From Inquiry To Social Learning

by TeachThought Staff What are the principles of modern learning? Well, that depends on how you define ‘learning’ and what you’d consider ‘modern.’ Richard Olsen put together this useful visual way, way back in 2013–a chart that lays out three categories of a modern approach to learning–Modern, Self-Directedand Social. These broad categories are then broken … Read more

• An Effective Technique for Analyzing Students’ Grammar Skills in a Writing Context

Here is typical exchange that I’ve often heard between teachers who were evaluating a student’s writing together. It’s relatively easy to evaluate the content in students’ writing. We can usually agree about how well it is organized, how clear the ideas are presented and how deep the support is. The challenge comes when trying to … Read more

Try Tract to Find Inspiration for Fun Lessons

Disclosure: Tract is an advertiser on Last fall I introduced many of you to Tract as a platform for Genius Hour activities, for PBL, and for remote learning. Many of you have reported that it has been great for all of those things. Now I’d like to suggest another way to think about using … Read more

Why Does the School Football Program Come First?

Dear WearTeachers:As a high school teacher, the special treatment our football team really gets under my skin. They’re incredibly well-funded and have tons of support staff. Meanwhile, I can’t afford lab equipment for dissections, and my only help is a TA. Plus, the players are always getting out of class for football-related events. The coaches … Read more

How Inquiry Teaching Can Help Us Through Divided Times –

How Inquiry Teaching Can Help Us Through Divided Times by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD Educators and education, in general, political are getting swept into the morass of culture wars and polemic battles playing out in our media and processes and the downstream effects aren’t only disspiriting, they’re dangerous. Dangerous to and for the … Read more