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

April 26, 2013
by Denise Krebs
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Global Learners

Thanks to all those who answered our three geography surveys about “What do you call it?” The surveys have been taken over 250 times. A special thanks to our friends in the student blogging challenge who took the surveys for us. We will report back our learnings as soon as we figure out how to!



April 21, 2013
by Denise Krebs

March Genius Hour Reports

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:

Cool Shot Basketball – Cooper Brian Dustin

Hula Hoop Rugs – Jade Kaylee Anna

Ripping Phone Books – Thomas and Lucas

Stop Motion with Race Cars – Deven and Joey

Sewing – Madi and Paige

Sounds 0f the Planets – Jared

Dodge cars – Jason

Writing another novel – Anna

Cross-stitching with love – Lauren

Teaching Piano – Atze

Rainbow Cake – Kennedy Sierra MaKenna

Stop Motion Animation Mini Farm – Jordan Mason David

Sewing slippers – John

April 8, 2013
by Denise Krebs
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Let’s Scale-Up Genius Hour

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.

You can read more at the link above and at, and be sure to read the You Matter Manifesto.

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?

I want you to consider some of these questions
for your next Genius Hour!

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!

April 7, 2013
by Denise Krebs

Philip Gans, World War II Concentration Camp Survivor

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:

  1. Don’t give up hope.
  2. Don’t hate.
  3. Don’t be a bystander.

Here are students’ reflections (Click on a name):  David John Sierra MaKenna Kennedy Mason Jordan Anna Atze Cooper Jade Deven Paige Lauren Kaylee Madi Lucas Brian Joey Dustin Thomas.

April 3, 2013
by Denise Krebs

Poetry Brackets

Students this week perused 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?

KrebsClass Sweet Sixteen Poetry chosen by 8th graders

KrebsClass Elite Eight Poetry chosen by 7th graders

Here’s a little tutorial if you’ve never voted on Bracketeers:

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