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
Earlier this week I had a conversation about #1S1W with my 8th grade language arts students.I was inspired by Pernille Ripp's post HERE after she reflected on the day with her students. I also adapted the discussion questions (and used the classrooms around the world and Detriot, MI article links) from Ms. Korver HERE.First we looked through … Continue reading One School, One World, One Teacher’s Reflection #1S1W
For our January novel study, I wanted to test out a new type of literature circle activity. For 8th graders, the "jobs" version of literature circles never worked quite as well as I would have liked it to. Plus, it's a lot of work to set up, and the kids never seemed to know what … Continue reading Literature Circles – Updated for Middle School
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
I am in limbo. For 7 of the past 10 years I have taught 8th grade language arts (three years in the middle I was an academic interventionist). There is a possibility I will be moving to 6th grade for this school year.This year. The one that starts in 14 days - 7 of which … Continue reading First Days? Begin With the End In Mind.