How to achieve Deeper Learning

11 Mar

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Establishing a culture of inquiry is a necessary prerequisite to achieving deeper student learning. The art of thinking flourishes within an emotionally, intellectually and physically safe learning environment that is carefully constructed by the classroom teacher. The development of philosophical dispositions must be fostered within both students and educators, because deep thinking is supported by deep teaching.

I wrote recent in my summarty to the Board of Trustees regarding NCEA results that one of the keys was Professional Development and relevance to real life.

I believe the development of formal thinking and logical reasoning skills is necessary to achieving deeper learning. Teachers should first immerse themselves in professional development focused on building inquiry skills, possibly within the field of philosophy. Learning to think deeply is a prerequisite to planning lessons with flexibility and creativity, both of which are critical aspects to achieving deeper student learning.

Prior to students becoming skilled at inquiry-based discussions, teachers must verbally model thinking skills for students by thinking aloud and making unlikely connections. Deeper learning necessitates deeper teaching. The is best done in professional learning groups as part of a professional learning network.

As teachers it is important we make learning relevant, meaningful, and tied to the generational characteristics of  students. I find when reviewing  documents, students rewrite the document with current jargon, allowing for a deeper understanding of its meaning. This also develops creative ways of thinking about the information, so that they can make connections and think outside of the box.

Deeper learning is the key to deeper understanding. How are you approaching ths in your school?

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