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Genius Hour and 20% Time

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Genius Hour and 20% Time
Reasoning behind this idea?
Motivation
How does it help students?
Voice and Choice
Increase buy-in
Encourage Creativity
What are students learning without realizing it?
Research Skills
Evaluating Sources
Public Speaking Skills
Range of Technical Skills
What does it look like in the classroom?
Low-Tech
What Does it look like in the classroom?
High-Tech
Where I got started..
Bad Idea Factory
Collaboration
How to get administration and parents on your side:
Inform them
Include standards
Hold students accountable-
Projects
Portfolios
Presentations
What
motivates
you?
What
motivates
your
students?
A little about me:
I teach 6th Grade at Eissler Elementary
I've been teaching for 4 years
Married 9 years this month
Two sons, Gavin is 8 and Logan just turned 4
Why am I telling you this?

Where I went from there:
Pick a problem you think you can solve
Research the problem
Journal your progress
20% Time Showcase
What I learned:
Let students change their mind
Allow students to work with at least a partner
Give about 3x more time than you think they'll need
What was created:

Volcanoes:
http://goo.gl/bt7B4g
Earthquakes:
http://goo.gl/kUPKHK
Ava 20%:
http://goo.gl/ZDXf4J
Ashlyn 20%:
http://goo.gl/MA2Acb
Stephen 20%:
http://goo.gl/vx0yoD
Arianna 20%:
http://goo.gl/pRivra
Emily 20%:
http://goo.gl/I1euwo
Fun Tech stuff:

newsela.com

Use this to get ideas to research and evidence.
CNN Student news
What is Genius hour?
Genius hour is a short term project
usually lasting one hour where students
research a topic of their choosing then
share what they've learned with the class
or a small group.
What is 20% time?
20% time is a long term project where
a student or small groups of students
will select a topic they want to learn about
and actively participate in. The students
are then held accountable to share their
learning with people inside and out of the
classroom.
Student
Reaction
http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/
Finally a brief
recap:
Questions?
Find the answer yourself!
That's what this is all about right?!?
Just kidding!! Reach me here:
boeschb@bcsd.com also checkout
mrboesch35.com
Ben Boesch
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