Which emerging pedagogy appeals most to you, and might be most useful for your classroom and students? Why?
I never heard of Genius Hour until I read those articles. I really like this idea. Genius Hour, according to Kesler, is a “movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom.” Genius Hour is an example of open learning. It offers students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time in school. They use this time to work on their passion projects.
Nichole Carter, an 8th grade teacher, experimented with Genius Hour, (or as she calls it, personalized education). “I started experimenting with Genius Hour for my 8th grade students. Genius Hour equated to one hour a week, or one class day, where I let my students become experts in anything they wanted. This allowed them to explore their passions, and I saw engagement like never before.”
Keefe and Jenkins list six basic tenets of inquiry-based learning:
- Dual teacher role
- Learn about your students
- Create a culture of collaboration
- Create and interactive learning environment
- Build flexible pacing, but with structure
- Create authentic assessments
What happens when Genius Hour fails and the student, or group of students don’t want to continue? Juliani says to use these three steps that’ll get the student back on track.
Step 1: Talk with the student about life (not the project).
Step 2: Ask them for help.
Step 3: Find a new purpose.
“You don’t need to create the desire as a teacher. Instead, our job is to help students connect their existing desires to this project as a new purpose for learning.”
Two years ago, my school district rolled out iPads for all elementary students. Even though I teach kindergarten and first grade, and the thought of them having an hour to complete things themselves scares me, I think giving them that hour of creativity and imagination can go a long way.
Carter, N. (2014, August 04). Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education. Retrieved June 01, 2016, from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/genius-hour-essentials-personalized-education-nichole-carter
Juliani, A. (2014). What to do when Genius Hour fails… – A.J. JULIANI. Retrieved June 01, 2016, from http://ajjuliani.com/genius-hour-fails/
Kesler, C. (2013, March 29). What is Genius Hour? Retrieved June 1, 2016, from http://www.geniushour.com/what-is-genius-hour/