Teacher inspires students to take ownership of their learning

08/16/2011 | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.)

An Illinois middle-school teacher has been able to motivate students to learn through a student-directed method of teaching and learning. Josh Stumpenhorst, named an emerging leader by the International Society of Technology in Education, helped organize Innovation Day in which the school's sixth-graders completed a project of their choice. Allowing students to take ownership of their work, he said, inspires them to learn. "Kids aren't motivated by grades," he said. "They're motivated by learning. They're naturally curious. I think a lot of times schools stifle that."

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