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Co-Director The Right Question Institute

Very important post about how

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Very important post about how to increase creativity and also student ownership of their own learning. We have seen that when students use 20% time to produce their own questions, improve then and strategize on how to use them, they are developing a skill that spills over to the 80% time and makes them more successful, self-directed learners. We are seeing rich examples of this from teachers around the country and beyond at http://rightquestion.org/

teach gifted education in West Des Moines, IA

Great comment, Gordon! We

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Great comment, Gordon!
We need to encourage our students to pursue their passions and to encourage them to develop new ways to look at issues/ concerns. Ether that or continue to spiral downwards as a country and society, continuing to place our greatest value on huge corporations and greed.

Educational Technology Leadership Consultant

Nice perspectives of the

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Nice perspectives of the potential for the various audiences of learners.
Twenty percent styles would be infinitely easier with twelve-month educator and administrator contracts. With this new level of employment across the US and other countries, a tsunami of innovation in professional learning, creativity, unique and in depth opportunities for students and families as well as ample opportunities for struggling and at-risk students. Mentored classrooms could hone and improve educator and administrator practices.

Think huge! Time for 12!

PhD Student, AUT University

Join the 20% Time MOOC AJ has

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Join the 20% Time MOOC AJ has organized: https://www.schoology.com/course/47601673

The 20% idea is similar to "Socially Responsible Learning":
http://slidespeech.com/s/6apQGuqUen/?autoplay=true

and ties in with Google's Objectives and Key Results (OKR) system:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OKR
http://startuplab.googleventures.com/public-workshops-2013-05-14

which is supported by Hattie's research on self-reported grades/expectations:
http://slidespeech.com/s/rbea7MWten/?autoplay=true

Enrichment for All Students

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These are the types of projects I did 30 years ago in my 4th grade classroom where we devoted time to enrichment for all kids. Two frameworks are Creative Problem Solving (Don Treffinger) and Type III Projects in the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (Joe Renzulli). Both focus on creative and critical thinking.

see www.gifted.uconn.edu for resources

Mentor, Teaching Consultant

Excellent!

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This is exactly what is needed in schools! It helps us to emphasize the learning process and students' engagement in their own learning (i.e. increase their accountability for their own learning). Communicating about the importance of continuous learning process empowers students to learn – where ever they might be. This is a known habit of successful students. To help all students achieve better learning results, we should be sure to communicate openly about learning being an intrinsic and internal part of students’ personality – not just something we do at school with the teacher.
http://notesfromnina.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/learning-as-unending-process/

Tech Staff Developer and Education Author from Philadelphia, PA

Awesome Philip! Thanks for

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Awesome Philip! Thanks for sharing, and please join the discussion on our Google+ community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104012538187352003800
or Twitter chats #20time and #geniushour

7th Grade Learner-in-Chief, Room 129, Challenger Middle School, CO

Personal Learning and Creation Time

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It is a critically important activity in this age of standards and testing. My teaching partner and I have been doing it for two years now and it has been amazing. We call it "Personal Learning and Creation Time" but I have also heard it called Genius Hour.

We recently made a video discussing how we do it and showcasing some of the accomplishments of our learners.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piAXZQ56DDk

Tech Staff Developer and Education Author from Philadelphia, PA

Yes! Learning is not about

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Yes! Learning is not about grades...it's about critical thinking, understanding, applying, creating, and evaluating. I don't want our students to love learning but hate school. School should be a place where learning is on steroids, and choice is the default.

English learning summer camp for foreign children 9-12 years old

Great and very insightful

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Great and very insightful post.

The best educators are those who focus on the individual, not the need to grade and pass. 20% time is a prime example on focusing on who matters - grades and passing will be a by-product of these students loving the environment in which they are taught and interacted with. Experiential learning at its best.

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