Middle & High School

26 Sentence Stems For Higher-Level Conversation In The Classroom

26 Sentence Stems For Higher-Level Conversation In The Classroom by Terry Heick Note: You can purchase a similar, classroom-ready version of these stems on printable cards, if you find that useful. Meaningful conversation can make learning more personal, immediate, and emotional. During meaningful conversations, students are forced to be accountable for their positions, to listen, to analyze …

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How To Teach Students To Research Without Google

How To Teach Students To Research Without Google by Jane Healey, Ph.D Inquiry-based learning is one of the current buzz phrases, meaning students should ask and answer questions as a primary method in the classroom.  It’s a great initiative, but it puts teachers on the hot seat. Most people teaching today weren’t trained to instruct …

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How To Design A 21st Century Assessment

How To Design A 21st Century Assessment by Mike Fisher This post has been updated and republished Contemporary curriculum design involves multiple facets: engaging 21st Century skills, using digital tools, collaborating with others around the globe, performance tasks, and more. Getting these design elements into a teacher’s current curriculum demands that teachers create professional habits …

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42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects

42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects by Terry Heick So often, we make learning more complicated than it has to be. Local planning requirements are usually at fault here–plan this way and prove that you’ve done so here and here, fill out this and this, etc. Those legitimate concerns aside, the …

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7 Mistakes That Quality Assessments Avoid

7 Mistakes That Quality Assessments Avoid contributed by Daniel R. Venables, Founding Director of the Center for Authentic PLCs This post has been updated with additional resources and republished It’s that time of the school year when teachers are facing writing their first or second wave of unit tests and assessments. The following list of items …

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Help Students

50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think

50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think contributed by Lisa Chesser Using the right questions creates powerful, sometimes multiple answers and discussions. Aristotle said that he asked questions in response to other people’s views, while Socrates focused on disciplined questioning to get to the truth of the matter. Ultimately questions spark imagination, …

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Critical Thinking

Planning For Critical Thinking: A 5-Step Model

Planning For Critical Thinking: A 5-Step Model by TeachThought Staff Like anything else that you’d like to see happen in your classroom, promoting critical thinking skills is a matter of planning and priority. While teachers are often admonished to push students towards higher-level thinking activities, beyond Bloom’s Taxonomy (or one of TeachThought’s own learning taxonomies), …

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A Project-Based Learning Cheat Sheet For Authentic Learning

A Project-Based Learning Cheat Sheet by TeachThought Staff Like most buzzwords in education, “authenticity” isn’t a new idea. For decades, teachers have sought to make student learning “authentic” by looking to the “real world”–the challenges, technology, and communities that students care about and connect with daily. You’ve probably been encouraged in the past to design …

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How To Design A Wikipedia Writing & Research Assignment

How To Design A Wikipedia Writing & Research Assignment by TeachThought Staff That you probably use Wikipedia but tell your students not to is why we’re here. Wikipedia has long been the bane of educators–a poster child for the ‘don’t believe everything you read on the internet because anyone can publish anything’ movement. While making …

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The Definition Of Combination Learning

The Definition Of Combination Learning by Terry Heick Combination Learning is a new teaching and learning strategy for the 21st century. The definition of Combination Learning is learning through the flexible combination of two or more learning components. This is a new learning strategy developed by TeachThought that responds to the endless possibilities in modern learning …

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