This year, I have had the privilege of working with the PLP community (Powerful Learning Practices). It is an organization of educators that helps individuals to create action based learning projects for teachers and administrators in a professional development context. The year has been busy and, at times, overwhelming. However, I’ve learned so much and have had my own beliefs and practices reaffirmed.
Check out this interview that Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach recently gave about Passion-based learning in the 21st century. This is a great article that focuses on incorporating students’ interests and passions into the classroom – allowing them to drive their own education (to a certain degree) based on what interests them.
It’s not about ignoring the testing, the core curriculum or the standards. It’s about allowing them to pick an entry point they’re really excited about.