Reeves in the Middle: Passion Projects, Genius Hour, 20 Time - Whatever You Call It - Part 2. Update: I have had NUMEROUS request for my rubric and information on the inspiration stations.
I very nervously took a step outside my comfort zone and placed these items on Teachers Pay Teachers. Thank you all for your support and interest in my work. You have definitely put spring in my step and a bit more confidence in my soul. You can find the items here by clicking here. Thank you! Genius Hour is in full swing! We've got great projects going, and I am beyond excited to see how the progress. Last week our wonderful ITS* came in and taught my students about Essential Questions. *We are a 1:1 county. The truth came out today, and they really did understand! How do dreams define our emotions? For some reason my brain seems to remember the "how" questions, but I'll post a better variety later this week. Their final products/presentations vary from tricking the class with optical illusions to creating their own natural make up to painting a mural as long as my classroom wall.
Well! Genius Hour. ABCs with Mrs. B: Getting Started with Genius Hour. The idea of Genius Hour...amazing.
Getting started with Genius Hour...a bit daunting. Here is a sneak peek at how I got my students engaged in what would be an incredible learning experience with high engagement and a liiiittttllle bit of teacher exhaustion :) (Well worth it!) Here is the lowdown of the steps we took. You can find the pack in my TpT shop HERE. How to Judge the Reliability of Internet Information. Top TED Ed Lessons on Critical Thinking. May 20, 2016 Critical thinking, as we have argued elsewhere, is an essential skill for the 21st century students. Not that it was not essential before but in a digitally focused world where there is an exceeding surplus of amateurish and unpolished information, the ability to critically assess, weigh in and value information has an imminent urgency.
Through critical thinking, learners get to sift through the ocean of information provided by the net and are able to decide what is relevant and what is not. In today’s post, we are sharing with you this handy curated list of some of the best TED Ed lessons to use with your students to help them develop critical thinking skills. Yes, critical thinking is a 'plural-skill' and embeds a number of different sub-skills such as synthesizing, assessing, analyzing, applying and evaluating. Each of these TED Ed lessons target a particular sub-skill. Passion Research/Genius Hour.
Genius Hour Classroom Connections - Teaching With Technology Hub. Internet Catalogue. Planningsheet. The Genius Hour Design Cycle: A Process For Planning - 3.
Some students need a push in the right direction Some students will come up with projects that are too simple with answers that could be easily Googled. We introduced the students to ‘High Order Thinking Skills’ and built these into the planning forms students complete. Projects need to include elements of synthesis, evaluation and creativity with the minimum requirement adjusted for individuals. We provide students with a list of verbs appropriate for the top levels of Bloom’s taxonomy and help them use these in framing their topics. 4. A student might have a passion for surfing and decide they are going to write a book about the history of the sport. 5.
It can be hard to say no to a project but some are just not feasible. 6. Some projects will clearly take longer than you have available, others are simply too large in scale or will rely on the involvement of too many people. 7. One of the challenges for some students has been the ever changing project. 8. Geniushour - home. Genius Hour Resources. Genius Hour is a time given during the school day to allow students to follow their passions and learn about topics that interest them.
My gifted 3rd-5th graders participate in this project, and present their learning when they are ready. This page is devoted to sharing some of the resources I’ve collected over the past two years with anyone else who is interested in starting a classroom Genius Hour. *You can download all of my current Genius Hour resources (except for the free digital ones below) in a bundle on Teachers Pay Teachers for $5. Or, you can still download them separately (for free) by clicking on the links below.
6 Tips for Getting Started with Genius Hour. Posted 05/22/2014 2:36PM | Last Commented 02/02/2015 11:36AM Genius hour is a great way to allow students to drive their own personalized instruction but where to begin such a big project?
How to Get Started There are a lot of resources out there already, and most of the teachers that are embarking on this process are willing to share what they have or help you problem solve. The following all have something to offer: Practical Tips Face to Face time is invaluable: While the students are working independently you are still there helping them focus and problem solve.