October 3rd was our last #geniushour chat (click here to learn more about Genius Hour) on twitter.
We had a fantastic conversation and some great ideas were shared. Since that chat (click here to see all archived chats), I have had a few more people ask me about how to introduce Genius Hour. So I thought I would compile a list of all the wonderful strategies that were discussed.
Here it goes…
- Danielle Porte tweeted about doing a guided Genius Hour to start her class off this year. I love this idea! What a fantastic way to be able to model the inquiry process for your class!
- Similarly, Katy Gartside tweeted, “this week they are brainstorming ideas with parents for their indiv proj. Then we’ll share, post on wall & they can add ideas” Then they did a group project. I love how she involved the parents into the process!
- Robyn Thiessen’s students have passion portfolios and they store their thoughts and ideas for Genius Hour in them! She introduced inquiry to her young students (yes, it can be done in primary!) through ME projects (delving into topics like what are your values and what are you not...I just love that this is with grades 3s and 4s).
- Denise Krebs‘ students are researching and presenting their Genius Hour plan before they begin their actual projects. Denise also put together this Genius Hour creativity rubric that students use to show their growth
- Joy Kirr gets her students into the inquiry process by asking them to think not only about what they wonder about, but also to reflect on what really bothers them! What a fabulous way to get students to start thinking.
- Katrina Ling tweeted, “I set up a wonder wall too for #geniushour, we watched videos and brainstormed ideas. There are some kids invention videos from Ellen show.” Watching videos is a great hook! Kids love to see what others have done and it gets them thinking hey I could do that.
- Hugh McDonald also shared how he likes to introduce Genius Hour with YouTube videos that inspire curiosity and talk about Genius. Some videos he uses are:
This year, Hugh and I introduced Genius Hour together. We showed our students the above videos, got them thinking about their passions and wonders and, finally, we modelled it. We both spent some time on a weekend creating our own little Genius Hour projects. Neither of us had ever made a movie using iMovie for iPads and it was something we wanted to learn more about, so we both learned how and created a short iMovie each. Perfect for sharing a little of our lives with our students and for modeling the inquiry process!
I am sure there are many more ideas out there from other great teachers about how to introduce Genius Hour.
How do you get students ready for Genius Hour/Inquiry Projects?
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