Showing posts from February, 2016

Passion Projects & Values

Mr. Stevenson & I are teaming up to engage our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in passion projects.  This endeavor comes from the idea of "Genius Hour."  When students (or anyone really) are given time to fully explore & go deep in to a topic that they are passionate about, great things can result.  Students learn a great deal about their chosen passion but also learn valuable transferable skills like problem solving, critical thinking, clear communication, & research skills.  This philosophy is followed by big companies too create innovative products & ideas as well as increase productivity.  Google does this and many of the products we now use regularly are the result such as gmail.  We are excited to see what our students explore!

Before we dive right into our Passion Project, we are going to be exploring identity.  We are doing this so that students can get a good handle on who they are, what motivates them, and what they are passionate about.  To start we are …