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Deeper Learning Digest: What Do the Walls Say?

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March 19, 2014 04:29 pm

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

What do the Walls Say? “When students see the work of their peers on the walls (whether a math puzzle, a photo-essay or 12 interlocking bicycle wheels) they want to make their work good. When there is an audience for their work beyond the classroom, students want the work to be perfect. When every student has piece of work they can be proud of displayed on the walls, it sends a message to every student that their work matters. Indeed, the students speak to each other and to the public through the walls. It is their voices that are celebrated. And it is their work that sends the message about what is valued in the school and what learning is supposed to be.” (via Learning Deeply)

Why I Changed My Mind About Data: “As the ed reform world has gone crazy over the past 15 years about “data based decision making,” I have been very resistant, because too often the only data anyone is ever talking about is student performance on poorly constructed end-of-year standardized tests. My reading on improvement research has helped me see that there is actually a lot of data that I do care about. My goal now is to help High Tech High become data driven, but towards a broad range of data. Likewise, in my own small way, I am trying to nudge my friends in the ed reform world to consider a broader range of data in their thinking and actions.” (via Learning Deeply)

Deeper Learning 101 with Robert Rothman: A helpful Q&A on deeper learning with Robert Rothman, a senior fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education. Rothman is nationally known education writer, editor, and expert on the Common Core State Standards and deeper learning. (via High School Soup)

Webinar: Join NASBE on March 26,2014, from 3:00-4:00 PM (EST) for a webinar discussion about deeper learning competencies, and the role state policymaking plays. Presenters, including Big Picture Learning’s Elliot Washor, the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Robert Rothman, and Illinois State Board Member, Vinni Hall, will discuss some of the policy challenges surrounding deeper learning, and how policies at the local and state level that can empower the development of these deeper learning competencies. The conversation will include on-the-ground examples, and provide participants with national and international context to better understand this important issue. (Register here)

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