Day 59 (of 184) ongoing #geniushour
It’s an interesting opportunity to be working with two classes at two stages of genius hour.
And specifically how the dynamics influence each other.
In one class an individual who loves minecraft has infected a cohort of others to work out how to do a walk through that will enable their parents to be able to explore minecraft. One mom has already complained to me that ‘dad is hooked’. Nice when ‘homework’ becomes a compulsion!
Our other class (just starting and finding its way) is more in ‘moth to a flame’ mode. Day one: scratch had everyone excited. Today it was all about baking….and the student who races from peer to peer hopeful that what somebody else is doing is what they want to do too…
And a reminder to both teachers in the classroom: not everyone is going to ‘find their passion’ in the first couple of weeks. To hit ‘The Outliers’ 10,000 hours of practice takes time. To find what you want to spend that time doing is going to come to people over time. And over exposure to trying out a variety of things.
Which is why I rarely say no. (Some violent activities can be supported at school – like hunting – though some can be redirected such as an interest in UFC being guided to karate).
I prefer to help students explore – and try not to make a scene when after several weeks invested into a project a learner goes ‘Nah. This isn’t it’.
Part of the learning journey is having ownership of what, how and why you are doing it. Finding learning relevant and meaningful.
And learning from (even embracing) mistakes and mis steps. But not making the same mistakes again and again.
I look forward to seeing how these classroom communities continue their collaboratively personalized journeys in education.