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

How To Use The Gradual Release Of Responsibility Model To Grow More Confident Students

by Terry Heick Learning is a culture. It starts there—with the students first as human beings needing to understand their environment. And it ends there—with students using what we give them back at home, in those physical and digital environments. Even the practices that promote or undermine the learning process itself come are first and […]

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Another Child Has Died From Heat-Related Deaths. Check The Back Seat For Children

Another Child Has Died From Heat-Related Deaths. Check The Back Seat For Children by Terry Heick Request: Create visuals for facebook and pinterest and instagram promoting and append tweets using the hashtag #checkthebackseat.  I can’t bear to read another story like this. One of the most painful realities I have to face every day is the […]

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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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Me Learning: A Student-Centered Learning Model

Introducing MeLearning: A Student-Centered Learning Model by Terry Heick ed note: This post has been updated and republished from a previous post A couple of years ago, I developed a kind of self-directed learning model. At the time, I thought of it as a way to support students in understanding how to learn. It was designed […]

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Integrating The Habits of Mind In The Classroom

16 Strategies For Integrating The Habits of Mind In The Classroom by Terry Heick In outcomes-based learning environments, we generally see three elements in play: 1) learning objectives or targets are created from given standards; 2) instruction of some kind is given; and then 3) learning results are assessed. These assessments offer data to inform […]

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6 Questions Every Teacher Needs To Answer In Order To Grow

6 Questions Every Teacher Needs To Answer In Order To Grow by Terry Heick Looking for professional development designed specifically for your school or district? Visit TeachThought Professional Development at wegrowteachers.com and talk with our experts to find out how you and your staff can grow today! Broadly speaking, there are two types of professional […]

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Updating The Gears Of Education

Updating The Gears Of Education  by Terry Heick I. Education is both industrial and fundamental; the product of engineering and affection. II. This makes it a human process, full of incredible complexity that mirrors that complexity inside each of us. This, in turn, requires a response that is equally complex and decidedly clever. III. In […]

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10 Strategies To Help Students Use Social Media For Critical Thinking

10 Strategies To Help Students Use Social Media For Critical Thinking by Terry Heick Social media is here to stay. No matter how much we lament a loss of privacy, too much screen time, superficial identity, or countless other worries, media has been around since language was invented, and we have always sought to make […]

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