Terry Heick

An Inquiry Framework: 5 Levels Of Student Ownership

(Image removed; new image forthcoming) An Inquiry Framework: 5 Levels Of Student Ownership by Terry Heick Student ownership is the degree to which a learner feels a natural sense of responsibility and curiosity about their work. In contrast with simple compliance, or vague engagement, ownership implies something broader and more cohesive–a tone of interaction between […]

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 […]

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. […]

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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The Elements Of A Digital Classroom

The Elements Of A Digital Classroom by TeachThought Staff What makes up a classroom? Is it the space? A room, for example? Is it the purpose? Can a regular meeting space in a garden be a ‘horticulture classroom’? Is it the people? Can a video conference with eight people gathered to study chemistry be considered […]
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This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To

7 Ways Teaching Has Changed In The Last 10 Years by Terry Heick Teachers are the arbitrators of knowledge and culture. Knowledge and culture are each dynamic, endlessly crashing and churning. This makes teaching significantly important and difficult work, and can leave teaching—as a craft—wide-eyed and nonplussed in response. Worse, those outside the bubble of education […]

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions by Terry Heick Questions can be extraordinary learning tools. A good question can open minds, shift paradigms, and force the uncomfortable but transformational cognitive dissonance that can help create thinkers. In education, we tend to value a student’s ability to answer our questions. But what might be […]

Learning Is The Ultimate Disruption

Learning Is The Ultimate Disruption by Terry Heick It is the work of a school to join members of a community to one another. That this doesn’t happen naturally isn’t surprising. Matters of curriculum, instruction, and assessment are often alien to the home, the life, and the natural thought processes of most students. Academics are a […]
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15 Questions To Ask When Introducing New Content To Students

15 Questions To Ask When Introducing New Content To Students by Terry Heick It just might be that in a society where information is abundant, thinking habits are more important than knowledge. Somewhere beneath wisdom and above the ‘things’ a student knows. Laws of economics say that scarcity increases value. It’s no longer information that’s scarce, […]

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