There is a challenge in education in which we must show patience – with students, parents, fellow teachers – but if we want to accomplish certain goals, we have to work hard, even impatiently, rather than waiting for them to happen. Finding that balance is a challenge, but it is also important to improving your student’s experiences and your teaching.
“I feel like genius hour may be more important than any of us think. If we only follow the standard curriculum and don’t explore learn what we want to learn and see who we really are, all we will be are a bunch of standard children and no one wants that.” Continue reading This is what Genius Hour means to students
Don’t do genius hour because it sounds good. (Who wouldn’t want to be a genius for an hour if all you had to do was put those two words next to each other on a schedule.) Continue reading Don’t do Genius Hour (Unless it’s the best thing for you)
Empower teachers to empower students. Give them the time, space, and resources to explore ways in which students and teachers can develop the ideas they know can improve learning.
An even better idea. Give teachers genius hour-type time to work on ideas that would make schools better…with their students! Continue reading Why don’t teachers have genius hour?
This winter I heard the phrase, “What is your why?” for the first time. Of course, with most meaningful things, after you hear or see it once, it starts appearing everywhere. Most recently for me, it appeared in George Couros’s book The Innovator’s Mindset and Simon Sinek’s TED talk, How Great Leaders Inspire Action. When I look at design thinking, genius hour, problem-based learning, and most other innovative … Continue reading Truly innovative teaching asks, What is your why?