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  1. This kind of explorative learning is just breath-taking. It's elegant, efficient, beautiful. Kids can be so, so good at it, when we're able to let them do it.

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  2. "Totally personalized learning is a recipe for narcissism."

    Thank you for that, I'm getting exhausted listening to many bloggers discuss complete educational freedom and a movement towards completely personalized learning. Your post reminds me of the 20% time that Google and many other companies have, and I agree with it. We should give a day a week (or equivalent amount of time split across the days) for students to use all our wonderful resources (library, computers, community leaders, teachers, etc.) to explore whatever topic they want. Mr. Smith who teaches another grade knows a lot about building soapbox cars for racing and you'd like to talk to him? See him during your 20% time, he would love to talk with you about it.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I like the twenty percent time, if it is built-in the right way and if there are enough experts that students can go to for guidance.

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  3. I'm with Anthony. I love Google's 20% time idea, and I also like their motto that "creativity loves constraints." I don't think that it should always be personalized, but yes there should be some learner choice built in whenever possible. Give them some freedom within the necessary constraints.

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    1. I love the concept of balance with this.

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