Authentic Learning Definition
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 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.
If you are interested in seeing the outcomes of our authentic learning experiences, be sure to attend the District's Annual Authentic Learning Showcase each spring in the Shorewood High School Arena!
Click here to view a printable version of the Authentic Learning Definition.
View an EdWeek article on the advantages of EL here.