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Deeper Learning
7 Powerful Strategies for In-Depth and Longer-Lasting Learning

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March 2008 | 328 pages | Corwin
"I felt like I walked the walk and could implement many of the strategies after reading it once."

—Andrea Golarz-Ziemba, Teacher

O.P. Morton Elementary School, Hobart, IN

"If our newest teachers came out of college with this knowledge, supplemented with the learning standards, their students would be more successful from day one."

—Patti Larche, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Phelps-Clifton Springs CSD, NY

Practical strategies to take your students' understanding from "So what?" to "Wow!"

With the amount of content that teachers have to teach, how can we ensure that students gain a deep and lasting understanding of what they have learned? Based on the most current research on cognition and the brain, this exciting book provides teachers with a systematic, reflective approach to incorporating powerful learning and content processing techniques into everyday instruction.

Nationally recognized experts Eric Jensen and LeAnn Nickelsen outline the Deeper Learning Cycle (DELC), an instructional model that incorporates brain research, standards, and individual learning differences, to help educators teach for deeper understanding and critical thinking. This invaluable resource includes:

In-depth chapters explaining the seven stages of the DELC: planning with standards and curriculum, pre-assessing, building a positive learning culture, priming and activating prior knowledge, acquiring new knowledge, processing the learning, and evaluating student learning

A Deeper Learning lesson plan template to apply to daily instruction

50 strategies to differentiate instruction based on learning levels and to help students process content in meaningful ways

Reflection questions to help teachers apply the material to their own practice

Deeper Learning is a powerful tool to promote and support student progress beyond the surface level of understanding in any subject area.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Beneath the Surface: Exploring the Deeper Learning Cycle (DELC)
DELC Model Introduced

 
Standards & Objectives of the Book

 
 
Part I. Preparing for Learning
 
2. Preparing for Deeper Learning
DELC Step #1. Planning the Standards & Curriculum

 
DELC Step #2. Pre-Assessing

 
DELC Step #3. Building a Positive Learning Culture

 
 
3. Activating Prior Knowledge and Acquiring New Knowledge
DELC Step #4. Priming & Activating Prior Knowledge

 
DELC Step #5. Acquiring Prior Knowledge

 
 
Part II. Processing the Content
 
4. Processing With a Purpose
DELC Step #6. Processing the Content

 
 
5. Processing Strategies Galore
DELC Step #6. Processing the Content

 
 
Part III. Putting It All Together
 
6. The Lesson Planning Guide
DELC Step #7. Evaluating the Student Learning

 
 
7. Processing Must-Have Tips
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"I felt like I walked the walk and could implement many of the strategies after one read through."

Andrea Golarz-Ziemba, Teacher
O.P. Morton Elementary School, Hobart, IN

“If our newest teachers came out of college with this knowledge, supplemented with the learning standards, their students would be more successful from day one.”

Patti Larche, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Phelps-Clifton Springs CSD, NY

"Templates for the Deeper Learning Cycle make it easy to translate theory into action, making for a fine pick for educator collections."

California Bookwatch, June 2008
Midwest Book Review

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Eric P. Jensen

Eric Jensen is a former teacher who grew up in San Diego, California. With a Ph.D. in Human Development, he synthesizes brain research and develops practical applications for educators.  He is listed among the top 30 educators in the world at GlobalGurus.org. Dr. Jensen has authored over 30 books, including Different Brains, Different Learners, Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain, Teaching with Poverty in Mind, Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind, and Poor Students Rich Students. Dr. Jensen co-founded an academic enrichment program held in 14 countries... More About Author

LeAnn Nickelsen

LeAnn Nickelsen, M.Ed. is a former teacher and currently provides staff development nationally on topics including brain research, reading and vocabulary strategies, how food affects learning, and differentiated instruction. She was a classroom teacher in three states and won a Teacher of the Year Award in Texas. LeAnn is known as “the teacher’s teacher” because of her practical, research-based examples that teachers can easily implement in their classrooms. She has a passion for both instilling the love for learning as well as helping teachers succeed. She currently resides in Ridgefield, Connecticut and parents her school age twins. She... More About Author

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