Terry Heick

Why What Students Don’t Know Is More Important Than What They Do

Why What Students Don’t Know Is More Important Than What They Do by Terry Heick For me, my biggest takeaway from college was learning what I didn’t know. So many passionate, crazy-smart people–teachers and students–that modeled for me learning as I hadn’t seen it before. Entire courses on single ideas I wouldn’t have given a […]

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25 Alternatives To “I Don’t Know” And “I Can’t”

25 Alternatives To ‘I Don’t Know’ & ‘I Can’t’ by TeachThought Staff At the core of a growth mindset is the willingness to change. While you might want to ‘change’ (e.g., improve), changing your own thinking patterns has to precede any behavioral change (e.g., growth), and language is a big part of that. I can’t […]
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How To Work Smarter–Not Harder–As A Teacher

How To Work Smarter–Not Harder–As A Teacher by Terry Heick Teaching is hard. And because it’s so important, we push ourselves–and are pushed by others–to be as close as we can be to perfect. In public education, defined in terms and standards that it defines and measures itself by, perfect teaching means bringing every child […]
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24 Things A Teacher Should Never Ask A Student To Do

24 Things A Teacher Should Never Ask A Student To Do by TeachThought Staff 1. Meaningless work It’s fine to start with an academic standard, but standards aren’t meaningful to students. Either make the work meaningful, or shelve it until you can. If you can’t, ask someone in our department, building, or PLN. If they […]
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6 Elements Of Play: The Spectrum Of A Relaxed Mind

6 Elements Of Play: The Spectrum Of A Relaxed Mind The role of play in learning is a complex thing, in part because it is easily misunderstood as “playing is learning.” While that’s certainly true, there is also a role for play in formal learning experiences as well. As self-directed learning becomes more possible and more potent […]

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10 Strategies To Design Your Classroom More Like A Video Game

How Video Games Have Mastered Learning Engagement Terry Heick Agreeing on how to best establish what a learner understands isn’t simple — if for no other reason than understanding isn’t simple. Gamification and game-based learning (which are different, by the way: the former uses encouragement mechanics to promote engagement, while the latter uses video-games as core […]

10 Things I Wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching

10 Things I Wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching by Terry Heick My first year of teaching was a blur. At the time, it didn’t feel like a blur. It felt a joyous, adrenaline-fueled rush of lessons, meetings, and new relationships. But in hindsight, it was definitely a blur. And now, years later, I can […]
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Want To Change Education? You’d Better Have These 6 Things

Want To Change Education? You’d better Have These 6 Things by Terry Heick Every afternoon, after failing to take a nap because I make everything harder than it has to be, I pout down to Starbucks for coffee and a book. Today a teacher I used to work with walked by, and we caught up […]
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50 Crazy Ideas To Change Education

50 Crazy Ideas To Change Education  by Terry Heick This post has been updated from previous publishing. Below are 50 ideas for a new education. Note, most of these are about education as a system rather than learning itself, but that’s okay. It’s often the infrastructure of learning that obscures anyway. Few of them may […]
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12 Tools To Find Quality Reading Passages For Your Classroom

12 Tools To Find Quality Reading Passages For Your Classroom contributed by Lisa Tanner Are you preparing your students to succeed in this high-tech world? As more media moves to the internet, digital literacy is an essential skill. Students must know how to locate, read, and understand information from the web. But how can teachers […]

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