What is Genius Hour? 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. It’s not easy to determine where the idea was originally created, but there are at least two events that have impacted genius hour. Genius Hour Origins The search-engine giant, Google, allows it’s engineers to spend 20% of their time to work on any pet project that they want. Turn Genius Hour Into Genius Year Genius Hour is exciting. Instead of giving students assignments with predetermined topics and step-by-step instructions, teachers set aside a designated amount of time during the week for students to engage in self-directed projects that allow them to pursue their own questions, interests, and passions. But is it really about genius? What's ultimately most important about this movement? Revolution, Nurturing, and Empowerment
Introducing 20 Time to Your Class - 20-Time In Education Inspire. Create. Innovate. Use this page for reference when you announce the project and during the first week of implementation. Announcement Day: Get students more comfortable with inquiry-based lessons by requiring that they figure out what 20 Time is. 20 useful ways to use TodaysMeet in schools TodaysMeet is an easy-to-use, versatile digital tool. It can enhance discussions, provide a place for ideas and more. TodaysMeet is so simple yet so versatile that it has become one of my go-to digital tools.
Think! Create! Share! Grow! To empower students and staff to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. Dear REES Community, I am sorry that I have not posted lately! Time flies when you are having fun, teaching interesting lessons and helping students choose the “just right” books to read. Kudos to the students who are continuing to read at home during the snow days–keep it up! Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century One of the take aways from the Curriculum Mapping Institute this past week was that it brought an upgrade to THE trusted KWL (Know, What to Know and Learned) Chart to the forefront. It seems a no brainer…one of those things… “I should have thought about it”… So what is this upgrade all about? An “H” snuck into the Acronym! What does this “H” stand for”?
The Death of the 20% Project I have been thinking that I should reconsider the 20% project. I mean, if my greatest inspiration, Google, seems to be going away from 20 percent time, then I should too. We have traditions for a reason, right? One attends school to be told how to think and what is important to learn. All a student really needs to know is “Will this be on the test?” To Foster Productivity and Creativity in Class, Ditch the Desks! By Leslie Harris O’Hanlon When elementary school teacher Erin Klein sat in one of her students’ desks last year, she noticed a few things about her classroom space. For one, the room itself was long and narrow, and the space was awkward. Large, clunky student desks crowded the classroom. And the desks themselves got in the way of students being able to comfortably work together.
Teaching Kids to Be Smart About Social Media Listen For kids and teens, social media is an essential part of their lives, much the way telephones were important to us at their age. About 90% of teens have used some form of social media and 75% have a profile on a social networking site, experts say. More than half of all American teens visit social networking sites every day. 6 Fun Ways Kids Can Join the Maker Movement Children are natural makers — give a kid a cardboard box, and she’ll transform it immediately into an oven, a spaceship, an elevator, or something else that I probably cannot imagine. Recent years have seen a growth of the maker movement, or an enthusiasm for inventing and creating new technologies and tools, in the U.S., Europe, and many countries across the world. Here is a look at the origins of the maker movement, how it fosters creativity, and some of the resources available to kids.