As I mentioned in a previous post a student teacher and I have started doing a modified "Genius Hour" with a second grade group. I say modified because they are getting more than the hour a week to work. It is more like 2.5 hours on an average week. We have lovingly started calling it their "Passion Projects".
Yesterday was the first day of them really exploring their passions. They got to sit down and web out their thoughts and put down what they were passionate about, no matter what it was. The students were so excited by this simple activity! Moans and groans came from the crowd when it was time to stop for the day. It was music to my ears because that signaled PASSION for their thoughts!
Here's the plan, Stan! For today we have a lot to get done. Students are going to come in and share their passions with a couple of friends and then will get a chance to revisit their sheets. After that, we are turning to Wonderopolis to show students how topics can be narrowed down. I am hoping for some "AHA" moments today! Before we leave, students are going to generate some "I wonders" about their passions.
All of this leads into students making their Wonder Walls tomorrow (yes, pics to follow!) and getting their decisions made to start their project proposal! EEEK! So excited! Follow our progress on Twitter @nschwartztech!
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom