Find out what your students do when they aren’t at school: What do they care about? What challenges are they dealing with? Look at your curriculum. Can you create a thematic unit that allows students to explore these passions? If you get stuck, sit down with a coworker who is really good at backwards design.
A “Genius Hour” is a great way to allow students to learn by exploring their passions. Check out what this looks like at Hunt Middle School in Burlington:
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