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IGNITING CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING

Category: Thinking Skills

THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TEACHERS ASK ABOUT PASSION PROJECTS

THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TEACHERS ASK ABOUT PASSION PROJECTS

There are so many questions teachers ask about Passion Projects. Passion Projects – just the word is terrifying to many many of us. If you’ve never tried them, now is a great time. They are a great end-of-the-year activity. Whenever you try something new, it can be a little frightening. It takes us out of […]

Why Smart Girls Underachieve and How To Encourage Them To Be High Achievers

Why Smart Girls Underachieve and How To Encourage Them To Be High Achievers underachievement

Creating strong, capable women who are high achievers starts not only at home but also in the classroom. When many smart girls encounter a new or difficult challenge, they often believe that they will be unsuccessful, so they give up. Smart Girls underachieve for a bunch of reasons! Have you ever noticed this pattern, perhaps […]

The Importance of Teaching Logic

The Importance of Teaching Logic

Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end – Leonard Nimoy Logic, can it be taught? Or is it something that is naturally instilled? Actually, it can be taught! Breathe a sigh of relief. It is one of the most important skills to teach in elementary grades because it is a foundational critical thinking […]

Using Games In Your Classroom: Where Learning Meets Engagement!

Using Games In Your Classroom: Where Learning Meets Engagement!

Students love to play games in the classroom. At least mine always have! However, the hardest part for me has been to combine learning and fun in a healthy balance. If the lesson is too boring, I’ve lost my class’s interest. Too much fun and the lesson has lost all the educational value. My class […]

DISTANCE LEARNING AND PASSION PROJECTS

DISTANCE LEARNING AND PASSION PROJECTS student presenting Passion Project during distance learning

Spice up your distance learning with Passion Projects. Distance Learning combined with Passion Projects provides your students with an independent study they will love and be motivated to complete. During this time when you are scrambling to find engaging activities for your students, I recommend using Passion Projects.  They spice up your lessons and meet […]

PASSION PROJECTS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PASSION PROJECTS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Passion Projects were a staple in my gifted enrichment classroom in the 1970s.  Back in those days, we called them Type III enrichment activities (Renzulli Enrichment Model) or Independent Studies.  But thankfully, things changed as general education has embraced the concepts of thinking skills, creative production, and talent development. Today we see these activities implemented […]