deep learning

Concepts and threshold concepts

July 5, 2021

Concepts or “BIG ideas” are often used in schools to provoke and extend connections enabling a shift from surface to deep understanding.  They can also be a first step to the deeper notion of “ways of knowing” or epistemic knowledge.  Concepts help students shift from “stuff I know” (declarative knowledge) to putting the knowledge to […]

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Ways of knowing

July 2, 2021

I am thinking about epistemic knowledge – “ways of knowing”. How I get to add things to the “stuff I know” box – is interesting.  It also requires me to think about the options for critical review of the “stuff” in the box.  And then there is taking things out of the box.  To ask, […]

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Analysing a health issue

June 28, 2021

Using SOLO Maps to analyse and address a health issue – diabetes in the Pacific. Analysing a health issue – describing symptoms, who is affected, and then explaining its determinants (causes) and implications (effects) on well-being is a significant undertaking. Note: Possible determinants of health include socioeconomic status, education level, geography, cultural identity, social inclusion […]

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Interpreting a historical event

June 26, 2021

It is hard to understand what is going on in the world when everyone is shouting and no one seems to care about the conch shell. There is increasing cognitive load involved when we help students think like a historian. If we accept that determining the significance of a historical account is nuanced work, then […]

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There is magic in graphs

June 23, 2021

“There is a magic in graphs. The profile of a curve reveals in a flash a whole situation — the life history of an epidemic, a panic, or an era of prosperity. The curve informs the mind, awakens the imagination, convinces.” – Henry D. Hubbard Seeing the “magic” in a graph is like the, “THEN […]

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Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle

June 17, 2021

‘Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle’* Embed from Getty Images Exhorting others to “be kind” is not helpful if we don’t take time to clarify what “being kind” is like. Being kind is often used as a place holder for showing empathy (cognitive, emotional and compassionate). An observation that prompts […]

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Melbourne University Network of Schools

September 9, 2019

View this post on Instagram A nice little morning of PD with SOLO Guru Pam Hook. Just helping the old brain absorb the info 🧠 . . #graphicrecording #graphicfacilitation #visualthinking #visualfacilitation #visualnotes #visualrecording #livescribe #livescribing #livedrawing #neuland #sketchnotes #doodling A post shared by Matt Handley (@_highlyvisual) on Sep 8, 2019 at 6:04pm PDT

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Danish design for deep learning

July 19, 2018

Embed from Getty Images How a Danish educator designs for deep understanding during student research in History. The deep understanding is a teaching goal for me – it’s not enough that they know about the war and the war came. They have to understand the consequences and the influences of the historical event on the […]

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Kahukura Cluster Conference

June 2, 2018

“Surface to Deep” on Friday was a remarkable day of teachers sharing their professional practice. Teachers from the Kahukura Community of Learning – Christchurch South Intermediate School, Sacred Heart School, Thorrington School, Addington Primary, Sommerfield School, West Spreydon and Cashmere Primary School – gathered together for a day focused on shifting from surface to deep […]

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SOLO Taxonomy at ESF in Hong Kong

May 28, 2018

Reflecting on the powerful examples of student learning using SOLO shared during my visit to Hong Kong last week Fractions explored through SOLO Hexagons thinking and student co-construction of SOLO rubrics – just fabulous 🙂       Great two days in conversation with thoughtful educators inquiring into the effectiveness of using an explicit model […]

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