During the school year, I don't watch much TV, but I do indulge during the summer.For those of us who love dance related of shows, World of Dance (WOD - the one with Jennifer Lopez) was an exciting new program this summer. The question among dance fans became - which is better - WOD or So You … Continue reading From Reality TV to Growth Mindset
I've now wrapped up my first year implementing Genius Hour with my 8th graders. I jumped in with a few questions still on the table, but it was a risk I'm glad I took.In the fall, students researched topics of their choosing, but I accidentally narrowed their output by giving too many specifics up front. … Continue reading Final Genius Hour Reflection and Wrap-Up
Tomorrow is my students' Genius Hour Expo. The day we've been talking about since we returned to school in January has arrived.After our first round of Genius Hour last semester, I realized something needed to change. My students spent a lot of time and energy on something that only I saw. The "share out" element … Continue reading ‘Twas the Night Before Expo
Although I know the idea is controversial for some, my students wrote research-based argument papers as the first part of their 2016 Genius Hour projects. I was on the fence about this. Would I really be holding up the idea of Genius Hour with this kind of assignment? Would students really feel the passion about … Continue reading Genius Hour – My Personal Mid-Check
I am excited to announce that for 2016 - my classes have adopted a "Change the World" mindset for our Genius Hour.We are currently deep into the topic selection process, and students will begin researching soon! (Would have been today...but then, snow day ❄.) THIS is the website I created for this project. I have combined … Continue reading We are Changing the World!
Egads! I drafted this post two months ago, but I forgot to post it. Better late than never!This year (2015) I jumped into Genius Hour. I didn't have everything completely planned ahead of time, which normally isn't how I operate. I thought I would get started and see where the kids took the project.See this … Continue reading Genius Hour – A Reflection of Sorts
After launching into a modified Genius Hour without having all of my metaphorical ducks in a row, I've learned a few lessons.1. Think about how you will keep track of everything.Problem: I asked that all of my students have their Essential Questions for research approved by me. As I approved their questions, I typed something … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Genius Hour 2015