This week, the third graders presented their Hobby Passion Projects. I asked the children to teach themselves a new hobby. The hobby could be anything, as long as it was something they had never done before. These kids persevered through failure, and journaled the process they went through, reflecting on how they were feeling, what was working, and what they were going to try next. All the students presented their hobby in front of the class and demonstrated what they learned. There were magicians, jugglers, chefs, and more. There were some raised eyebrows from teachers across the hall as Joseph did a skateboard trick down the hallway! Oh what fun was had! The 3rd graders journaled, they practiced, they had choice, they learned, they learned about learning, and they walked away from it slightly better than they were coming into it. In a few weeks and months I’m going to follow-up and ask who is still doing their hobbies. I think, I hope, many will say they are. Let your kids surprise you!