Happy Saturday to you all!
Yesterday’s Genius Hour was a time for reflection, and for me it was a time for evaluation. I have been able to schedule time for my 3rd and 4th period students tho be in the Media Center for each of the Fridays in November! This is a MASSIVE accomplishment!
One of the most invaluable decisions I made was requiring my students to keep a weekly blog to update their journey along the road to their final product. I have given them a general idea for what they should be writing about, but other times I give them direct prompts; yesterday was such a day.
Three Prompts for Reflection:
1. Since the beginning of Genius Hour, I have been able to accomplish the following:
2. The purpose of Genius Hour is to allow students to have input on their learning. It is suppose to make me feel as though my needs are valued. Agree or Disagree?
3. Genius Hour has/hasn’t been worth our time because…
I have been incredibly thrilled with the results of the past two months that my students have participated in Genius Hour, but my heart absolutely soared with the responses that I received from this assignment. I have established a relationship with my students so that I could tell them, “Be honest. If you really have not found the value in this, or maybe you didn’t ‘get it’, then please tell me! I want this to be an experience that means something to you; not just something that takes up one day of our time together.”
1. A very shy student who wanted to know more about bullying prevention
2. An ESL student who wanted to learn more about the mechanics of soccer to improve his game
3. A student who wants to try an epic meal challenge of his own (gross, but fun)
4. A computer programer
4. Researching Art Therapy