[ISLMA-Share] Genius Hour

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Wed Jan 18 13:20:19 CST 2017

We just started this year doing Genius Hour! It is so much fun. The first
session we actually did a Teacher Genius Hour Kick off where teachers chose
the topics and kids signed up with those teachers. I did Dart Painting
(filling balloons with paint and throwing darts at a canvas. Kids got to
take their works home). The kids LOVED it. Next session we are looking at
kids leading the sessions---we just are working out the logistics of it.

On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 1:14 PM, Email list for the Illinois School Library
Media Association <islma at list.railslibraries.info> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I am working with a teacher on a project which is new for the both of us.
> Genius Hour is modeled after Google's company policy where employees can
> spend 20% of their time working on projects of their own interest.
> My worry is that I will have kids in every class that can't "think" of a
> project that interests them.  Has anyone done Genius Hour in the past?  Do
> you have any tips or fail-safe projects your kids have used that I can
> suggest?
> TIA!
> --
> Sincerely,
> Amy Hamernick
> Teacher Librarian
> Century Jr. High
> @AhamernickCJH
> #CenturyWildcats
> "If we always do what we've always done,
> we will get what we've always got."
> ~Adam Urbanski~
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Ryan Lambert
Farmington School District
District Media Specialist/Teacher
Theater Director
Winter Guard Coach
309-245-1000 Ext 6731
rlambert at dist265.com

"You don't need to hide yourself because you're afraid of what others think
of you. You have the choice to live your own life." -Professor Dumbledore
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