This week I am working with a student teacher to get started with Genius Hour. Now, I am going to preface this with stating that this is NOT a traditional Genius Hour. Where students typically get an hour/week, these students are getting about 30 minutes/day. I have been calling this their "Passion Project" instead.
Yesterday we started by talking about what Genius Hour is by sharing this video.
Throughout the video, we paused and discussed it, and the kids' excitement grew. We then talked about the 3 requirements to our time: research, creating, and presenting. Lastly, students worked together to come up with our "Passion Project Guidelines". These are kind of the rules to working each day. They came up with some great ones: focus on your project, keep voices at a level 1.5 (good for collaborating, but not enough to distract someone), and listen to each other and the teachers were just a few.
I can't wait to talk today about what a passion is and allow them to start brainstorming! So excited!
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom