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20Time • High School English project-based learning

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Transcript of 20Time • High School English project-based learning

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TIME
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How many points is this worth?
Will this be on the test?
Where’s the
joy
in learning?



Should be
fun

Should be guided by our
authentic interests

Should make us
better people

and make the
world a better place
If you
don't think
learning is fun,
I'd argue you don't know much about either of those things.
Life is about challenging ourselves,


learning something cool,

challenging ourselves again.
and then
To that end,
we're about to do
something that's
just
a little bit
crazy.
Since 1948, the
3M
company has encouraged employees
to spend 15% of their working time on their own projects.
One result?
Google famously gives engineers 20% of their time to work on projects not directly related to their main assignments.
One result?
So this is what we're going to do. We'll spend 20% of our class time over the next 12 weeks working on self-directed projects.
Want to know a secret?
This project
terrifies
me.
Which is why I think
we should do it.
I'm going to complete a
20
Time
project, too.
My project...
Do I have
your permission
to
fail?
The Rules:
• Project must be something new to you and

• Must involve creating something

• Must have a language arts connection

• If, at any moment, you feel lost, overwhelmed, or uninspired,

• You must be flexible/open to changes or adjustments

(just a few)
something you wouldn’t do in another class
(writing, public speaking, etc.)
you must set a meeting with me to discuss solutions
Yeah, okay...but how are we going to be graded?
Really! I mean,
the only thing that matters is points, right? Right?
Fine, I'll grade you.
Grading the process, not the product.
(Failure is an option.)
60-second Project Pitch
Checkpoint Meeting
Weekly prep-work Exit Tickets
Final Speech Presentation (3-to-5 minutes)
Document/discuss the process.
"What did I do? What did I learn?"
John Green,
Crash Course
Yeah,
about the test...
The test will measure whether you are an
informed, engaged, and productive citizen of the world
, and it will take place in schools and bars and hospitals and dorm rooms and in places of worship.


You will be tested on
first dates,
in
job interviews,
while
watching football,
and while
scrolling through your Twitter feed.
The test will judge your ability to think about things other than celebrity marriages, whether you’ll be easily persuaded by empty political rhetoric, and whether you’ll be able to
place your life and your community in a broader context.


The
test will last your entire life,
and it will be comprised of the millions of decisions that, when taken together, will
make your life yours.
And everything,
everything,
will be on it.
I know, right?
So
pay attention.
Teachers:
Want more materials to use with your own
20
Time project? Follow my adventures and grab free materials at my blog:
laurarandazzo.com
Teach on, everyone!
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