Category Archives: 20time

A Genius Hour Brainstorming Session – A Wake Up Call

Last month, my son participated in Claremont McKenna’s 3rd Model UN Conference. The College‘s President,  Hiram E. Chodosh, addressed the delegates during closing ceremonies. In his speech, he described 3 values that he believes all students need for success:  Creativity, Empathy … Continue reading

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Genius Hour – Tackling Research

As Genius Hour continues, teachers are heading into the research aspect of the project. My original Genius Hour group decided to reach out and enlist the help of our library assistant, Kristina, to teach their students how to research.  On separate … Continue reading

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Genius Hour – The Project Proposal.

Week 2:  Kicking off Genius Hour Now that Genius Hour has been officially introduced, the next step was to channel the students’ excitement into picking a topic. There are now 7 teachers at 2 middle schools who have either started … Continue reading

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Kicking Off Genius Hour – A Guide

Our initial discussion regarding things we wonder about, and things we want to learn more about was raucous and fun. Most kids were able to come up with many ideas, and I liked the way they bounced around thoughts. I also … Continue reading

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20%Time, Genius Hour and Virtual Communities.

In 2013, I came across an interesting link on my Twitter feed.  The link led to a list of must read books related to education – one of which was Daniel Pink’s, Drive.  I ended up reading the book during … Continue reading

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