Deeper Learning Digest: Math Lessons … At a Goat Farm?
June 29, 2018 09:35 am
Strap on your boots! This week’s digest dives into a work-based learning program in Vermont that gives students hands-on experience at a goat farm. It also explores what states are doing to support competency-based learning, how to improve assessments, and what students are looking for after they graduate from high school.
Math Lessons…At a Goat Farm?
Yes, you read that right. High school students at Randolph Union in Vermont can earn academic credit via hands-on work, writes The Hechinger Report’s Kelly Field.
Just because there’s no formal curriculum at the farm doesn’t mean that math isn’t part of the equation. Calculations must be made to determine sales and that problem solving is a key component of the work, writes Field. But perhaps the biggest benefit is getting students out from behind desks and enabling them to see their academic learnings play out in real life.
This is all part of a statewide push to personalize learning and give students “more of a say over what – and where – they study,” writes Field.
How States Are Supporting Competency-Based Education
How can state policies support competency-based education (CBE) programs?
Getting Smart shared a list of states that have policies in place supporting CBE programs. The policies focus on specific areas, including
- flexibility from time-based systems,
- competency-based diplomas,
- acceptance of competency-based diplomas and credits by higher education,
- flexible learning,
- state assessments, and
- innovation pilots.
For example, Maine is transitioning to a proficiency-based diploma for all students, meaning each student must demonstrate proficiency in cross-curricular skills to graduate from high school. New Hampshire has shifted to demonstration of competency, rather than seat time, for credits.
Other state shout-outs include Michigan, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, and more. This list is generated from information provided in an an ExcelinEd report tracking these state policy efforts around CBE.
Summer Learning Goal: Getting Better at Assessment
Is your goal this summer to become better at assessing student learning? Look no further.
The Teaching Channel has a series of instructional videos that focus on the different types of assessments and how to find and design the right fit for your classroom.
“We know that assessment is critical in order to effectively plan lessons, set meaningful learning goals for students, improve your teaching practice, and make informed decisions for your classroom or district,” writes Teaching Channel’s Lisa Hollenbach. However, planning assessments and digging into data can be tedious and time-consuming.
But it doesn’t have to be.
High School Grads Want Job Skills
After students graduate from high school, what are they looking for next? According to a new report from the College Savings Fund (CSF), 81 percent of high school students seek skills training, and “an increasing number are considering technical schools and community colleges,” reports Education Dive.
Similarly, several other recent reports indicate that higher education should provide demand-driven training and “better targeted” instruction that is based on employer needs.
Deeper Learning in Action
Twitter can be a great place to see what’s happening to promote deeper learning outcomes in (and out!) of classrooms across the country. Here are a few examples. Be sure to follow @DeeperLearning and check out #DeeperLearning for more!
STUDENTS as KEYNOTES #PBLworld: Blake and Zelma speaking their truth through stories & #hiphop with 1300+ educators from around the world!! #deeperlearning by all of their @hightechhigh teachers #HQPBL #equity #ShareYourLearning LOVE THEM!!!! pic.twitter.com/qRzgtRE8cr
— Dr. Kaleb Rashad (@kalebrashad) June 20, 2018
Authenticity is a key differentiator when students really experience #HQPBL. A project just for the sake of doing a project doesn’t cut it. Where is the authenticity and connection? #deeperlearning #pbl #projects pic.twitter.com/665ufaBitA
— High Quality PBL (@HQPBL) June 22, 2018
Working on new projects? Use our #PBL project checklist to ensure quality! https://t.co/dsJfAXUFKL #pblchat #deeperlearning pic.twitter.com/8TTTqmiStF — New Tech Network (@newtechnetwork) June 21, 2018
Student reflection: “Our school sees us as individuals and not defined by a test score. #PBL gives us a chance to find our talents. It gives us humanity and a sense of who we are and a voice to express ourselves.” #PBLWorld#deeperlearning#stuvoice#PBLchat — Brandon Wiley, Ed.D. (@bwileyone) June 21, 2018
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 Kelly Field for the Hechinger Report