A Thought About School Opening Recommendations For COVID

Broadly speaking, our recommendations as an organization would parallel those of scientists, medical experts, and sociocultural leaders in local communities. As of July, 2021, the CDC, for example, recommends the following (emphasis my own): Evidence suggests that many K-12 schools that have strictly implemented prevention strategies have been able to safely open for in-person instruction … Read more

11 Underlying Assumptions Of Digital Literacy

by Terry Heick In understanding the shift from literacy to digital literacy–or rather to understand them both in their own native contexts–it may help to take a look at the underlying assumptions of digital literacy. This means looking at what’s changing, why it’s changing, and what that means for education. 1. Schools should teach the … Read more

30 Examples Of Technology In Education

What Are Examples Of Learning Technology? by Terry Heick The goal of this post is simple: To provide examples of learning technology–identifying and clarifying what learning technology ‘is’ and ‘looks like’ in and out of the classroom. I actually started this post in 2015 and thought it might be useful for some, so I updated … Read more

Knowledge Is Power And Teaching Is The Fuel

Knowledge Is Power And Teaching Is The Fuel by Terry Heick That knowledge = power isn’t a new idea. ’Knowledge is power’ is a common refrain in the education community, at least in spirit. The idea that knowledge changes lives and that accordingly we can change the world underpins everything that we do as educators. … Read more

How Do You Teach Social-Emotional Learning?

The recent shift toward social emotional learning (SEL)–accelerated by the shift to remote teaching and learning and the isolation of a global pandemic–is, of course, a wonderful thing. If nothing else, it’s a nod and a wink to the idea that students are first people. Emotion drives us as human beings–our brains literally, for example. … Read more

Using The 3-2-1 Learning Strategy For Critical Thinking

by Terry Heick What’s the 3-2-1 strategy? The 3-2-1 strategy is simply a format that can frame–well, really anything. Examples Of The 3-2-1 Strategy It doesn’t even have to be about about teaching and learning. You might ask someone to name… 3 of your favorite genres of music, 2 of your favorite songs, and 1 … Read more

The Simplest Way To Slow The Summer Slide

by Terry Heick Like every year, there’s a lot of dialogue right now about the dreaded summer slide. Of course, this year is different than any in recent memory, and so the whole context of it changes. These arguments about how to slow the ‘summer slide’ usually include scary statistics, technology layers, and socioeconomic concerns. … Read more

Rethinking Learning Loss: When Students Don’t Use What They Learn

by Terry Heick With so much else to do and a subsequent loss of academic structure, most research shows children read less in the summer. How much less depends (you’ll read that word a lot in this post) on age, income level, geographical region, and other factors. And how much of a bad thing you … Read more

A Post-Progressive Education: 15 Statements To Shape Your Teaching

by Terry Heick We have for years now sought to be progressive; Let us instead seek a ‘post-progressive’ era of learning. ‘Progressive’ as a description of a ‘way of doing things’ immediately suggests the existing, non-progressive ways. That is, it’s a comparative term and immediately in need of reference points to be understood. It’s the … Read more