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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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How Kidding Around Can Energize Our Schools & Families

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Student Life, The Teaching Life, Voices | 0 comments

We need to get happiness back into kids’ lives, says retired principal and school culture consultant Sue Stephenson. “In our 21st century world, media, particularly social media, guarantee that today’s children are bombarded with serious and even frightening issues.” In this excerpt from her book Kidding Around, Stephenson highlights ideas and resources to help students achieve a positive outlook and more success.

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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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