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Interest-Based Learning

Discover how students can drive their own learning through Genius Hour, 20% Time, personalized PBL, and other passion-based strategies facilitating student voice and choice.

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    Secondary students can learn to manage assignments and achieve learning goals with teacher support and tools that promote success.
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    Every teacher already has the tools to differentiate in powerful ways for all learners.
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    From sharing common interests to making connections through books and music, these engaging exercises provide stepping stones for teachers to build relationships in the classroom.
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  • 7 Ideas From Reggio Emilia That Any Early Childhood Teacher Can Use

    How to adapt principles from the famed approach to foster interest-based learning for the youngest students.
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  • The Reading Wars: Choice vs. Canon

    English teachers are wrestling with how to navigate the increasingly contentious terrain between student choice and assigning the classics.
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  • Emphasizing the Importance of Play During Distance Learning

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  • Genius Hour in Elementary School

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    By connecting learning to the real world, students begin to see themselves as a catalyst for change within it.
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  • How to Use Play for Learning

    Play-based learning helps engage elementary students in their education and has cognitive, physical, social, and emotional benefits.
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  • Using Genius Hour Projects to Help Students Find Meaning

    Teachers who guide middle and high school students to work on passion projects see several benefits, including greater learning gains.
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  • 5 Tips for Becoming an Apolitical Teacher

    Remaining politically neutral in the classroom opens up space for students to debate and discover their own beliefs.
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