12 Rules Of Great Teaching

12 Rules Of Great Teaching by Terry Heick Recently, I’ve been thinking of the universal truths in teaching. Students should be first. Don’t always start planning with a standard. Questions matter more than answers. Trust is a currency of a human classroom. So I...

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12 Must-Read Articles About Assessment

by TeachThought Staff For in-person professional development from TeachThought on reflection in learning or any other topic your school or district might need, contact us today. There are great books about assessment (Tomlinson’s on assessment in the differentiated...

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5 Ways Any School Can Be A 21st Century School

5 Ways Any School Can Be A 21st Century School by Terry Heick It’s nearly 2018, and the world is a weird place. This is a world where Ubers have replaced taxi cabs and Elon Musk is drilling underneath Los Angeles to reduce traffic congestion. A world where a President...

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How To Support Students That Never Come To School

How To Support Students That Never Come To School by TeachThought Staff No matter how many opportunities there are for innovation in education, in any form this much is true: School can’t work if students don’t attend. Student attendance can be an issue at any grade...

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8 Things Every Teacher Needs To Improve

8 Things Every Teacher Needs To Improve by Terry Heick 1. Humility You’re probably very good at what you do–at least parts of it. You’re also probably very bright, compassionate, and driven or you wouldn’t have made it to whatever place you’re currently in as an...

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8 Things To Look For In Today’s Classroom

8 Things To Look For In Today’s Classroom by TeachThought Staff What are the kinds of things you should look for in today’s classroom? The common response often begins and ends with technology, but as we’ve discussed often, it’s not about the technology. To a point,...

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7 Strategies For Using Context Clues In Reading

7 Strategies For Using Context Clues In Reading by Kathy Glass We often ask students to use context clues to figure out a word’s meaning; therefore, it is our job to formally teach how authors use them. In doing so, students become armed with an inventory of ways to...

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Me Learning: A Student-Centered Learning Model

by Terry Heick ed note: This post has been updated and republished from a previous post A couple of years ago, I developed a kind of self-directed learning model. At the time, I thought of it as a way to support students in understanding how to learn. It was designed...

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Integrating The Habits Of Mind In The Classroom

16 Strategies For Integrating The Habits of Mind In The Classroom by Terry Heick In outcomes-based learning environments, we generally see three elements in play: 1) learning objectives or targets are created from given standards; 2) instruction of some kind is given;...

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6 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Situation

6 Critical Thinking Questions For Any Situation by TeachThought Staff While it’s true that critical thinking is a foundation rather than a brick, how you build that foundation depends on the learning process itself: exposing students to new thinking and promoting...

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Updating The Gears Of Education

Updating The Gears Of Education  by Terry Heick I. Education is both industrial and fundamental; the product of engineering and affection. II. This makes it a human process, full of incredible complexity that mirrors that complexity inside each of us. This, in turn,...

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How I Connect Students Through Project-Based Learning

How I Connect Students Through Project-Based Learning by Rachelle Dene Poth One area that I’ve tried to focus on in my teaching recently is collaboration, specifically how students collaborate with one another. I enjoy having students work together within the same...

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52 Of The Best Quotes About Learning

52 Of The Best Quotes About Learning by TeachThought Staff The internet loves many things. It loves cats, for example. Memes, too. It loves video, which means it loves YouTube–and arguing in the comments section beneath YouTube videos. It loves recipes and Wikipedia...

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How To Use Flexible Grouping In The Classroom

How To Use Flexible Grouping In The Classroom by Jessica Hockett, PhD., and Kristina Doubet, PhD Groups and group work are woven into the fabric of many classrooms. Having students interact with one or more peers can build community, increase engagement, and make...

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Who Are You Teaching, And Why?

Who Are You Teaching, And Why? by Terry Heick One thing leads to another. A love for words (and the funny sounds they made) led me to write. A love for the craft of writing led me to write even when I wasn’t told to or didn’t have an assignment due, which (somehow)...

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Learning Is Not About The Technology

It’s Not About The Technology by TeachThought Staff You have an expert Skype or livestream into your classroom. Students discover a career they want to pursue. It’s not about the technology. It is about the learning. Your students are creating deep reflections in...

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