Terry Heick

4 Things Every Student Should Do Every Day

4 Things Every Student Should Do Every Day by Terry Heick Just a quick post meant to be quantitatively modest (only four) and qualitatively useful/practical. A list like this could get long fast. Off the top of my head, any teacher can come up with hundreds of ‘things’ it would be ‘good’ for students to […]
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What Is The Taxonomy Of Significant Learning?

The Taxonomy Of Significant Learning by Terry Heick There isn’t a whole lot to the Taxonomy Of Significant Learning, but what’s there is useful to help frame how you design learning experiences for students. As a preface, I should say that I have not been trained in this model, nor have I have I researched […]
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The Underlying Assumptions Of A Curriculum

There are ideas and then there are ideas between ideas. That is, the spaces between ideas can be pregnant with ideas of their own in the same way that there are stars and then there are spaces between the stars. And these spaces matter because they’re dark and dark (and its absence) characterizes light. Okay, […]
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Grade Differently: 7 Categories For Gamification Of Learning

Better Than Letter Grades: Helping Your Students See Their Own Progress by Terry Heick How can you help students see their own progress? And use that to motivate them? Encouragement mechanics–a kind of gamification–is one approach. And note, you needn’t make that lesson or unit feel like a ‘video game.’ That’s not gamification. Gamification is […]

52 Mistakes We Need To Stop Making In Education

52 Mistakes We Need To Stop Making In Education by Terry Heick The context for this one is simple enough–what mistakes do we constantly make in education that hold us back from the best versions of ourselves? From realizing our collective potential as a construct, field, and industry? What mistakes do we make over and over and […]
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Wendell Berry: “Teachers are everywhere. What is wanted is a learner.”

Wendell Berry: “The teachers are everywhere. What is wanted is a learner.” by Terry Heick Wendell Berry’s influence on TeachThought is immeasurable, but I don’t write about him directly much. I did write about meeting him, and created a crude sort of school model inspired by him called ‘The Inside-Out School.’ I’ve also written some about […]

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A Visual Summary: 32 Learning Theories Every Teacher Should Know

A Visual Summary: 32 Learning Theories Every Teacher Should Know by Terry Heick Learning theory–and the research that goes into it–is a topic seen frequently in universities and teaching programs, then less frquently after once teachers begin practicing in the classroom. Why this is true is complicated. (If you’re teaching, you may have more pressing […]

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7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

Tomorrow’s Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future by Terry Heick For professional development around this idea or others you read about on TeachThought, contact us. Let’s take a look at this vague idea of the ‘classroom of the future.’ This is all subjective, but it’s worth talking about. So let’s […]

12 Rules Of Great Teaching

12 Rules Of Great Teaching by Terry Heick Recently, I’ve been thinking of the universal truths in teaching. Students should be first. Don’t always start planning with a standard. Questions matter more than answers. Trust is a currency of a human classroom. So I thought I’d gather twelve of them to start with. The idea […]
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Want To Become A Better Teacher? Try Slowing Down

Want To Become A Better Teacher? Try Slowing Down by Terry Heick The gift of my fifth year of teaching was patience. Every year something new occurs to me as an educator, and for year five it was the insurmountable scale of process. This was partly a response to beginning to see the things that […]
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