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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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  • 4 Engaging Writing Tasks for High School Students

    Short, authentic writing tasks can encourage high school students to compose richer long pieces.
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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 Simple Outdoor Science Lessons to Inspire Students

    Open-ended prompts can guide students to explore life science processes in the world around them.
    571
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    After-School Clubs Encourage Problem-Solving by Letting Students Lead

    Using their interests as a guide, elementary students can simultaneously acquire knowledge and serve the school community.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • Summer Reading to Inspire Middle School Activists

    Teachers whose students are interested in taking on local or national issues can share these titles now or use them in the classroom next year.
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  • A student at work in class on a project of his choosing

    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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    4 Ways to Encourage Students to Ask Questions

    When exploring their own questions is an integral part of class, students get more invested in working to find answers.
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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.
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  • Teenage girl sitting on floor of room doing homework with laptop and books.

    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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  • Young students are working at tables in a large multipurpose room with large colorful-shaped decorations hanging from the ceiling.

    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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