The following is the letter I sent to my students following the completion of their Passion Projects. They worked on this for a few hours each week for 6 months. What they came up with was remarkable and reminds me why I am a teacher.
You all did such and amazing job! I am so unbelievable proud of you. You are the first class I ever did the passion projects with and you far exceeded my expectations. You should feel very accomplished.
Hopefully this project steers you in the right direction, or even changes your mind about your career aspirations. You can consider it, for some of you, a mini internship. I've seen a lot of great projects in my 5 years teaching, but nothing, I mean nothing, comes close to seeing you create something you are passionate about. Some of you sang, while others cooked. Some of you designed and created while a few you traveled. A couple of you pursued philosophical ideas or focused on a unique area of interest like trends around the world. Many of you failed, failed and failed again until one day you succeeded. That moment when your idea became a reality brings me joy. When your smile indicates you found something you loved it brings a tear to my eye and makes me proud to be your teacher.
I know this project was hard, and I know it was long. Several of you emailed me at late hours of the night concerned about the legitimacy or the eligibility of your project. You all figured it out on your own in the end. You managed your own time and broadened your knowledge. Your pursued something inside you, something a standardized tests could never bring out. I want to say thank you for allowing me to be a part of something so great!
Please watch yourselves and leave a comment about one of your classmates! I'd like to see a discussion started and some positive thoughts exchanged about what your classmates did.
Pay attention to your speaking skills and learn what you can improve on."
I kept them off of the school website to maintain your privacy. With your permission I will add them to our school Youtube channel.
Here they are on my personal blog
This is the playlist, if your video is not on there its only because I haven't labeled it yet and well fix it tomorrow.