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CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
Current trends in public education call for creating classrooms that support deeper learning. This continuing education course, the second in our Deeper Learning series, was developed using information from The Why, What, Where, and How of Deeper Learning in American Secondary Schools series. The course examines what is meant by teaching in light of the goals of deeper learning, and ways teachers can assist students in mastering core academic content, thinking critically and solving complex problems, working collaboratively, communicating effectively, and developing academic mindsets. A practical comparison of traditional learning vs. deeper learning in the classroom is presented as well as strategies to implement deeper teaching techniques.
1. Describe the characteristics of deeper learning as well as the goals of teaching to encourage and enhance such learning.
2. Compare and contrast the components of a core content lesson presented by a teacher with a traditional style and by one who promotes deeper learning within the classroom.
3. Identify strategies to help students make sense of subject matter and to build on what they know.
4. Demonstrate how teachers can use tools and routines that support collaboration and communication and can make it safe for students to present their thinking in the classroom.
5. Outline ways in which deeper learning is distinct, and how thinking about knowledge can be combined with different ways of thinking about teaching.
6. Discuss systematic instructional approaches that will enable deeper teaching and learning to occur on a broader scope.
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