazing sketchnote to go with it.
  2. My Lesson Plan is Not Working, The Kids Are Not Learning, I'm Freaking Out with Alicia Roberts
  3. Throwing Students Across the Room Doesn't Work, This Does Classroom Management expert Steve Miletto reflects with me what could have been done differently in Spring Hill.
  4. How We Can Stop Teaching to the Test and Start Learning (For a Change) with Eric Sheninger about his new book Uncommon Learning
  5. Kid President: Kids Inspiring Kids to Change the World – This was an October Show with Brad Montague, founder of Kid President but it continued to be widely shared in November.
  6. 6 Learning Experiences You Should Give to Every Student with David Jakes as we reflect upon classroom design
  7. How Teachers Can Self-Publish Books with David Hopkins from the UK gives us a simple how-to on self publishing
  8. Improving Teaching through Student Reflections with Dean Shareski who reflects honestly about how we should have students reflect as we improve our lessons.
  9. How I Motivated my Autistic Students to Publish 63 books with Jon Smith
  10. Hip Hop Language Education: Using Rap to Teach, Really? with Jason Levine

November has been a great month! We have several weeks of very hard work left in December and then we have a little break. Yahoo! I know it is silly that I'm still tired after Thanksgiving break, but that is the truth. It is the end of the grading period and final exams at my school. These are stressful times and keeping up with everything is just nuts!

Thank you to the sponsors of Every Classroom Matters!

We've had some fantastic sponsors for the show recently! If you haven't checked them out, take a moment to look at these amazing sponsors:

  • VIF Learning Center has fantastic lesson plans and ways for educators to connect.
  • Lesley University has wonderful online education classes for busy teachers.
  • Bloomz – how I'm connecting with parents this year! I love it and continue to share this one everywhere I go!
  • Volunteer Spot – An awesome tool to connect parents, teachers, and volunteers and easily set up parent teacher conferences.
  • Help Teaching – has a free, fantastic test maker and lots of Common Core and standards aligned resources to help you create and make resources to use in your classroom
  • Staples – I loved doing back to school work with them. This is where I shop! (Just today I picked up my planner paper.)

These organizations have support Every Classroom Matters and the mission of helping every teacher level up every day! I hope you'll click the links, try their services, and support those who support the show! Remember, your classroom matters! Thank you to all of you who are listening! I have some new sponsors I'll be announcing soon who are supporting the show and this blog! Thank you for making this work possible.

My Blog Birthday is This Week!

This week I'll be celebrating 10 years of blogging! Time has flown and so much has happened in 10 years. I'd love to tell your stories. If you have a favorite blog post or something that helped you that should be shared, will you please share by sending me an email at vicki at coolcatteacher dot com!

If you started blogging, did something cool, or had something great happen – shoot me a picture of it or share a blog post. I'm not sure what I'm going to do to celebrate and thank you all for ten great years, but I'm looking forward to hearing your suggestions!












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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Paul McGuire November 30, 2015 - 9:44 am

Thanks Vicki so much for including the post ‘What to do when someone hates you’. I am going through this situation right now and i can tell you it is the most difficult thing I have had to deal with in my professional life. The hater is doing a very good job of ruining my career, but I am not going to hate the hater. I gain nothing by doing that, I am taking the advice of the post and will focus on the good I can still do in this world.

Vicki Davis November 30, 2015 - 1:19 pm

I wish I didn’t know this so well. I have lived through this for a good 5 years now. It can be done. My husband says to view the situation as sandpaper but it is tough. Keep on keeping on! You can do it!


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