The other that really lit him up last year was the required science project, which was entirely open to any topic of their choosing.   He prepared a project on the influence of music listening on mental agility, by having subjects perform web-boggle games while listening to classical music, up-tempo music, and silence.   He chose it because, he told me, his parents were often giving him a hard time about listening to music while doing his homework, and he wanted to demonstrate that it didn’t negatively impact his learning.  I love this: the project-based learning, the students’ open-ended choice, and the way the activity had such personal relevance for him.

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