George Lucas Educational Foundation

Terry Heick

founder/director at teachthought. humanist. technologist. futurist. macro thinker extraordinaire.

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  • Parent Partnership

    Parents: 19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child's Teacher

    Back-to-school content is usually focused on teachers and students, and as these two groups will have the largest workload ahead of them, that makes sense. But for students, the ultimate support system is not an expert teacher, but an informed and supportive family.
  • Literacy

    Turning Summer Reading Loss Into Learning Gain

    This summer, students can make their reading meaningful by thoughtfully applying what they learn to their own lives.
  • Student Engagement

    Help Students Beat the "Summer Slide" in ELA

    Discover eight ways for teachers to help prevent summer learning loss in English language arts -- including library dates, digital book clubs, and student blogs about topics that matter to them.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Teaching Empathy: Are We Teaching Content or Students?

    Teaching empathy is about teaching students, not content -- how they feel about the incoming knowledge will ultimately determine how useful it is to them.
  • School Leadership

    Transform Your Staff Meetings, Engage Your Faculty

    Remix and energize your school staff meetings by suggesting fresh approaches, making them meaningful, drawing on everyone's genius, and generating inspiring documentation for the community.
  • Critical Thinking

    Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind

    A quick tour of Costa and Kallick’s 16 Habits of Mind, along with suggestions for implementing them as classroom best practices.
  • Education Equity

    Equity in Education: Where to Begin?

    If we hope for equity in education, we may have to abandon our efforts toward standardization and recognize the individuality of our students.
  • Education Trends

    6 Proposals for Improving Teacher Morale

    Edutopia blogger Terry Heick reviews why low teacher morale is part of a complex cause-effect loop and offers six proposals to start breaking this cycle.
  • Teacher Leadership

    Promoting a Culture of Learning

    Edutopia blogger Terry Heick proposes using the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model - show them, help them, let them - as an authentic means for creating and promoting a culture of learning in your classroom.
  • Assessment

    What Exactly Is "Understanding?" And How Do We Assess It?

    Blogger Terry Heick looks at the nebulous term "understanding" and how its many interpretations can make student assessment so difficult.
  • Professional Development

    Reflecting on Reflection: A Habit of Mind

    Terry Heick looks at what reflection is, how it works as both a private and shared activity, and why teachers need it in their toolkit.
  • Education Trends

    What You Need to Be an Innovative Educator

    Edutopia blogger Terry Heick takes a fresh look at innovation and breaks out the six conditions that must be in place for educational innovation.
  • Assessment

    6 Ways to Honor the Learning Process in Your Classroom

    Edutopia blogger Terry Heick reflects on the fluid nature of student learning and how assessment needs to reflect that, and then suggests six strategies for enhancing depth of understanding.
  • Education Trends

    The Difference Between Learners and Students

    Blogger Terry Heick compares learners to students and suggests the difference between the two is in how their educational experience is framed for them.
  • Student Engagement

    Cultivating the Habits of Self-Knowledge and Reflection

    Edutopia blogger Terry Heick looks at the more frustrating aspects of student academic behavior, suggesting these are symptoms of an insecurity that can be treated by promoting self-awareness and metacognition.