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Passion-Based Learning, Week 7: Audience Is Everything

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Connected Leadership, Less Teacher, More Student, Passion Based Learning, Voices | 0 comments

“Without an authentic audience – whether that be global, local community, family, or even oneself – a learner’s sense of purpose can decrease,” writes Matt Renwick in a final reflection about an afterschool enrichment program exploring passion based learning. “Lacking that ability to connect and grow, our new knowledge is gained within a vacuum, instead of for others to witness.”

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Passion-Based Learning, Week 6: Minecraft, Lego & Makerspaces

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Connected Leadership, Less Teacher, More Student, Passion Based Learning, Voices | 8 comments

When students in Matt Renwick’s afterschool enrichment club shift from a collaborative focus to a competitive drive in Minecraft, it’s time to get out the Lego maker toys and ponder some fresh questions about the relationships among digital games, hands-on projects and curriculum objectives.

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Passion-Based Learning Week 5: Can Minecraft Foster a Growth Mindset?

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Connected Leadership, Less Teacher, More Student, Passion Based Learning, Voices | 22 comments

The kids in principal Matt Renwick’s afterschool computer club love the time they spend creating (and destroying) things in the virtual world of Minecraft. Can these experiences help students develop a “growth mindset” and essential lifelong skills like effort, persistence, and positive attitude? Renwick is beginning to think so.

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Passion-Based Learning Week 4: How to Do One Thing Really Well

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Connected Leadership, Less Teacher, More Student, Passion Based Learning, Voices | 2 comments

After several weeks of trying out a variety of web tools and games, principal Matt Renwick and his teaching partner decide the afterschool enrichment club may need a little more focus. They propose that students learn screencasting by developing short presentations with the general theme “How to Do One Thing Really Well.” Matt highlights three students’ experiences.

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Enrichment Club, Day 2: Hello, Passion! Meet Frustration…

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Connected Leadership, Less Teacher, More Student, Passion Based Learning, Voices | 5 comments

When principal Matt Renwick mentioned “Minecraft” in a flyer about an afterschool computer club, 30 percent of his elementary students showed up. In his second reflection on passion-based learning, Matt digs deeper into what educators mean when they talk about passion – and what needs to happen when frustration raises its predictable head.

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