February 27, 2014 01:58 pm
A new blog from Education Week, “Learning Deeply” will explore a range of topics about deeper learning. For Robert Rothman, a senior fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education and a contributor to “Learning Deeply,” deeper learning “means that students are able to use the knowledge and skills they gain in each academic subject in order to think critically, collaborate, communicate effectively, direct one’s own learning, and have an academic mindset that allows one to explore and learn on their own.”
In the introductory post, Rothman and co-contributor Jal Mehta – associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education – tell a little about themselves, their definitions of deeper learning, and the purpose of the new blog. They write:
…The goal of this blog is not to argue the case for deeper learning. Rather, it is to discuss what it looks like at the practice and policy levels and to challenge one another’s thinking about instructional change. We fully expect the participants in the blog–who will include students (yes, students!), teachers, leaders of school networks, researchers, district and state officials, and representatives of policy organizations–to disagree from time to time, both by virtue of where they sit and because of their experience and understanding of research on student learning and school organization. We hope that bringing together these voices from varied perspectives will enable the kind of discussion across levels and roles that is missing from many discussions in education today. And we sincerely hope that readers will add their voices and perspectives as well.
A wide range of contributors will post several times a week. Be sure to check back here and, of course, on the Learning Deeply blog, to join the conversation on deeper learning.