Deeper Learning: How to Achieve Deeper Learning in the Classroom! – Part 2

Guests, Jennifer Kabaker (@JenCohKab), Ben Daley (@bendaley), and Stephanie Aragon discuss strategies teachers can use to deepen learning within their classrooms by developing student passions and focusing on required content!

Part 2 of 2

#RMLHangout, #edchat, #deeperlearning

Deeper Learning: How to Achieve Deeper Learning in the Classroom! – Part 1

Guests, Jennifer Kabaker (@JenCohKab), Ben Daley (@bendaley), and Stephanie Aragon discuss strategies teachers can use to deepen learning within their classrooms by developing student passions and focusing on required content!

Part 1 of 2

 

#RMLHangout, #edchat, #deeperlearning

Diving Into Deeper Learning – Part 2

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Matt Friedman (Mars Area School District), and Michael Loughead (South Fayette School District) discuss the place of deeper learning in a curriculum and share a few of the deeper learning initiatives taking place in their districts.

Part 2 of 2

Diving Into Deeper Learning – Part 1

Nikki Navta (Zulama), Todd Keruskin (Elizabeth Forward School District), Matt Friedman (Mars Area School District), and Michael Loughead (South Fayette School District) discuss the place of deeper learning in a curriculum and share a few of the deeper learning initiatives taking place in their districts.

Part 1 of 2

Insights on Deeper Learning

Insights on Deeper Learning

By Norton Gusky, Educational Technology Consultant

Norton_suitThere have been a variety of reports and articles written about Deep Learning. I’m going to use my insights based on my research in combination with the January 2014 report, “A Rich Seam – How New Pedagogies Find Deep Meaning” (Fullan & Langworthy). The following factors are key to all of the reports from the past and present:

  • There are core elements or keystone skills that students need to learn. These are now the focus of the Common Core. These skills now require the knowledge of digital tools.
  • Learners need to learn to think critically to solve authentic, complex problems.
  • Learners need to learn how to communicate and collaborate.
  • Learners need to develop a life-long learning frame of mind.
  • Learners need to develop attitudes or habits that include grit and resilience to deal with complexity.

“Deep learning is more natural to the human condition because it more clearly connects with our core motivations: to directly and deeply engage in learning; and to do things that truly make a difference to our lives and to the world. In the best examples, teachers and students are teaming up to make learning irresistibly engaging, and steeped in real-life problem-solving.” (Fullan & Langworthy)

For years teachers have complained that students cannot apply what they teach. We need to rethink the relationship between the teacher as the purveyor of knowledge and the student as the vessel. We now realize that learning happens when the learner has ownership, when the learner asks the questions, and the teacher provides the support and resources necessary for the learner.

In the 21st century we need to be thinking about how we design learning environments that promote life-long learning and prepare students for any work-related opportunities. The best way to do this is to combine personalized learning with project-based learning. Learners need to find a reason to learn. Some call this a passion or interest. We can debate the terms, but it’s critical to have intrinsic motivation.

Personalized learning can build the core, but without the application, the learning doesn’t stick. That’s where problem, project, or challenge-based learning comes to play. The terms are not as important as the process. It is imperative that students see a real-world connection for what they are learning. That’s the career or work vision. We are not training students for jobs, we are preparing them for life. When the pieces come together, that is Deep Learning.

Learn more about Norton and his work on his website and connect with him on Twitter.