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Collaborative learning that connects – the Canada 150 project

By Tricia Whenham
on May 3, 2017

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A country’s 150th birthday only comes once – it’s cause for celebration. Schools across Canada are searching for ways to mark the occasion in a way that has a real impact on students.

At Glen Tay Public School in Perth, Ontario, a full day was planned for Canada 150, complete with interactive centers, art projects and drumming. Yet teachers wanted to go further and find a way to make a deeper connection between their students and others across the country.

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Webinar: Building blocks for ELL success

By Tricia Whenham
on April 19, 2017

In the United States, currently 1 out of every 10 public school students is an English language learner. But too often these students do not receive the quality instruction they clearly need. In fact, only 63% of ELLs graduate from high school (the overall national rate is 82%).

These realities particularly concern Della Rodrigues, who teaches beginning English language learners at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia. She’s committed to not only helping her students thrive but also sharing her strategies with other educators looking for new ideas and approaches.

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5 powerful teacher collaboration ideas to try with the Span™ system

By Tricia Whenham
on April 12, 2017

Teachers, do you ever feel like your classroom is an island? On the one hand, you spend every moment surrounded by 20 (or 30, or 40) individuals, all with their own quirks, needs and challenges. On the other hand, finding a window of time to actually connect with your colleagues can be very tricky.

That’s why it’s so important to make the most of the teacher collaboration sessions you have – staff meetings, curriculum planning sessions, PD days. Luckily, the same tool that helps students develop ideas, share perspectives and solve problems can help here as well.

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Creating, collaborating and succeeding in one ELL classroom

By Tricia Whenham
on March 29, 2017

It’s Tuesday morning, and the students in Della Rodrigues’s English language learner (ELL) math class are keen to get the day started. It’s time for Number of the Day.

When students arrive in class, Della reveals the day’s number. That’s all she has to do. Immediately students are consumed with their task – to come up with a mathematical expression that equals it. This might seem simple, but not the way Della’s students do it.

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Quick-share – the fastest way for students to share their ideas

By Tricia Whenham
on March 24, 2017

It’s project time for your robotics students, and the room is buzzing with activity. Students aren’t sitting in desks and straight rows – instead they’re spread throughout the room, troubleshooting their designs and solving problems.

When they get an important thought – a design improvement, a bug fix, a new idea to consider – they just pull out the device they never leave home without: their phone. With a few clicks, the idea is captured on an expansive canvas. The phone can go back in the pocket. And the work can continue until the next inspiration strikes.

Your students’ favorite device is no longer a distraction – it’s integral to their learning.

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11 ways to increase student-led learning in your classroom

By Tricia Whenham
on March 22, 2017

In a recent eSchool News study, 89% of educators said it was very important or important for students to lead their own learning. That’s telling – as is the fact that not a single respondent considered student-led learning unimportant.

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From the classroom to the real world – the homelessness inquiry project

By Tricia Whenham
on March 8, 2017

For Cathie MacDonell and her students, it all started with a question: why couldn’t their community eradicate homelessness? After all, a neighboring city had put in place a plan to ensure that everyone would have a place to sleep – so why not their city?

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Educating the whole child in a world of silos [webinar]

By Tricia Whenham
on March 1, 2017

Making an enigma machine in history class. Developing safe, renewable energy lights for students who lack access to electricity. Creating an emergency response plan for a town – and then using it during a real crisis.

These are just a few of the passion projects that make learning real and meaningful at Riverview High School.

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How to energize 1:1 learning with student-led collaboration

By Lavonne Boutcher
on February 8, 2017


High school biology teacher Kindra Brelsford is a self-described control freak. Like most teachers, her natural instinct is to be on top of everything in her classroom and ensure students stay on track. But after two decades, Kindra’s teaching is undergoing an evolution as she sees the benefits of giving students more control over their learning and more opportunities to work together.

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Rethinking learning spaces [webinar]

By Tricia Whenham
on January 31, 2017

Does your library need a refresh? Want to turn an old computer lab into a hub of creativity and collaboration? For advice from three educators who’ve been there, check out this webinar. Andrew Taylor, Dawn Selnes and Al Lovelace from Byram Hills Central School District share the secrets of their amazing learning spaces.

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