Flipped classrooms are increasing as a powerful strategy in 21st century classrooms. Let’s practice that innovation right now.

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How can schools develop self-directed learners?

The capacity for self-direction is the foundation for learning. Students who develop a sense of responsibility for their own learning are prepared to master rigorous academic content, think critically and analytically, communicate effectively, and collaborate productively. That is the view of teachers and principals we interviewed and observed in action for our forthcoming book, Deeper Learning: A Blueprint for Schools in the 21st Century. Read More →

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6 Rules to break for better, Deeper-Learning outcomes

As educators, we know when students tune in — and we know when they tune out. The more elusive question is why. There is emerging consensus that the 20th-century approach to education, which favors methods such as lectures and rote learning, is standing in the way of making school relevant to more students. Fortunately, research is catching up with our intuition and validating the practices that we know work in the classroom. One vision in particular, about what students should be able to do and know, is picking up steam. It’s called deeper learning. Read More →

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Shehz Ali
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Powerful Ideas for the future of education!! Our kids will certainly be better prepared for their future with these skills in their toolbox. What is the right balance between content/skills. Currently we don’t have it right.

Sebastian Evans
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I often wonder if teachers or students should be the experts in the room and who should be teaching who. I see teachers being taught by students when it comes to technology and new ways to effectively communicate in 2015. Lets make sure we give or kids the credit they deserve to learn with our guidance rather than our control.

Gabrielle Ruiz
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Sebastian, you are right. I sit in classes and wonder if I could have just read the book instead. My best teachers took me beyond the book and taught me the truth about what we were learning. I can get information all day, what I need is someone to help me understand it.

John
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As a teacher we are not supported to do this kind of work. I’m supposed to follow my calendar and teach content. I would love the support to teach what my kids need.

Monica Martinez
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Talk with your leader and find out what the impediments really are. The biggest thing you all need is for your principal to create the space for your from your district but then most importantly, provide you all with time to work together and identify and develop the learning the teachers need to teach toward deeper learning outcomes and to design curriculum together. But like my talk, you have to start with a shared and collective vision that deeper learning outcomes are what you all want and then walk the talk. See Deeper Learning: The Planning Guide for more information.… Read more »
Pam
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I am in total agreement, yet districts require teachers to follow the “scope and sequence” and to be prepared for the state assessments. I’m not sure that these are mutually exclusive options yet I struggle with showing teachers how to do to both.

John
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Remarkable, students who are taught well, taught to think, problem solve, think critically and collaborate also do well on these state assessments. I’m reminded of the film Most Likely to Succeed where they said 75% of the jobs our kindergartners will have don’t even exist yet. How do we know the content we are teaching them will prepare them for those jobs? We have a lot more confidence that the right 21st century skills will prepare them well.

Viviana Garcia
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The State of Texas will never allow for a school focus on these things rather than the content of the standards. We are test focused. I suppose charters and private schools can try this out and get away with this, but not public schools. When we get Austin to realize what our kids need we can have this conversation. Until then, they control what we teach, what we spend on and what we are measured by. I do want to say however that Dr. Martinez seems to be saying what a lot of us are thinking. I look forward to… Read more »
Monica
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Hi, this goes back to the talk where you need to identify who can be the catalysts and conveners and take your message up the chain with regard to advocacy…not to belittle the challenges and limitations. But all of these schools, non charters alike, did this without the state’s permission. Start with the end in mind and identify ways to get there. My understanding is that the TX state standards does suggest schools address two of the DL outcomes – develop an academic foundation along with understanding of key concepts and principles; develop critical thinking skills.

J D
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Speaking from a Mathematics perspective, I believe the State of Texas’ “Process Standards” that are imbedded in the Math TEKS grades 3-12 are is very much in tune with the competences that Dr. Martinez speaks of. The process standards address students abilities to apply, use a problem solving model, select appropriate tools, communicate math ideas, create and use representations to organize, analyze, & explain and justify ideas. The question that looms is, How do we teacher teachers to facilitate/integrate these competences inside their classroom lessons?

Maria Olivares
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Forgive my lack of understanding here JD. How can you teach real critical thinking in math in early years?

Dr. Scott A. Van Beck, Executive Director, Houston A+
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Dr. Scott A. Van Beck, Executive Director, Houston A+
I think the real struggle right now is how adults make the shift from approaching learning standards through standardization to reaching standards through personalization. It’s like we have two conflicting systems battling it out inside places we call schools. Maybe we need to stop focusing on schools, and begin (or return to – the Greeks did this thousands of years ago) focusing on schooling. By schooling I mean the process of teaching and learning, which can happen anywhere and anytime. Maybe we don’t need 20th century structures called school districts and schools to educate any longer. I’m really looking forward… Read more »
Joe Saavedra
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To be innovative- we need to change our definition of what a good/great school/education is.

Move from labels (blue ribbon, accolades) and titles towards a more shared and collective vision of what our schools are about and important – creates buy in…etc.

What outcomes and competencies will create student that learning Heros.

Need to revisit our purpose statements and define what some of it means and looks like.

Start with vision of what we would like our students to be able to learn and do
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Joe Saavedra
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To be innovative- we need to change our definition of what a good/great school/education is.

Move from labels (blue ribbon, accolades) and titles towards a more shared and collective vision of what our schools are about and important – creates buy in…etc.

What outcomes and competencies will create student that learning Heros.

Need to revisit our purpose statements and define what some of it means and looks like.

Start with vision of what we would like our students to be able to learn and do

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