Passion Projects

Shifting thinking around what it means to have students at the centre of their learning has meant lots of consideration of project based learning and also off-timetable passion projects. The pedagogy driving this is the students engagement when these types of opportunities are offered. These benefits can be seen in writing week, 20% project, and some extra-curricular activities. Definition:

Project-based learning’ refers to students designing, planning, and carrying out an extended project that produces a publicly-exhibited output such as a product, publication, or presentation

The question is what is the driver? Assessment is NOT the driver, the decision making is the learning and the student’s learning and passion. Is there the opportunity to offer credits? Is this problematic? What needs to drive th

The systematic process of approaching projects aligns with existing framework found in technology and other practical subject areas. The design process usually looks something like this:

  1. Get an Idea
  2. Design the Project
  3. Tune the Project
  4. Do the Project
  5. Exhibit the Project

But the question is how to fit this into current frameworks that already exist. We currently structure mentoring/form time around goal setting. Goal setting in the traditional sense seems to turn students off. What if goal setting was integrated into the passion project process – something more authentic. You can use the goal setting process through this project, and set up the framework in a goal oriented way.

That doesn’t solve the issue around the lack of a budget, the yet to be developed maker spaces, and the state of the staff and the risk of introducing another thing. More thinking to be done…


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