Terry Heick

What Every Teacher Needs In Order To Grow

What Every Teacher Needs In Order To Grow by Terry Heick Teaching can do weird things to you. It can give you purpose and sanctuary, or dissolve both right in front of your eyes. It can energize and drain you. Inspire and demoralize you. Connect and isolate you. It’s an awkward mix art and science–analytics […]
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Why Technology Hasn’t Already Transformed Education

Why Technology Still Hasn’t Transformed Education or Why iPads Haven’t Changed Much In Your Classroom by Terry Heick Preface: I wrote this post in early 2012 in response to Apple’s then-new textbook initiative. TeachThought was only a year or so old at the time and iPads had a lot of buzz. I thought it’d be interesting […]
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16 Questions To Help Students Brainstorm Project-Based Learning

16 Questions To Help Students Brainstorm Project-Based Learning by Terry Heick We’ve written about inquiry-based learning in the past, as well as its mother project-based learning, and its more complex cousin self-directed learning. So it made sense to take a look at challenge-based learning–the process of anchoring the learning process through problems–usually local, authentic, and personal to the student. […]

12 Barriers To Innovation In Education

12 Barriers To Innovation In Education  by Terry Heick Ed note: This post has been reposted (unchanged) from its original posting in 2014. Innovation is not something that just happens–or, rather it does given the right chemistry. Oftentimes this chemistry is referred to locally in schools as “climate,” but climate is only a small part […]

10 Things Every Teacher Needs To Survive

  What a teacher needs depends on the teacher. Emerging learning trends, data management resources, literacy strategies, digital tools, exemplar curriculum models, increased or decreased autonomy, classroom management tips–this is a list that could get long fast. But sometimes it can be those less visible characteristics that can dictate teacher success, which makes the following […]

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You Can Now Drag And Drop To Organize Your Google Classwork Page

You Can Now Drag And Drop To Organize Your Google Classwork Page by TeachThought Staff As of early 2019, you can now drag and drop topics and individual Classwork items to make organizing your Classwork page much simpler–and visual, too. The main benefit is, of course, ease of organization. As the animation above shows, you can […]

Learning Theories: Adaptive Control Of Thought

Learning Theories: Adaptive Control Of Thought by Terry Heick With any knowledge comes underlying assumptions. In the case of cognitive architectures and other theories and models that seek to distill and unify, one assumption is that knowledge is reducible but only to a point, and once we reach that point, what we’re left with is […]
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Envisioning The Future Of Technology In Education

Envisioning The Future Of Technology In Education by TeachThought Staff Ed note: We recently got in touch with Michell again and hope to have some updated thinking around this idea in the very near future. With that in mind, we decided to republish this post because its simultaneous deep thinking and easy skimmability. Predicting the […]

Here’s A Free Tool Kit From Harvard To Incorporate Good Work Into Your Curriculum

Here’s A Free Tool Kit From Harvard’s Project Zero To Incorporate Good Work Into Your Curriculum by Terry Heick Good work is central to TeachThought’s approach to teaching and learning. It’s part of the ethos of our Inside-Out School model and central to critical literacy. It’s also a recurring theme in Wendell Berry’s work (a Kentucky author who […]

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Create A Curriculum That Questions The Purpose Of Knowledge

“Curriculum that questions the purpose of knowledge.” by Terry Heick In our recent post, Education’s Curious Fascination With Uniformity, reader James Foss left a useful comment that had within it an interesting concept–the “purpose of knowledge.” “Is it the standards that dictate curriculum or assessment practices that dictate pedagogy? It is possible the current standardized […]

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