Over and over, I hear of the need for students to have transferable skills that apply to any job. We hear of companies, like Google, who do not put transcripts at the top of their requirements for a position. Great! But how do we prepare students for this type of opportunity of we are not focusing then on grades and how does this connect to student voice?
New Deep Learning Pedagogies may be the key to supporting students to be prepared for the trials and tribulations of the world around them while at the same time, promoting effective opportunities for student voice to shine.
New Deep Learning Pedagogy (NPDL) represents a shift in thinking where education is concerned. It is reflective of our changing society in which we live and the need for teachers to think more organically about how they approach teaching in the classroom. NDPL reflects a different approach to teaching, learning, and assessing all while still making outcomes relevant to the world around us.
Deep learning pedagogy is the desire to shift the shape of education to better prepare students for the world around them. NPDL “[requires] students to create new knowledge and connect it to the world by using the power of digital tools” (Fullan & Langworthy, i). It also involves learning partnerships “between and among students and teachers” (Fullan & Langworthy, p. 10). Projects are co-created and authentic to real life situations; they involve multiple conversations and understanding of what expectations may be where student success is concerned.
At the heart of NPDL are six core concepts that will set students up for the world around them as they move forward in life. These six C’s are:
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Collaboration (Fullan, 2014).
These six Cs represent the competencies within deep learning tasks that help make such tasks more relevant and meaningful to the students and teachers.
There is still much to learn where NPDL is concerned; evidence-based research is still require to better understand the positive impact this pedagogy could serve in the classroom.
Promoting Deep Learning Pedagogy
Meaningful integration of technology and inquiry based learning into the classroom supports students interests and perhaps elevates student engagement levels. Such a pedagogy prepares student for life after school and promotes a mindset of life long learning. After all, we need to be “developing kids who are learners instead of trying to make sure they’re ‘learned’”(Richardson, W., p. 14).
For more information, visit New Pedagogies for Deeper Learning website.