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Student Choice via the 20 Time Project

The blogs follow chronologically what happened as my students and I journeyed through devoting 20% of our class time in English to a passionate pursuit. The video montage represents clips from our showcase event, Innovation Hour, where students presented the results of their year-long pursuits. There are also some file resources to aid other teachers that want to try something like this in their own classroom. It was a lot of fun, a lot of work, and ultimately an incredible learning experience!

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Blog Post

This and future blog posts are meant to document my journey with the concept of 20 Time in the classroom. I started this project at the beginning of last school year and wrote about successes and failures along the way. This is post one, last August, as I planned the implementation of what became so much more than I thought it would!

From August 15, 2014:

I am not officially back to school yet, but I have been lurking around the halls and in my room over the past few days to get a feel for how I want to set it up this year. I wish we had smaller, more modular tables so that I could set up a square of tables for discussion plus some work stations, but I will work with what I have.

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on Jul 21, 2015
by Carrie Honaker
Blog Post

As I continued with my 20 Time journey last Fall, I realized how important it is for students to see somebody who has walked the walk with following their passion. We watched lots of TED Talks and discussed how to find and follow a dream, but there is no substitute for live mentorship. This post come from October 2014:

My students are clicking right along with their 20 Time projects and we got some big news this week. About a month ago, I was searching for a new breakfast granola and picked up a package of Woats. They looked interesting; the package had a great design; I was intrigued…and then I read the story. Woats were created by a young entrepreneur named Justin Anderson. He started his epicurean adventure with a tasty granola mix and $500 of seed money from his grandmother. I was inspired.

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on Jul 21, 2015
by Carrie Honaker
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Innovation Hour journey- Installment 4

From November 2014:

It seems like my classroom this year is a bundle of activity. I think much of it is attributable to the 20 Time projects, but some of it stems from my desire to not repeat the same lessons year to year. Changing things up each year keeps me and my students from getting bored, but it also creates a tension within myself that I never really have a handle on what is going on. Sometimes I wish I could just do the same canned lessons, but it is not my way.

Innovation Hour, 20 time, genius hour, project-based learning, service learning, Woats
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on Jul 21, 2015
by Carrie Honaker
Blog Post

After a few months with this project, we moved into Holiday Break which allowed some time to dig deeper into my students' blogs and evaluate the effectiveness of our approach to 20 Time. I made some big changes that alleviated some of the issues that kept cropping up across the teams.

From January 2015:

Innovation Hour, 20 time, project, student blogging, student-centered-based learning, time management
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on Jul 21, 2015
by Carrie Honaker
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From June 2015:

Finally a few minutes to view the Innovation Hour presentations and I was more impressed watching them after the fact than while I was there. So much great work by students came out of these projects, but viewing the montage video has helped me think more about what I want to do differently next year.

First, I want more time to prepare for the presentations and more time for reflection about the journey of the project. I will introduce this project again in the Fall, but with some changes. Student project work will finish at the end of the first semester. This will allow a more focused amount of time for the students to plan their timelines. There was definitely some dead time this year. Progress updates will be bi-weekly and I will give the option of keeping a notebook or blog so students that enjoy the act of writing rather than using technology have more freedom in how they express their learning to me.

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on Jul 22, 2015
by Carrie Honaker
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Installment two, from September 2014:

This was our first official week incorporating the 20Time Project. I thought the students would enjoy it but I had no idea how much they would dig in and create amazing stuff. I think it helped that each day I showed different takes on projects in the spirit of the 20Time idea. We looked at the Humans of New York blog, Storycorps, a project focusing on homelessness and on and on…I worked with many of the teams today as they set up their blogs and began to post their initial ideas for projects. A couple of students plan to venture into the Vegan lifestyle and document their journey, another pair pledged to read a book a week, post reviews and book trailers to their website and link it to our school library as a resource for students looking for a book and yet another student plans to write 20 minutes everyday in an effort to write his first complete novel.

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on Jul 21, 2015
by Carrie Honaker
Blog Post

This blog represents a turning point for 20 Time in my classroom. The funding I was awarded, as well as the implementation of status reports changed the tides of student projects and progress in my class.

