Critically Examining What You Teach

by Grant Wiggins, Ph.D, Authentic Education In my 100th blog post I complained about the course called 'algebra'. Some commenters misunderstood the complaint. Though I said a few times in the article that my critique was not about the…

What Close Reading Actually Means

by Grant Wiggins, Ed.D, Authentic Education On May 26, 2015, Grant Wiggins passed away. Grant was tremendously influential on TeachThought's approach to education, and we were lucky enough for him to contribute his content to our…

Why The Common Core Will Fail

Why The Common Core Will Fail by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education The current strong backlash to the Standards is completely predictable. Any time there is a major push to reform an institution there will be a backlash. As we saw…

Planning For Open-Ended Learning

Planning For Open-Ended Learning  by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Over the past few weeks I have received a few interesting queries on Twitter, and Labor Day weekend seems like a nice time to respond to them and reflect on the school…

A Job Description For Teaching

A Job Description For Teaching by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education A rarely discussed weakness in education is the lack of a true job description for teachers in hiring. Being told that “you will teach US History” or “we are hiring you…