Personalized Learning, Genius Hour, Passion Projects, 21st Century Learning, Inquiry Learning, Differentiated Learning… these are all terms to describe types of learning that are designed to engage the student based on their needs. I have tried my own style of personalized learning and I differentiate learning all the time for students as I know most of you do. I always feel like I can reach a little farther and see where it will take the students in their learning. WONDER WEDNESDAYS is my journey into Passion Projects.
I began with a discussion about just what having a passion for something is all about. What do you really, really, really like? What things do you wonder about? I gave my students a couple of examples like: Why are there stars in the sky? The kids volunteered some thoughts and wonder questions too. Then we got to work! I created these open-ended sheets so they could brain storm their own ideas in a non-formal way.
…and for those students who love to write:
The students really loved doing this!! WOW! What great questions some of them had!
Beginning next week, we will be starting our Passion Projects. We will be working on the actual projects on Fridays afternoons but we will be “wondering” all week and I will be sharing the process on Wednesdays that will lead to our final Passion Projects. I will be considering topic choice, demonstrations of learning, assessment FOR learning and presentations. Won’t you join our journey?
Next Wednesday, I will be sharing the personalized learning journey that my class embarked on the year before last. I will also share the next step in this year’s passion projects. Hopefully you will get some ideas for your own students. 🙂