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Why Assessments Don’t Really Measure Understanding

  Why Assessments Don’t Really Measure Understanding by Terry Heick ed note: this has been updated and republished from a previous post Assessing understanding might be the most complex thing an educator or academic institution has to do. Unfortunately, professional development gives a lower level of attention to developing quality assessments, training that is rarely […]

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A Project-Based Learning Cheat Sheet For Authentic Learning

A Project-Based Learning Cheat Sheet by TeachThought Staff Like most buzzwords in education, “authenticity” isn’t a new idea. For decades, teachers have sought to make student learning “authentic” by looking to the “real world”–the challenges, technology, and communities that students care about and connect with daily. You’ve probably been encouraged in the past to design […]

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What Works In Education And How Do We Know?

What Do We Mean When We Say Something Works In Education? by Terry Heick When measuring success, effectiveness, and performance in education, what are we measuring exactly? Schools, curriculum, teachers, #edtech–when we say these things work or don’t, what do we mean? Grades? Test performance? Literacy levels? Student curiosity? Graduation rates? Enrollment rates? Parental satisfaction? Career readiness? Understanding? The habits that lead […]

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An Innovative Learning Model: How To Sync Your Classroom

An Innovative Learning Model: How To Sync Your Classroom by TeachThought Staff In just the last decade, the image of technology in the classroom has shifted from rows of desktops in a dedicated computer lab (all facing the same direction) to one where a variety of different devices coexist, often uneasily, in and out of […]

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6 Domains Of Cognition: The TeachThought Learning Taxonomy

6 Domains Of Cognition: The TeachThought Learning Taxonomy by Terry Heick How can you tell if a student really understands something? They learn early on to fake understanding exceptionally well, and even the best assessment leaves something on the table. (In truth, a big portion of the time students simply don’t know what they don’t […]

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The Two Minds Of An Educator

The Two Minds Of An Educator by Terry Heick In his essay Two Minds, Wendell Berry, unsurprisingly enough, offers up two tones of thought produced by two kinds of “mind”—Rational, and Sympathetic. One is driven by logic, deduction, data, and measurement, the other by affection and other wasteful abstractions—instinct, reverence, joy, and faith. These minds struggle […]

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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 […]

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What Happens When Students Use Technology Better Than Teachers?

What Happens When Students Use Technology Better Than Teachers? by Terry Heick You know the content, you understand pedagogy, and you can navigate the minefield of diplomacy when dealing with parents, students, administrators, literacy coaches, and the local news station when they want to see the iPads glow on the students faces. You know how […]

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