As teachers, we have summers “off,” but our summers are never quiet! We reflect, read, write, plan, evaluate, and shop. Our students are never far from our hearts and minds. This idea-filled post recaps some summer learning by members of the #GeniusHour tribe. Enjoy!
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Gallit and Denise love reading new books over the summer, and of course, “we are always keen to check out new posts about what folks have been doing with Genius Hour and what their plans for next year’s Genius Hour blocks are.” Share yours in the comments here!
In a recent post Gallit and Denise wrote for MiddleWeb, they shared some great advice from Genius Hour teachers who participated in a summer #geniushour twitter chat. Learn more about what they all said and how to access the article. ALSO: Join the chat yourself!
Denise and Gallit have begun writing a monthly newsletter to share news and resources about passion-based learning and the Genius Hour community. Read the first issue, which includes insights about Genius Hour and the maker movement, and learn how to subscribe.
Can Genius Hour work in the primary grades? Absolutely. If you’re not convinced, browse this “enhanced” summary of a recent chat at the #GeniusHour twitter channel and reap the many insights and creative ideas shared. Best of all, you can join the conversation!
Genius Hour Guidebook authors Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi expand on their 10-minute Google Hangout video chat with more easy-to-implement ideas that will help teachers create an engaging, trouble-free Genius Hour experience for every middle grades student.
But how do you get Genius Hour students started? Gallit Zvi shares an infographic that will give teachers the 3 Steps approach recommended in The Genius Hour Guidebook. “As educators, you will have to make it your own, but these steps are the tried, tested and true.”
Genius Hour is just the beginning, says teacher Joy Kirr in her Afterword to the Guidebook. “It is a baby step, and part of the journey to flipping your classroom on its head and handing the learning over to the children.” It’s all about autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
The Genius Hour Guidebook has a great “Frequently Asked Questions” section. Here are a couple of sample answers and a list of the other questions Gallit and Denise address in the FAQs. Our favorite: “Why call it Genius Hour? They aren’t really geniuses.”
Gallit Zvi highlights a selection of videos that have inspired Genius Hour teachers and students. Included: Ken Robinson, Daniel Pink, Angela Maiers, Richard St. John, Derek Sivers, Kid President, and Caine’s Arcade. Watch them at the page and contribute some of your own favorites in the comments.