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Why So Many Students Dislike Reading

Why So Many Students Dislike Reading by Terry Heick We tend to teach reading in a very industrial way in the United States. We focus on giving kids “tools” and “strategies” to “make” sense of a text. To “take it apart.” To look for the “author’s purpose”—to bounce back and forth between a main idea, […]

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50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think

50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think contributed by Lisa Chesser Using the right questions creates powerful, sometimes multiple answers and discussions. Aristotle said that he asked questions in response to other people’s views, while Socrates focused on disciplined questioning to get to the truth of the matter. Ultimately questions spark imagination, […]

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Teaching Introverts Is Different

Teaching Introverts Is Different by Terry Heick As education seeks to improve itself, the focus has been on data, research, and curriculum. The stuff teachers use. There is precious little discussion on the human elements of learning unless you’re discussing isolated movements such as social-emotional learning or whole-child trends. While admirable, these “movements” are unfortunate […]

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10 Dos & Don’ts For Group Work & Student Grouping

10 Dos And Don’ts For Group Work & Student Grouping by Jennifer Rita Nichols Educators have learned much about the benefits of using projects for learning, and collaboration is easily recognized as an important skill for students to build. There are very few arguments against having students work together in class and on assignments. However, […]

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10 Things I Wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching

10 Things I Wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching by Terry Heick My first year of teaching was a blur. At the time, it didn’t feel like a blur. It felt a joyous, adrenaline-fueled rush of lessons, meetings, and new relationships. But in hindsight, it was definitely a blur. And now, years later, I can […]

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers by TeachThought Staff Part of rethinking learning means rethinking the bits and pieces of the learning process–teaching strategies, writing pieces, etc. Which is what makes the following chart from Kathleen Cushman’s Fires in the Mind compelling. Rather than simply a list of alternatives to homework, it instead contextualizes the need for work […]

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A Process For Responding To Your Most Challenging Students

A Process For Responding To Your Most Challenging Students By Jeffrey Benson ed note: this has been republished from a previous post Hanging In is about making a difference in the lives of significantly challenging special needs students.  A number of mainstream teachers, who find themselves with a challenging student, have told me that their […]

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What Works In Education And How Do We Know?

What Do We Mean When We Say Something Works In Education? by Terry Heick When measuring success, effectiveness, and performance in education, what are we measuring exactly? Schools, curriculum, teachers, #edtech–when we say these things work or don’t, what do we mean? Grades? Test performance? Literacy levels? Student curiosity? Graduation rates? Enrollment rates? Parental satisfaction? Career readiness? Understanding? The habits that lead […]

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