Who We Are
TeachThought, LLC is a progressive learning brand dedicated to supporting educators in evolving learning for a 21st century audience.
Most visibly, this starts with thought leadership and practical solutions for K-20 teachers via the TeachThought blog. It then extends to our design of learning models, curricula, apps, and other progressive learning tools to experiment with what works and what does through a combination of utopic opining and data-driven and research-supported thinking.
TeachThought is primarily interested in exploring new learning models, including blended learning, project-based learning, self-directed learning, and the role of play in learning while also supporting existing K-20 educators as they seek to improve their own craft in practice today. So, a balance of reality and possibility.
Terry Heick is a former English teacher turned education dreamer who is interested in how learning is changing in a digital and connected world. This includes, among other changes, the rise of self-directed learning.
He is also interested in the power of questions, the role of play in learning, clarifying digital literacy, the flexibility of project-based learning, marrying mobile learning and place-based education (especially through mentoring), the potential of video games and simulations in learning, what it really means to “understand” something, and how all of this produces wisdom and self-knowledge in students.
In addition to his work with TeachThought, he also presents at national conferences, provides professional development for schools, blogs for edutopia, and creates content for learnist and related companies.
TeachThought’s mantra is simple: learn better.
Our mission is modest enough–to create a modern enlightenment that results in healthy communities and interdependent citizens.
We believe that this can happen much more simply than it’d seem. The secret is to change the way people think about learning. It’s possible more than ever to create learning spaces that are personalized, self-directed, social, and rigorous. This requires new tools and models, but more importantly a paradigm shift in how everyone–educators and otherwise–thinks of the learning process.
What Makes TeachThought Different?
There are a lot of great blogs and organizations out there. What makes TeachThought unique is our macro view of the learning process, from culture and community to specific classroom practice. We are a brand that participates in every level of teaching and learning, from the dreaming to the practice.
It is our position that all learning should result in substantive personal and social change.
Our ideas are heavily influenced from a wide variety of thinkers, from Wendell Berry to Edward Wilson, David Hume to Henry David Thoreau, Jean Paul Sarte to Jeremy Bentham, Bena Kallick to Art Costa, Ken Robinson to Daniel Pink, Maria Popova to Grant Wiggins–and countless souls in between.
This concept includes the relationship between culture, communities, and the institutions and curriculum purported to serve them, as well as emerging technologies and media.
TeachThought Learning Models & Partnerships
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