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Tech consulltant, CSViamonde

In my job, I have the

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In my job, I have the privilege of working on various projects alongside teachers. The biggest obstacle to going even further for most of them is the time-consuming aspect of some of the projects (such as editing video!). This idea enables both teachers and students to take the time you sometimes need to turn something adequate into something you can really be proud of.

Education Specialist

For specifics, pick up any

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For specifics, pick up any book by A.S. Neill or the good people @ Sudbury Valley Schools. In general, remove all mandates on what your children learn and provide them with the availability of outdoors, books, sand, water, etc., anything that they may wish to explore. A great start would be to ask them what they play with at home, or what do they wish they had at school to play with. They will learn more from following their interests than any curriculum could ever accomplish.

Education Specialist

Dan, I couldn't agree more;

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Dan, I couldn't agree more; its tragic that somehow the connection between free play (see Peter Gray, Free to Learn) and higher level learning has been lost in the movement towards scripted schedules and curricula for younger and younger children.

K-5 Instructional Technology Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

Hi Jami, I think that Early

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Hi Jami,
I think that Early Childhood Educators have always been doing 20% time...they just called it free play time. I worry about the fact that so many K and pre-K programs have been completely eliminating imaginative play to focus purely on academic pursuits.

Great article! I am a pre-k

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Great article! I am a pre-k teacher and work with young children. What are some ways this can concept can be implemented in the early childhood years? Specifically, pre-k children?

Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

Love this- but I think it's

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Love this- but I think it's important for teachers to really get how their role is different during 20% time (or, like Ricky says- 80% time) than it may be during traditional instruction. I see a lot of teachers trying to move to a more facilitative stance, but it's not intuitive for everyone. I think I spend about half of my time trying to help them figure out how to shift towards coaching and guiding rather than directing. It's a process- for both the kids and teachers.

4th grade

Thanks for this article. I

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Thanks for this article. I read it over the summer and implemented 20% in the fall. It was a wonderful use of our time, taught me a lot about my students, and helped set up a classroom climate based in mutual respect and listening to each other! Thanks!

wow! nothing has voiced me

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wow! nothing has voiced me more accurately till date but this article. It is only yesterday that I roughly coaxed my students, rather mildly insulted them in a humorous way, to think what are they doing in their lives. Is education mugging up formulae, flipping through pages without understanding even a dot and running to all coaching centers within reachable distance? Do they enjoy this run for mediocrity? why are they happy living an illusion? Do they know what they are and what actually hold their interest? They are all victims of mediocrity because they are not doing what they are made for or what they should do. s
I LOVE THIS ARTICLE

High School English and AP Lit and Comp Teacher, Pennsylvania

Come see what my students

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Come see what my students have done with their 20 Time: http://andersonenglish20time.weebly.com/

Author, speaker, consultant

Right idea. Correct use of

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Right idea. Correct use of the word "genius" (the "element," our calling, our teacher within, our guiding spirit). But great schools have always know that they should be spending 100% of the time engaging each child's genius. No problem covering the curriculum, getting good test scores and engaging the whole child. THAT is education. Why should we devote 80% to the time- wasting work.

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