Deeper learning is simply what highly effective educators always have provided: the delivery of rich core content to students in innovative ways that allow them to learn and then apply what they have learned. True deeper learning is developing competencies that enable students to graduate from high school ready for college and a career and then make maximum use of their knowledge in life and work.
The basic concepts of deeper learning are not new to education; indeed, they are routine educational practice for many accomplished teachers, educators, and high-performing schools. Now, increasing bodies of evidence confirm the value and effectiveness of these successful practices, underscoring the necessity for deeper learning as an integral part of the education process.
Deeper learning prepares students to
- know and master core academic content;
- think critically and solve complex problems;
- work collaboratively;
- communicate effectively;
- be self-directed and able to incorporate feedback; and
- develop the academic mindsets necessary for learning.
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