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Effective Learning: Rigor, Engagement, Student-Centered Task, & Tech

What is effective learning?

Having a common understanding of effective learning is key. The research done by the Peer-Ed Team shows that “school-wide improvement in student achievement occurs only in schools where teachers and administrators have explicitly created a shared norm about effective learning."

Effective student learning includes:
critical and creative thinking; a student-centered task, that is clearly aligned with the objectives and a matching assessment that looks for evidence of learning from the task;communication of learning;collaboration (this does not need to be the entire time);an authentic, engaging problem;empowering and engaging students in their learning, thereby enabling them to own their learning;technology integration that enhances learning (and teaching) throughout the lesson;creating meaning by connecting to what they already know (a constructivist approach);receiving feedback;and, reflection. Some questions and discussions to ponder about effective …