My 5th grade class and I completed our first Genius Hour today!
The projects they came up with were as varied as the kids. They actually made quite a bit of progress.
Projects were: learning computer coding, making a mini biosphere, learning about MRI machines, designing websites, creating computer games, designing and creating a dog collar, writing/filming/editing a short movie, learning about Figi by planning an imaginary trip, understanding the parts inside a computer, creating a robot, writing music, designing and building a better violin case, and designing a house.
There was a lot of tech, and then some plain old paper, pencil and tangible materials involved.
They hated to stop when the hour was over. The kids were thrilled to have the principal, George Petmezas, stop by so they could show him what they were doing. The excitement was palpable. When you feel that in the air, it’s easy to see how true learning happens.