Here’s what we worked on during our latest Genius Hour.
We’ve had a busy spring. Because of snow days, Easter break, and TSA, we’ve not had genius hour for three weeks. We’ll be back at it this week.
Here are our March updates:
Sounds 0f the Planets – Jared
Dodge cars – Jason
Writing another novel – Anna
Cross-stitching with love – Lauren
Teaching Piano – Atze
Sewing slippers – John
Angela Maiers has inspired me lately. She does that quite often. Now it’s about scaling up Genius Hour. It’s taking “You are a genius, and the world needs your contribution” to a new level.
— Angela Maiers (@AngelaMaiers) April 8, 2013
Do you believe it? Yes, I hope you do!
Here are some questions to ask yourself as you plan your next Genius Hour project:
What matters to you? What breaks your heart about it?
What matters to God? What breaks God’s heart?
Consider issues like pollution, endangered animals, slavery, drug abuse, suicide, global climate change, poverty, disease, illiteracy, injustice, intolerance, abortion, bullying, what else?
What are you going to do about it?
How can you join God in working to solve that problem?
Are you willing to suffer for it?
Can you build grit, determination, perseverance, stick-to-it-iveness during your Genius Hour project?
We have already had good examples of this kind of genius at work. Like when Jade and Kaylee made many scarves and then sold them at the benefit for Laurel.
The world needs your genius!
We recently heard Philip Gans speak about his life during WW II, including surviving hard labor in Auschwitz III labor camp for 17 months.
At the end of the 1.5 hour talk, he left us with three DON’Ts:
- Don’t give up hope.
- Don’t hate.
- Don’t be a bystander.
The 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., was yesterday. Let’s keep working together to make his dream come true!
Students this week perused PoetryFoundation.org. Each one found a great poem. We then randomly chose brackets and pitted the poems against each other. The only criteria was that the person liked it and it is a GREAT poem.
Now we want to see what you think!
Which poem do you think is great in each of the matchups?
Here’s a little tutorial if you’ve never voted on Bracketeers:
Will you please help us understand how geographic and human characteristics create culture and define regions?
Wait, it’s not as bad as it sounds. We mostly want to know what you call some of these common items. Please take one or more of our surveys. Thank you!
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