Last night during our Genius Hour Twitter chat and book study of Angela Maiers and Amy Sanvold‘s The Passion-Driven Classroom, I was inspired by passionate educators who inspire passion in their students. I wondered how to help young teens harness their energetic spirit and begin to use it to make the world a better place.… Read more Such a Simple Question: What Action Will I Take?
Today is Leadership Day 2012. Dr. Scott McLeod, Director of Innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency 8 in Iowa, has been calling people to write Leadership Day posts since 2007. (This year’s post is here.) Last year I wrote my first Leadership Day post as an open letter to my administrator whom I had yet to met. I… Read more Making Progress! Leadership Day 2012
My students were engaged in learning during genius hour today. Creating, learning, building, inventing, baking, competing…It was lots of fun. Bells ring and no one twitches. Band teacher arrives to find a student who forgot to go to her lesson. Students lost in their creating and learning. We all love genius hour! More photos here.
Well, today was the day! It has been three weeks since I decided to hold #geniushour with the junior highers. (I’m spelling it like the Twitter hashtag–join us by sharing on Twitter your #geniushour comments, resources, and activities.) Over the past three weeks, I gradually introduced the students to the idea of #geniushour, and they… Read more Genius Hour Report
When I showed my students the list of “ten things to do with a laptop” that Gary Stager showed us, they were immediately engaged. More so than I thought they would be. (Watch Gary’s ten things keynote here.) The next day, I overheard them talking. One boy said, “I want to build a killer robot.”… Read more I Want to Do That