I’ve mentioned before how excited I was about Genius Hour in September. However, for a variety of reasons (illness, students needing more support developing inquiry questions than I anticipated…) the actual genius part of Genius Hour – you know, the fun, pursuing our passions part – seemed to be delayed time and time again.
Today, after a rough draft prior to Christmas break, we finally had our first complete, successful session of Genius Hour! I conferenced with each group and everyone is now officially learning about one of their passions. Creating DIY fashion from recycled clothing, constructing a soccer ball, exploring how helicopter motors work, and testing the validity of horse statistics on Wikipedia with real live horses are just a few of students’ amazing ideas. I am genuinely impressed with the questions my students are now exploring; They certainly aren’t projects I could have developed! Here’s to 4 weeks (and the rest of the year) of pursuing awesome passions!
Feel free to check out our project outlines at http://www.kidblog.org/mmebunker. We welcome any feedback all you French speaking students or teachers out there can offer!
How are you helping your students pursue their passions?