This must-read article, written by a teacher and published on Edutopia, explains the concept of 20% time…specifically what it is, how it improves student learning and where it evolved from. The article breaks down and explains why 20% time is valued by students, parents, educators and administrators. Here you'll find a great quote that resonated with me, ‘Using 20% time allowed me to teach above the test, and my students finally understood that learning doesn't start or end with schooling.”
20time.org’s mission statement reads, “Students will be future ready if you give them time”. This website is a must-read resource for any educator interested in 20% Time. It contains information on “How” to implement the practice via the highly-informative "20 Time in 5 Steps". Also, be sure and check out the student artifact section for examples of student work.
“What education has failed to recognize over the past 200 years is the uniqueness of every one of our students.” I love this quote featured on the blog and appreciate how the blog authors offer 20% time as a solution. Find out how to implement 20-Time in your own teaching practice with this informative blog. Also, be sure and check out the listing of 20-Time project ideas.
This free-course is offered by a teacher who has successfully instituted "20 Time" in their own teaching practice. The course is divided into 4 learning modules: Why 20% Time; How to Get Started; Navigating the Project’s Ups and Downs; Final Presentations, Grading and Reflections. I highly recommend this course as it covers everything you'll need to get started with 20% Time.
This concise 1:39 minute video made with PowToon lists 10-steps for implementing 20% time in your own classroom. It can be used to inform both teachers and students as the video provides excellent guidelines for your next "20% Time" initiative. Tips include selecting a topic your passionate about, writing a proposal, choosing an adult mentor and presenting.