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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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  • Connecting With the Very Young Gifted Child

    Early childhood educators can use differentiation to help young students who may be gifted to thrive academically.
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  • Guiding Students to Sustain Effort in School

    Secondary students can learn to manage assignments and achieve learning goals with teacher support and tools that promote success.
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  • 6 Ways to Get to Know Your Students and Build a Classroom Community

    Teachers can build rapport with students by starting the year with activities that encourage sharing of interests, and by connecting those interests to curriculum.
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  • How to Make Poetry Writing Fun

    Enjoyment opens the door to learning, and teachers can use this engaging eight-step process to encourage students’ interest in poetry.
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  • 3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

    Every teacher already has the tools to differentiate in powerful ways for all learners.
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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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  • Students Excel When They Find Purpose—So How Do We Help Them?

    By connecting learning to the real world, students begin to see themselves as a catalyst for change within it.
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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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  • Genius Hour in Elementary School

    A teacher shares what she did and what she learned when she implemented Genius Hour in her fifth-grade class.
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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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  • Emphasizing the Importance of Play During Distance Learning

    For young children, play is the primary vehicle for learning, and these ideas will help ensure that they continue to have rich play experiences at home.
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  • Using Social and Emotional Data to Promote a Positive School Culture

    School leaders can combine traditional data with social and emotional data to get a full picture of the school experience of students and staff.
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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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  • 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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  • Using Rubik’s Cubes to Teach Math

    A high school math teacher designed hands-on learning experiences and fostered deep engagement with Rubik’s Cubes.
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