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Learning is a process of acquiring knowledge, but more crucially acquiring the habits and tendencies to transfer that knowledge in personally meaningful circumstances.

Study: Blended Instruction Is The Best Immediate Path Forward For Schools

Study: Blended Instruction Is The Best Immediate Path Forward For Schools contributed by Jennifer Smith ed note: The study referenced here is now nearly 10 years old; blended learning tools have changed, but it still has yet to be widely embraced in education a decade later. While current data often the most relevant, the basic […]

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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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The Difference Between Empathy And Sympathy

The Difference Between Empathy And Sympathy by TeachThought Staff What’s the difference between empathy and sympathy? There is one, and it’s pretty important. In brief, empathy is feeling with or alongside someone, while sympathy is feeling sorry for, which Brene Brown,research  professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, explores in the video […]

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How To Respond When Students Say ‘I Can’t Do This’

How To Respond When Students Say ‘I Can’t Do This’ by Jackie Gerstein, usergeneratededucation For professional development around growth mindset, contact TeachThought Professional Development to bring Jackie Gerstein and other TeachThought professionals to your school today. I work part-time with elementary learners – with gifted learners during the school year and teaching maker education camps during the summer. […]

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What Motivates People? 8 Things That Drive Human Behavior

What Motivates People? 8 Things That Drive Human Behavior by TeachThought Staff When discussing how the brain is “wired,” the references usually involve violence, greed, and self-interest. Jeremy Rikfin offers a different perspective in this RSA Animation Lecture where he offers a more primal characteristic of our humanity: the need to belong. In outlining this theory, he […]

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Watch Teacher Greet Every Student With A Personalized Handshake

Video: Watch Teacher Greet Every Student With A Personalized Handshake by TeachThought Staff What does personalized learning look like? That’s a complicated question full of subjectivity and disagreement. But if you’re looking for a decent metaphor that captures it in spirit, this video is a pretty good start. In it, North Carolina teacher Barry White Jr. […]

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Why Brain-Based Learning Means Always Connecting Old Knowledge With New

Why Brain-Based Learning Means Always Connecting Old Knowledge With New by Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed., radteach.com Building and retrieving memories takes place in stages through information encoding, storage in patterns of relational memories, and restimulating these neuronal pathways by review each time the memory is accessed and used. Familiarity increases recall so students with memory-based learning difficulties can […]

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12 Strategies For Teaching Literature In The 21st Century

12 Strategies For Teaching Literature In The 21st Century by Terry Heick How can you teach Shakespeare to students accustomed to tiny screens with brief flashes of communication that instantly fade away (both in meaning endurance and visible text)? Begin by focusing on the macro. The context and need here is clear enough I think […]

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