Thursday, November 19, 2015

Turning The Corner

What a good day yesterday.  I felt like a majority of the students “turned the corner” in their genius hour projects.  For the first time, most of them were excited and truly digging deeper to find answers to their curiosities.

Students were taking surveys of classmates. “If you were to buy a quadricycle, what model would you prefer?

Polling classmates

Students were writing questions to ask professionals during upcoming interviews.

Students were reviewing feedback slips from the “shark tank” we had a few weeks ago and using that information to drive further research.

Analyzing "shark tank" feedback

I stopped by a student’s desk who has a project idea I found very intriguing; when I commented on it, she said, “it’s just not working.  I’m not finding what I hoped to find.”  We went on talking, and I told her the further question her project consistently made me wonder.  Her eyes lit up, and she said, “I like that idea.  Is it too late to change my project?”  As Mrs. Looper, media specialist extraordinaire, always says, “it’s never too late to back up the bus.”  When I stopped by the student’s desk later, she exclaimed, “THIS is working for me!”  LOVE IT!!!

Happy learning,


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

I thought keeping track of picture books I’ve used as part of Genius Hour would  be a “genius” idea.  (sorry bad pun intended!)

  •         What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada & Mae Besom
  •         Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts
  •         The Inventor’s Secret by Suzanne Slade

Soon to share….

  •          Billy’s Booger by William Joyce
  •          Pop! by Meghan McCarthy
  • ·        Ish by Peter Reynolds

Happy learning,