Teachers can inspire more students by designing courses based on their passions.

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Some of the greatest courses I've taken have been taught by teachers whose passion for the subject matter was apparent. Teachers who teach from a place of passion make even the most boring or benign subjects interesting and relevant. What would a school curriculum look like that was designed based or categorized on teacher passion areas rather than traditional disciplines or frameworks? Could such a curriculum be as college-preparatory as traditional models? I think so!

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I agree. And what about flexible spaces, timelines, and remotely working?

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Norka, I love this idea. While I agree with some of the concerns (childcare, internet access, and unbalanced expectations), I think we need to really consider best practices around working from home. Once we reach that place I think we may find the option reduces stress and increases productivity in some ways. I taught a hybrid class with 2/3 of the course face-to-face and 1/3 online. It was really a challenge to plan, but I found that the face time was much more productive because much of the media and group work could be accomplished via technology on the online days. I've done virtual field trips and hangouts. It is doable and could mesh well with a discussion around passion.

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I agree that hybrid learning is an essential aspect of providing more personalized learning, options for students, and alternative pathways. I am wondering if this really means we need to build online free courses that are aligned to CCSS so that any student from any state can take them for HS credit- by passing state obstacles. If the courses are high quality, meet online standards for facilitation, content, media rich, interactive, and highly relevant- they would close the gap in education. Khan academy started small and has grown to fill a gap that institutions were unable to do.

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