The Many Roads to Christian Deeper Learning: An Introduction

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As educators have learned about needed student outcomes for work and life, insights on how students learn, standards reform, personal digital technology, authentic work, etc., they have grappled with how to translate this knowledge into workable teaching and learning models. A number of models and networks arose, and commonalities were recognized among the goals of the various groups.

In this series, we’ll take a look at the various models of Christian Deeper Learning.

A Denver Blessing to Cherish

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Although the Denver Christian Deeper Learning conference now seems like a fleeting memory in the rear-view mirror (February was eons ago), it is appropriate to recall with gratitude the blessings experienced as 375\+ educators gathered from all over the world for our 3rd annual Christian Deeper Learning conference! The opportunity for educators to gather for encouragement, learning, and networking (face-to-face!) … Read More

RAFTs: A Creative Way to Demonstrate Understanding

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Whether teaching on-line or face-to-face, RAFTs is an engaging strategy that encourages writing across the curriculum and provides opportunities for students to demonstrate understanding in creative ways. The strategy invite students to assume a role, consider their audience, examine a topic from a relevant perspective, and write in a particular format.

The Third Way

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The dualistic mind, upon which most of us were taught to rely, is simply incapable of the task of creating unity. It automatically divides reality into binary opposites and does almost all its thinking inside of this highly limiting frame. It dares to call this choosing of sides “thinking” because that is all it knows how to do! “Really good” … Read More

Deeper Learning in Christian High Schools

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In their excellent bestseller, In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School, co-authors Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine take a comprehensive look at Deeper Learning in high school education in America. They focused on four types of high schools that offer deeper learning and/or rigorous traditional learning: Project based “No excuses” International Baccalaureate Comprehensive (traditional) … Read More

The Invitation to Learn

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In my previous blog, “The Hook: What’s in a Name?” I promised to share some ideas about creating engaging invitations to learn. I’ve worked with many teachers designing deeper learning projects that invite students to do “real work for real people.” One challenge we always encounter is linking the service component of the project to the standards and skills that … Read More

Our Resistance to Accountability

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The resistance to accountability goes back a long way–perhaps to the Garden of Eden with the passing of blame from Adam to Eve and from Eve to the serpent. Each evaded taking responsibility for his or her actions. These problems persist to the present day as a result of this original brokenness. To whom am I accountable and to whom … Read More

The Hook: What’s in a Name?

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The language we use has a real power to influence how we understand our world—and act in it. –Kristin Lin, Editor, The On Being Project My wife Joanna and I just finished facilitating two wonder-full institutes on Deeper Learning in Christian Schools and are planning a third in the Dominican Republic. David Smith has been with us (in spirit–see his … Read More

What Story Is at the Heart of Our Schools?

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What if (Christian) education was primarily concerned with shaping our hopes and passions—our visions of the “good life”? What if the primary work of (Christian) education was the transforming of our imagination rather than the saturation of our intellect? What if we began by appreciating how education not only gets into our head but also (and more fundamentally) grabs us … Read More

Deeper Learning Conference–Take Two!

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It was a great time of learning, connection, and celebration at our second annual Christian Deeper Learning conference held at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, Texas on March 6-8! A couple of highlights for attendees were the keynote speech given by one of the deeper learning pioneers in the national movement, Ron Berger from EL Education; and a presentation of … Read More