Deeper Learning is the process of preparing and empowering students to master essential academic content, think critically and solve complex problems, work collaboratively, com-municate effectively, have an academic mindset, and be self-directed in their education. It fully encompasses the educational goals that, taken together, constitute the foundation for developing the single most important ability students should possess: the capacity for learning how to learn. In an ever-changing world – one in which knowledge and its applications have the potential to shift almost daily – nothing is more valuable. Deeper Learning offers a framework for educators and schools to rise to the challenge of preparing students for college, careers, and the world today.
"The inspirational tone Martinez and McGrath (The Collaborative Advantage) take in their presentation of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Deeper Learning initiative masks a reliance on qualitative rather than quantitative evidence. Deeper Learning, as defined by the authors, develops “the single most important ability students should possess: the capacity for learning how to learn.” " — Publishers weekly
"The book is a quick and lively read, with well-told anecdotes illustrating the authors’ points about what Deeper Learning in action looks like. The book delivers what it promises: inspiring stories that show you what is possible.” — Getting Smart
"It is a fast read and will interest educators who want to produce self-motivated, passionate learners with a goal that looks beyond passing tomorrow’s quiz.”— Library Journal
"If you are involved in education, then this is a book that is worth your time to read. You will not be disappointed.” — Coffee for the Brain
In 2001, The Guardian newspaper launched a competition called “The School I’d Like”. The initiative posed what seemed like a natural and appropriate question at the turn of the new century inviting children of school age to tell how they might change education and their experience of schooling for the better. From
Any conversation about effective teaching must begin with a consideration of how students learn. Yet instructors who want to investigate the mechanisms and conditions that promote student learning may find themselves caught between two kinds of resources: Research articles with technical discussions of learning, or books and Web sites with concrete
Read and learn as James O'Hanlon and Donald Clifton describe how elementary and secondary principals, identified as outstanding, carry out their work. According to the authors, these principals resemble highly effective managers in business in their adherence to the tenets of positive psychology. While the position of principal is highly demanding,
DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education is about the future of higher education. It’s a story about the communities of visionaries who are tackling the enormous challenges of cost, access, and quality in higher ed, using new technologies to bring us a revolution in higher learning that
No generation can escape the responsibility of deciding what students should learn by analyzing what adults are called upon to do. In the old days, people were taught to do simple calculations, write letters, and read. As farming grew in complexity, schools in rural areas began teaching vocational agriculture. With the
To create strong communities of self-directed learners, teachers and principals say they often need to actively disrupt students’ expectations, making a clean break with histories of passive, rote learning practices that often leave students in a solitary place.
Designing relevant and engaging experiences for students is a tall order, as teachers work to align projects and assignments with evolving academic standards and also use and develop appropriate methods to ensure student work is fairly assessed.
For students to become deeper learners, they need to get used to the idea that learning is never a finite process, and that it certainly shouldn’t end as soon as they hand in a quiz or an essay.
A particularly powerful way to add meaning to learning is to make the subject matter both in-tegrated and relevant.
To best ignite kids’ drive to learn, teachers must not only engage them through their interests, but show them as clearly as possible how their efforts can help them develop useful skills.
Inquiry-based learning involves getting kids to see the big picture, question assumptions, and make connections for themselves, fueling their curiosity and contributing to their problem-solving skills.
Familiarizing students with computers and software early on is an important step to integrating technology effectively and smartly.
With so much change and nearly as much opacity regarding what’s to come in this century and the next, it’s incumbent on all of us to rethink what is needed and valued in our learning, our work, and our lives.