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6 Principles Of Genius Hour In The Classroom

6 Principles Of Genius Hour In The Classroom
Genius Hour In The Classroom: 6 Principles Of Genius Hour by Terry Heick Update: We did a t-shirt campaign of this graphic last year and it sold decently (if 13 t-shirts can be considered ‘decent.’). Genius Hour in the classroom is an approach to learning built around student curiosity, self-directed learning, and passion-based work. In traditional learning, teachers map out academic standards, and plan units and lessons based around those standards. Genius Hour is most notably associated with Google, where employees are able to spend up to 20% of their time working on projects they’re interested in and passionate about. What’s The Difference? Genius Hour provides students freedom to design their own learning during a set period of time during school. Sense of Purpose Students must find their own sense of purpose in what they study, make sense of, and create. Design Inquiry & Navigation Create Whether students “make,” publish, design, act, or do, “creating” is core to Genius Hour. 80/20 Rule Related:  Design Based ThinkingLektionsupplägg

Problem-Solving Using Cause and Effect Diagram - Designorate Solving problems is considered an initial part of designers’ tasks; they tend to solve consumer or company problems through providing a wide range of solutions depending on the design field, such as service design, product design, or interaction design. However, a clear definition for the problem should be highlighted in order to target the proper solution, including analyzing the causes behind this problem and its impact on the business. Problem-solving tools such as TRIZ and Cause and Effect Diagram are commonly used to allow designers to explore a specific problem before providing the proper solution. The term was first coined by professor Kaoru Ishikawa in his book “Introduction to Quality Control,” published in 1990. Manufacturing industry (5 Ms): Machine, Method, Material, Man Power, and MeasurementMarketing industry (7 Ps): Product, Price, Place, Promotion, People, Process, and Physical EvidenceService industry (5 Ss): Surrounding, Suppliers, Systems, Skills, and Safety

7-learning-zones-classroom-veronica-lopez?crlt_pid=camp There are many elements to consider as you plan for the next school year. You always review critical pieces like standards, curriculum, instructional activities, and testing, but you also think about the classroom space and how to arrange desks, set up bulletin boards, and organize materials. You can bring these seemingly disconnected components together in a system of seven learning zones. The discovery, news, supplies, community, quiet, teacher, and subject area zones will help you establish routines, save time, and maintain your sanity from the first through the last days of school. 1. Discovery Zone The discovery zone houses all those items that spark imagination. 2. The news zone will help you manage your classroom calendar, assignments and projects, school-wide events, holidays, upcoming celebrations, weather, temperature, and community and world news. 3. The supplies zone is sure to save your sanity. 4. A community zone serves multiple purposes. 5. 6. 7.

Propel Project-Based Learning with These 12 Apps and Websites | graphite Blog Project-based learning, or PBL, is a student-driven teaching method that calls for students to design and engage in projects focused on real-world problems and challenges. But while PBL is a trusted strategy for increasing student engagement, it's not always easy to orchestrate. The apps and websites we're highlighting this week help both teachers and students keep track of, complete, and assess projects in PBL classrooms. For teachers new to this strategy and extra short on time, Educurious offers many quality lessons, as well as a community of experts for guidance and support. Click Here for Our Full List of PBL Tools Subjects & Skills (click to expand) Related Posts: Making Games: The Ultimate Project-Based Learning Big Ideas and Key Takeaways from the #GraphiteChat on Project-Based Learning Student Portfolio Apps and Websites

Why I Abandoned Genius Hour Genius hour is an amazing concept that children respond to because they get to learn about any topic they choose. I had a few rounds of Genius Hour last year and the kids thought it was awesome. On Fridays, the question was always, "Are we doing Genius Hour today?" With a grade 1/2 classroom last year, it got difficult to keep up with Genius Hour for a few reasons. 1. 2. 3. These were all minor issues, my major issue was that my students did not know how to properly research and I as their teacher did not effectively model this. I needed a better plan, I needed to be better prepared and I needed my students to have the skills needed to research an idea or topic, produce not only a product but also be able to share the information they learned from researching the topic. This year, Genius Hour turned into Wonder Workshop. This year I began the year teaching the skills needed for an inquiry based classroom. My students learned different ways to show their learning.

The Value of Media Literacy Education in the 21st Century: A Conversation with Tessa Jolls Tessa: I found myself nodding yes Yes YES! as I read your response. The law of unintended consequences always follows any meaningful action — and some of our discussion falls into that category and Henry, I applaud your action and know that your intentions are the absolute best. Most importantly, we agree on the primary goal of media literacy education: as you said, media literacy requires a fundamental paradigm shift in ways to teach all subjects. Media literacy education— whether it is high tech or low tech — primarily concerns itself with teaching and learning the conceptual underpinnings beneath contextualizing, acquiring and applying content knowledge. Learners gain content knowledge through using their media literacy skills — and these skills are applicable to any content anytime, anywhere on a lifelong basis. To grow media literacy education at the pre-K-12 level, we need to have pedagogy that can be replicated, measured and scaled.

