Quote of the Day

“When you’re a professor, it’s possible to go long stretches of time without knowing what’s going on in the heads of learners. When you’re lecturing all the time and never hearing from students, you have no sense of how transfer or misconception deficits are accumulating.” – Grant Wiggins, Understanding Understanding*, 3/26/2012 * HUID login required…

Quote of the Day

“Understanding is remembering in disguise. To get a student to understand, a teacher must ensure that the right ideas from the student’s long-term memory are pulled up…”. – Grant Wiggins, Understanding Understanding*, 3/26/2012 * HUID login required to view lecture video

Quote of the Day

“‘Understanding’ is looking at the vast array of outcomes and saying — that’s what we want students to get/know/do.” – Grant Wiggins, Understanding Understanding*, 3/26/2012 * HUID login required to view lecture video

Quote of the Day

“No matter what your course goals, you’re looking at competent understanding, not prompted academic responses. This is what all schooling should be about.” – Grant Wiggins, Understanding Understanding*, 3/26/2012 * HUID login required to view lecture video

Quote of the Day

“What is ‘understanding’ as a goal, and what does it demand of assessment and instruction? How can we achieve understanding (and other key educational goals) by design rather than by good fortune?” – Grant Wiggins, Understanding Understanding*, 3/26/2012 * HUID login required to view lecture video

Overheard at HILT

Regarding the time we spend teaching, one HILT presenter asked, Assuming we see increases in teaching productivity (faster grading, more efficient learning) thanks to technological change, what are we going to do with productivity gains? What are we going to do with our free time? What do you think? How would your teaching change if…

Quote of the Day

“One of the ways we could gradually strengthen the culture of teaching at Harvard generally is to put more focus on the way we teach our PhD students to prepare for their teaching, which addresses exactly what you said isn’t systematically done. . . . I think that would not only have the benefit of…

Quote of the Day

“When people see success, they want to emulate it.” “The challenge for the innovators . . . is to be an evangelist among your colleagues.” -Alan Garber, HILT Symposium, Feb. 3, 2012

Quote of the Day

“How do we foster a true culture of teaching and learning? We have obstacles: to be a kindergarten teacher, you have to be certified. To be a lawyer, a doctor, you have to be certified. But to teach the next generation of intellectual leaders, all you need is a PhD – you’re expected to know…