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8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions by Terry Heick Questions can be extraordinary learning tools. A good question can open minds, shift paradigms, and force the uncomfortable but transformational cognitive dissonance that can help create thinkers. In education, we tend to value a student’s ability to answer our questions. But what might be […]

5 Reasons To Use Digital Portfolios In Your Classroom

by Jennifer Rita Nichols Educators and students of today have more knowledge and tools available to them than ever before in history. Advances in technology have created a digital world where people from all wakes of life can interact and share knowledge–where the answer to almost any question imaginable is just a few clicks away, no […]

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Technology Is Now As Much A Part Of Learning As Reading & Writing

Technology Is Now As Much A Part Of Learning As Reading & Writing by Terry Heick iPads are the worst technology students will ever use. This was a useful idea I saw hanging for a moment in my twitter feed from Jamie Casap–useful in that it helped me see education technology as a principle rather […]
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Thinking About Your Content Area: Kaplan’s Depth & Complexity Chart

Thinking About Your Content Area: Kaplan’s Depth & Complexity Chart by TeachThought Staff Framing content is among the most powerful strategies teachers have to engage students and promote deep understanding of content. One example is project-based learning, which is both an instructional design tool for teachers, as well as a (potentially) engaging ways for learners […]

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Helping Students Fail: A Framework

Helping Students Fail: A Framework by Terry Heick Ed note: This post has been updated from a previous publishing As teachers, allowing students to see failure as a negative experience is one of the worst things we can do. Granted, this isn’t unique to education. The idea of risk-taking, failing, looking, leaping, try-try-again is ingrained […]

8 Of The Most Common Sources Of Formative Assessment Data

8 Of The Most Common Sources Of Formative Assessment Data contributed by Daniel R. Venables, Founder of Center for Authentic PLCs Teachers look at data for one reason: to teach better. We don’t look at data to compare teachers or students (though this sometimes happens) or to point fingers. Data are tools teachers can use to improve—not […]

6 Strategies For Dealing With ‘Difficult’ Students

6 Strategies For Dealing With ‘Difficult’ Students by Dr. Allen Mendler While stress caused by common core concerns has dominated the recent education landscape, dealing with difficult students remains the number one source of constant tension for most teachers. Continual exposure to students who won’t behave or produce can quickly erode both confidence and well-being. […]

4 Principles Of Student-Centered Learning

4 Principles Of Student-Centered Learning by TeachThought Staff A Definition of Student-Centered Learning In our view, student-centered learning is a process of learning that puts the needs of the students over the conveniences of planning, policy, and procedure. Like any phrase, “student-centered learning” is subjective and flexible–and only useful insofar as it ultimately supports the […]

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Standards For Digital Citizenship In Graphic Form

Standards For Digital Citizenship In Graphic Form by TeachThought Staff ISTE has long had available technology standards to help promote informed use of technology by students. These standards are broken down into 5 categories for students, teachers, administrators, coaches, and computer science educators. According to wikipedia (don’t judge us), this process started in earnest in […]

Teaching Introverts Is Different

Teaching Introverts Is Different by Terry Heick As education seeks to improve itself, the focus has been on data, research, and curriculum. The stuff teachers use. There is precious little discussion on the human elements of learning unless you’re discussing isolated movements such as social-emotional learning or whole-child trends. While admirable, these “movements” are unfortunate […]

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