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I And You And Us: 30 Inspiring Messages For Students

I And You And Us: 30 Inspiring Messages For Students by Terry Heick The premise is simple enough here: What are the kinds of messages that inspire students? We’ve talked about student engagement and motivational videos for teens, in addition to ‘good class rules.’ This is similar but not intently meant to ‘inspire.’ Rather, the […]
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60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques

60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques by TeachThought Staff As frequently as a chef needs to check a sauce for taste, teachers should check for understanding. These can be formal–formative or summative assessment, multiple choice, short answer, essay, matching, and related iconic “test” forms. But they can also be informal–conversations, gallery walks, sketches, and more. We recently […]

Stop, Practice, Collaborate: The Cycle Of Reflective Teaching

Stop, Practice, Collaborate: The Cycle Of Reflective Teaching contributed by Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral This post has been updated and republished The more reflective you are, the more effective you are. This is a phrase that has become synonymous with the work we have done with building teachers’ reflective capacity. With a century’s worth […]

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9 Questions To Reflect Critically On Your Own Teaching

9 Questions To Reflect Critically On Your Own Teaching contributed by Paul Moss This post has been updated and republished Video your teaching, and see what really happens in your classroom. That is my exhortation to you, from a recently converted disciple of such professional development. I don’t mean for the sake of observing student […]

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Dear Students, Asking For Help Is A Strength

Dear Students, Asking For Help Is A Strength contributed by Penny Kostaras I am a K-12 learning coach. My approach is comprehensive – executive functioning, time management, and academic content. A trend I’ve noticed over my career is a winter influx of bewildered freshman, and I am always sorry that we hadn’t met in the […]
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Teaching Is Establishing The Need To Know

Teaching Is Establishing The Need To Know by Terry Heick Ed note: This has been updated from a 2014 post by the author The above image comes from a presentation from Jesse Stommel , an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at University of Wisconsin-Madison. And it makes an interesting point. ‘Not knowing’ is an awkward but precise label for the […]

5 Tips For Teaching With Art In Any Subject Area

5 Tips For Teaching With Art In Any Subject Area contributed by Nicola Giardina, TeachThought PD Facilitator Art inquiry is a powerful way to engage students with diverse learning needs, improve critical thinking and social-emotional skills and make learning relevant to students’ lives. Yet many teachers shy away from teaching with art, which causes their […]

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Should Teachers Give Their Phone Number To Parents?

Should Teachers Give Their Phone Number To Parents? by Terry Heick Should teachers give their phone number to parents? I’m not sure there’s a universal answer here but may be worth teachers sharing their experience. I came across the conversation after seeing the following conversation reddit. You can read more about Google Voice here. I […]

How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning

How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning by TeachThought Staff From reminding us of what to pack for a trip to helping doctors perform surgery, checklists are crucial for projects that require sequential steps or a series of tasks. As Atul Gawande points out in his book ‘Checklist Manifesto‘ (affiliate link), checklists break down complex […]

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Modern Trends In Education: 50 Different Approaches To Learning

Modern Trends In Education: 50 Different Approaches To Learning by Lisa Chesser, opencolleges.edu.au This post has been updated, slightly revised, and republished from a previous posting Education sprouts in many forms depending on how you look at it. Our views of what it should look like and how it should materialize depend on our value […]

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