27 Things Teachers (Have To) Do Well

27 Things Teachers (Have To) Do Well by TeachThought Staff What’s a teacher? What kinds of things should a 21st century be able to do?  How about with an iPad? What’s the purpose of school? These are the kinds of questions we like to try to tackle here at...

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50 Alternatives To Lecturing

50 Alternatives To Lecturing by TeachThought Staff Ed note: This post is promoted by SEU’S online masters in education programs. SEU simply asked us to write about how learning is changing and the updated kinds of things teachers need to know, and to let you know...

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How To Design A 21st Century Assessment

How To Design A 21st Century Assessment by Mike Fisher Contemporary curriculum design involves multiple facets: engaging 21st Century skills, using digital tools, collaborating with others around the globe, performance tasks, and more. Getting these design elements...

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No Student Is Unreachable

Student Is Unreachable contributed by Jeffrey Benson This post has been republished from a previous version As an educational elder with a lot of experience working with challenging students, I am often asked to consult with school teams. Recently a dedicated school...

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10 Strategies To Promote Curiosity In Learning

10 Strategies To Promote Curiosity In Learning by Terry Heick Curiosity is crucial to learning. For years, education has responded by admonishing teachers to 'engaged' students with 'engaging content,' but engagement and curiosity are decidedly different. An engaged...

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Teaching Disruptively

Teaching Disruptively by Terry Heick Disruption has been a key theme of the information age. Disruption found legs in the 1990s under the careful study of Harvard professor Clayton Christensen. Christensen studied macro business trends over decades, and saw the small,...

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7 Mistakes That Quality Assessments Avoid

7 Mistakes That Quality Assessments Avoid contributed by Daniel R. Venables, Founding Director of the Center for Authentic PLCs This post has been updated with additional resources and republished It’s that time of the school year when teachers are facing writing...

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Are Schools Prepared For Great Teachers?

Are Schools Prepared For Great Teachers? by Terry Heick In On The Road, Jack Kerouac describes the “purity” of movement–the juxtaposition of a singular here, and a plural everywhere that create a kind of serenity. This is a purity, and most notably an enthusiasm, that...

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4 Characteristics Of Learning Leaders

4 Characteristics Of A Learning Leader by Stewart Hase, Heutagogy of Community Practice Writing is always a learning experience for me. Writing forces greater clarity. In addition, the tranquility of the unique Australian bush setting in which I am currently sitting,...

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Should Sandbox Learning Be The Future Of Education?

Should Sandbox Learning Be The Future Of Education? by Terry Heick Two decades into the 21st century, highly-structured, formal learning environments may have run their course. If nothing else, they have a pronounced limp and awkward speech patterns that students are...

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The Definition Of Personalized Learning

The Definition Of Personalized Learning by TeachThought Staff What is the definition of personalized learning? From our perspective, the definition of personalized learning is ‘a learning experience designed for each student with their specific needs in mind.’ In...

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How To Teach Empathy

How To Teach Empathy by Terry Heick Right near the core of education, just past tolerance and just short of affectionate connectivity, is the idea of empathy. University of California at Berkley’s Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life explains empathy. “The...

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