Home Learning and Passion Projects

Learning is increasingly personalized

In modern education, one-size-fits-all activities are being replaced by student-driven learning opportunities that support specific areas of need and foster individual areas of passion. By reflecting on our personal learning journey, we strengthen it. By sharing it, we light the spark of curiosity and passion in others. This approach is a purposeful and important step on the path to empowering ACS students to "shape and define their future" (from the ACS Mission).

Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, Elementary students will have greater opportunities to share and celebrate their passions and successes.

1. Our young scientists, engineers, readers, writers, athletes, social activists, chefs, musicians, researchers, and learners of all types will each share a personal Passion Project with peers in their homeroom class and will be given feedback

2. With the feedback in hand, students will prepare to present their project in an ES Passion Project Fair in the ACS Auditorium to a much wider audience.

(With thanks to Patrick Graham!)

Passion Project Fair Dates in 2019-20 (click to see photos!):

Below, you will find a few sets of supportive guidelines for presentations of various types, based on what has been prepared and shared in the past. The guidelines are designed to be helpful, but feel free to break the mold and share your creativity with the world!

Most importantly:

Explain what you learned

Explain how you learned it

Explain what you will do next / differently next time

Visit the ES Home Learning site for many more ideas around Home Learning and Passion Projects: https://acshomelearning.weebly.com/

"To teach is to learn twice."

-- Joseph Joubert

Please remember:

Each Passion Project presenter will share a table in the Auditorium with another participant and may use the space in front of their presentation board for a demonstration. This means that each presenter can use a space that is approximately 35x35 inches (90x90 cm).

Messy presentations are discouraged (paint, "slime", glue, powders) as are dangerous presentations (heat, glass, corrosive liquids etc) . If your presentation might be messy or contain an element of danger, please check with the principal for approval first.

Ultimately, what do we want for our children?