About Terry

When we focus on teaching content rather than teaching the child, we lose the child. When seeking improvement, we seek to improve how we’re doing what we’ve always done, but more of it–faster and more efficiently. We break the learner and their sense of self to fit in stuff. We seek to improve our collective processes to cause more learning, which makes as much sense as teaching students how to read instead of why.

— Terry Heick
Load More

A Self-Directed Learning Model by Terry Heick
The Definition Of Combination Learning
Combination Learning: A Future Learning Strategy For Students by Terry Heick

Critical Shifts For Today’s Schools by Terry Heick
Terry Heick, Founder

When a society changes, so then must its tools. Definitions of purpose and quality must also be revised continuously. What should a school ‘do’? Why can’t education, as a system, refashion itself as aggressively as the digital technology that is causing it so much angst? The fluidity of a given curriculum should at least match the fluidity of relevant modern knowledge demands. A curriculum-first school design is based on the underlying assumption that if they know this and can do this, that this will be the result. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way. Worse, we tend to celebrate school success instead of human success.

— Terry Heick

More Thinking By Terry Heick

  1. The TeachThought Learning Taxonomy
  2. Teaching Disruptively
  3. The Principles Of Genius Hour
  4. Audience And Purpose: Who Are You Teaching And Why?
  5. Teaching Downstream: An Argument For Communal Constructivism
  6. Me Learning: A Student-Centered Learning Model
  7. How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum
  8. 12 Rules Of Great Teaching
  9. Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology
  10. 25 Alternatives To What’d You Learn In School Today?
  11. Why Students Should Read
  12. The Strategies That Make Students Curious
  13. How To Help Students Learn Through Their Mistakes
  14. 12 Principles Of Mobile Learning
  15. The Characteristics Of A Good School
  16. The Difference Between Student-Centered Learning And The Opposite
  17. The TeachThought Self-Directed Learning Model For 21st Century Learners
  18. How To Add Rigor To Anything
  19. What To Tell Students You’ll Never See Again
  20. Education Is A System; Teaching Is An Action; Learning Is A Process
  21. Why Some Teachers Are Against Technology In Education
  22. 8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions
  23. Are You Teaching Content Or Teaching Thought?
  24. Education Is A System, Teaching Is An Action, Learning Is A Process 
  25. 32 Habits That Make Thinkers
  26. The Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment
  27. Why All Ed Reform Fails
  28. How To Create Learning Through Play
  29. 30 Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education By 2028
  30. The Learning Innovation Cycle: How Disruption Creates Lasting Change
  31. 7 Shifts To Create The Classroom Of The Future
  32. The Inside-Out School
  33. 20 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Their Child’s Teacher
  34. Two Minds Of An Educator
  35. Updating The Gears Of Education

When we focus on teaching content rather than teaching the child, we lose the child. When seeking improvement, we seek to improve how we’re doing what we’ve always done, but more of it–faster and more efficiently. We break the learner and their sense of self to fit in stuff. We seek to improve our collective processes to cause more learning, which makes as much sense as teaching students how to read instead of why.