12 Of The Most Common Types Of Blended Learning
12 Of The Most Common Types Of Blended Learning by TeachThought Staff Blended Learning is not so much an innovation as it is a natural by-product of the digital domain creeping into physical spaces. Broadly speaking, blended learning just means a mix of learning online and face-to-face, which means its likely your students are already . .
10 Ways Literacy Can Promote A Deeper Understanding Of Math
10 Ways Literacy Can Promote A Deeper Understanding Of Math contributed by Linda Kardamis, Teach4TheHeart.com With the rise of new trends such as a flipped classroom and whole brain teaching, there is an emphasis on getting students more actively involved in learning in the classroom. And whether or not you choose to fully embrace either .
From Inquiry To Technology: A Reading List For Progressive Teachers
From Inquiry To Technology: A Reading List For Progressive Teachers contributed by Jesse Lubinsky Its possible that the term progressive teaching is unnecessary. Maybe its just good teaching. But were going to go with it anyway because regardless of how subjective the whole day of progressiveness is, there is generally a noticeable difference between traditional .
The Benefits And Necessity Of Interdisciplinary Education
The Benefits And Necessity Of Interdisciplinary Education contributed by Dennis Wesley, Independent educational researcher Why is interdisciplinary learning important? Is it all relevant, let alone necessary, in the context of contemporary education, which is dominated by engineering, the applied sciences, and other disciplines typically associated with good job prospects? Moreover, if one deems it a . . .
Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers
Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers by Terry Heick Imagine the dogged pursuit of a proper clock-maker, day after day bound up in design and measurement and function and orderly thinking, forcing exactitude on little bits of metal that never asked for it. And then finally getting it rightso many decisions and matters of . .
4 Tips For Implementing A STEAM Program In Your Classroom
4 Tips For Implementing A STEAM Program In Your Classroom contributed by Caleigh Heenan In Part 1, we looked at tips for planning a STEAM program in your school. Today, were going to take a look at tips for actually implementing that program in your school or classroom. In traditional teaching, teachers assume the role .
The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 167 Why Anti-Bullying Is A Problem And What Works Better
The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 167 Why Anti-Bullying Is A Problem And What Works Better Drew Perkins talks with school psychologist Izzy Kalman about his work to help bullied kids better deal with their aggressors and why the anti-bullying movement is not helping. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Bullies2Buddies.
4 Steps For Planning A STEAM Program In Your School
4 Steps For Planning A STEAM Program In Your School contributed by Caleigh Heenan As a teacher in her 13th year, I've seen many educational initiatives come and go. However, one recent trend in education has long been a passion of mine: authentic, personalized learning. I believe that differentiation is the key to success and .
15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching
15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching by Terry Heick 15 Examples of Student-Centered TeachingAnd 15 That Are Not So Much Student-centered teaching is simply the process of teaching with student needs first. In 28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies, we expanded some on the idea, explaining: This means that planning often begins with the student in mind as . .
The Difference Between Innovation-Led Evidence And Evidence-Led Innovation
The Difference Between Innovation-Led Evidence And Evidence-Led Innovation by Conrad Wolfram, Computer-Based Math Ed note: This post has been republished from previous posting. Recently, I was part of a high-level discussion about maths and computer science education, how we could improve their reach and effectiveness. Rather quickly the question of evidence came up, and its 
A Comprehensive Gamification Framework For Human Motivation
A Comprehensive Gamification Framework For Human Motivation by Terry Heick When researching student motivation and gamification a few years ago, I came across the most comprehensive gamification framework Ive ever seen. Developed by gamification expert Yu-kai Chou, it was an ambitious effort that distinguished black hat gamification (which is badthink Farmville and Candy Crush) from white hat 
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The Benefits Of Competency-Based Assessment
The Benefits Of Competency-Based Assessment contributed by David Garrick, Dean of Graduate School of Education, UCDS College for School Culture The general idea behind a competency-based assessment is that it provides students and families with specific feedback about student performance that can lead to a clearer understanding of progress and skills gained over time. As 
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30 Of The Best Digital Collaboration Tools For Students
30 Of The Best Digital Collaboration Tools For Students contributed by Nicholas Martino & TeachThought Staff We are living in a digital age where students shuffle between smartphones, iPads, and MacBooks on the daily. We can now communicate with anyone, anywhere, anytime through the simple click of a button, and it is our job as 
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4 Essential Rules Of 21st-Century Learning
4 Essential Rules Of 21st Century Learning contributed by Jennifer Rita Nichols The term 21st century has become an integral part of educational thinking and planning for the future. Educators and administrators are actively searching for ways to prepare students for the future, and the educational system has been evolving faster than ever before. Various 
For All Of Their Flaws, Charter Schools Fight The McDonaldization Of Education
For All Of Their Flaws, Charter Schools Fight The McDonaldization Of Education contributed by Lance Izumi, Senior Director of the Center for Education at the Pacific Research Institute While most traditional public schools continue to adhere to a one-size-fits-all model of curriculum, instruction, and learning, sometimes dubbed the McDonaldization of education, public charter schools have 
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6 Factors Of Classroom Gamification
6 Factors Of Classroom Gamification contributed by Nellie Mitchell I was 11 the year my summer camp director transformed the regular schedule, procedures, and lingo that we were used tointo the most memorable, enriching experience I had ever encountered at that point in my life. I had no idea that he had 'gamified' the week; 
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5 Examples Of Project-Based Learning Protocols
5 Examples Of Project-Based Learning Protocols by Michele Mattoon, Director of the National School Reform Faculty Have you worked with project-based learning protocols? Schools design Project-Based Learning (PBL) because the process helps engage students in learning and helps them develop necessary real-world skills such as collaboration, problem-solving, and the use of technology. PBL focuses on 
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Updating Your Teaching To Something Messier
Updating Your Teaching To Something Messier by Mike Fisher Recently, I participated in a Twitter chat for the ASCD Leader to Leader initiative, hashtag #ASCDL2L, on the role of the modern teacher. As the conversation unfolded, it caused me to think more deeply than I have before about what elements teachers might consider on their 
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Beyond Pedagogy: 8 Other Things A Teacher Needs To Be Effective In The Classroom
Beyond Pedagogy: 8 Other Things A Teacher Needs To Be Effective In The Classroom contributed by Anne Davis It's unfortunate that teachers often take the brunt of the backlash when students and school systems don't succeed. Though it is the role of a teacher to educate, this role cannot be completed efficiently if not provided 
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5 Factors Of Education Building Design Of The Future
5 Factors Of Education Building Design Of The Future contributed by Anne Davis Buildingsas a kind of technologyare at the heart of modern human civilization. Educators overseeing courses in architecture, engineering, and other fields related to building design are tasked with taking everything we've learned about construction up to this point and passing it onto 
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