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Bring Joy to the Classroom with Passion Projects

Thursday, May 12, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Tamara Letter, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher at Hanover County Public Schools
Hosted by Common Sense Education


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Whatever happened to joy in the classroom? Can you recall those days when learning was fun and exciting, when you didn’t want to leave? Bring that sense of wonder back into the classroom with Passion Projects! Passion Projects are an adapted model of the traditional Genius Hour movement, where students focus on a topic that holds their passionate interest; the model has the flexibility to align with project-based learning.

This webinar showcases examples of Passion Projects and guide participants through five easy steps to implement them in their classrooms for elementary and secondary learners. Instructional Technology Resource Teacher Tamara Letter demonstrated how to bring joy back to the classroom with Passion Projects. If you’ve heard the chatter about Genius Hour and want to learn more, don’t miss this session! This webinar will especially benefit K-8 teachers.


tamara letter An educator since 1997, Tamara Letter has taught second, third, and fourth grades across the country. She has shared leadership skills as a differentiation specialist with Staunton City Schools and now serves Hanover County Public Schools as an instructional technology resource teacher (ITRT), providing professional development in technology integration for teachers, students, and administrators. Tamara serves as digital content chair for the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) conference committee and is also a Graphite Certified Educator, SMART Certified Lesson Developer, and Edmodo Ambassador. She presents at local, state, and international conferences. Follow Tamara online at her blog and on Twitter @HCPSTinyTech.



common sense education Common Sense Education provides teachers and schools with free research-based classroom tools to help students harness technology for learning and life. Our K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and interactive games teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. And our revolutionary educational rating system, Common Sense Graphite, helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning.


Thursday, May 12, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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