Want To Grow As A Teacher? Attend #Grow17 July 17-19

  Are you ready to deepen your teaching? Are you excited to use Project-Based Learning to empower students? Join us at TeachThought PBL #Grow17 and develop your understanding, connect with teachers, and enjoy what Louisville, Kentucky has to offer in your...

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Stop Chasing Students And Lead Them Instead

Stop Chasing Students And Lead Them Instead by Terry Heick Teachers are used to hearing about new ideas in education—changes in instruction, technology, and curriculum that are going to fix what’s broken. The trouble is, these changes are so difficult to...

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Will You Still Be Teaching Next Year?

Will You Still Be Teaching Next Year? by Terry Heick Are you coming back next year? Teaching, I mean. Will you be back? Not to the same classroom. I don’t mean the same grade level or content area or school or even the same district. I’m asking about whether or not...

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How To Use A Rubric Without Stifling Creativity

How To Use A Rubric Without Stifling Creativity by Grant Wiggins, Ph.D, Authentic Education It was not that long ago when I did a workshop where the staff from the Dodge Foundation (who were funding my work at the time) took me aside at the break because they were...

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Life Isn’t Fair, But Education Should Be

Life Isn’t Fair, But Education Should Be by Terry Heick Let’s take a moment to separate some ideas that get confused. As a backdrop, let’s consider that there is inherent inaccessibility of education. There is a sentiment that those working from...

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When Robots Replace Teachers

When Robots Replace Teachers by Terry Heick We’ve known for decades now that eventually, robots will replace all of us. Robots in factories. Robots that will clean your house. Robots that will diagnose your illness. Robots that will write poetry and compose symphonies...

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How To Create Learning Through Play: A Spectrum

How To Create Learning Through Play by Terry Heick This post has been updated from a 2013 post.  We’ve talked before about the role of play in learning, and this is an idea that I’m becoming fascinated with. It’s also a bit of a tough nut to crack. What exactly is...

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Facilitating For Inquiry In PBL With #GrowChat

Facilitating For Inquiry In PBL With #GrowChat  by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD As our summer professional learning event, TeachThought PBL #Grow17, draws closer we're excited about the different ways we can engage with our audience around the focus of...

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When Students Study What They Can Still Change

When Students Study What They Can Still Change by Terry Heick I was reading the surprisingly enlightening comments section of a YouTube video when I ran across an interesting idea: the energizing effect of making education contemporary. In this context, contemporary...

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Why The Best Teachers Change Their Minds

Why The Best Teachers Change Their Minds by Terry Heick When I first started teaching, I thought essay writing was the ideal form of assessment. If students could “write intelligently” about an idea (or the big idea of a certain academic standard), they understood. If...

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What Kind Of Student Should School Produce?

What Kind Of Student Should School Produce? by Terry Heick What kind of student should school produce? That’s a big question. Let’s backup and look at the recent collision of science and government in the United States as a kind of context. Slate recently published an...

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How To Up Your Llama Llama Red Pajama Game

How To Up Your Llama Llama Red Pajama Game by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD We wouldn't recommend playing this version for your kids as a substitute for reading it to them as their is a bit of an "adult-ish" spin toward the end but it's definitely a fun...

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12 Alternatives To Letter Grades In Education

12 Alternatives To Letter Grades In Education by Terry Heick Grow with >> TeachThought PD Assessment Workshops Few artifacts of formal learning are as iconic as the letter grade. What can I do to get an A? She’s a C student. He’s always gotten As and Bs in all...

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Why Students Should Read

Why Students Should Read by Terry Heick Grow with >> TeachThought PD Literacy Workshops Lately, there’s something about reading that’s bothering me about how we teach reading and writing. I’ve written about it before and said a lot of what I say here, but never...

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6 Questions Hattie Didn’t Ask But Could Have

6 Questions Hattie Didn’t Ask But Could Have by Terry Heick If you’re familiar with John Hattie’s meta-analyses and it hasn’t given you fits, it may be worth a closer look.If you missed it, in 2009, John Hattie released the results of a massive amount of work (work he...

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4 Steps Towards A More Personal Classroom

4 Ways To Get Started With Personalized Learning contributed by Linda Pruett Grow with >> TeachThought PD Differentiation Workshops Personalized learning is a key to transforming education. What is personalized learning? It is meeting the kids where they are –...

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8 Reasons To Attend TeachThought PBL #Grow17

Join us July 17-19 for our inaugural #Grow17 conference. 8 Reasons To Attend TeachThought PBL #Grow17 by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD Register for PBL #Grow17 This summer, TeachThought will be hosting our inaugural #Grow17 open-registration event to meet...

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