Grant Wiggins

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 site. Occasionally, we are going to go back and re-share his most memorable posts. So today and tomorrow we’re going to […]

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3 Lasting Lessons For Teachers From Grant Wiggins

3 Lasting Lessons For Teachers From Grant Wiggins by Jay McTighe Ed note: If you’re interested in hearing a (podcast) conversation between Jay McTighe and Grant’s wife, Denise Wilbur, along with ASCD Faculty member Donnell Gregory, head over to ASCD. The start of the new school year offers the perfect opportunity to reflect on the life […]

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Grant Wiggins, Champion Of Understanding

Grant Wiggins, Champion Of Understanding by Terry Heick Modern education icon Grant Wiggins, co-creator of Understanding by Design, has died, as announced on his twitter account by Grant’s wife, Denise. Our colleagues at ASCD have also verified Grant’s death, as has Grant’s professional development company, Authentic Education. His daughter Alexis has also confirmed the news on her […]

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Text Complexity? Helping Readers See The Whole Text

Text Complexity? Helping Readers See The Whole Text by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Selecting Text For Comprehension In the previous literacy posts in this series I identified a few guiding questions that stem from the research: Do students understand the real point of academic reading? Do students understand that the aim of instruction is transfer of learning? […]

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What I Think I Think About Teacher Effectiveness Ratings

What I Think I Think About Teacher Effectiveness Ratings by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education While exploring teacher effectiveness ratings, I went looking for a New York City high school that had the same demographic profile as the struggling high school referenced previously (see here), but had nonetheless earned good ratings for making adequate improvement on their graduation rates […]

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Misunderstanding The Gradual Release Of Responsibility Framework

Misunderstanding The Gradual Release Of Responsibility Framework  by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Yes, reading strategies–and explicit teaching of them–make a considerable difference, as my previous four blog posts here, here, here, and here make clear. And there is much to like about the idea of the gradual release of (teacher) responsibility in the teaching of those strategies for […]

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Why Students Don’t Always Transfer What They Seem To Understand

Why Students Don’t Always Transfer What They Seem To Understand by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education As a follow up on my series on reading, most recently yesterday’s post on reading comprehension with respect to the gradual release of responsibility model, let’s take a look at transfer. What is transfer, and what does it demand? Let’s go back to […]

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