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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.

6 Ways Google Docs Supports Collaboration In The Writing Process

Google Docs

Less Work, Deeper Learning

The quote above has been sticking in my brain for awhile, and although this is something that I have thought about often, John Spencer puts it into …

Education

30 Innovative Ways To Use Google In Education

Education

100+ Ideas And Prompts For Student Blogging

Enthusiasm is typically high when student blogs are first set up. Students often can’t wait to unleash their creativity and publish for an authentic …

Writing

Google Tour Builder

Google Tour Builder was originally created for veterans as a tool to record and preserve their experiences and memories in the military and share …

How Making an Impact on the World Motivates Students

Many schools are moving to project-based learning as a way to help students make meaning about content in deeper and more lasting ways than a lecture …

Teaching

A Stanford researcher’s 15-minute study hack lifts B+ students into the As

Policy makers, tech executives, teachers, and parents are forever trying to find new ways to improve kids’ performance at school. Schools design and redesign curricula, teachers embrace and reject new learning technologies, and parents plot ways to get their kids to study more.<p>One novel solution …

Education

Alternatives to the 5 Paragraph Essay

There are benefits to assigning a five-paragraph essay.<p>Its sturdy structure provides students with a safe and organized way to express their …

Writing

'No homework' movement: Why some N.J. teachers are dropping after-school assignments

Even some kindergarteners are assigned homework, but is it all that effective? Some parents and teachers are now embracing 'no homework' policies and …

Education

The Curiosity Challenge… full STEAM ahead!

My school is encouraging inquisitive learners and has taken on a project inspired by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT. It has huge …

Animation

Planning For Critical Thinking: A 5-Step Model

Planning For Critical Thinking: A 5-Step Model by TeachThought Staff Like anything else that you’d like to see happen in your classroom, promoting …

Critical Thinking

5 Teaching Fundamentals

Originally, this was set to be five-post series, but the first two didn’t seem to bite – so I’m making things easier (better) by putting it all into …

Teaching

When Grading Harms Student Learning

There are so many forces at work that make educators grade, and grade frequently. For sports eligibility, coaches constantly look at grades to see if …

Response: Mistakes Teachers Make in Reading Instruction

« Response: We Need to Create 'Joyful Moments' in Reading Instruction | Main | Author Interview: 'Culturally Relevant Teaching' »<p><b>(This is the second</b> …

Teaching

How to move out of the day-by-day lesson planning trap

Are you spending countless hours on lesson planning, yet still feel like you don’t know what you’re doing from day to day?<p>Are you prepping ahead of …

KQED

<b>By Will Richardson</b><p>We’re halfway to school when my 14-year-old son remembers a homework assignment he forgot to do for biology class.<p>“Something big?” …

Teaching

Best Education Podcasts 2017

Podcasting is on the rise in terms of both popularity and creativity. According to Edison Research, 40 percent of people age 12 or older have …

Twitter in the classroom (for older learners)

Many is the blog post which highlights the ways in which Twitter is the best staffroom in the world but I’ve not seen too many that highlight the …

3 New Resolutions After 10 Years of Teaching PBL

It's my 20th year of teaching and 10th year of implementing project-based learning (PBL) in the classroom. Here are three goals I've set for myself …

Marin County

Research in 100 words

<b>Simple summaries for busy teachers.</b><p><b>In the staff room, by the photocopier, on the back of the toilet door!</b><p>I hope that you find them useful.<p><b>NEW</b> …

Machine Learning

Using Brain Breaks to Restore Students’ Focus

Early in my teaching career, I was disturbed by a note left by the substitute teacher. She wrote that during the three days she was with my students, …

The Brain

The Importance of What If Questions

I love asking "What if.." questions. They help me to think big... to think the impossible... to have hope. When I reflect on my blog posts, tweets, …

Michael Phelps

The Worst Teaching Mistake I Ever Made

Debbie Silver's worst mistake? She managed to teach middle level science classes for too many years without ever fully embracing the practice of …

Teaching

We Need to Trust Teachers to Innovate

If we want to see innovation happening in our schools, we need to trust, encourage, and empower teachers to transform their practice. Too often, …

Teaching

Making the Most of Your Writing Feedback

Providing feedback on student writing is one of the most important, most challenging aspects of a teacher’s job. It’s important because feedback is …

Pedagogy

5 ways to teach students to be future-ready

Today’s students face a technology-infused, innovation-filled world in their future. We’re already looking at the possibility of widespread smart …

Grandparents

New Study Suggests That Motivation & Growth Mindset Are Most Important Factors For Student Success

McKinsey & Company, who doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to education-related studies, just came out with a new study examining …

Education

Google Classroom: Feedback Faster with Chrome Extension Open Side by Side - Teacher Tech

My mantra is “Feedback Faster.” The faster we can provide students feedback, the more impact it has on their learning. What I love about Google …

Google

17 Signs You're a Future Driven Educator

In writing my new book <i>Future Driven</i>, I shared many of the great things I see educators doing that are changing education for the better and helping …

Self-improvement