Mr. Lonsdale here. Greetings from C-20! Today, students embarked on an exciting long term project called Genius Hour.
Genius Hour, also known as Passion Project or 20% Time, is a form of learning that empowers students to explore their interests. Students choose their own topics and conduct research to learn more about their self-selected subject. Students then deliver some form of presentation to illustrate what they have discovered throughout this process.
Today, our class went through a topic brainstorm. Students moved around the room to respond to a variety of writing prompts. These prompts pushed students to consider and reflect on possible topic ideas. Next week, we will make our topic selections official.
Choice is a powerful force in learning. When given the opportunity to take ownership over content and make their own decisions about what to explore, students become intrinsically motivated to learn. This is the path to lifelong learning.
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