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A Sense of Belonging: Youth Choice at the Birch School

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The evolution of the Google-innovated Genius hour has brought a whole new wave of experimentation into the classroom. By focusing on this process of interest and choice, students have created new multimodal platforms for learning that can be recycled into many different school projects and topics. One strong example of this work can be found at the Birch School, which was a 2014 LRNG award winner.

“The process makes them feel a sense of belonging and that they have a say in what happens in their day,” Fox said, adding that although the problem-solving process takes longer, the responsibility students feel to the group and larger school community is worth it. “The benefits that we reap are so great when it comes from them.”

Read more at Educator Innovator.

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