Genius Hour

…ability to choose, execute and share projects with personal relevance has spread across Vermont. Shelburne Community School and Charlotte Community School refer to them as “PIPs” (Personal Interest Projects).  …

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Getting personal about systemic equity

Personal equity projects and district goals Kathleen described the content: “The in-services focused on defining equity and understanding systemic and structural inequities based largely on the work of Gorski, Ladson-Billings,…

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Stephanie Zuccarello Learning Lab 1.0

…invested in their learning by engaging in personal projects. Some of the take aways were: It took some time to make the goals happen Independent/self directed students flourished Setting up…

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Personalized STEM learning at Essex High School

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…educator and STEM Academy leader Lea Ann Smith about Essex High School’s STEM Academy and take a look inside a program that lets students pursue projects in medicine, engineering, computer…

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3 tools for interactive timelines

Find new uses for data visualization Free, online timeline tools allow students to break free of the traditional two-dimensional timeline and create highly customizable multimedia projects to showcase research, serve…

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Ch 1: Defining Personalized Learning

…Call them what you want: passion projects, genius hour, curiosity projects, but these personalized learning projects are a way to jump into personalization and engage students. Now tell us How…

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Chapter References

  Chapter 1: Personalized Learning for Young Adolescents Foundations and Connections Personalized Learning and Personal Learning Plan,The Glossary of Education Reform, New England Secondary Schools Consortium How Personal Learning is…

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Project-based learning at Essex Middle School: algebra and songwriting

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…it called… Yasmin: Your personal information. Mary-Ellen: Yeah, kinda personal information stuff, so I was like “this kinda seems like a phishing thing,” so yeah, then I was like “nah.”…

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What makes for good goal-setting in a PLP?

…growth and can also connect student identity to the expectations of school (i.e., transferrable skills, content standards, behavioral rules, etc.).   One way to ensure the personal connection is to…

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Allan Miller

…How can we encourage students to become more self-directed and reflective in their Personal Interest Projects (PIPs) and Genius Hour work while maintaining their seemingly high level of engagement?”  …

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Essential Skills & Dispositions Toolkit

…Future) Self-Direction Slideshow Engaging Students in Personal Interest Projects When a learning community can focus on a few essential skills for students, powerful things can happen. It’s possible that students…

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Hack your classroom: flexible physical learning environments

…classroom = learning availability outside of school hours Encourage students to embrace their own personal peak hours of learning by making flipping your classroom and making lesson resources available online….

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