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Founder & Director of TeachThought, humanist, technologist, futurist, failed philosopher, macro thinker extraordinaire.

Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers

Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers by Terry Heick Bring TeachThought PD to your school! Imagine the dogged pursuit of a proper clock-maker, day after day bound up in design and measurement and function and orderly thinking, forcing exactitude on little bits of metal that never asked for it. And then finally getting it […]

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One Teacher In Ten: My Experience As An LGBT Educator

One Teacher In Ten: My Experience As An LGBT Educator by Brett Bigham When I wrote my essay for One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium I was at a crossroads in my life and career. I was six months into being Oregon’s Teacher of the Year and I was under order from my […]

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The Power Of I Don’t Know

The Power Of I Don’t Know by Terry Heick At TeachThought, nothing interests us more than students, as human beings. What they know, might know, should know, and do with what they know. A driving strategy that serves students–whether pursuing self-knowledge or academic content–is questioning. Questioning is useful as an assessment strategy, catalyst for inquiry, […]

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Change The Conversation–It’s Not About The Thinking

It’s Not About The Thinking by Terry Heick It’s not the thinking behind an idea that should bother us, but rather the effect of the idea. #edtech. Content-based academic standards. PLCs. Use of data. Mandates to be research-based in our behavior. Mobile learning. Differentiation. Social media in the classroom. None of these ideas are good […]

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4 Strategies For Teaching With Bloom’s Taxonomy

4 Strategies For Teaching With Bloom’s Taxonomy by TeachThought Staff Bloom’s Taxonomy can be a powerful tool to transform teaching and learning. By design, it focuses attention away from content and instruction, and instead emphasizes the “cognitive events” in the mind of a child. And this is no small change. For decades, education reform has […]

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Want To See Their Best? Let Them Play

Want To See Their Best? Let Them Play by Terry Heick It’s almost 2016, and 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. As blogs […]

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Promoting STEM Critical Thinking Using Post-it® Super Sticky Notes

Promoting STEM Critical Thinking Using Post-it® Super Sticky Notes by TeachThought Staff We were recently contacted by Post-it® Brand to see if we could help teachers understand how Post-it Products could be used to promote critical thinking. The result is the strategy below. Recently we talked about how teaching and learning in the STEM (Science, Technology, […]

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