A nine-year-old girl in Scotland started blogging about her school lunches and she made the world a better place. [Wired has the story.][wired] Be prepared to have your heart warmed and to feel just a little bit better about darn near everything.
The lesson, for me, is to allow students to find something that interests them and then let them put everything they’ve got into it. Then my job as a teacher is to find ways to get them the knowledge they need. *Need* here is terribly important, because I don’t want it restricted to what the student thinks they need or even what the project needs. Students need more than that, and projects do, too. Usually teachers as more experienced learners, as well as knowing about developmental stages, can address both.
This kind of teaching, however, requires small class sizes and motivated individuals: teachers, students, parents, administrators.