Terry Heick

When Students See Themselves As Digital First

Generation ‘Like’: When Students See Themselves As Digital First by Terry Heick Students that have more control than ever over their own identity have, unsurprisingly, lost control of that identity. Coldly, and as a matter of “settings,” they are able to dictate when, how, where, and by whom they are seen. Connectivity has closed the […]

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Helping Students Fail: A Framework

Helping Students Fail: A Framework by Terry Heick Ed note: This post has been updated from a previous publishing As teachers, allowing students to see failure as a negative experience is one of the worst things we can do. Granted, this isn’t unique to education. The idea of risk-taking, failing, looking, leaping, try-try-again is ingrained […]

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Stop Defining Learning By The Technology Used To Make It Happen

Stop Defining Learning By The Technology Used To Make It Happen by Terry Heick Come gather ’round peopleWherever you roamAnd admit that the watersAround you have grownAnd accept it that soonYou’ll be drenched to the bone.If your time to youIs worth savin’Then you better start swimmin’Or you’ll sink like a stoneFor the times they are […]

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Start Small: A Wendell Berry Commencement Address

Start Small: A Wendell Berry Commencement Address by Terry Heick Almost every challenge, when closely examined, is first a challenge of scale. If you consider our own corner of the world, learning, the labels and language we use will confirm this theory. Take for example, “ed reform.” Learning is different than education. It is impossible to […]

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This Is The Future And Reading Is Different Than You Remember

This Is The Future And Reading Is Different Than You Remember by Terry Heick If one thing changes, everything changes. Reading, for example—it has changed because writing has changed. Writing has changed because the barriers to and means of publishing have changed. Publishing has changed because technology changed, which itself changed because technology begets technology […]

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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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The Necessity Of Self-Criticism In Education

The Desperate Need For Self-Criticism in Education by Terry Heick To grow, teachers must be able to reflect critically on their own performance. Education is ‘actuated’ by teachers. It makes sense, then, that education should also be able to reflect critically on its own performance as well.  Currently this occurs through the comforting precision of analysis and […]

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