Exciting times are on the horizon. We have just started our first genius projects of the year. As a class we have been discussing the importance of wondering, asking questions and creativity. The students have brainstormed and shared lists of their own talents, interests and passions. Now they are creating a driving question about one of their passions/interests/talents. Creating this question is likely the most challenging aspect, as it should ideally not be one that can be easily answered with Google. This question should involve research and the project needs to be shared with others. Regarding the question making process, let’s say the child is passionate about dogs. Consider how posing the question, “Which breed of dog is best for my family and why?” will lead to different research than simply doing a report on Dogs. Another example, let’s say your child loves trains. Their question may sound like this, “If there was a high speed train between Edmonton and Calgary what would it be like?” or “What are the advantages of taking a train rather than a car to Jasper?”
Creativity takes time and that will be provided in class. Some students will want to do some work at home and that is okay, but not totally necessary. Using class time wisely will be a goal.
Please recognize this is a first attempt at Genius Hour/Passion Projects and is seen as just that- a first attempt. The learning goals are:
*to promote, support and model creative, innovative thinking and inventiveness
*to allow students an opportunity to discover/investigate one of their passions
*to provide an opportunity to develop skill sets that are valuable in any learning situation (research, experimentation, collaboration, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking)
*to provide an opportunity to share their Genius/Passion Projects with others
Sharing of the project may involve an oral presentation, a song, poster, diorama, slide show … – let your creativity and imagination soar. Presentations should not exceed 5 minutes and will start next Monday,September 21, 2015 . Have fun and try something new!
(Our thanks to Mrs. Korte for writing such a great description of Genius Projects!)