Terry Heick

Why What Students Don’t Know Is More Important Than What They Do

Why What Students Don’t Know Is More Important Than What They Do by Terry Heick For me, my biggest takeaway from college was learning what I didn’t know. So many passionate, crazy-smart people–teachers and students–that modeled for me learning as I hadn’t seen it before. Entire courses on single ideas I wouldn’t have given a […]

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24 Things A Teacher Should Never Ask A Student To Do

24 Things A Teacher Should Never Ask A Student To Do by TeachThought Staff 1. Meaningless work It’s fine to start with an academic standard, but standards aren’t meaningful to students. Either make the work meaningful, or shelve it until you can. If you can’t, ask someone in our department, building, or PLN. If they […]
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5 Characteristics Of Global Learning

5 Characteristics Of Global Learning by Terry Heick An increasingly globalized society is putting pressure on education to “globalize.” We’ve talked about the definition of global learning before. This quick post is more about the characteristics of that kind of approach to learning. As globalization becomes more and more inevitable, understanding where we’re drifting might help us make […]

10 Strategies To Design Your Classroom More Like A Video Game

How Video Games Have Mastered Learning Engagement Terry Heick Agreeing on how to best establish what a learner understands isn’t simple — if for no other reason than understanding isn’t simple. Gamification and game-based learning (which are different, by the way: the former uses encouragement mechanics to promote engagement, while the latter uses video-games as core […]

10 Things I Wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching

10 Things I Wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching by Terry Heick My first year of teaching was a blur. At the time, it didn’t feel like a blur. It felt a joyous, adrenaline-fueled rush of lessons, meetings, and new relationships. But in hindsight, it was definitely a blur. And now, years later, I can […]
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Want To Change Education? You’d Better Have These 6 Things

Want To Change Education? You’d better Have These 6 Things by Terry Heick Every afternoon, after failing to take a nap because I make everything harder than it has to be, I pout down to Starbucks for coffee and a book. Today a teacher I used to work with walked by, and we caught up […]
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50 Crazy Ideas To Change Education

50 Crazy Ideas To Change Education  by Terry Heick This post has been updated from previous publishing. Below are 50 ideas for a new education. Note, most of these are about education as a system rather than learning itself, but that’s okay. It’s often the infrastructure of learning that obscures anyway. Few of them may […]
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