We kicked off Genius Hour today and I wanted to tell you a little about it in case you hear more at home. :)
What is Genius Hour?
Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school. (http://www.geniushour.com/what-is-genius-hour/)
The idea is that students begin with a question (that is driven by their own passions), which is followed by research, and finally a product is created to share the learning.
How often will we be using our time in the classroom?
One hour per week. If June has arrived and we need more time, I may increase this time to 2 hours per week.
What will the kids be learning about?
So many different topics! Today we listed what we love to do outside of school, what our general interests are, and what we wonder about. Their lists were longgggg! These passions will drive the inquiry process and students will generate a quality question that is the focus behind their research.
How will they share their learning?
These are some options and they will choose (with some limitations) who their audience will be:
- Digital presentation (a slideshow, iMovie, website, etc)
- Oral presentation (speaking to an audience)
- Visual presentation (sharing visuals like posters, pictures, or models)
Will this require time at home or buying items?
No and no. However, some students have already talked about ideas that would involve some work at home, but this is their choice. Most likely if a child is working on their Genius Hour product at home it's because they're excited about it and want to spend their time that way! Also, students don't have to buy materials (example: poster board) but they certainly can if they talk with you about it.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions. The students are VERY excited about this and I'm thrilled to be doing it with them!