I don't know how I did it, but I ended up with two incredible humans for children. Not only are the both extremely smart, but they are really good people with huge empathetic hearts. When I step back and reflect, there are many lessons that I have learned from them. I was reminded of these particular lessons today, when my friend George shared a reflection from one of his students.
So, what did I learn from these two? I found how important it is for students to find and use their passions. We need to provide opportunities for them to explore, create and produce things that they are passionate about. By doing this, we will create learners that are curious and excited. Students that will persevere and problem solve because it is important to them.
How do we build this into the "curriculum"? How do we not? There are many options, some being "Genius Hour", "20 time", "Passion Projects". In doing these tasks, students will be digging deep into the standards. All the ELA and ELD standards, for sure. They will also understand their place in the world, that they have a choice and they have a voice. This engagement and empowerment will lead to increased learning and that "stickiness'. How can we build these lessons from my kids, into the learning model for all students? They deserve it.
Mother, teacher, TOSA, GCE Level 1 & 2, Encourager of others.
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