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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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    How to Set Up a Science Fair During the Pandemic

    A middle school science teacher preps her students for science fair by exploring their interest in real world issues.
    Jodie Deinhammer
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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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  • Middle grade aged girl at home distance learning on laptop

    Building Student Agency With Genius Hour

    The popular model of self-guided learning can be used to engage upper elementary students in conducting and presenting research—and learning to use new technology.
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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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  • 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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    Using Social Justice to Promote Student Voice

    Preteen students can gain confidence in their ability to navigate complex topics by using intersectionality to investigate social issues.
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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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    An Adaptable Framework for Project-Based Learning

    The National Geographic Society has a five-step PBL model and resource library to foster deep learning whether students are in school or at home.
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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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    Birmingham Covington: Building a Student-Centered School

    Educators take on the role of guides and motivate students to direct their own learning.
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    Encouraging Students to Take Charge of Their Learning

    Guiding high school journalists in their work led a teacher to create opportunities for all of her students to develop agency and independence in learning.
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  • Explorations: Making Curiosity Part of the Curriculum

    Explorations: Making Curiosity Part of the Curriculum

    Student-designed electives put kids' passions at the forefront of their learning.
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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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  • A group of young children building a house out of blocks together in a classroom

    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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  • Sparking Curiosity With Self-Directed Learning

    Sparking Curiosity With Self-Directed Learning

    Teacher-designed stations linked to core skills prompt students to learn while exploring their interests.
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