About Terry Heick

Terry Heick is founder and director at TeachThought.

Terry is interested in critical thinking, critical literacy, and modern knowledge demands for a rapidly changing world.

As an adviser, he helps schools, districts, parents, start-ups, and tech developers navigate the dynamic and often misunderstood ecology of progressive teaching and learning. By helping these ‘pieces’ understand how one another functions (in the classroom and beyond), he is able to provide a comprehensive view of the existing context, and future possibility.

In addition to his work at TeachThought, Terry has been interviewed by publications including NPR and Futurism and worked on a digital citizenship project with the White House and a range of projects with Microsoft, Pearson, Institute for Habits of Mind, ASCD, Edutopia, Adobe, Pixowl, and The Project Skool Documentary.

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

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

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