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What’s at Stake? Teaching Toward Expertise With a Sense of Urgency

What’s at Stake? Teaching Toward Expertise With a Sense of Urgency

Essential Question

What’s the best way to prepare learners for real-world expertise?

If the goal of K–12 education is to ensure that our learners are ready for the next learning challenge—and eventually for college and careers and everything their futures hold—then we must transform learners’ motivation and capacity in ways that correspond to those of experts before they finish school. We accomplish this when we motivate learners with authentic tasks learners find interesting, meaningful, and usable. Deliberate practice with strategies necessary to completing real-world tasks will develop the same mental models that experts use, which means learners will be able to transfer those skills and ...

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