Seventh graders have a three-hour block where they will participate in Genius Hour and share their creative productions. We will start after lunch and finish by dismissal time.
The rules are simple:
- Be a genius! That is, be creative and productive.
- Record your learning in a way that it can be shared digitally (video, photos, blog post, or something else)
- Check the rubric, for you will be asked to honestly evaluate your own work.
- Be ready at 2:10 p.m. to present to the class what you have created and produced.
Students, as you prepare, consider these possibilities for Genius Hour:
- Ask a question you care about and find the answer.
- Check out what’s been happening in current affairs and how can you add to the conversation.
- Have you been learning anything in some class that sparked an interest?
- Continue what you were learning for genius hour last time. Step it up a notch.
- Keep your ideas small enough for a two-hour time slot. (For instance, don’t think of World War II for your topic, but perhaps you want to learn about the KA-BAR knife adopted by the Marines in November 1942.)
Here are some websites that you may consider for presenting:
- Popplet – share your learning in a graphic way
- TimeToast – timeline
- Animoto – video or slide show
- Glogster – digital poster
- Prezi – presentation
- Storybird – book maker
- Tagxedo – word clouds with pizzazz
Good luck, everyone!