Our faculty is reading 4 chapters of Deeper Learning: Beyond 21st Century Skills for part of our summer+ learning. This is part 2 of my notes.
Deeper Learning: The Foreword – part 1
Deeper Learning: The Introduction – part 2 (this post)
Deeper Learning: Chapter 1 – Deeper Learning for Students Requires Deeper Learning for Educators <— My fave chapter for sure – part 3
- “Researchers are not only identifying new ways of learning; they are also pinpointing the best practices in instruction, curriculum, assessment, and leadership that show the highest promise for transforming learning from the superficial recall and regurgitation of facts, figures, and procedures to the intentional development of crucial cognitive skills (News from the National Academies, 2012)” (p. 3).
- My response: When will admin & teacher actions match what we know from research? I tend to think too many teachers have more autonomy than they are actually ready for as they are still novices.
- Hewlett Foundation has 6 attributes of deeper learning (p. 3-6)
- Mastery of core academic content
- Critical thinking & problem solving
- Collaboration – research on collaboration shows it is one of the most powerful tools to raise student achievement (Hattie; Marzano)
- Communication in writing and speaking
- Self-directed learning
- Academic mindset
- My response: Several of these are also MV Mindsets. I believe our school is on the right track.
- Teachers with a deeper learning agenda do more than ask students to memorize facts and procedures, practice skills for rote recall over and over on worksheets, and fill in the blanks on quizzes and tests (p.7).
- Deeper learning is a process that enables students to become more proficient at developing the fullest possible insights into the meaning of curricular content relevant to college and careers in this century (p. 8).
- Deeper learning is an outcome that results from the self-directed transfer of the 4Cs to the student’s understanding of a concept’s meaning (p.9).
- My response: I notice that my main areas of interest are really around changing teacher beliefs & actions to best help students.