Give your students 20% time to do whatever they want "Seriously? You're going to let us do whatever we want for 20% of our time in English class?" "I'm skeptical." The Research Behind Choice and Inquiry-Based Education - A.J. JULIANI Updated: I’ve updated this post and page since publishing my most recent book about student choice– Learning By Choice. I’d love for you to add resources you’ve found in the comments section of this post so I can add them to the list! Since experimenting with “20% Time” in my class a few years ago, I’ve been fascinated by the research and history of this practice in education and the business world. This has led me down a long road to finally writing Inquiry & Innovation in the Classroom (published by Routledge) on inquiry-driven education and choice-based learning experiences. During that time I’ve had hundreds of conversations with fellow teachers practicing choice-based and inquiry-driven learning in some way shape or form (Genius Hour, Passion Projects, Choose2Matter etc).
Genius Hour Manifesto Denise Krebs, Gallit Zvi, Hugh McDonald and Joy Kirr came together to discuss “Genius Hour”. Each of these teachers has been running Genius Hour in his/her classroom and writing about their experiences online. This is the “Genius Hour Manifesto”: A guide to anyone who wants to know WHAT Genius Hour is, WHERE the idea came from, HOW to facilitate it in the classroom, WHY it is a next-practice in education, and HOW to get involved. Enjoy! What is Genius Hour?
What PBL Can Do For Your School What PBL Can Do For Your School–And What It Can’t by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development *Visit our PBL Workshops Page for workshop options on Project-Based Learning. Project-Based Learning is a great way to reach and teach students, but what is often overlooked is what high quality PBL can do for a school and district–and what it can’t.
The Genius Hour: How 60 minutes a week can electrify your job Lots of people believe that a single individual can’t make a difference in an organization. Lots of people, it turns out, are wrong. Take the case of Jen Shefner. She’s an assistant vice president at Columbia Credit Union in Vancouver, WA, in charge of the credit union’s online and mobile services. Powerful Learning: Studies Show Deep Understanding Derives from Collaborative Methods Image credit: Thomas Reis Today's students will enter a job market that values skills and abilities far different from the traditional workplace talents that so ably served their parents and grandparents. They must be able to crisply collect, synthesize, and analyze information, then conduct targeted research and work with others to employ that newfound knowledge.
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! The Keys to Inquiry: Introduction "We learn best when we learn from our own experiences." "Children need to be active learners, seeking answers to questions that they care about.""Science should be hands-on and minds-on so that children make sense of what they experience." The goal of the Everyday Classroom Tools Project is to provide opportunities for students to learn that inquiry and their own experiences can help them achieve a deeper understanding of their world.
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 Passion Based Learning: Genius Hour Genius Hour by Design “Know when to memorize. Know when to mesmerize!” –Peter Skillen Genius Hour is centered on a wonder question or passion which students would like to explore. Similarly, the focus of a constructivist learning environment is the question, problem or project that students try to solve (Jonassen, 1999). School achievement isn't just in your genes - opinion - 18 October 2013 Read full article Continue reading page |1|2 Anyone who asserts that educational attainment is in large part inherited needs a lesson in modern genetics, says a professor of biology Is intelligence genetically determined? You might think so, if you saw the headline-grabbing report from UK education advisor Dominic Cummings. The 240-page essay was a parting gift to his boss, education minister Michael Gove.
Com-Passion Based Learning - The Next Step "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink" Education needs to change!!! We are no longer in the Industrial Age. Our students are disengaged and unconcerned. The format of our schools and the content which our teachers are required to teach are becoming irrelevant and ineffective.