Terry Heick

A Writing Strategy That Works For Every Student, Every Time

A Writing Strategy That Works For Every Student, Every Time by Terry Heick Writing is difficult to teach, if for no other reason than it is also difficult to do. Put simply, writing is the documentation of thinking. Because it’s been done in so many different format for so many different reasons for so many years, […]

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44 Alternatives To What’d You Learn In School Today?

25 Alternatives To “What’d You Learn In School Today?” by Terry Heick This post has been updated and republished from a previous post You try to fake it, but it limps right out of your mouth, barely alive. “What’d you learn in school today?” In a single sentence, all that is wrong with “school.” First, the […]

What Is The Relationship Between Reading And Writing? It’s Linear

  What Is The Relationship Between Reading And Writing? It’s Linear. How Can Schools Produce Better Readers? Write Twice As Much With 1/2 The Rules contributed by Dennis Pierce In a wide-ranging interview, ASU researcher Steve Graham noted that reading and writing skills are closely linked—and each helps improve the other. He also revealed four […]

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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 increasingly finding, well, academic. In many ways, the internet was the catalyst for this. […]

Why Are Schools So Bad At Preparing Students For Modern Jobs?

Why Are Schools So Bad At Preparing Students For Modern Jobs? by TeachThought Staff If schools are supposed to be training the workers of the future, the growing consensus is that most of them are not doing a very good job of it. In a trend that seems long overdue, technology-based companies are increasingly turning […]

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8 Things Teachers Can Do To Improve Their Bedside Manner

8 Things Teachers Can Do To Improve Their Bedside Manner by TeachThought Staff Ed note: Though the word ‘parents’ is used, the premise of the article is really about how schools communicate with communities at large. Whether the communication is intended for a grandparent raising a child, a local organization that works with schools, or […]

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What I Tell Students When They Say They Don’t Like To Read

What I Tell Students When They Say They Don’t Like To Read by Terry Heick When students say they ‘don’t like reading,’ the first thing I do is skip the preaching and try to relate–to meet them where they are, so to speak. Something like this. [8th grade male, pouting] Them: “I hate reading.” Me: […]
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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 term “empathy” is used to describe a wide range of experiences. Emotion researchers […]
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What Is A Student Responsible For?

What Is A Student Responsible For? by Terry Heick What are you doing to engage the students? How are you making sure they ‘pay attention’? What are you doing to make them care? How are you sparking their curiosity? Drawing their attention away from one another? Minimizing distractions? If a classroom was like a living […]
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Teaching Evaluation Is Ineffective & Outdated. Let’s Try Something New

Teaching Evaluation Is Ineffective & Outdated. Let’s Try Something New by Viktor Nordmark, Hubert.ai Student evaluations of teaching have looked pretty much the same since they were first introduced, close to a hundred years ago. To summarize what most think about them is pretty easy: Nobody likes them. They can’t accurately measure how effective a […]

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