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Constructing, creating, communicating, collaborating, and thinking critically in grade 5.

January 31, 2013
by Denise Krebs
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Our Latest Genius Hour Projects

We had an opportunity to have genius hour for a three-hour block on Wednesday. Students thrive on long periods of time to learn. The bells are ignored. The learning sets in. The projects improve. The questions deepen.

Here are learnings from my geniuses:

Jade Anna Madi – sewing
Jason – building a city
Atze – rising up when he wanted to quit
Lauren Paige Kaylee – Junior High Survival Guide
Joey – hydraulic system
Lucas Deven – robotics
Thomas Dustin Jared Cooper – producing a blockbuster
John – carving a football from a block of wood
MaKenna – cupcakes
Sierra Kennedy
Mason David

January 25, 2013
by Denise Krebs

We Are Connecting and Learning Outside of Our Classroom

My geography students are busy researching about a Canadian province or territory. They’ve used Brittanica Online, books from the library, Provincial web pages, and now we are using Twitter.

Yesterday we tweeted asking other classes or teachers in Canada to Skype with us. Author Joanne Levy retweeted our message.

Sierra, realizing that she is from Ontario, the province she is studying, asked Joanne a question.

Joanne sent a resource to Sierra.

MaKenna, studying Nunuvut, asked @NunavutWatch about transportation and received a comprehensive, albeit 140-character, reply. We all learned about a new boat, an umiak.

Thank you to Joanne Levy, Anne-Marie Middleton (who asked if I was writing a blog post) and our other northern neighbors for helping us learn about Canada.

Would anyone like to Skype?

January 24, 2013
by Denise Krebs
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We’re Learning About Canada

We are a group of seventh grade geography students. We are learning about the provinces and territories in Canada. The ten provinces are Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. The three territories are Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon.

We would love to Skype with other classes or teachers or experts in as many different provinces and territories as we can.

Can you help? Thanks! Let us know here in a comment or on Twitter @krebsclass

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January 24, 2013
by Denise Krebs

Genius Hour Today

Here are the questions our learners are answering today in genius hour:

  1. What’s a good way to make a Minecraft creation into a video to share with the world?
  2. What cool effects can we add to an iMovie?
  3. What do missionaries do and what risks do they take?
  4. How do we make moon bars?
  5. How many airplanes can I make with these random Lego pieces?
  6. Can we tell a story without telling the story?
  7. How do hydraulic systems work? How can I make a model hydraulic system?
  8. How can we create something to help junior highers survive junior high?

January 17, 2013
by Denise Krebs

Genius Hour Challenge

Try something new with someone new (or work solo).

Master – Practice some skill. It takes 10,000 hours to get to mastery.

Create – Use your imagination to create something.

Learn – Gain knowledge about something that interests you.

Innovate – Solve a problem. Create a solution.

Produce – Make something.

Serve – Do any of the above for someone else!

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