So happy to have found this community! Beginning an enrichment program this year for Kindergarten through grade three. Looking for any advice/ideas from anyone who has worked with this grade level before...very excited about this new position but a bit intimidated as well. Thanks!

Hello, Genius Hour Community! I have been grappling with how to do Genius Hour within the context of middle grades math, specifically grades 7 and 8. I heard a podcast with A.J. Juliani about a community that is solely for Genius Hour and math. Can anyone assist? Also, does anyone have any ideas or thoughts about Genius Hour within the context of middle grades math? Thanks so much!

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As a tech coach, I was so excited one of my teachers wanted to try Genius Hour projects in her classroom.

So much of school is what students have to know. What if students could bring what they want to know and it could merge with the standards of what they need to know?

Genius Hour: Empowering Students to Become Lifelong Learners
https://youtu.be/cIM8LcJdts8

I'm launching genius hour next week with my fourth graders! Please send any lauching ideas my way!

Does anyone have a system for having students self-evaluate for each 20% time session? I was thinking it would be great to have a way for them to monitor themselves, say a score from 1-5 for each session, and a brief summary of how they spent the period (e.g. exploring possible topics, taking in new information, planning the presentation, practicing, helping/giving feedback to a friend...) I imagine there is a way to do that with Google Forms and Sheets but I am fairly clueless with those tools.

We are doing Genius Hour on our 7-8 campus and I have two teachers who would love to connect via Hangout with another class. They want to have the students get a different perspective and collaborate with another class. Email me at sknight@mesquiteisd.org if you would like to set up a Hangout. We would love to break down the walls of our class. We are flexible on date, but preferred time frame would be 1:55-2:40 Central Time :) We could also do 11:10-1:00 (but we have a lunch break in this time period). We look forward to hearing from you!

I teach grades K-5 in the gifted and talented class. Last year I did the standard research project recommended to me, since it was my first year teaching gifted students. It went ok, but I really would rather give the students freedom to pick their own topics.

I have been to a few conferences about Genius Hour and now TPSP has posted a choice for research called "The Pursuit of Passion" which basically looks like Genius Hour.

So.....I am jumping in!! I have been planning the 1st day all during Christmas Break. I want to make sure we get off to a good start, so I have been researching how to help them find a passion and combine it with a way to help society.

I am heading to the library now to pick out some motivational books.

Brand new to this page and idea! Want to begin this with my second graders and need lots of help and ideas from those who have done this with young learners. I have no idea how or when I will fit it in, but am in love with the idea and believe it will be life changing for my little scholars! I'm gobbling up everything I can find.

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Some very enthusiastic students joined me for #GoogleEduOnAir today, willing to give up their Saturday to educate other educators around the globe.
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