Yesterday I introduced the concept of genius hour to my class. This is a fantastic idea that I have read about using Twitter and reading blog posts from my professional learning network online. Please click the link below to read a more detailed description.
Essentially, genius hour is an hour in which the students get to demonstrate learning about a topic of their choosing that they are passionate about and creating a final product. (Sample Ideas: PowerPoint, diorama, HaikuDeck presentation, structural objects, etc). Students should NOT come into school that day with a completed project!!!!! While students will be creating their FINAL projects during genius hour AT SCHOOL, research can and should be done at home. We will be spending a little time in school researching, too. That’s what this is all about. Students creating an inquiry type question, researching the topic, and creating something of their choosing during our genius hour at school and presenting it to the class.
I truly feel this focuses on using student’s imaginations and engaging them in ways that allow for their voices to be heard and their creativity to shine.
For the sake of honesty, this is my first attempt at this activity. Please understand there will be bumps in the road, but with those bumps and missteps, will be huge opportunities for my students, as well as myself to learn from. Students have already been brainstorming ideas in the classroom. Some students are choosing to work individually or in teams of two. The choice is up to them. They have been encouraged to make sure if they are working in groups, that their partner needs to be equally passionate about the topic and reminded that the workload must be split equally.
Genius hour will take place on Friday, December 20th.
I can supply glue, paper, tape, and other common classroom materials. I have made it clear to students that they can buy supplies outside of school, but should NOT spend a lot of money.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I’d be more than happy to answer them. I will be sending out updates as we progress through this “experiment” together.