From December 2014:

I opened my email yesterday and there was a great surprise waiting for me. I was awarded an Educator Innovator Learning Challenge mini-grant. It is not the whole sum I applied for, but substantial enough to help my students realize some of their 20 Time dreams. The money will help us purchase website domains for some teams, pay book publishing fees for some teams, pay for some speakers to run some workshops on public speaking and purchase some video equipment to put together our 20 Time Showcase. It is an exciting time for my students!

 

Innovation Hour, 20 time, collaboration, Educator Innovator, genius hour, project, teamworkbased learning, Verizon App Challenge
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on Jul 21, 2015
by Carrie Honaker
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https://allthingsacademic.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/talk-like-ted-small.png?w=393&h=299

 

This post details my efforts to find resources to help students overcome their fears of public speaking and prepare a rockstar presentation for the Innovation Hour Showcase event, as well as some thoughts on revamping the 20 Time model yet again.

From March 2015:

Innovation Hour, 20 time, genius hour, project-based learning, Public Speaking, service learning, TED Talk
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on Jul 22, 2015
by Carrie Honaker
Blog Post

From May 2015:

The curtain has fallen. The stage has cleared. Our first year of 20 time projects has closed. This week marked our 20 time showcase event, Innovation Hour. Students have been viewing TED talks, discussing public speaking styles, and preparing their final presentations of their yearlong journey with their 20 time projects. It has been eye-opening for me to see how they feel about their project progress and what they want to say about it. I noticed that similar comments kept cropping up. The theme was “this was not what I originally planned, but I am happy with how it turned out.” No matter what the outcome, students learned something about themselves, collaboration and long-term planning along the way.

Here are some of my lessons learned:

1. Make the time span for the actual project shorter and the presentation planning time span longer.

2. Practice more- in class, on stage and with technology.

Innovation Hour, 20 time, collaboration, genius hour, project-based learning, Public Speaking, student-centered classroom
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on Jul 22, 2015
by Carrie Honaker
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From June 2015:

Finally a few minutes to view the Innovation Hour presentations and I was more impressed watching them after the fact than while I was there. So much great work by students came out of these projects, but viewing the montage video has helped me think more about what I want to do differently next year.

First, I want more time to prepare for the presentations and more time for reflection about the journey of the project. I will introduce this project again in the Fall, but with some changes. Student project work will finish at the end of the first semester. This will allow a more focused amount of time for the students to plan their timelines. There was definitely some dead time this year. Progress updates will be bi-weekly and I will give the option of keeping a notebook or blog so students that enjoy the act of writing rather than using technology have more freedom in how they express their learning to me.

Innovation Hour, 20 time, collaboration, genius hour, project-based learning
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on Jul 22, 2015
by Carrie Honaker
Resource

The link below is to the video montage of our Innovation Hour Showcase. The program itself ran three hours, so this is that experience in clips.

The video can also be viewed on the blog post "My thoughts on 20 Time" at Strawbabies and Chocolate Beer

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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on Jul 22, 2015
by Carrie Honaker
Blog Post

As I looked back at my journey with this project, I realized I had not provided enough opportunities for students to talk about their work with people outside their peers and receive feedback on their progress. This blog post outlines one of the times I did provide that opportunity and delves into why this is such an important component with this type of work.

From March 2015:

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on Jul 22, 2015
by Carrie Honaker
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As any teacher can attest to, trying to be innovative in an industrial-era model of school is challenging. This blog post details some of the issues I faced as my students moved forward with their projects and negitiated the new model I set up. Some things we were able to work around with grant money and a little brainstorming, other things like school policy, stymied their progress.

From January 2015:

We have now officially had our full 20 Time work days in both my “A” and “B” day classes. I observed much more real work going on with the projects. Most teams charted out their timelines for the duration of the project, allocated responsibilities for blog posts, as well as other project elements.

Innovation Hour, 20 time, collaboration, genius hour, mentor texts, project-based learning
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on Jul 22, 2015
by Carrie Honaker
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