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Deeper Learning Digest: Five Resources for Back to School

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August 22, 2019 03:25 pm


Summer is winding down and schools are gearing up for another great year of learning! As you head back to your school or classroom, here are five things to help you create deeper learning opportunities for your students.

1. Watch this video for three simple ideas to get middle and high schoolers to pay attention.

Are your students talking to each other more than they’re listening in class? In this video, learn what science says about why this happens with middle and high schoolers and three simple ways to help you make stronger connections with your students. More resources on the science of how adolescents develop and learn are available at

Watch the Video.

2. Understand how identity development can change the way students learn.

Teens are grappling with emotions and reactions to the world around them while also trying to learn. In this new All4Ed report, learn how teachers and schools can create environments where adolescents can thrive. For example, it’s important to create time and space to model, teach, and practice or role-play times of stress, anger, pain, or discomfort. It’s also helpful to offer opportunities field trips or guest speakers with diverse backgrounds that directly connect learning to the real world.

Download the Report.

3. Get tips and tricks from #FutureReady Librarians.

This one is for all the librarians gearing up for an engaging school year with their students. Join this Future Ready Librarians® webinar on August 28 at 5:00 pm EDT to learn how librarians can engage their communities, expand their collections, and take advantage of marketing, partnerships, and collaboration opportunities, as well as how to sustain these programs and practices throughout the school year.

Register Now.

4. Use this project quality checklist from New Tech Network.

Are you planning to work with your students on new projects? Check out this project quality checklist from New Tech Network to ensure a high-quality process and whether you have everything you need to roll it out to your students.  

Download the Checklist.

5. Check out the awesome back-to-school PD happening all over the country!

You can feel the positive energy and excitement building as many schools head into the last few days of professional development before students arrive. On Twitter, educators are diligently sharing their team building and planning with others in the deeper learning community.

The ‘Deeper Learning Digest’ is a bi-weekly roundup of articles, blog posts, and other content around deeper learning. Be sure to follow @deeperlearning on Twitter, @deeper.learning on Instagram, and like Deeper Learning on Facebook to stay up to date on all deeper learning news.

Featured Photo By Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action.

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