Around here, mid-January means prepping for 20Time, a spring semester project-based learning experience designed to bring real-world application to English/language arts classroom skills. Basically, students are given 20 percent of class time for 12 weeks to work on a passion project that they choose and their peers approve. (Click here for a free set of 20Time teaching materials.)

Over winter break, Colleen*, a 20Time first-timer, reached out via email with a few questions. With her permission, I’m sharing our conversation, which might help other folks as they set their plan. Continue reading

Twelve (very long) weeks ago, I announced that I’d spend this spring semester creating a completed work of fiction to share with the world. Today, I’m back to tell you that…drumroll, please…I have failed.

For the first time in five years of annual 20Time projects, I did not complete my goal. Continue reading

Each spring, I launch a project-based learning experience that encourages students to pursue a project of personal interest. Folks have lots of different ways of managing this (search Genius Hour, 20 Percent Project, or Kevin Brookhouser to learn more), and here are the rules for my version: 1. The project must be something the student […]

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know the spring semester around here means 20Time, a passion project where students spend 20% of class time for 12 weeks working on an individual plan approved by their peers. (A whole bunch of free materials, including handouts, to explain the project can be found […]

After Idaho’s snowiest winter in more than 100 years (yeah, that happened), spring has finally sprung and my passion project is done. This week, I’ll present my 20Time results to students as I model their end-of-project speech assignment, but I thought a few blog friends might also be curious about how things turned out. Continue reading

Two nice surprises arrived this week, once again validating the impact 20Time can have on our students. First, one of my freshmen let me know that the website she built this spring as part of her 20Time project helped her win a summer internship with our city’s Department of Community Development. How cool is that? […]

This post is the last of an occasional series documenting my entry into project-based learning. This semester, my students participated in 20Time, a 12-week experience where they chose a worthwhile project to complete (somewhat) on their own using 20 percent of our class time. You can read more about the path that led to this […]

This post is part of an occasional series documenting my entry into project-based learning. This semester, my students are participating in a 20Time project, a 12-week experience where they choose a worthwhile project to complete (somewhat) on their own using 20 percent of our class time. You can read more about the path that led […]

This post is part of an occasional series documenting my entry into project-based learning. This semester, my students are participating in a 20Time project, a 12-week experience where they choose a worthwhile project to complete (somewhat) on their own using 20 percent of our class time. You can read more about the path that led to […]

This post is part of an occasional series documenting my entry into project-based learning. This semester, my freshmen are participating in a 20Time project, a 12-week experience where they choose a worthwhile project to complete (somewhat) on their own using 20 percent of our class time. You can read more about the path that led […]