‘Deep learning’

Teachers are looking for ways to engage students in “deep learning,” reports John Tulenko on PBS.

At King Middle School in Portland, Maine, science teacher Peter Hill’s eighth graders started a four-month study of energy  by building robots. They’ll finish by designing an energy device that could help people somewhere in the world.

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  1. If kids find it difficult to engage with science unless they are constantly hands-on, then I guess those kids should have this kind of program. But please dont force kids who are fine with traditional science into this mold. For them, there is an opportunity cost, because it’s not an efficient way to learn for those who are OK with a smaller proportion of “projects” and a greater proportion of concepts, facts, labs, and reading as compared to projects.