School curriculum may offer little freedom for students to choose what they learn, which is why seventh grade teachers have started passion projects for middle schoolers. These are projects that students pursue given the freedom to learn about anything they want.
During her downtime, Christine Redemske, a math teacher at Ralston Middle School dfiscovered the news about schools around the country doing passion projects. “It was just during the summer time,” Redemske said. “I saw other schools doing something similar.”
The idea caught on with Redemske and her fellow teachers. Recently the school held a passion project fair.
While out to dinner with fellow teachers, Redemske shared the idea of letting students pick any topic they were passionate about and conduct research about it.
The idea caught on, and teachers planned a day to introduce the passion projects. “We had a half day where the kids got to brainstorm and figure out what was really their passion,” Redemske said.