Friday, December 16, 2016

Shark Tank

Shark Tank Group

Wednesday was our first "shark tank" for the year.  The students were understandably nervous about presenting their budding projects to peers and adults.  Overall, things went really well! :)

What struck me as I listened to presentations was how often I heard, "every since I was little," or "I've always wondered."  As these phrases were repeated over and over, it hit me that is what Genius Hour is all about -- giving students time to explore those things they've always wondered.

I'm excited about the possibilities my students will be exploring.

Happy learning,

Friday, December 9, 2016

"Not a Clue"

We have a number of students this year who are interested in coding and making that the basis of their Genius Hour projects.

Wednesday afternoon Jaylon came up to me and asked, "Can I show you something?"  "Sure," I replied.  He pushed a button on his netbook and then said, "hold on," as he walked away.

Not remembering what his project was about, I didn't think much of the conversation.

A little bit later, Jaylon brought his computer back to where Mrs. Looper and I were chatting about the inspiration piece for early January.  He again asked if he could show us something; "of course," we replied.

With a smile on his face, Jaylon presses a button, and an alert box appears on his screen stating "Jaylon is awesome!"

With much pride, he went on to explain how he wants to learn how to code for his Genius Hour project.  I asked him if he knew anything about coding before Genius Hour, and his reply....."Not a clue."

As I sent him on his way to keep writing, Mrs. Looper and I beamed as Jaylon has truly embraced Genius Hour and all it means.  He's taken a curiosity, done research, and started teaching himself.

I'm so proud of where the "not a clue" learning adventure is going to take Jaylon!

Happy learning,