What Is Deeper Learning?
Deeper learning is an engaging approach to teaching and learning that facilitates real-world applications and skill sets, in order to prepare students to lead and innovate in the 21st century.
When students engage in deeper learning they experience work that impacts the community, both locally and globally. The skillsets gained as a result of learning deeply impact all future endeavors in the life of a student-beyond college and career. Ultimately, these meaningful learning experiences will prepare students for a future that is unknown and will assuredly require true innovators, critical thinkers and problem solvers.
How we get there
There is no one way to get to deeper learning, rather there are numerous vehicles to take students along the journey of learning deeply. These include:
- Project Based Learning
- Inquiry Based Learning
- Problem Based Learning
- Design Thinking
- Maker labs and schools
- STEAM initiatives
What it produces
When students are engaged in deeper learning distinct attributes are produced. All CraftED Curriculum’s work is aligned to Hewlett Foundation’s definition of these skillsets and demeanors, known as the Deeper Learning Competencies. The following six competencies are essential to prepare students for success in the 21st century:
- Master core academic content
- Think critically and solve complex problems
- Work collaboratively
- Communicate effectively
- Learn how to learn
- Develop academic mindsets
A Refreshing classroom experience
traditional classroom vs deeper learning classroom
- Teacher delivers content knowledge to students in a one way transaction
- All content has been previously established and is static
- Students work as independent silos
- Learning is finite with clear pre-determined start and end points and boundaries
- Learning is mastered when students can reproduce existing content on standardized assessments
Deeper Learning Classroom
- Learning is collaborative and reciprocal between teacher and students
- Content is constantly being collectively constructed and is dynamic
- Students recognize and value learning as a social process and are constantly collaborating
- Learning is fluid and limitless
- Learning is achieved when students are asked to create, design, construct, and perform open-ended tasks with aligned assessments.