35 Psychology-Based Critical Thinking Strategies

35 Psychology-Based Critical Thinking Strategies  by Sara Briggs, opencolleges.edu.au Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures?...

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Why So Many Students Dislike Reading

Why So Many Students Dislike Reading by Terry Heick We tend to teach reading in a very industrial way in the United States. We focus on giving kids “tools” and “strategies” to “make” sense of a text. To "take it apart." To look for the “author’s purpose”—to bounce...

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Teaching Introverts Is Different

Teaching Introverts Is Different by Terry Heick As education seeks to improve itself, the focus has been on data, research, and curriculum. The stuff teachers use. There is precious little discussion on the human elements of learning unless you're discussing isolated...

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The Necessity Of Self-Criticism In Education

The Desperate Need For Self-Criticism in Education by Terry Heick To grow, teachers must be able to reflect critically on their own performance. Education is ‘actuated’ by teachers. It makes sense, then, that education should also be able to reflect critically on its...

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How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum

How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum by Terry Heick  What students say and do and create are products of thought processes that, more or less, are predictable--and of significant potential if we can make those processes visible. The idea of making learning visible...

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The Problem With Most School Mission Statements

The Problem With Most School Mission Statements by Terry Heick Read your school mission statement, and tell me what you think. Respond in the comments if you can. Tell me who it seems written by, and for. Well, first come up with some idea in your head what a school...

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7 Dimensions Of Learning To Learn

Learning To Learning: 7 Critical Shifts by TeachThought Staff Guy Claxton is professor of education at Bristol University, and author of Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind How Intelligence Increases When You Think Less (1997). Among other concepts, he is interested in how...

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5 Characteristics Of Global Learning

5 Characteristics Of Global Learning by Terry Heick An increasingly globalized society is putting pressure on education to “globalize.” We’ve talked about the definition of global learning before. This quick post is more about the characteristics of that kind of...

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How To Work Smarter–Not Harder–As A Teacher

How To Work Smarter--Not Harder--As A Teacher by Terry Heick Teaching is hard. And because it's so important, we push ourselves--and are pushed by others--to be as close as we can be to perfect. In public education, defined in terms and standards that it defines and...

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10 Things I Wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching

by Terry Heick My first year of teaching was a blur. At the time, it didn’t feel like a blur. It felt a joyous, adrenaline-fueled rush of lessons, meetings, and new relationships. But in hindsight, it was definitely a blur. And now, years later, I can see a few simple...

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers by TeachThought Staff Part of rethinking learning means rethinking the bits and pieces of the learning process–teaching strategies, writing pieces, etc. Which is what makes the following chart from Kathleen...

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48 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Content Area

48 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Content Area by Ashley McCann  Critical thinking is the heart and soul of learning, and–in our estimation anyway–ultimately more important than any one specific content area or subject matter. It’s also an over-used and rather...

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What Writing Is & Is Not

What Writing Is & Is Not by Terry Heick Writing is inherently reflective. Writing is an output and product of equal parts process and affection. Writing can be used to learn and demonstrate learning–often simulatenously. Writing is not limited to any specific form,...

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What Is The Future Of Data In Education?

What Is The Future Of Data In Education? by Terry Heick Data is both a catalyst and a burden for most educators. Data-driven instruction is an older idea that finally soaked into general K-12 education reform in the United States within the last decade, now operating...

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Teach Students To Think Irrationally

Teach Students To Think Irrationally by Terry Heick The folly of formal learning is a humbling, melancholy thing. As planners, designers, executors, and general caretakers of public and private education systems, we are tasked with the insurmountable: overcome a...

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How The World Is Changing & How Education Can Respond

How The World Is Changing & How Education Can Respond by Terry Heick How is the world changing? Most broadly, technology is defining new terms for ‘human’ connections–and consequently altering how we define our ‘selves.’ Identity, friendship, communication, and other...

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11 Underlying Assumptions Of Digital Literacy

11 Underlying Assumptions Of Digital Literacy by Terry Heick In understanding the shift from literacy to digital literacy–or rather to understand them both in their own native contexts–it may help to take a look at the underlying assumptions of digital literacy. This...

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5 Simple Ideas That Can Transform Your Teaching

5 Simple Ideas That Can Transform Your Teaching by Terry Heick Teaching is impossibly complex. Unless you were coldly calculated and level-headed as, there is no way to be the teacher so many begin their career striving to be. You will simply never be able to fulfill...

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