Happy Friday! I hope you have had a wonderful week – I can’t believe we have only a week left before our Winterim trips. I have one final set of notes from the Learning and the Brain conference to share with you. These are from a breakout session with Jal Mehta on Deeper Learning. Mehta is an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is the author of The Allure of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations, and the Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling. During the session, we had a chance to break out into smaller groups and discuss how to apply deeper learning to our curricula.
I was happy to discover that much of what Mehta speaks about is already happening at Dawson. Very rarely do I walk into classrooms where the teacher is the focus and the students are passive. Rather, they are typically deeply engaged in activity, asking open-ended questions and gathering evidence to support arguments. Deeper learning is key to students’ development, and our students experience it on a daily basis.
Enjoy these notes, and have a great weekend.
- Schools today are far from DL
- students are stronger in basic skills than higher order skills
- 1 in 5 classrooms - challenging students
- 70% of high school students report being bored daily
- Why are schools so far from DL?
- Most people teach the way they were taught
- The Deeper Learning Project: Learning from Practice
- Mapping the landscape of deeper learning
- 30 visits of 1-20 days to schools recommended for pursuit of deeper learning
- All public, charter, and traditional, socio-economic mix
- Capture how a wide sample of schools approach deeper learning
- Look for patterns in approaches... » read more