by Catlin Tucker
"Last year, I decided to experiment with Google’s 20% time during our literature circles unit. I love the idea of giving students time to pursue their passions and work on something that is meaningful to them. Some students chose to work on their own, while others banded together to focus on shared interests. It was fascinating to see the myriad projects that were born from this 20% time. Students composed and performed pieces of original music, they designed intricate board games, and others built worlds using Minecraft and used their virtual worlds as inspiration for creative writing.
"This year, I’m bringing that 20% philosophy to student blogging. I’ve always wanted students to blog, but organizing that many blogs felt overwhelming. I also worried about student buy in. What would get them excited to design and write a blog? This is where the 20% time philosophy comes into play."