Genius Hour has officially been launched in my classroom. All week I captured the students’ attention by telling them something exciting was about to happen. I kept telling them not to be absent on Friday. And, guess what?? No one was!
The first thing I did was ask the students if they knew what it meant to be a genius. They had several good ideas. From there I told them that everyone in the room was a genius. Some of them did not believe me. I told them we were going to spend the next few weeks discovering that inner genius in all of us. That is when I explained to the students we were all going to be participating in Genius Hour. They all looked at me like “Huh?” I showed them this quick video from www.geniushour.com.
Our next activity was a protocol called Chalk Talk. I hung four posters on the cabinets and had the students write down their ideas on the chart paper.
The students were really excited and they came up with some great ideas. Hopefully, they will be able to choose an appropriate topic for their own research. Here are just a few examples from today. One student wrote they wanted to create a board game. I don’t know what it will be about, but that’s okay. One student said they wanted to create a double decker couch. I don’t know if that will happen, but it is a neat concept. Another student said they would like to learn to surf. Another wanted to learn to play the guitar. A student said they would like to learn how to make the world a better place. That was my favorite.
Next week I am going to spend some time discussing the idea of questions. I saw a great video in which the teacher was guiding the students to understand that good students ask lots of questions. It was very powerful. You can find the video on a site by Angela Maiers called 12 Most Genius Questions in the World. I think this will be the next step in my Genius Hour journey.
All I know is that I am extremely excited about what is to come. I believe my 2nd graders will come up with some amazing things during our genius hour. I will be sure to post about our journey together.