Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.
Learning resources can include not only online materials — courses, worksheets, videos, podcasts and the like — but also things like your local library or museum, or even your backyard. Here’s an overview of some of the types of resources to consider.
Aerobic exercise could help narrow the achievement gap between low-income college students and their higher income peers.
To help kids graduate from high school, educators may need to start looking data as early as middle school.
Learning to write by hand has learning benefits that could be neglected if too much focus is put on keyboarding.
Girls love to play Minecraft as much as boys, a fact educators would like to use to interest them in coding more generally.
The old one room schoolhouse model offers good lessons on valuing each learner and true personalization.
When we think and talk about learning, the metaphors we use matter. The language we employ when we describe how learning works can illuminate the process, allowing us to make accurate judgments and predictions—or it can lead us astray, setting up false expectations and giving us a misleading impression of what’s going on.
How one district is moving past standardized tests in an effort to show deeper learning.
With so much access to student data these days, teachers are experimenting with different tactics, and figuring out what’s working and what’s not. As with most scenarios using education technology, it’s a mixed bag. How it’s used depends on a variety of factors in each school and in each teacher’s classroom. Some teachers are embracing student data to inform their teaching, while others believe there’s a risk of an over-reliance on hard numbers that doesn’t take into account the human factor.
Educators at schools that focus on deeper learning are nurturing confident, self-sufficient learners who are ready for the rigors of college regardless of their backgrounds.