At Cannon School, one of the goals in our work at all grade levels is to help students become deep learners.
Deep learners include, as Ken Bain describes in his book, What the Best College Teachers Do, students who “…respond primarily to the challenge of mastering something, getting inside a subject and trying to understand it in all its complexity.”
So, I read with interest a recent blog post by Monica Martinez entitled 6 Rules to Break for Better, Deeper Learning Outcomes.
According to the Martinez post:
“Deeper learning is a set of learning outcomes for students that include:
- Mastery of core academic content
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Productive collaboration
- Effective communication
- An ability to direct their own learning and exhibit a strong academic mindset.”
Given that — along with the research findings she references that support the benefits of deep learning — Martinez offers her list of six rules that, if broken, can put students on a path toward deeper learning and understanding.
Read the entire blog post — and offer up your own list of rules we should consider breaking!
Cannon School is a JrK-Grade 12 independent school in Concord, NC.