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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 they struggled, they probably didn’t—and that struggle was on full […]

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Which Content Is Most Important? The 40/40/40 Rule

Which Content Is Most Important? The 40/40/40 Rule by Terry Heick I first encountered the “40/40/40 rule” years ago while skimming one of those giant (and indispensable) 400 page Understanding by Design tomes. The question was simple enough. Of all of the academic standards you are tasked with “covering” (more on this in a minute), […]

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A Teacher Makes 1500 Educational Decisions A Day

A Teacher Makes 1500 Educational Decisions A Day Teaching has been compared to rocket science, but usually in jest, as in it’s not rocket science. But any teacher worth their salt–and thus aware of the incredible demands of instructional design, personalizing learning, classroom management, the always-on demand of student and collegial relationships, grading, and so on […]

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6 Immediate Strategies For Improving Teacher Morale

6 Immediate Strategies For Improving Teacher Morale by Terry Heick Teacher morale isn’t a popular topic, and that makes sense on the surface. Teachers are professionals, like engineers, doctors, farmers or business leaders, and no one is going out of their way to make sure that engineers are “keeping their head up” or that farmers […]

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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area Reading is reading. By understanding that letters make sounds, we can blend those sounds together to make whole sounds that symbolize meaning we can all exchange with one another. Without getting too Platonic about it all, reading doesn’t change simply because you’re reading a text from […]

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How To Help Teachers Create Their Own Professional Development

How To Help Teachers Create Their Own Professional Development by Terry Heick Traditional teacher professional development depends on external training handed down to teachers after having identified their weaknesses as a professional. If you’re not so great at teacher writing, or if assessment is becoming a bigger focus in your school or district, you fill […]

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