Most educators know that the Common Core, Next Generation Science, and other new standards require them to teach more complex content while supporting students to gain deeper skills as they access content. But knowing is one thing; seeing is another.
Achieving these goals requires that teachers recognize the impact Linked Learning is making in their classrooms as they observe students engaged in learning. When teachers can identify nurture, and support their students to develop and sustain these deeper learning behaviors, they are more able to create learning environments that dramatically improve student motivation, empowerment, understanding, and achievement.
We’ve created the Behaviors of Learning and Teaching (BLT) Continuum as a framework designed to describe these behaviors as expressed in everyday classroom interactions. In addition to identifying what the behaviors look like, the framework suggests how teachers can adapt their classroom projects and activities to move students towards sustaining these behaviors. Below is a list of behaviors that this framework helps teachers to see more clearly, as students engage them:
Students can be seen …
- Collaborating: interacting productively with industry professionals, fellow students, and other adults.
- Directing their learning: Designing their learning and pursuing meaningful goals as teachers move into a guide role
- Focusing on outcomes: Seeking targeted feedback and revising learning plans, as well as reflecting on how their daily work adds to their goals
- Reaching for relevance: engaging in projects linked to personal interests, and industry-specific technologies
- Persevering to depth and rigor: Thinking critically about challenging material, and defending their solutions, outcomes, and growth
- Integrating their experiences: Making connections between academic, career technical subjects, and work-based learning experiences
To see expanded descriptions of the behaviors, click here.
We’ve seen that in Linked Learning classrooms, these behaviors have helped students feel more motivated, empowered and confident that they can achieve more.