18 Inconvenient Truths About Assessment – Education Article

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 is to provide data to revise planned instruction. It should provide an obvious answer to the question, ‘What next?’ What now?“ 2. It’s an extraordinary amount…

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8 Most Common Sources Of Formative Assessment Data – Education Article

contributed by Daniel R. Venables, Founder of Center for Authentic PLCs Teachers look at data for one reason: to teach better. We don’t look at data to compare teachers or students (though this sometimes happens) or to point fingers. Data are tools teachers can use to improve—not weapons to be wielded against them. With this notion in mind, I offer some thoughts about where to find some of the less obvious and often more useful data. In order to teach better, we…

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What Every Teacher Needs In Order To Grow – Education Article

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 and instinct–that parallels what doctors and architects do, only less socially credible, less funded, and far less spectacular. And in this accountability era, our ‘performance’…

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6 Powerful Strategies For Deeper Learning In Your Classroom – Education Article

6 Powerful Strategies For Deeper Learning In Your Classroom by Dr. Monica R. Martinez Ed note: This post has been updated and republished from a 2015 version In the U.S., millions of middle and high school students attend schools that don’t match the reality of their lives. By their teenage years, young people should be solving complex problems, thinking critically about tough concepts, and communicating their ideas effectively. Yet, our schools are organized to be lecture-based, encouraging students to simply memorize…

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16 Questions To Help Students Brainstorm Project-Based Learning – Education Article

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. This is a kind of place-based education that takes a project-based approach that begins and ends with the student and their respective and self-examined citizenships.…

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12 Barriers To Innovation In Education – Education Article

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 of the formula. Where innovation comes from is an popular topic recently as new projects are increasingly visible, and due to digital reach, impactful across…

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50 Ways To Challenge Yourself As A Teacher – Education Article

<!– 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 classroom–then use it. Challenge the district internet filter and win. Make sure every unit has a…

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25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching Critical Thinking – – Education Article

25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching Critical Thinking by TeachThought Staff The Stanford University Center for Professional Development recently developed a course of effective classroom in the classroom, and asked us to let you know about it. This online course consists of three online sessions, three weeks in a row. Each session includes expert video screencasts, classroom video clips, readings and resources, and assignments that will prompt participants to strengthen the curricular foundations of communication the first month of school. Session 1: Establishing…

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