Authentic Learning


Authentic learning connects students’ skills and knowledge to real-world issues and needs. Students participate in research and reflection. They collaborate with peers and engage with their community to advance their learning and present high-quality work to audiences beyond the classroom. These educational experiences build character and citizenship by improving their ability to make meaningful contributions to the world; increase wellness by building students’ confidence in their knowledge, skills, and individual strengths; and prepare students for their future in college and careers.

 

What is an Authentic Learning experience?


Students will:

  • Research and reflect about real-world issues
  • Collaborate with their peers and community
  • Share high quality work

 

Why Authentic Learning?


These educational experiences build character and citizenship and prepare students for their future in college and careers.

 

Example of Authentic Learning:


Coyote Project for 6th Graders:

  • Research & Reflection: Students researched populations and ecosystems of coyotes in Milwaukee County while trying to figure out why communities were having issues with coyotes in suburban areas.
  • Collaboration with Community: Students engaged directly with the DNR to study populations and potential solutions to the increase of coyotes in suburban areas.  They also worked with a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial specialist to better understand how to write a persuasive essay.
  • Sharing High Quality Work: Students shared their essays describing their solutions to the coyote problems and some students presented these to the Shorewood Village Board.
 
Additional Links:
 
For More Information, Contact:
 
Nate Schultz
Authentic Learning Coordinator
414.961.2846

To email someone on the District leadership team, please use their first initial and last name followed by shorewood.k12.wi.us.
Ex: John Doe, 
jdoe@shorewood.k12.wi.us.