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Deeper Learning Digest: Education, Expanded

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March 10, 2014 01:01 pm

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The ‘Deeper Learning Digest’ is a weekly roundup of articles, blog posts, and other content around deeper learning. These roundups will appear here every Monday. Make sure to add High School Soup to your RSS feed to stay up-to-date on all deeper learning news.

Deeper Learning: “As teachers, we need to be looking closely at what inspires our students to want to learn; what engages them in that learning, then harnessing this to ensure they feel involved in their own learning,  becoming co-creators of it.” (via Debra Way on EduBlogs)

The Importance of Critical Optimism: “In teaching the course, we learned one more thing: that the best way to get more people to teach or lead for deeper learning was for them to experience deeper learning themselves. Once you had experienced learning that was sustained, hard, motivating, connected to your identity, and more about creating new knowledge than receiving accumulated wisdom, there was no way to go back to a world in which learning was copying out of a textbook, doing problems on a worksheet, or even just analyzing what others had discovered.” (via Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine on Learning Deeply)

‘I Know It’s Good ‘Cause I Practiced It’: “Rather than handing out a 4×4 rubric and leaving it at that, teachers help students to capitalize on or build understandings of how the relevant fields define excellence. In one instance, math students worked with professional architects to understand how proposals for new buildings are judged. In another, students creating exhibits for a science museum tested their prototypes with children who regularly visited the space. In a third, students had to discuss their economics projects with a diverse group of adults. Their teacher provided rubrics and feedback, but the ultimate benchmark was “to be able to explain what you’re doing in a way that makes you sound intelligent.”  (via Sarah Fine on Learning Deeply)

Education, Expanded: “I envision future schools where students’ education is driven by their passion, where students’ curiosity rather than a curriculum is driving the content, and where students collaborate not just on the projects that the teachers design, but on their own projects as well.” (via a guest blogger on Learning Deeply)

Essay-Grading Software Seen as Time-Saving Tool: “New assessments to test deeper learning and move beyond multiple-choice answers are also fueling the demand for software to help automate the scoring of open-ended questions.” (via Education Week)

A new section on Education Week focuses on “New Directions in Assessments.” These stories focus on ways teachers, schools, districts, and states are changing assessments to move beyond multiple choice and capture how well students understand deeper learning concepts, a key part of the Common Core State Standards.

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