You are a genius and the world needs your contribution. –Angela Maiers
It all started this summer on twitter. I was looking through my feed, and something caught my eye. I kept on seeing “genius hour” being spoken about. Naturally, I was curious and decided to find out more. The more I found out, the more I loved the idea. This was a concept I could get excited about! My students could pursue their passions in my classroom and really own the experience. They will impact themselves, their classmates, and even the world.
I just finished up my first week of school, three days with my new students, and it was quite an experience. We started by getting to know each other, exploring our learning environment, discovering how we would find success, and even had some fun! Monday begins our journey with genius hour, and I can’t wait.
I am looking forward to next week so much – eagerly anticipating what passions my students will pursue. We are going to start our first session with an explanation of the genius hour concept and then have a brainstorming session. I am going to provide different prompts for my students on large paper throughout the classroom. They can add as many ideas as they want, and we will narrow it down later on. Here are my ideas for the brainstorming posters:
- What are you passionate about?
- What do you wonder about?
- How can you change the world?
- What breaks your heart?
- What bothers you?
Once I feel we have exhausted our ideas, it will be time to collaborate and begin to make decisions about topics. Students will be encouraged to work in small groups, but if there is an individual that would like to work alone that is acceptable. Throughout the first semester, the focus will be learning about our topics in the realm of Spanish language and/or culture. We will share out in December our findings and new learning. The students can choose how to present the information they have learned. Second semester, I will ask them to take their new learning and figure out how they can change the world with it.
I hope Mondays take on an entirely new reputation in my classroom and become something we look forward to. I will be blogging about our journey as we make new discoveries, learn language, and explore different cultures. I will let you know next week how it goes!