Genius in the Making
Learning that Impacts Students One Idea at a Time
Innovating Professional Learning
At the end of the 2016 school year, our PD Cadre of teachers, expressed interest in creating more opportunities for teachers to articulate and own their learning paths. For this, we say BRAVO! Let's do it!
Where did this "Genius Hour" idea come from?
Gmail and Google Maps are two examples of 20% projects that ended up to be wildly successful.
For those who are not sure they want to geek out just yet...
How does this "Genius-thing" work?
Here are your steps to get started:
- Define your question or challenge that will frame your learning
- Explore research or other schools that are doing what you want to try
- Innovate by implementing your learning in your classroom
- Share your project and results as a monthly job-embedded PD session
This is your opportunity to explore and learn something that interests you. How you learn about the topic will be up to you. If you need a team, you can form one (assuming the people are interested in pursuing this topic with you). How you demonstrate your learning will be up to you, but you will need to share it out at some point during the last two months of the semester. However you choose to share your learning will be open to the entire Liberty High School staff as a job embedded professional learning option for one of the months.
We want to give you as much control over your project as possible and are here to serve as supports as you embark on your journey.
Have an idea in your head but not sure how to take the next step? We are here to help! Stop by Room 316 or email Tracey (Innovation and Learning Coach) or contact your administrator to start brainstorming today.
Own Your Learning
As Daniel Pink points out in his research on motivation, providing structures such as Genius Hour intentionally provides the opportunities for the learner to decide what and how they learn best.
ALL learners can grow! Teachers who exhibit a growth mindset understand the need for collaboration and growing their practice.
Take a Chance
Often the first step is the most difficult, but really, what do you have to lose? If you never step out of your comfort zone, how will you ever know what you can do?