This year, with the introduction of the 20% project, students are learning about their passions and beginning to form a foundation of who they want to become. Instead of suppressing a child's curiosity, why not encourage it? That's the premise of 20% time. But what if 20% isn't enough time? After the pummeling of CST review, we've moved beyond 20% and into 40% time. Yes, 40 percent of the school week in my room is dedicated to students learning about what interests them. Is it hard for me to let go of that control? Nope.
I've paced it out to where we have 6 more days of the 20% project remaining. It isn't much, but it still gives the groups a bundle of time to work through their projects and be proud of a product. Instead of me doling out the requirements, I had them reflect on what they needed to accomplish. Each group was to create an objective for each of the 6 days that they will be working. From there, I can monitor them based on their intended agenda and support them to finish on time.
- Quality of research
- Quality of message being delivered
- Depth of knowledge about the topic
Worded all like an 8th grader, of course. With emojis.