WJHS Learns

By Tim Sparacino | WJHS Learns is dedicated to the wonderful, collaborative staff at Washington Jr. High School (Bentonville, AR) that model a professional growth mindset for their students daily.

The Original Makerspace

I can still see the construction paper–bound booklet of poems that I wrote in my eighth-grade English class. I had typed them on a typewriter and …

Writing

Want to Improve a District? Let Teachers Collaborate

Video of Meriden Public Schools - Courageous Leadership and innovation in Action<p>George Lucas Educational Foundation<p>When Mark Benigni took the reins …

Education

Taking on Social Literacy in the Classroom

We go out for dinner, and the waiter doesn’t greet us. We go to the grocery store, and the bagger doesn’t ask us if we want paper or plastic. We go …

28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies

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Pedagogy

Dear Parents: Here's What You Should Know About Letter Grades

<b>Dear Parents: Here’s What You Should Know About Letter Grades</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>Ah, the letter grade– a much-maligned symbol of an era where kids would go …

Education

Teacher Collaboration: When Belief Systems Collide

It's impossible to explore how we can work more effectively together in schools without considering conflict -- an inevitable part of working …

Teaching

A Little Help With Your Homework

If you’re assigning the same homework to all of your students, you may not be helping them reach their full potential. Consider this scenario: Marly …

Teaching

The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects

<b>The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>We’ve clarified the <b>difference between projects and</b> …

Pedagogy

Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

<b>Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>Part of rethinking learning means rethinking the bits and pieces of the learning …

Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities

When we think of student engagement in learning activities, it is often convenient to understand engagement with an activity as being represented by …

Pedagogy

Using Project-Based Learning To Flip Bloom's Taxonomy For Deeper Learning - TeachThought PD

<b>Using Project-Based Learning To Flip Bloom’s Taxonomy For Deeper Learning</b><p>by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development<p>One of the …

Pedagogy

You Can’t Cover Everything

Now that it’s March, I’m going back and forth about what to cover in my American history class for the remainder of the year. Should I prioritize …

Using Quick Check-Ins to Measure Student Understanding

Chris Ward’s fifth graders have been practicing long division for most of the period. While some understand it well, others are still struggling. …

Schools teach long-term lessons with Snapchat

Journalism classes at Junction City High School in Kansas—100 miles west of Kansas City—use the short-lived social media app Snapchat to learn …

10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching

AJ Juliani, is an educator I have worked closely with over the past few years, and I greatly admire his work. Soon (April 2), he will be launching …

Learning

How do you ditch “safe teaching” when prepping for THE test?

Too Much Teaching is Wasted

Let me give you some information: (Try to imagine that you’re going to learn it.)<p><i>The Earth-Sun distance is used as unit of distance called the</i> …

A Focus on Self-Improvement

Educators often say that practice makes perfect. But what should that practice look like? Psychological research reveals that not all practice is …

Transfer: Intentional Planning For Student Understanding

In high school, our basketball coach would routinely end practice by making the team run a series of line drills. One day after a difficult practice, …

60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques

<b>60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>As frequently as a chef needs to check a sauce for taste, teachers should <b>check</b> …

Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles, say scientists

Eminent academics from worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology voice concerns over popularity of method<p>Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to …

How Do I Differentiate Through Project-Based Learning? - TeachThought PD

<b>How Do I Differentiate Through Project-Based Learning?</b><p>by <b>John McCarthy</b>, TeachThought PD Project-Based Learning and Differentiation Workshop Facilitator<p>…

15 Ideas to Ensure That Project Based Learning is Grounded in Content and Standards

You might know that I am a big proponent of PBL. I believe that as we work on helping students understand the content standards, PBL provides …

Pedagogy

Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices

My Edutopia post When Grading Harms Student Learning generated a lot of buzz. Grading is an emotional subject, with strong-held opinions and ideas. I …

Teaching

6 Ways to Boost Student Engagement

<b>What Is Student Engagement?</b><p>I define student engagement as all the positive behaviors students show which indicate full participation in the learning …

Google Classroom: Check In with Students - Teacher Tech

Create a Weekly Check In for Google Classroom<p>In previous semesters I used a Google Form to have students check in every week. While Google Forms are …

Education

Where do we set the bar?

A few weeks ago we were talking about school ‘accountability’ in one of my classes. I mentioned that I didn’t think that most schools were yet …

Evaluation Within Project-Based Learning

Last year I took a group of students to Cuba to produce documentaries about the island nation's culture and history. The main objective was learning …

Pedagogy

5 Practices to Stop Using NOW!

<b>Ability Grouping</b> – A common practice that has no evidence to support use is ability grouping. When students are grouped and one teacher gets the …