6 Powerful Strategies For Deeper Learning In Your Classroom
In my new book, “Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century,” I take you inside a growing movement that represents what should be the new normal.
Deeper Learning is a set of student outcomes that includes mastery of essential academic content; thinking critically and solving complex problems; working collaboratively and communicating effectively; having an academic mindset, and being self-directed.
10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment
Wherever we are, we’d all like to think our classrooms are “intellectually active” places. Progressive learning (like our 21st Century Model, for example) environments. Highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning. But what does that mean?
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be invaluable to educators. Here are ten tricks that can make your life easier with Google Docs:
In simple terms, it is the process of breaking down what you know and information you have, and then evaluating and critically analyzing it in order to make an informed decision without bias.
A critical thinker:
- Is open-minded and mindful of alternatives - Desires to be, and is, well-informed - Judges well the credibility of sources - Identifies reasons, assumptions, and conclusions - Asks appropriate clarifying questions - Judges well the quality of an argument, including its reasons, assumptions, evidence, and their degree of support for the conclusion - Can well develop and defend a reasonable position regarding a belief or an action, doing justice to challenges - Formulates plausible hypotheses - Plans and conducts experiments well - Defines terms in a way appropriate for the context - Draws conclusions when warranted – but with caution - Integrates all of the above aspects of critical thinking
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