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The Shift From Content To Purpose: A Continuum of Choice

The Shift From Content To Purpose: A Continuum of Choice by TeachThought Staff What is the difference between a teacher-centered and learner-driven classroom? We’ve taken a look at examples of student-centered teaching before. It’s both a subtle (in theory) and dramatic (in function) shift in the entire ecology of a classroom, curriculum, and sense of student […]

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25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching Critical Thinking

25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching Critical Thinking by TeachThought Staff The Stanford University Center for Professional Development recently developed a course of effective classroom in the classroom, and asked us to let you know about it. This online course consists of three online sessions, three weeks in a row. Each session includes expert video screencasts, classroom video […]

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 Swarm Problem Solving?

What Is Swarm Problem Solving? contributed by Dr. Jamie Schwandt, (Ed.D.) “It would be unlikely that it would be a fish that discovered water, or a bird air.” – Chinese Proverb A common metaphor used by Arthur Conan Doyle in his Sherlock Holmes stories is that of links, chains, and threads. Alan Macfarlane writes in On Creative […]
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What Is Google Science Journal?

What Is Google Science Journal? by TeachThought Staff In short, Google Science Journal is a cloud-based platform for K-12 science education. In Google’s own words, Science Journal ‘transforms your device into a pocket-size science tool that encourages students to explore their world. As they conduct eye-opening experiments, they’ll record observations and make new, exciting discoveries.’ […]

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 TeachThought Podcast Ep. 149 Is Constructivist Education Addressing Inequality?

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 149 Is Constructivist Education Addressing Inequality? Drew Perkins talks with author Natalie Wexler about her work, specifically her recent Forbes article asserting constructivist education is not closing educational gaps that are rooted in socioeconomic differences. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: nataliewexler.com @natwexler Forbes: To Attack Inequality, We Need A Different Kind […]

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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 […]

3 Ways You Can Respond When Students Turn In Incomplete Work

contributed by Heather M. Stocker It’s like looking at a photograph where only a small bit of the picture is discernible, but you can’t tell that what you’re actually looking at. This is what happens when students turn in incomplete assignments. Incomplete assignments only give a partial snapshot of student ability. We might only see […]

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