Yesterday, September 15th was International Dot Day – a day to inspire creativity globally. http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/ Today our grade 3’s and one of the classes in Kindergarten (our Tech Buddies) are going to be participating in Dot Day activities. My colleague @K5_RP introduced me to Dot Day over the Summer. She tweeted me “We need to do this!” Coincidentally this meshes so well with the Genius Time concept. When I heard about Dot Day I knew instantly I wanted to have my class participate and it was before I had even heard of #geniushour. Perhaps, it was reading about this event and following @DotClubConnect that opened my mind to the concept of following your passions and letting creativity direct you. That’s really what Genius Time is.
Anyway, look for more updates later today. Happy Dot Day and maybe try it out this week. Because as it says on the International Dot Day website,
Guess what? Dot Day is every day you honor courage and creativity.
In my week and a bit of immersing my class in Genius Hour (Genius Time as we call it) I’ve learned surprisingly much more about it then I initially thought I would just this far in. Some of the things are shocking to me. First of all it’s really taken a life of its own. Many of my students are living and breathing it. It’s what they talk and think about. I even had one student ask me today if when she was done eating her lunch if she could work on planning out her project. Two other students asked the teacher librarian if they could have time next week to come down to the library to do some research, they did this own their own! My most reluctant students are doing it without hesitation. They’ve come up with some fantastic ideas like “how can I make a driving lego car”, and “I want to make cupcakes.” Genius Time is by far our favourite time of the day they are invested already and the real fun hasn’t totally begun!
I also didn’t expect to be so passionate and invested in it so early into the process either. I mean look at my last 3 blog posts they’ve been about GT. I’ve spent hours following and asking questions and even answering a few on the #geniushour feed on twitter. Watched youtube videos to inspire the students and help us hone our ideas. I think I can feel this way about it because already, based on the student reaction I know it’s going to be great. Really it’s a total game changer when it comes to my teaching practice.
You know what I also know? And this is going to be so hard for my “everything has it’s place” personality. It’s going to be messy. Like stuff piled on the back counter, scraps and bits all over the floor kind of mess. I’m dreading it. There I said it. I’m an organization freak and GT is creative chaos. But I think maybe it’ll be therapeutic for me and teach me that sometimes I need to relax a bit.