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18 Inconvenient Truths About Assessment

18 Inconvenient Truths About Assessment by Terry Heick For in-person professional development from TeachThought on effective assessment (or any other topic your school or district might need), contact us today. Ed note: this post has been updated and republished from a March 2015 post 1. In terms of pedagogy, the primary purpose of an assessment […]

I’m Not Sure What To Think About Backward Design

I’m Not Sure What To Think About Backward Design by Terry Heick Grant Wiggins’ influence on my thinking in education is considerable. I discovered his work with Jay McTighe on Understanding by Design my second year of teaching–and it wasn’t just ‘useful’ but a complete shift in how I taught. Had I found UbD my […]
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What Is The Identity Of Your Classroom?

What Do Students Think Of Your Class? by Terry Heick Google is the company that has become its own verb. Google it. They’re also challenging Apple with their Android mobile operating system (though to be fair, they’re unlikely to catch them anytime soon), not to mention their aggressive entry into new digital markets, from Google […]

12 Priorities For The Modern Public School Teacher

12 Priorities For The Modern Public School Teacher contributed by Heather Edick This post was originally published in 2012 and updated several times, most recently in 2019 Teachers have so much to worry about today, as they always have. This week, I listened to some recordings of training provided to those who are going to […]

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What Every Teacher Needs In Order To Grow

What Every Teacher Needs In Order To Grow by Terry Heick Teaching can do weird things to you. It can give you purpose and sanctuary, or dissolve both right in front of your eyes. It can energize and drain you. Inspire and demoralize you. Connect and isolate you. It’s an awkward mix art and science–analytics […]
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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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