What would you do with 30 minutes each day to pursue something you were curious about or passionate about? What if no one told you what to do or how to do it? What would you do if you had the power to learn what you wanted and how you wanted?
Too often, in today's fast-past, data-driven world of education, students are told what and how to learn. Teachers wonder why students lack independence and ownership of their learning. They wonder why students appear disengaged with the learning process. Could the answer to these musings lie in giving students the OPPORTUNITY to learn about something that interests them, to research something about which they are passionate, to set an unrealistic goal only to determine that what they learn about themselves in the process is more valuable than the original endeavor?
Genius Hour provides students with TIME to do all these things. For 90 minutes each week, students pursue a passion-project. Students can: build a robot that makes scrambled eggs, compose a symphony, develop an on-line business, sell creations to support a worthy cause, learn how to run a 10K, implement a Bully-Free program for school, restore a car engine, invent a Nacho Fork, or simply research if babies dream. Teachers of Genius Hour students report a transference of student engagement to nearly all subject areas because when students are provided TIME and OPPORTUNITY to become intrinsically involved in the learning process, students develop critical thinking skills, time management skills, inquiry skills, and life skills that transcend the four walls of any classroom. My students will get the opportunity to dive into something they are truly passionate about. They will be able to write, publish, produce, and present their findings to an authentic audience. If you need some ideas to start your own project click here.
We are adventuring into genius hour and letting our passions lead us!
Students will document the learning process by utilizing a host of digital tools for research, collaboration, documentation, and presentation. The options for these digital tools are endless, but the primary tool will be
bi-weekly blogs in students'
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Blogging Information Website/Blog Requirements for Genius Hour Project
- Blog page must be updated every other week with reflections or news about the project
- Website must contain a minimum of 4 static pages (Informational pages).These 4 pages must be complete by the end of the project, but created by week four of the project.
- Website must contain 1 Professional Learning Network (PLN) Page: This will likely be a Feedly.com page. Update this page as you learn and find sources for your project.
Questions to Contemplate Prior to Writing Your Bi-Weekly Blog Posts
- What kinds of things inspired you online this week?
- What challenges did you face this week?
- Will this be a narrative, informational, or persuasive post?
- What will your post title be?
- Briefly outline your post and approve it with me before typing.
Dont' want to do a blog? No worries! Do a journal instead!
- You can write the same entry in your own journal including sketches, pictures, charts, etc.
- It will be up to you to get a classmate or another person to respond in your journal each week.
- Same requirements for questions to contemplate before writing your entry.
Blog Requirement: Embed an E-mail Subscription Option into Your Weebly
- Anyone who subscribes to an RSS reader site can choose to follow your Weebly blog by clicking on the RSS feed on your blog page, but what about those who don't have an RSS reader? How will those folks get your blog updates?
- Each of you will add an option for subscribers to receive your blog updates via e-mail.
- You will do this by signing up for a FREE Feedburner.com account.
- Once you sign up for this free Google service, you will follow the directions HERE to embed your Feedburner into your blog.
- This is a necessary step to complete before your first blog post because this is one way your classmates, parents, and I will follow your posts.
Nitty Gritty Genius Hour Info
Inspiration: Examples of Fellow Students' Genius Hour Projects from around the Globe