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.

Your Bar Graphs Don’t Impress (or Inspire) Me.

<b>Years ago when we were Racing to the Top and Leaving No Child Behind, a district leader of a professional development session for language arts</b> …

Education

Tech Tips for Teachers: 4 Ways to Use Google Forms

It’s no secret that Google applications make teachers’ work easier and more effective.<p>The latest version of Google Forms, for instance, can not only …

K-12

A Primer on Maker Learning and How You Can Get Involved

Teachers, school leaders, parents, and, most importantly, students have been rallying around hands-on, creative, and design-centered learning that we …

Creating Real World Situations for Students

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Successful formulas teaming up schools with corporate neighbors to create significant business partnerships.<p>This will be the …

Arkansas

Do You Need Some Ideas For Promoting Active Learning? 5 Tips via @TeacherToolkit

Reading Time: 3 minutes.<p>Do you need some ideas for promoting active learning?<p>In a previous post, How To Improve A-level Attainment, this highlighted …

Teaching

Google Slide Scavenger Hunt

After posting my Google Doc Scavenger Hunt activity, I had several teachers ask if I had created scavenger hunts for any of the other Google tools. …

Google Drive

48 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Content Area

<b>48 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Content Area</b><p>by <b>Ashley McCann</b><p>Critical thinking is the heart and soul of learning, and–in our estimation …

Critical Thinking

Using Technology to Inspire Independent Readers

As teachers, one of our most critical jobs is to create independent readers. Getting kids excited about books is the first and most crucial step on …

Inspiration

For Leaders: Recognizing Quality Assessment in the Classroom

A few years ago, after a number of professional learning experiences on the topic of assessment, several principals in my district asked how they …

Tips on Becoming a Teacher LeaderASCD Inservice

Three years ago, I created a Twitter account, well actually I was forced into it signing up. A colleague asked me if I followed a certain educator on …

Teaching

20 Simple Assessment Strategies You Can Use Every Day

<b>20 Simple Assessment Strategies You Can Use Every Day</b><p>The ultimate goal of teaching is understanding.<p>But sometimes it’s easier to talk than to teach, …

Teaching

Taking Advantage of the Power of Play

Can designing games about real-world issues teach students empathy, systems thinking, and design thinking? After organizing a series of game jams …

Game Development

Is Your School Ready for the Future of Education?

The future of education is digital. We live in an increasingly digital world, where technology is a part of our lives in so many ways. Now more than …

Education

The Practical Ed Tech Handbook for 2017-18

For the last couple of years I have published a free PDF titled The Practical Ed Tech Handbook. Over the weekend I updated it to include some new …

“One” Is Not Enough

Before you tweet this quote (because many people will), I just want you to take a hard look at it:<p>“Every child needs at least one adult who is …

Education

Literacy in a Digital World: International Literacy Day 2017

Each year, International Literacy Day is celebrated across the world on September 8th. The theme for this year is “Literacy in a digital world”. The …

Education

Innovate One Thing

Teachers work extremely hard and the job can be thankless some days. Seemingly, more and more is being placed on teachers and educators, where they …

Writing

Giving Peer Feedback Helps Writers Grow

I recently participated in a two-session writing class, and at the end of the first session, we were tasked with writing a short scene that we would …

Pedagogy

3 Handy Google Classroom Guides for Teachers

September 7, 2017<br>In yesterday’s post we covered some excellent video tutorials that can help you learn more about how to use Google Classroom in your …

M-learning

3 Steps to Transforming Learning in Your Classroom

I just spent three awesome days working with teachers (and parents) at Taipei European School, British Primary School Section, in Taiwan, and as …

M-learning

11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

I really appreciate teachers who are truly passionate about teaching. The teacher who wants to be an inspiration to others. The teacher who is happy …

10 Innovative Learning Stations That Get Students Reading

Whenever I would introduce a new novel to my students, I always got the same reaction: Students moaned and groaned about the storyline, expressed …

Google Docs

5 Simple Ideas That Can Transform Your Teaching

...The post 5 Simple Ideas That Can Transform Your Teaching appeared first on TeachThought.

Pedagogy

A is for Authentic: The ABC’s of PBL … Building Blocks to Transform Learning

<i>Welcome to this first post in a series that promotes PBL and 21st Century LEarning through the examination of Seven Building Blocks. In this first</i> …

Pedagogy

What are the expectations for your classroom?

I saw this visual from Amy Fast, being shared all over social media:<p>Now I might challenge the term “rules” because this is more of a compelling …

Happen

What I Learned From Teachers Who Inspired Me

There is no denying that public and non-public schools are different. Yet my interactions with public school teachers have helped shape me into the …

Education

5 Characteristics Of Project-Based Learning That Works - TeachThought PD

<b>5 Characteristics Of Project-Based Learning That Works</b><p>by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD<p>As I’ve written before (What PBL Can Do For Your …

How to Collect Files Through Google Forms

One of the many updates that was made to Google Forms this summer was the option to accept file uploads from people who are not a part of your G …

A New Google Forms Feedback Feature You and Your Students Will Like

Earlier this week Google released a bunch of updates to Google Classroom and Google Forms. One of the updates to Google Forms is the option to give …