What is 4D Learning?
Every classroom at Galloway is different, but there is a common framework of characteristics and processes in our learning spaces that creates engagement. The research is clear, and perhaps obvious. Students learn when they are paying attention. Students pay attention when they are engaged; when they are actively participating in the thinking process. 4D Learning is the common framework that creates the learning environment where students pay attention which leads to deeper understanding.
We generate deliberate learning; through visible thinking, discussion and debate in a democratic classroom, where students are taught and practice thinking routines, critical reading, and thoughtful and respectful interaction; where students are challenged with difficult and open-ended essential questions, and are motivated to push beyond their perceived limits; and where we measure our learning outcomes on a regular basis.
We model daring learning; where teachers and students are encouraged to be fearless learners; where the culture values risk and failure as important parts of the learning process; where we understand that the quality of the process is what leads to excellence and success.
We create a dynamic learning environment; where there is a feeling of anticipation and adventure in learning; where teachers vary their teaching styles to engage all types of learners; where students have ownership of their learning, even directing some of their learning; and where students find relevancy in both content and skills.
We encourage learning through discovery; where the culture encourages deep learning; where students create their own questions and wrestle with real-world problems; where claims require well-researched support; and where the research process is an adventure in contextual discoveries, and in that process students are comfortable being uncomfortable, and are motivated to keep looking around that next bend.