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Copy of Genius Hour

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Genius Hour
What is it?
Traditional Theories of Motivation
Extrinsic Reward & Motivation
Genius Hour #KASLSR14
Nourishing Intrinsic Motivation
Students learn through struggle

FAIL = First Attempt in Learning

The Third Drive
Help Students be good Digital Citizens
Remind teachers & students often to give credit
Encourage them to write down source material by giving them handouts that require them to record source info
Require that students use only Public Domain and Creative Commons licensed music and images
Model for students how they can find images & music that is free to "use, share and modify even commercially"
Tools to help students
Some students need more direction
Research tips
Provide teachers & students with a framework
The Big 6 Research Model
Organization Tips
Empower Student Autonomy
Create a materials center (in library and classroom)
Include necessary handouts/ research sheets in clearly labeled files
Include supplies that could be used for projects
Share what materials/technology are available for students to use in the library
Work with your administrators, art teachers, science teachers, G&T to develop a more organized Maker Space
Help students with Information & Digital Literacy
Share with teachers that this is a perfect way to collaborate!
Not all information is equal (or valid or true or new enough to be useful!)
Encourage students to use databases like KYVL first
Model good information seeking strategies
Boolean searching will help improve accuracy and efficiency
Remind students that there is a difference between a search engine and a source (Google/Google Images are not sources!)
Organize tasks on your website or a Social Learning Platform (SLP) like Edmodo or Schoology
Or A website like Blendspace, can help support students through the process
Encourage teachers &students to share with the world
Genius projects should be shared with a wider audience
Empower Teachers and Students To:
Publish (blog, iBook, ePub, iTunes etc)
Event plan (5ks, assemblies, food drives etc)
Present or collaborate with other students and classes in your building
Connect with other classes or experts in the field through Twitter, GHO, LYNC, Skype

Furthermore, research conducted by Edward Deci revealed that "adding certain kinds of extrinsic rewards on top of inherently interesting tasks can often dampen motivation and diminish performance"

Often rely on the idea that we have two main motivational drives:
1. Biological
2. Rewards and Punishments
1940s - research conducted by Harry Harlow - professor of psychology at University of Wisconsin - indicated that there was a third drive motivating people - the actual performance of the the task.
Pink, Daniel H. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. New York: Riverhead Books, 2009. Print.

Pink, Daniel H. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. New York: Riverhead Books, 2009. print.

Pink, Daniel H. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. New York: Riverhead Books, 2009. print.

Intrinsic Motivation & Creativity
Work done by Teresa Amabile, a leading researcher on creativity and Harvard Business School professor, suggests that "For artists, scientist, inventors, school children, and the rest of us, intrinsic motivation- the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging and absorbing - is essential for high levels of creativity"
Pink, Daniel H. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. New York: Riverhead Books, 2009. print.

Daniel Pink, in his book Drive states that "Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives."
Pink, Daniel H. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. New York: Riverhead Books, 2009. print.

What can happen in your classroom, in your library, in your school if you provide students with a chance to engage in their own interests, fueling their intrinsic desire to learn.
Providing Support
We can initiate change in our buildings by sharing Genius Hour with our teachers and students.

Collaborate with teachers.

Use Genius Hour as part of your scheduled library time to teach research skills.
Framework for Success
Finding Time
early finishers
"FedEx" days
Scheduled blocks in library or class
Provide teachers with support
collaborate on teaching research skills
Provide students with support to encourage autonomy
Supply resources & help make connections for success
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