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Deeper Learning Digest: Taking to “Twitter” for Social Emotional Learning

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August 10, 2018 02:04 pm


Sometimes, diving into emotions requires going back to the basics. For one teacher, this means stepping away from the world of online social media and creating a “Twitter board” full of hand written “tweets.”

This week’s digest also explores how a garden in the Bronx changed students’ minds, connecting state assessments to classroom practice, and some great deeper learning action from social media! And if you’re exploring whether to launch a deeper learning initiative or want to strengthen or expand existing deeper learning practices, we have resources for you.

Taking to “Twitter” for Social Emotional Learning

Seventh grade teacher Jill Fletcher explains how – and why – she constructed a paper “Twitter” board to help students get to know each other better, make connections, and build a community.

In this activity, students created their “Twitter” profiles, added a short bio, and made a list of followers, including a friend, an acquaintance, and someone they don’t often interact with, and then generated “tweets” and responses by adding slips of paper to the “Twitter” board.

This activity helped to nurture students’ social emotional learning (SEL) competencies of “self-awareness, social awareness, responsible decision-making, self-management, and relationship skills.”

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How a Garden in the Bronx Transformed the Student Experience

“Of all the plants I’ve grown, the greatest crop has been my students themselves.”

A garden in the heart of the South Bronx, a place where 45,000 people live within eight square blocks of one another, is changing the education experience of students. They are measuring, tracking, and cooking with what’s growing in the garden, and as a result, becoming more engaged in the classroom.

You won’t believe the benefits of this “Green Bronx Machine,” sitting atop a 100-year-old building.

Watch the video below!


Connecting State Assessments to Classroom Practice

Nebraska education commissioner Matthew Blomstedt is on a mission to ensure that the state assessments are aligned with classroom practice. “We want to ensure we have a truly student-centered education system in Nebraska,” Blomstedt said in the Hechinger Report. “Otherwise assessment seems to be disjointed from what happens in the classroom.”

The Hechinger Report explains further that Nebraska would use a series of assessments throughout the school year to measure student growth. “Instead of getting information about schools and students from a single, end-of-year test that many complain is too high-stakes and doesn’t align with what students actually focus on in class, the information would come from assessments along the way that are aligned to what teachers are supposed to be teaching anyway.”

Read More.


Deeper Learning Toolkits: Helping Education Leaders Create Learning Conditions that Boost College & Career Readiness for Every Student

Looking to advance deeper learning in your school? All4Ed has toolkits that are designed to demystify deeper learning and help education leaders create the conditions that support it.

The toolkits support state and district leaders as they explore whether to launch a deeper learning initiative or move toward one; strengthen or expand existing practices aligned with skills that prepare students for the future; and commit the resources, political support, and expertise necessary to ensure success.

Check out the toolkits.


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!

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 Image from Edutopia, Courtesy of Jill Fletcher

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