THE JOY OF LEARNING – SELF
MOTIVATED LEARNING PROJECTS IN
A MIDDLE SCHOOL
“You can’t just give someone a creativity injection. You have to create an
environment for curiosity and a way to encourage people to get the best
out of them.” - Sir Ken Robinson
Blood-dripping bones, Maglev trains, a full-functioning lightsaber, stand-up
comedy, a PVC pipe life-size floating boat, C# code, music, and magic all
came together last spring in a “Showcase” that opened our Self-Motivated
Learning presentation day. The showcase was followed by student
exhibitions and museum-style presentations. More than 400 7th and 8th
grade students participated.
Students preparing to share their SML Projects.