Grant Wiggins

Why Students Don’t Always Transfer What They Seem To Understand

Why Students Don’t Always Transfer What They Seem To Understand by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education As a follow up on my series on reading, most recently yesterday’s post on reading comprehension with respect to the gradual release of responsibility model, let’s take a look at transfer. What is transfer, and what does it demand? Let’s go back to …

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Taking A Closer Look At Teacher Effectiveness Ratings: Part 1

Taking A Closer Look At Teacher Effectiveness Ratings: Part 1 by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Can a chronically “failing” school be inhabited by 100% “effective” teachers? That’s the question that has caused Governor Cuomo to take a tough stance against the status quo of education in New York (for reasons known only to the Governor). His office …

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Launch, Fail, Grow: Using Iteration To Build Great Schools

Using Iteration To Build Great Schools by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Ed note: This post was originally longer, but we’ve broken it up into two separate posts to highlight Grant’s thoughts on making reform last, which can be seen here. Readers will know that I promised a thoughtful follow-up to my previous post in which I criticized …

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Launching A New Idea In Your School? Some Thoughts For Your Success

Launching A New Idea In Your School? Some Thoughts For Your Success by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Ed note: This is a slightly-edited excerpt from a post by Grant on differentiation and the implementation of policy. Looking for a process to avoid bad implementation of what very well might be a good idea? A new literacy program, …

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Experiential Learning: Just Because It’s Hands-On Doesn’t Mean It’s Minds-On

Experiential Learning: Just Because It’s Hands-On Doesn’t Mean It’s Minds-On Ed note: On May 26, 2015, Grant Wiggins passed away. Grant was tremendously influential on TeachThought’s approach to education, and we were lucky enough for him to contribute his content to our site. Occasionally, we are going to go back and re-share his most memorable …

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12 Mistakes Schools Make When Introducing The Next Big Thing

12 Mistakes Schools Make When Introducing The Next Big Thing by Grant Wiggins Ed note: This post by Grant focuses on mistakes schools make when introducing Understanding by Design in schools. Certainly for that focus, it makes sense as Grant and Jay McTighe designed the framework and would be considered a credible source on how …

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Chasing The Definition Of An Academic Argument

Ed note: On May 26, 2015, Grant Wiggins passed away. Grant was tremendously influential on TeachThought’s approach to education, and we were lucky enough for him to contribute his content to our site. Occasionally, we are going to go back and re-share his most memorable posts. This is one of those posts. Thankfully his company, Authentic Education, …

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An Example Of Experiential Learning

An Example Of Experiential Learning by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education I recently visited Thetford Academy in Vermont (one of the few and interesting public-private academies in New England) where they have a formal and explicit commitment to “experiential learning.” So, the leaders of the school asked me to visit classes that were doing experiential learning and to talk with staff at …

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46 Students Explain The Assignments That Got Their Attention This Year

46 Students Explain The Assignments That Got Their Attention This Year by Grant Wiggins, Ed.D, Authentic Education This post is a follow-up to our recent post, Students Learn Best When You Do This. Now, in my final post from students at a typical US High School, I end on an upbeat note: what students say is the …

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