5 easy concepts that may change your instructing

5 simple ideas that can change your teaching

by Terry Heick

The lessons are incredibly complex.

Unless you have been incredibly wise and forward-looking, there is no way you can be the teacher, so many start their careers to be. You just will never be able to do everything any learner needs, no matter how hard you work, how much you read, and how persistent you work together.

This should not discourage, but empower. Start with what’s important, what’s within your reach, and what you can do, and then start your Sisyphean push from there. Below are five simple ideas that can transform your teaching. The post is intentionally short and is just to get you thinking and possibly starting a conversation in your PLN.

1. Don’t evaluate anything.

Not only does this protect your mental health, but it also protects students from always fear of failure. The goal of the assessment is not a grade, but a snapshot of understanding based on a particular assessment format. That’s all.

Scoring everything also sets a tone for compliance and measurement, and promotes extrinsic motivation.

2. Prioritize. Then prioritize again.

Embrace that not all ideas – or standards – are equally important. And even if they did, students will not master every standard, skill, competence, or topic that you hope they will master. Realize the big ideas in your curriculum and make sure they keep popping up through iteration.

3. Realize that the school year is a marathon, not a series of sprints.

You have more time than you think to help students study. Don’t rush – prioritize and move forward on purpose.

Consider instructions that are anchored by topics and projects rather than genres or standards, regardless of how often you are advised to be “standards-oriented.” You can be standards-based and still wrap content up with something more compelling – and something that is more conducive to long-term retention.

4. spiral everything.

Difficult things take practice. See # 3. Constantly spiralize the most important and transferable big ideas in your content. When filling a jar with stones of different sizes, put the large stones in first.

5. Master who adjusts your teaching in real time.

No matter how good your lesson looks on paper, learning cannot happen without commitment. Constantly monitor and adjust in real time to respond to how engaged your students are or not. Also note that there is metacognitive engagement as well, and this is important as the learning is procedural and chaotic. curiosity, Insecurity and confusion are crucial parts of learning. You may know this, but make sure your students do too.

Most teachers can – and often do – adapt their lessons on the fly. The key is to master this process and know what needs to be adjusted when, how to adjust it, and if the adjustments were effective, etc.

5 simple ideas that can change your teaching

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