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.
Increasingly educators are relying on student data to make instructional decisions, but how much more useful could that information be in the hands of students themselves?
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.
How do we measure learning beyond knowledge of content? Finding that winning combination of criteria can prove to be a complicated and sometimes difficult process. Schools that are pushing boundaries are learning that it takes time, a lot of conversation, and a willingness to let students participate in that evaluation.
Pushing students to go beyond what they think they can do is at the core of good teaching. Challenging tasks keep students engaged and curious to learn more, driving their learning to new depths.
Helping every student experience meaningful, deep learning is a constant challenge, in no small part because no two learners are alike. To reach students who are particularly challenged — whether because of their ability to speak English or some other reason — educators can find a way in by tapping into students’ interests and passion.
Internships in the community can be a great way to show students the value of learning and bring their passions back into the classroom.
Every student has the capacity for rich, meaningful learning experiences. How can educators tap into the motivation that helps drive a love of learning in students? They key might be found in the “deeper learning” movement.
Flickr: CriCristina It may come as no surprise that the ideas that are top-of-mind for educators, parents, and policymakers are the very topics conveyed in the most popular MindShift posts this year. Giving kids the tools to create, teachers the freedom to innovate, making students’ work relevant in the real world, giving them access to […]