Grant Wiggins

Taking A Closer Look At Teacher Effectiveness Ratings: Part 1

Taking A Closer Look At Teacher Effectiveness Ratings: Part 1 by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Can a chronically “failing” school be inhabited by 100% “effective” teachers? That’s the question that has caused Governor Cuomo to take a tough stance against the status quo of education in New York (for reasons known only to the Governor). His office […]

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Launch, Fail, Grow: Using Iteration To Build Great Schools

Using Iteration To Build Great Schools by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Ed note: This post was originally longer, but we’ve broken it up into two separate posts to highlight Grant’s thoughts on making reform last, which can be seen here. Readers will know that I promised a thoughtful follow-up to my previous post in which I criticized […]

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5 Common Misconceptions About Bloom’s Taxonomy

5 Common Misconceptions About Bloom’s Taxonomy by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Admit it–you only read the list of the six levels of the Taxonomy, not the whole book that explains each level and the rationale behind the Taxonomy. Not to worry, you are not alone: this is true for most educators. But that efficiency comes with a […]

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Launching A New Idea In Your School? Some Thoughts For Your Success

Launching A New Idea In Your School? Some Thoughts For Your Success by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Ed note: This is a slightly-edited excerpt from a post by Grant on differentiation and the implementation of policy. Looking for a process to avoid bad implementation of what very well might be a good idea? A new literacy program, […]

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When They Read But Don’t Understand

When They Read But Don’t Understand: The Leap From Decoding To Comprehension by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education How well are we doing in comprehension of text as a nation? You know the answer. We are doing poorly when it comes to genuine comprehension: And look at math vs. reading: And this, from a Christian Science Monitor article […]

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Experiential Learning: Just Because It’s Hands-On Doesn’t Mean It’s Minds-On

Experiential Learning: Just Because It’s Hands-On Doesn’t Mean It’s Minds-On by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education I recently visited Thetford Academy in Vermont (one of the few and interesting public-private academies in New England) where they have a formal and explicit commitment to “experiential learning.” So, the leaders of the school asked me to visit classes that were […]

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Assessment: Why Item Analyses Are So Important

Assessment: Why Item Analyses Are So Important by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education As I have often written, the Common Core Standards are just common sense – but that the devil is in the details of implementation. And in light of the unfortunate excessive secrecy surrounding the test items and their months-later analysis, educators are in the unfortunate and absurd […]

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12 Mistakes Schools Make When Introducing The Next Big Thing

12 Mistakes Schools Make When Introducing The Next Big Thing by Grant Wiggins Ed note: This post by Grant focuses on mistakes schools make when introducing Understanding by Design in schools. Certainly for that focus, it makes sense as Grant and Jay McTighe designed the framework and would be considered a credible source on how […]

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