Genius Hour Update #SOL

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Yesterday I met for a second time with my 7th graders who are participating in Genius Hour. The 45 minutes was the highlight of my school day.

This is what it looked like:

  • The students finished their analog planning on the sheets
  • Whip Around Share Out
  • Assignments were given for each group of what they need to do before next Monday – mostly research.

I am super excited about the projects and how they are shaping up!

Here is a sampling of the projects:

  • Two students are planning The Random Happiness Project
  • Two students are planning a motivational presentation to be broadcast for the entire school
  • One student is making a People of Michigan City¬†presentation to show what our community really looks like
  • One student wants to raise awareness of elephant poaching and to give people 3-5 action steps of what they can do to help

Notes:

  1. It is interesting that one of the most talkative girls is having trouble narrowing her big picture idea to an actionable list. She wants to jump in with both feet and no plans! It is very telling for her process. A place I need to intervene.
  2. The buzz of work, while the time was clicking away, was energizing. You know that buzz when great ideas are flying around the room – THAT was what my room sounded like yesterday at 11a.m.
  3. Two projects sounded the same when they did their “elevator pitch” in the whip around but we unpacked it and came to realize the end results were different: one focus was truly happiness and the other was motivation. The audiences were different as well. It was a great discussion about focus and intent.
  4. I need to take some pictures of the students. We were so busy I forgot! They are so excited about this time and I hope to capture that feeling in their expressions.
  5. I am loving this process because it is teaching students to be lifelong learners which is a basic philosophy I have had since I started teaching.

What is exciting you about education today!?

5 thoughts on “Genius Hour Update #SOL

  1. This is one of the most creative posts (and lessons) I’ve read about in a long while! Kudos to you! The energy was palpable in your writing! I’m interested in knowing more about the Whip Around Share Out. How does that work? Had the students doing the Random Happiness Project read or know of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin?

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    • Aww! Thank you!
      The Whip Around consisted of the kids telling is their mission statement they had worked on and then answered brief clarification questions about their projects.

      It is funny you should mention The Happiness Project! I was thinking of it too. I gave that group the task to do some research so I will see if they came across it. There are some other happiness studies I have read and Rubin’s book that I will bring to their attentio if they don’t find these resources by Monday.

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