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.

Ten teaching techniques to practise – deliberately.

It’s a well-established idea that, to develop expertise in a particular skill or technique, you need to practise. The more you practise, the better …

Teachers: here's how to get your lessons off to a flying start

Setting learning objectives at the start of a lesson may not be the best way to engage your students. What you need is an attention-grabbing opener<p>How do you start your lessons? In many schools, classes will begin the same way – with the teacher explaining two or three intended learning outcomes. …

Teaching

How to Empower Students with One Simple Phrase (that can boost student effort by 40%)

Daniel Coyle, the author of The Talent Code, recently looked at a study on feedback from teachers. This study showed that one simple phrase could …

Teaching

Exploring 7 Fundamental Truths That Can Transform Teaching

The way to transform teaching is more than just through shifting practice. Lets look at it through 7 different truths that help welcome the change.<p>If …

Pedagogy

The 5E Instructional Model

What is a 5E instructional model?<p>This model describes a teaching sequence that can be used for entire programs, specific units and individual …

Pedagogy

The Purposes of High Quality PBL

Students in classrooms today need to know how to manage projects, but there are a number of other important purposes that PBL can fulfill. Here, I …

Education

Standards-Aligned Genius Hour

All of the seventh-grade students who gave me cards for Teacher Appreciation Week included the same sentiment: They all thanked me for “allowing” …

Teaching

Educational Leadership:Reaching the Reluctant Learner:Turning On the Lights

That was the beginning of your enlightenment—the day your window opened on the outside world. As you advanced in the grades, the window opened wider, …

Teaching

Are We Innovating, or Just Digitizing Traditional Teaching?

A few months ago, I noticed an increased amount of discussion around the notion of blended learning. Many of these conversations started on a similar …

Learning

Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

Video of Solving Real-World Problems: Bringing Authentic Context to Learning<p>Transcript<p><b>Julia:</b> So how can we improve it so that it's clear that there's …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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> …

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 …

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 …

Professional Development

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. …

Pedagogy

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?

Teaching

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, …