This is the year I will start programs for students.
I started Genius hour yesterday with a group of 7th graders. My school moved to block scheduling this year which allows the opportunity for remediation and enrichment with students during an Impact time. I am taking advantage of this time opportunity!
I conducted a writer’s workshop a few weeks ago which was successful and took place during a consecutive 5 days. Genius hour will take place over 6 weeks. The group of 10 students meet once a week to work on their projects.
I introduced the concept to the students last week and they were able to sign up. No one had heard about the idea before I spoke about it but they were very excited it was inspired by Google. I told them a few facts and then listed several ideas of projects that could think about.
Genius hour is time for students to pursue a personal interest, make something, and share it with the world. It could be a program, a blog, a game, a video, or anything they imagine. It can solve a problem or showcase a study.
- Joined Google Classroom
- Read aloud: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spears
- Discussion about perseverance and making things that don’t look like what is in our heads
- Students took 16 personalities test
This is another video I found helpful about general concepts about Genius Hour.
Results of day one:
- One of my students wants to make a motivational video to share because she feels it is needed. She is thinking about staging it like a TED talk.
- Several students are thinking about starting programs or clubs for their fellow classmates
- Several students are thinking about starting fundraisers for local community organizations
- One student is thinking about a photography project.
They are all THINKING and wanting to CREATE! It was a glorious day and I cannot wait to see what the end of 6 weeks looks like!
What have you created today, no matter how small?