First published in NAPP My Portfolio 4 February 2016 – published in WordPress 29 June 2016
Pedagogies for deeper learning – this expression flows easily off our tongues and sounds right as a bastion of educational change. However if you are like me you have an uneasy feeling about relating this to the here and now of educational processes in school or in our clusters?
New Pedagogies for Deep Learning is a Fullan video clip that offers the chance to develop clarity and some assurance about the implications and processes.
Fullan spends time explaining changing relationships in the classroom – I like his point that the teacher is an activator (not a facilitator) engaged in deep learning processes – that is actively engaged in the learning process and not surrendering to the power of technology and leaving the students to their own devices. He sees technology being exploited in that activation but not leading the shape of how pedagogy works.
Engaging in Deep Learning is greatly assisted with the clarity of the Deep Learning Competencies as these seem applicable across all education anywhere – Communication, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, Character and Citizenship.
Extending each of these Competencies provides clarity for the teacher to actively lead the learning processes and share the patterns of how it works. e.g. Citizenship includes “global perspective, understanding of diverse values and worldviews, genuine interest in human and environmental sustainability, and solving ambiguous, complex and authentic problems.
I doubt that one can engage with students on Citizenship elements without “activating” students curiousity and capacity to question and question – very different from the teacher creating the questions and providing answers.
Complex and ambiguous problems abound in our societies – how often do we even discuss them? Are they part of the NAPP curriculum?