Deeper Learning Spotlight
Master core academic content (d, e, f, g, h, i) Work collaboratively (a)
Develop academic mindsets (i, j, k)
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This strategy is a scaffold for young students to interact with experts. An expert is someone who has authoritative, comprehensive, or demonstrated knowledge and skill in a particular discipline or area. Experts include scientists, chefs, artists, doctors, community leaders, professors, nutritionists, and so on. This strategy teaches students how to interview experts in the real world. Through this process the teacher will model how to interview an expert, then gradually release the responsibilities over to students.
Experts help students make a beautiful connection between what they learn in the classroom and what takes place in the real world. The process of learning from an expert brings content to life and helps students see the applicable value in what they are learning. In addition to serving as an authentic data source, interacting with experts gives students an opportunity to develop the valuable lifelong skill of communicating with professionals and the chance to imagine themselves in a particular workforce.