George Lucas Educational Foundation

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.

  • 5 Science Experiments Inspired by Harry Potter

    Teachers can use elements of the Harry Potter books and movies to inspire students of all ages to engage with scientific concepts.
    Youki Terada
  • One School's Uncompromising Take on Student Choice

    At this Reggio Emilia-inspired elementary school, children take the lead in structuring their schooling.
  • Passion-Driven Research Projects

    Months- or even years-long independent research projects motivate students to develop core curricular skills.
  • 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.
  • Sparking Curiosity With Self-Directed Learning

    Teacher-designed stations linked to core skills prompt students to learn while exploring their interests.
  • 3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

    Every teacher already has the tools to differentiate in powerful ways for all learners.
    John McCarthy
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Explorations: Making Curiosity Part of the Curriculum

    Student-designed electives put kids' passions at the forefront of their learning.
  • Birmingham Covington: Building a Student-Centered School

    Educators take on the role of guides and motivate students to direct their own learning.
  • Inquiry-Based Projects Feed Student Curiosity

    Giving students free time each week to pursue a passion project can deepen engagement and learning.
  • Running a Business in School

    Students learn skills like maintaining inventory, marketing, and scheduling while working in a cafe as part of a business class.
  • Exploring STEM Through Play

    Tapping into preschoolers’ natural curiosity helps teachers foster an early interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • How to Use Play for Learning

    Play-based learning helps engage elementary students in their education and has cognitive, physical, social, and emotional benefits.
  • Thinkering Studio: Supporting Self-Directed Learning

    Watch students take charge of their project-based learning, by creating their own learning goals and identifying resources beyond their teacher.