Design Thinking in Schools: Building a Generation of Innovators - Designorate Observing today’s world can tell us much about tomorrow and what human beings need to meet future challenges. Along with the increasing challenges that we face everyday from economical challenges and climate change to extremism and the increasing language of hate between nations, we should raise a generation that is able to meet these challenges and find innovative solutions for tomorrow’s problems. In a previous article, Can we Apply Design Thinking in Education, we discussed how the current education systems still depend on the some core education pedagogy since decades. Although there is a sustaining innovation in some education systems, these future challenges seek a disruptive innovative that can contribute to building a generation programmed to solve problems rather than dealing with them. Why Do We Need Design Thinking? So, how can this methodology contribute to changing our education system to become more innovation and creativity-biased? Design Thinking Models for Education

Got to Teach!: Four Corners: A Cooperative Learning Strategy (Post 4 of 5) Thanks for checking out this post on using "Four Corners" as a cooperative learning activity in the classroom. If you would like to view the other posts in this series of Cooperative Learning Strategies, you can find them here: "Expert Groups," "Q&A Match-Up," and "Circle Chats." How It Works: Choose four aspects of a topic that your class is currently focusing on.Assign each of these aspects to a corner (or an area) of your room.Present the topic and the four related aspects to the whole group and give the students some "think time." Why I Love This: Student Choice: Students LOVE when they are given an opportunity to choose. If you're feeling like a lesson needs a quick boost of engagement, keep this strategy in mind!

Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning | Edutopia Project-based learning (PBL) demands excellent assessment practices to ensure that all learners are supported in the learning process. With good assessment practices, PBL can create a culture of excellence for all students. We’ve compiled some of the best resources from Edutopia and the web to support your use of assessment in PBL, including information about strategies, advice on how to address the demands of standardized tests, and summaries of the research. Best Practices for PBL Assessment Assessment in Project-Based Learning (Buck Institute for Education, 2014) In this recorded Google hangout, BIE’s John Larmer and a panel of educators address the driving question, "How can we effectively assess student learning in PBL?" Back to Top PBL and Standardized Tests Research on PBL Assessment Additional Resources We hope these resources will help you ensure that students learn both significant content and 21st-century skills through projects.

Introducing Genius Hour (Passion Based Inquiry Projects) October 3rd was our last #geniushour chat (click here to learn more about Genius Hour) on twitter. We had a fantastic conversation and some great ideas were shared. Since that chat (click here to see all archived chats), I have had a few more people ask me about how to introduce Genius Hour. So I thought I would compile a list of all the wonderful strategies that were discussed. Here it goes… Danielle Porte tweeted about doing a guided Genius Hour to start her class off this year. This year, Hugh and I introduced Genius Hour together. I am sure there are many more ideas out there from other great teachers about how to introduce Genius Hour. How do you get students ready for Genius Hour/Inquiry Projects? Like this: Like Loading... About Gallit Zvi Teacher for SD36, Grad student at SFU, love learning, #geniushour chat co-moderator (see for details) I blog at I tweet from @gallit_z

Why Daydreaming is Critical to Effective Learning Brynja Eldon/Flickr There’s no doubt there are more distractions bombarding students than there were 50 years ago. Most kids have cellphones, use social media, play games, watch TV and are generally more “plugged in” than ever before. This cultural shift means that in addition to helping students gain the transferable skills and knowledge they’ll need later in life, teachers may have to start helping them tune out the constant buzz in order to get their message across. It’s never too early to learn smart strategies to focus in on priorities and tune out what’s not immediately necessary. Many people believe they are skilled multitaskers, but they’re wrong. “The brain doesn’t multitask,” said Daniel Levitin, author and professor of psychology, behavioral neuroscience and music at McGill University on KQED’s Forum program. Tip 1: Prioritize and Manage Time “When they’re doing something, they’re really doing it,” Levitin said. Tip 2: Take Breaks Tip 3: Analyze Information Critically Related

​‘Diversity Does Not Happen By Accident’ and Other Lessons About Equity in the Maker Movement It has never been easier to hop onboard the Maker movement. In recent years, the prices of expensive tools, such as 3D printers, have dropped drastically. Project-based learning, as an alternative to the traditional lecture-based instructional approach, has won admirers among academics and teachers as a better way to help students develop 21st century skills. Today there are more makerspaces in schools, and more teachers willing to become part of this community. But do all students—regardless of background—have the same opportunity to be part of this movement? Sadly, the answer is no. Artist-educator Corinne Okada Takara kicked off the event with a lightning talk, inviting the audience to ask students "what did you make today at school?" Here are the four things we learned about equity in the Maker movement after this panel. 1. Including underrepresented groups in the Maker movement is not something that will happen naturally, argues Blikstein. 2. 3.

Got to Teach!: Expert Groups: A Cooperative Learning Strategy {Post 1 of 5} One of the most important elements of teaching is providing students with plenty of opportunities to actively engage in learning with their peers. I have decided to start a five-part series of posts that will outline my favorite cooperative learning strategies that I have used in my classroom. I will begin with "Expert Groups," a strategy that can easily be used in grades 3-8+, and one that I find especially useful when teaching a class of diverse learners. Group your students into 4 equal "Expert Groups" (e.g. Group A, Group B, etc.). These groups should be strategically organized in heterogenous groups in regards to student ability. The number of "Expert Groups" and "Numbered Groups" are totally flexible depending on the topics you are studying and the number of students in your class. Less Overwhelming- The students can focus their learning on one aspect of a topic, which allows for greater understanding of a concept. How have you used "Expert Groups" in your classroom?