"Change is the business of education. It is our only constant. Students do not wait while we contemplate reform; they continue to move through their education without delay. At WISD students come first and this defines our commitment to 21st Century Education."
Dr. Bruce Tabor
- Future Learning Through Divergent & Creative Thinking Skills
- The potential for fostering creativity through education and training, especially as augmented by technology; and the application of an individual's existing creative resources to improve the effectiveness of learning processes and of the teaching processes tailored to them.
- Mobile Technology & Bring Your Own Technology
- Mobile devices are now found in the hands of most children, and school leaders are using that to their advantage by incorporating devices that students already own into classroom lessons and projects. (Laura Devaney, eSchool News, 2011) Lap tops verses iPads, research shows that iPads are the best choice of personal use devices for many reasons: preloaded abundance of educational apps, longer battery life, lighter weight, lower electrical use, documented student achievement and greater durability.
- Homework, Pros & Cons
- Practice Work, Verses Home Work, What is the Right Thing for Elementary Students: Like any good debate, the one over homework has valid points on both sides. When done correctly, homework can be an extension of school where students continue to work on projects from home that they began in the classroom. Some assignments are so engaging to students that they want to continue doing research when they go home. It can also provide parents with important insight into what their children are doing in the classroom. Unfortunately, if homework is an evening of worksheets it can be a chore more than a learning experience. For students who struggle with school, homework can be an extension of the agony they feel on a daily basis. When a student struggles during the day, that struggling doesn't magically disappear when they get home. Sometimes their parents struggle as well, and they cannot provide assistance to their child. Homework can act as a reminder of what they do not know and it's easier to not complete the homework than it is to complete it. Asking students to do more of the same will not make them better at it. (Peter DeWitt, Education Week, https://blogs.edweek.org. 2012)
- High School & Middle School Homework Strategies, with a Component of Collaboration: Collaboration is a philosophy of interaction and personal lifestyle. Consequently, "collaborative learning" is a philosophy an individual chooses to accomplish a task. It can refer to an instruction method in which students at various performance levels work together in small groups toward a common goal. The students are responsible for one another's learning as well as their own. Thus, the success of one student helps other students to be successful. There are a number of models of collaborative learning and these raise issues and concerns for both the teacher and student as well as for course design and administration. Collaborative learning is an umbrella term for a variety of educational approaches involving the joint intellectual effort of students, or students and teacher---from small group projects to the more specific form of group work known as cooperative learning. (Nagata and Ronkowski, 1998) In these educational approaches, students actively explore or learn to apply the lesson content. Cooperative Learning, is "working together to accomplish shared goals" (Johnson & Johnson, 1989, p. 2). Often you will find the terms collaborative learning and cooperative learning used interchangeably, although usually they tend to assume very distinct meanings. Whereas collaboration happens in both small and large groups leaving the assigned responsibility to the student, cooperation refers primarily to small groups of students working together in an environment highly structured by the teacher. Both terms share the common social element of learning and emphasize this social approach to the personal development of learning skills, work skills, and life skills.