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.

6 Strategies for Promoting Student Autonomy

Flexible classrooms rely on students exercising a certain degree of independence. If teachers want to maximize their time working with individuals …

Teaching

Makerspaces Encourage Students to Innovate and Build Critical Thinking Skills

Two years ago, the White House hosted its first ever Maker Faire, a festival dedicated to invention, creativity and resourcefulness. Today, the …

Education

Open Your Door: Why We Need to See Each Other Teach

<b>I have always taught with my classroom door closed.</b> Officially, it’s because I have trouble with distractions, which is not a lie: Just ask my family …

Professional Development

How to Force a Docs Copy WITH Pre-Loaded Comments to Help your Students

We are always looking for new and improved ways to provide additional assistance to our students when they are doing digital work. Recently Google …

Chrome Web Store

7 Easy Ways to Support Student Writing in Any Content Area

<b>Listen to this post as a podcast (transcript):</b><p><b>More teachers are being asked to support student literacy in all content areas.</b> For those trained in …

Teaching

Using the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

Each year I start out with the same question for my students: What is the biggest issue you think our world faces, and what can we do to solve …

Sustainability

Authenticity Matters: 12 Ideas To Make Learning ‘Real-World’

Learning

17 Ways to Be A Leader Even If You Are Not In Charge

Leaders are everywhere—you don’t need to have a title or a position to be a leader.What makes you a leader is defined not by your role but by who you …

Leadership

3 Fun Strategies for Note Taking

There are few things my students hate more than taking notes—and I don’t blame them. Hardly anyone enjoys taking notes. No matter the energy of the …

Pedagogy

How Dare You Try to Be Great?

This summer I heard Ron Clark speak and tell his story of how he became one of our nation's most celebrated teachers and ultimately founded the Ron …

Self-improvement

How do you focus on being innovative while still teaching the curriculum?

Here is a question I often get in workshops:<b>How do you focus on being innovative while still teaching the curriculum?</b>When I hear this, the viewpoint …

Education

Quick Classroom Exercises to Combat Stress

The trauma and adversity that students are carrying into classrooms are changing how educators need to address learning and academic performance. …

Emotions

Four Lessons About Writing that I Learned from Makers

When I’m asked to get specific about what it means to MAKE writing, I often find myself sharing that underpin four of the largest lessons I learned …

Authors

3 Tips to Shift your Focus from Teaching to Learning

The bell rings, and that means one of two things. It's time to get to work or its time to move to the next class. But what happens between the bell …

14 Questions To Guide Your Curriculum Mapping And Lesson Design

Curriculum Development

Getting Started With Project-Based Learning (Hint: Don’t Go Crazy)

Are you just beginning with project-based learning? Are you concerned about time? Are you wondering about how to engage students in their first …

Project Management

5 Barriers To More Authentic Teaching And Learning - TeachThought PD

<b>By Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD</b><p><i>*this post was originally published at TeachThought.com</i><p>School should be different. Teaching should be …

Education

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 PD<p>One of the central features of …

Pedagogy

Learner-centered leaders have an audacious, future-focused vision

In Episode 9, we had a conversation about developing a positive student-centered learning environment with Dr. Cederick Ellis, Superintendent in the …

Learning

Getting More Out of Google Docs in Class

Google Docs can make writing tasks more efficient, providing teachers and students with templates, commenting features, voice typing, and more. While …

Google Docs

7 Simple Ways to Use Technology With Purpose

Why are you using technology? Or more importantly, how are you using technology to better the learning in your classroom and/or school? If you are …

Google Docs

5 Simple Ideas That Can Transform Your Teaching

Teaching

New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

Does project-based learning (PBL) raise student achievement? If you’ve been involved in PBL for long, you’ve undoubtedly encountered this question. …

Education

Three Options for Adding Voice Comments in Google Docs

Feedback is one of the most powerful influences on student learning. In order for feedback to have a positive impact it should be provided in a …

6 Traits of Life-Changing Teachers

Michael Foley, my high school Shakespeare teacher, was a known tyrant. As underclassmen, my friends and I would walk past his closed door, peer in …

Teaching

Hyperdocs: Create Interactive Google Docs

HyperDocs are an interactive Google Doc and provide teachers with a way of presenting information to students in a fun and engaging way. They replace …

6 Reasons to Try a Single-Point Rubric

As educators, we know the power of a good rubric. Well-crafted rubrics facilitate clear and meaningful communication with our students and help keep …

Teaching

The Characteristics Of A Good School

Learning

Find a Way or Find Someone Who Has Found a Way

In an awesome conversation last night with Patrick Larkin and Katie Martin, Patrick was sharing some of the things that they have done in their …

Education