Google and 3M give their employees sizeable chunks of time to work on their own projects with intriguing results… could the same idea work in schools? Yes says Matthew Bebbington and here’s how
The idea of 15%time (or 20%) in some instances, is not that new. There are some interesting articles around on it including this one. The idea is simple, allowing students time to work on something of their choice can free them up to create something. I can definitely hear teachers from around the world arguing that they will have some students who will simply not know what to do, or will not have anything they are interested in, but the majority will, and it is our job to work with the small group who won’t. I did notice though, in this article, that it has been done with year 6 students. I’m not sure how well it would work with year tens or even nines. i will need to do more research on this to find out before I try anything like this but in principle, the idea is very appealing. We all know autonomy breeds creativity.
See on www.guardian.co.uk