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Think Like A Fitbit: Measuring What We Value

Think Like A Fitbit: Measuring What We Value contributed by Chase Orton I spent the summer asking math teachers the following question: At the end of the school year, how do you want your students to feel about themselves as mathematical thinkers? In other words, imagine asking your students: “What kind of a math student […]
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10 Ways To Be A More Reflective Teacher

10 Ways To Be A More Reflective Teacher by Terry Heick Teaching isn’t easy. It will challenge your content knowledge, pedagogical skills, charisma, diplomacy, communication, statistical analysis skills, and a dozen other strands you didn’t know where strands. Some teachers may try to tell you that being happy doesn’t matter. That it’s about results. Data. Performance. Or […]

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50 Ways To Challenge Yourself As A Teacher

50 Ways To Challenge Yourself As Teacher by TeachThought Staff Growing as a teacher is all about challenging yourself–moving out of our comfort zone, trying something new. Here are 50 ideas to consider. Learn a second language fluently (preferably one that is increasingly spoken in your geographical area). Create a closed social media community for your […]

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10 Things Every Teacher Needs To Survive

  What a teacher needs depends on the teacher. Emerging learning trends, data management resources, literacy strategies, digital tools, exemplar curriculum models, increased or decreased autonomy, classroom management tips–this is a list that could get long fast. But sometimes it can be those less visible characteristics that can dictate teacher success, which makes the following […]

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What An Episode Of King Of The Hill Taught Me About Good Teaching

What An Episode Of King Of The Hill Taught Me About Good Teaching by Matthew Byars There’s an episode of the animated TV show King of the Hill in which Hank, the curmudgeonly, old-fashioned father of the family, becomes an emergency substitute shop teacher at his son Bobby’s middle school. Rather than following the standard […]

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27 Ways To Enhance Retention In Your Students

27 Ways To Enhance Retention In Your Students by TeachThought Staff How you can help students retain what they learn? What sort of teaching strategies, curriculum mapping techniques, or other changes can you use to help them remember and apply information? Most broadly, this is a matter of understanding and transfer. The more complete a student’s understanding, […]

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From Tech To Pedagogy: 8 Tips For History Teachers

  From Tech To Pedagogy: 8 Simple Tips For History Teachers contributed by Manuel Muroni As a teacher, one of the most difficult subjects to teach can be history. With only a few exceptions, the young, active minds of students tend to shy away from textbook recitation and dusty lists of boring dates. Standard procedure […]
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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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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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