Terry Heick

Why Technology Hasn’t Already Transformed Education

Why Technology Still Hasn’t Transformed Education or Why iPads Haven’t Changed Much In Your Classroom by Terry Heick Preface: I wrote this post in early 2012 in response to Apple’s then-new textbook initiative. TeachThought was only a year or so old at the time and iPads had a lot of buzz. I thought it’d be interesting […]
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16 Questions To Help Students Brainstorm Project-Based Learning

16 Questions To Help Students Brainstorm Project-Based Learning by Terry Heick We’ve written about inquiry-based learning in the past, as well as its mother project-based learning, and its more complex cousin self-directed learning. So it made sense to take a look at challenge-based learning–the process of anchoring the learning process through problems–usually local, authentic, and personal to the student. […]

12 Barriers To Innovation In Education

12 Barriers To Innovation In Education  by Terry Heick Ed note: This post has been reposted (unchanged) from its original posting in 2014. Innovation is not something that just happens–or, rather it does given the right chemistry. Oftentimes this chemistry is referred to locally in schools as “climate,” but climate is only a small part […]

4 Things Every Student Should Do Every Day

4 Things Every Student Should Do Every Day by Terry Heick Just a quick post meant to be quantitatively modest (only four) and qualitatively useful/practical. A list like this could get long fast. Off the top of my head, any teacher can come up with hundreds of ‘things’ it would be ‘good’ for students to […]
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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 […]

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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A Visual Summary: 32 Learning Theories Every Teacher Should Know

A Visual Summary: 32 Learning Theories Every Teacher Should Know by Terry Heick Learning theory–and the research that goes into it–is a topic seen frequently in universities and teaching programs, then less frquently after once teachers begin practicing in the classroom. Why this is true is complicated. (If you’re teaching, you may have more pressing […]

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7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

Tomorrow’s Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future by Terry Heick For professional development around this idea or others you read about on TeachThought, contact us. Let’s take a look at this vague idea of the ‘classroom of the future.’ This is all subjective, but it’s worth talking about. So let’s […]

12 Rules Of Great Teaching

12 Rules Of Great Teaching by Terry Heick Recently, I’ve been thinking of the universal truths in teaching. Students should be first. Don’t always start planning with a standard. Questions matter more than answers. Trust is a currency of a human classroom. So I thought I’d gather twelve of them to start with. The idea […]
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Want To Become A Better Teacher? Try Slowing Down

Want To Become A Better Teacher? Try Slowing Down by Terry Heick The gift of my fifth year of teaching was patience. Every year something new occurs to me as an educator, and for year five it was the insurmountable scale of process. This was partly a response to beginning to see the things that […]
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