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Room 222 has really taken to the idea of Genius Hour and began to spread their learning wings.
Here is a diagram of our route through our Genius Hour:
Hour 1: Pre-idea stage. We started gathering our wonders. (see post here)
We discussed the difference between a Google Question and a Genius Question.
A Google question is one that can be answered with a quick Google search.
A Genius question is one that takes a "genius" to answer it.
So... Room 222 went out on a search for their official topic and essential question.
The students then used Pic-Collage to send me an inspiration picture.
Here are some of our topics and questions:
Movie Making: How do I make a fun movie for my friends? - AM
Flowers: What is the best way to grow daisies? - PB
Tie-dye: How can I make cool patterns? - AH
Law Enforcement: What is a day in the life of a FBI Agent and Police Officer like? - DC, JDH, CR
Hour 3: Draw your preliminary thoughts about your topic.
This is our "pre-genius" step where we are gauging how much we know.
|Colors of Butterflies and Baby Sea Turtles|
It was fun to see them take this so seriously. There was so much detail in their first illustration.
We will continue this coming week with the "write all you know" phase.
Teacher side note: From everything I have read, Genius Hours in upper elementary classrooms have been running 6-8 weeks. I was worried that my kiddos would have a hard time focusing on a topic for that period of time. However, I was so pleased at their focus this week and their knowledge of exactly where we are on our route to Genius. I think we will be just fine!