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Passion projects teach Bozeman students creative thinking

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January 28, 2016View for printing

Teacher Anne Keith has challenged students in her seventh-grade social studies classes to choose a passion project -- a topic they personally want to study and research -- based on the theme of making the world a better place.

Her goal is to get kids actively engaged in learning by asking their own questions and pursuing their own passions. Students then present their projects to classmates, which teaches them Common Core skills like public speaking and answering questions from an audience.

Keith, the 2010 Montana teacher of the year, feels so strongly about the importance of passion projects, she has set aside one class period a week -- 48 minutes, or 20 percent of class time.

By Gail Schontzler Chronicle Staff Writer

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This is an excellent example of "experiential learning" which is what most students want and need.

I've never walked into a meeting where we spent the first portion of the time talking about math and then switching to a time to talk about marketing. All subjects are intertwined in everything we do.

I'm sure these students will benefit greatly from this effort as have the students at UM Western.

Unique and friendly with experiential learning: University of Montana Western draws students, attention

University of Montana Western - 'Experience One' - a more practical way to learn.

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