I know I start every Genius Hour blog post in this way but I cannot express how game changing this has been for my teaching practice and my students. We are currently doing a mini unit on inferencing and they are coming up with such good questions and looking at pictures and videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMNSwFFLAsI in such critical ways for more insightful then I’ve typically seen 8 year olds be able to do. We also started Social Studies as an inquiry based project and they handled the demands of coming up with good questions, researching and creating projects without missing a beat. I like to think that I’m helping create a group of kids who don’t take things for face value but question, investigate and repeat.
The best part about our genius time is that students are really aware that all this is happening. They are just productively working on a fun idea that they came up. Most students are just about wrapped up the information collecting and are ready to get their hands dirty and start creating. This week their tasks are to come up with their supplies list and then start gathering. I’m excited to enter this next stage!