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How To Teach Empathy

How To Teach Empathy by Terry Heick Right near the core of education, just past tolerance and just short of affectionate connectivity, is the idea of empathy. University of California at Berkley’s Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life explains empathy. “The term “empathy” is used to describe a wide range of experiences. Emotion researchers […]
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This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To

7 Ways Teaching Has Changed In The Last 10 Years by Terry Heick Teachers are the arbitrators of knowledge and culture. Knowledge and culture are each dynamic, endlessly crashing and churning. This makes teaching significantly important and difficult work, and can leave teaching—as a craft—wide-eyed and nonplussed in response. Worse, those outside the bubble of education […]

Learning Is The Ultimate Disruption

Learning Is The Ultimate Disruption by Terry Heick It is the work of a school to join members of a community to one another. That this doesn’t happen naturally isn’t surprising. Matters of curriculum, instruction, and assessment are often alien to the home, the life, and the natural thought processes of most students. Academics are a […]
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35 Psychology-Based Critical Thinking Strategies

35 Psychology-Based Critical Thinking Strategies  by Sara Briggs, opencolleges.edu.au Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want […]

How To Teach With The Concept Attainment Model

How To Teach With The Concept Attainment Model by TeachThought Staff In 1956, psychologist Jerome Bruner published a book called “A Study of Thinking.” Being a psychologist, Bruner was interested in cognitive processing–how people think, and how those tendencies might be used to inform teaching and learning processes. He developed a new way of introducing […]

Start Small: A Wendell Berry Commencement Address

Start Small: A Wendell Berry Commencement Address by Terry Heick Almost every challenge, when closely examined, is first a challenge of scale. If you consider our own corner of the world, learning, the labels and language we use will confirm this theory. Take for example, “ed reform.” Learning is different than education. It is impossible to […]

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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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 […]

7 Thinking Habits That Grow Strong Teachers

7 Thinking Habits That Grow Strong Teachers by Art Costa and Bena Kallick, Institute for Habits of Mind When considering teacher quality, we are concerned not just for what we observe in the moment. We are also concerned about whether the teacher has the more enduring habits that will serve them well as they continue […]

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