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Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

Problem Solvers Now = Problem Solvers Later<p>I'm a firm believer in keeping the focus on what's really important: the students. If student motivation …

Teaching

How I Use One-Pagers in English Language Arts

If you follow many teachers on social media, you know that one-pagers are suddenly all the rage. I can see why. They’re visually stunning, represent …

Teaching

Share these 20 brilliant ideas with your favorite teachers (and everyone else)

• It’s 2018! Drop the double-negative zero. Let students revise until they get it right. And get your students to deliver TED-Ed Club talks! — Josefino …

Response: Best Practices for Teaching High School Math

<b>(This is the first post in a two-part series)</b><p>The new "question-of-the-week" is:<p><b>What are some best practices for teaching high school mathematics?</b><p>As …

Pedagogy

Response: 'Strong Structures' Are Needed for Effective Classroom Discussions

<b>(This is the third post in a three-part series. You can see Part One here and Part Two here.)</b><p>The new question of the week is:<p><i>What are the best ways</i> …

Teaching

Creating a Welcoming Classroom for Students with Special Needs

<b>Listen to my interview with Jam Gamble, or read a full transcript here.</b><p><b>I can remember the first time I taught students with special needs.</b> I was …

Teaching

How To Read A Book: 3 Strategies For Critical Reading

<b>How To Read A Book: 3 Strategies For Critical Reading</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>If you’re not familiar with Adler and Van Doren’s <i>How To Read A Book</i>, it is worth, …

Books

After teaching for 25 years, I'm convinced the best way to motivate kids and employees is the same

The school was known as one of the worst schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District at the time, but I was up for the challenge — eager and ready to make a positive impact on my middle-school students.<p>Of course, as I soon realized, teaching is not a one-way street. As much as I helped shape …

Paying Attention to Relationships - Educational Leadership

Our view of teaching effectiveness comes from a different—yet complementary—perspective. While instructional methodology is an important …

Pedagogy

Focusing On The Impact Classroom Disruptions Have On Others, Not On The Students Doing The Disrupting

As many teachers already know, one of the most effective responses we can make to classroom management problems is by saying:<p><i>“I’m not feeling</i> …

Teaching

Your Rubric Is a Hot Mess; Here’s How to Fix It.

<b>See Mrs. Jones.</b> She has a fantastic idea for a new assignment. It’s going to be challenging and engaging and fun. Before she can give this assignment …

The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies

<b>Listen to this post as a podcast:</b><p><b>When I worked with student teachers</b> on developing effective lesson plans, one thing I always asked them to revise …

Is the Socratic Method Right for Your Class?

Have you ever walked into a classroom where students were engaged in serious on-topic discussion, debating ideas and challenging each other to …

Pedagogy

How I Eliminated (Almost) All Grading Problems In My Classroom

<b>How I Eliminated (Almost) All Grading Problems In My Classroom</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>Grading is one of the most urgent bugaboos of good teaching.<p>It can take an …

Competencies vs. Skills

The 21st Century skills discussion and debate has waged on even prior to the onset of this century. The ensuing conversations have provided an …

Pedagogy

Exploring Surface Area: A Google Slides Activity

<b>Let’s Get Them Exploring</b><p>One of my goals this year was to create more activities for students to explore upcoming content. I want the students to …

We Need to Rethink How We Educate Kids to Tackle the Jobs of the Future | Inc.com

Our education system was designed for the 20th century. It is largely focused on teaching kids how to retain information and manipulate numbers. It regularly tests these abilities and, if you do well, you are promised to get into a good college, have a successful career and live a happy, prosperous …

Education

Meet the #SinglePointRubric

<b>The practice of using single point rubrics is slowly but surely catching on.</b> The simplicity of these rubrics — with just a single column of criteria, …

Pedagogy

Flexible Seating in Middle School

Flexible seating can add a wrinkle to classroom management, but with careful planning and clear expectations, our students will rise to the occasion …

Teaching

Using Quick Check-Ins to Measure Student Understanding

Across the hall, Chris’s colleague Aaron Hall is also using choice for a quick check-in. While Chris offered choice to allow students to …

Professional Development: What should it look like?

A few weeks ago Michael Fenton asked on his blog this question:<p><b>Suppose a teacher gets to divide 100% between two categories: teaching ability and</b> …

Pedagogy

Equity vs. Equality in the Classroom

“Why does he get that? I want to do that!”I have heard this observation or comment in one form or another over the years as I provide supports to …

Teaching

Designing The Perfect School: 7 Principles Of Sustainable Learning

<b>Designing The Perfect School: 7 Principles Of Sustainable Learning</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>What would the opposite of the industrial learning model–the existing …

Pedagogy

The Cure for Bad PowerPoint: A Review of Presentation Zen

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links, which means we receive a small commission on any purchase you make during that visit at no extra cost to …

Teaching

12 structures to keep kids focused when using the internet in class

One of the most common problems teachers face when integrating technology is keeping kids focused and accountable. It can be really challenging to …

ICLE | The Rigor Relevance Framework

Students gather and store bits of knowledge and information. Students are primarily expected to remember or understand this knowledge.<p>Students use …

Is Technology Being Integrated Effectively?

In many cases, there seems to be a tendency to water down expectations when it comes to integrating technology. During a recent presentation on …

Inquiry-Based Learning: The Power of Asking the Right Questions

The Power of the Right Questions<p>You might wonder how lesson planning works if you're always reconstructing on the fly. I've found that if the …

Teaching