This might not work …
And that’s okay. For our students, this is an exercise in learning how to learn, reflect, and produce. For us, we’re learning how to inspire and work with the uncertainty, in addition to learning new things alongside the students.
Last week we met with students and discussed their 20% Time proposals. Some of the proposals that students shared last week were:
“Creating a Masterpiece: Making a Movie Through the Eyes of a Beginner” in which the student is learning how to write a script and digitally film a sci-fi movie.
“Project Plan and Accomplish” in which the student is learning how to plan an event for a charity.
“A Writer’s Journey 2018” where the student is making an attempt at writing a novel.
“Positive Poems for You” – his short poem sums up his goal:
“As I make use of my 20% time,
To create a verse and perhaps a rhyme,
I hope to influence you in a small way,
To make a difference in this world today.”
“Alyssa’s Easy Steps to Learn the Piano.” You guessed it, she’ll be creating videos that teach others how to play the piano.
There are so many more projects like students learning to code and create video games using Scratch, others who are inventing and prototyping solutions to problems they see, another who is researching personality and success, others that are documenting travel in unique ways, and the list goes on.
We are really excited about these student-generated projects!
To get students started with finding their interests and passions, we borrowed A.J. Juliani’s and John Spencer’s “Interest Finding Charts”. We also showed them an interest chart that I completed. But, I also showed them how to combine interests and passions. For example, I combined my interests in the environment, the ocean, surfing, and photography and created a photography blog. My hope was to help them see an example of how I combined many of my interests to learn more about digital photography, editing, blogging, and being in nature or environments that I enjoy.
Here are some resources that we have used so far:
20% Time Project Tracking Template detailed Google Sheet
Interest Finding Chart (elementary)
Interesting Finding Chart
Interest Finding Chart with reduced topics
Blogger for student weekly blog posts and discussions (We’re a Google District, so it just makes sense).
Here’s info on publishing student blogs. Right now our student blogs are only visible to students in our school district.
This might not work, but so far, I think it will.