Terry Heick

This Is The Future And Reading Is Different Than You Remember

This Is The Future And Reading Is Different Than You Remember by Terry Heick If one thing changes, everything changes. Reading, for example—it has changed because writing has changed. Writing has changed because the barriers to and means of publishing have changed. Publishing has changed because technology changed, which itself changed because technology begets technology […]

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Why So Many Students Dislike Reading

Why So Many Students Dislike Reading by Terry Heick We tend to teach reading in a very industrial way in the United States. We focus on giving kids “tools” and “strategies” to “make” sense of a text. To “take it apart.” To look for the “author’s purpose”—to bounce back and forth between a main idea, […]
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This Is What Understanding Looks Like

This Is What Understanding Looks Like by Terry Heick Testing is a major challenge in education. Agreeing on what’s to be tested and how it’s to be administered and what data should be collected and shared and how we should respond to that data—this is all a matter of much debate. It’s also a big […]
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The Necessity Of Self-Criticism In Education

The Desperate Need For Self-Criticism in Education by Terry Heick To grow, teachers must be able to reflect critically on their own performance. Education is ‘actuated’ by teachers. It makes sense, then, that education should also be able to reflect critically on its own performance as well.  Currently this occurs through the comforting precision of analysis and […]

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Teaching Introverts Is Different

Teaching Introverts Is Different by Terry Heick As education seeks to improve itself, the focus has been on data, research, and curriculum. The stuff teachers use. There is precious little discussion on the human elements of learning unless you’re discussing isolated movements such as social-emotional learning or whole-child trends. While admirable, these “movements” are unfortunate […]

How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum

How To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum by Terry Heick  What students say and do and create are products of thought processes that, more or less, are predictable–and of significant potential if we can make those processes visible. The idea of making learning visible isn’t new. This is an idea as old as conversation or writing–show […]

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 […]

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