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.

10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use

Let’s “Stretch” Our Students

Stretch learning is exactly that – it “stretches” a student to achieve their potential in individual classes, in school activities, and in their …

Education

7 Tips for Limiting Problem Behaviors in Your Classroom

Several weeks ago, I shared a post discussing how effective teachers develop classroom leadership skills instead of viewing themselves as classroom …

Education Technology

“Common Assessments” vs “Common Understandings”

In a recent discussion, I was asked about “common assessments” in a classroom. The thought here is that no matter what classroom you were in, the …

Education

10 Characteristics Of An Authentic-Based Learning Classroom

<i>Along with my good friend and literacy expert Shaelynn Farnsworth, we examine what authentic learning means and what these classrooms truly look like.</i><p>…

Pedagogy

Educational Leadership:Interventions That Work:The Why Behind RTI

In light of this fact, why are so many schools and districts struggling to reap the benefits of RTI? Some schools mistakenly view RTI as merely a new …

Education

We Have to Prepare Students for the Next Level, Don't We?

Some universities blame the poor academic performance of their young adult students on the poor quality instruction they think students received in …

Education

5 Things We Can do to Prepare Students to Work Independently

This morning at the Ed Tech Teacher Google Jamboree I had the opportunity to give a short presentation to kick-off the day. The title of my talk was</i> …

The Solution is Hyperdocs

In October 2016, I had the opportunity to attend the Google Innovator Academy in Toronto. Along with the amazing experience and a newly formed tribe …

10 Tips to Make Learning REAL

Another Christmas has passed and I am continually amazed by the technologies that kids now have access to. For example, my son received a drone from …

KQED

Too often, when students produce school work, they turn it into a teacher for a grade and move on. And after the teacher spends time evaluating the …

Pedagogy

10 Messages Every Teacher Should Send To Parents

<b>10 Messages Every Teacher Should Send To Parents</b><p><i>contributed by ClassTag</i><p>One of the most important things we’ve learned as an education technology …

Not All Egg Drops Are Created Equal #HackingPBL - Cooper on Curriculum

It was a late Saturday night when my colleague and coauthor, Erin Murphy, wrote the first draft of our introduction to <i>Hacking Project Based Learning</i>. …

Pedagogy

Four tips for project-based learning in the connected era

What do “Ender’s Game,” science, gamification and history have in common? At Hobsonville Point Secondary School, our English teacher and science …

Pedagogy

5 Ways to Increase Student Ownership in Your Classroom

We’ve all had those students. They sit in their chair and do absolutely nothing for an entire class period. Chances are, we’ve tried many ways to …

Education

12 mindsets for creating innovative classrooms

5 Strategies For Response To Intervention

<b>5 Strategies For Response To Intervention</b><p>by <b>Dan Henderson</b><p>Help!<p>After many failed attempts to try to influence a child, the teacher or parent needs to …

Pedagogy

9 ways to create tomorrow’s classrooms today

On Saturday, May 20th, 2017, I’ll be giving the keynote address at #TCT17, the third annual “Tomorrow’s Classrooms Today” conference. It’s an intense …

Professional Development

Powered by Solution Tree

The high school where I work is gearing up for our WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation in the late spring. This process …

Who is doing the work in your classroom?

Who does the following tasks in your classroom:• Plans daily lessons<br>• Teaches or facilitates each lesson<br>• Designs projects<br>• Troubleshoots technology …

Education

11 Simple Ideas to Promote Reading No Matter What You Teach

You probably agree reading is one of the most important skills your students need to be successful. Since it is so important, there should be …

12 Ways to Empower Student-Driven Learning

As a teenager, I hated driver's ed. Hated it... There was nothing more frustrating than sitting in that dorky car with the badge of shame on the car …

9 Essential #EdTech Ideas to Share With Your Team

Technology is playing a bigger role in classrooms and schools in this country and around the world. Here are a few thoughts to keep technology in …

Going Gradeless: Student Self-Assessment in PBL

Use the SE2R model to provide feedback on our two PBL projects per quarter via documents created on Google Classroom. There would be no grades …

Pedagogy

Triple Differentiation in Google Classroom - Beginning, Middle, and End

Choice is a wonderful thing. <b>We all love choice</b> in our daily lives from what clothes you dressed in this morning, to what food you ate for lunch …

Learning

10 simple ways to create more class time for instruction

Every teacher needs more class time. And every year, it seems like there’s more and more content that needs to be covered and less time to teach it …

Pedagogy

12 Reasons Why Project-Based Learning Is Better Than Traditional Classroom Learning

<b>Why Project-Based Learning Is Better Than Traditional Classroom Learning</b><p>When it comes to prepare the next generation for the future, then education …

Pedagogy

The First 5 Minutes: Ignite Student Learning

A MiddleWeb Blog<p>I have a teaching colleague who was a very talented track and field athlete back in the day.<p>In one of our recent conversations about …

Pedagogy

7 Super Screencasting Activities for School

<b>Screencasting</b> tools are a popular option for use in schools. At their most basic they allow you to record a video of what is on your <b>computer screen</b>, …