Day 79 (of 184) non-teaching teachable moments
#geniushour has been taken on by all of the intermediates at our school. And today we got to see some big smiles.
Giving students the freedom to choose ‘whatever they want to learn’ perplexed some of our learners. There were a few that truly struggled with having that freedom – preferring and indeed excelling when ‘black or white’ choices/assignments were offered. But for them to own their learning….wasn’t easy for all – and especially for some of our learners that we assumed (always a dangerous thing to do) would love this ‘opportunity’.
We had a few ‘fads of the moment’ where a collection of students wholeheartedly fell in love with minecraft. Until another student started working on scratch. And then drawing/painting was popular for a session…
Which is fine in geniushour.
We can’t assume that all of our learners know what their passions are when so much of their lives are preplanned for them. And after school activities are great (my own kids have been greatly – perhaps too greatly – involved in them) but there is only so much ‘choice’ (presuming you can afford them). In our area: Sports like hockey and soccer. Maybe skiing. Dance and/or martial arts. Great varieties of choices, but guided experiences.
Geniushour has been letting students explore. From learning about unicorns to playing with paint. But today it went up a notch….
There were great smiles coming out of our kitchen when two students did some baking. They were interested. The teacher supported them. We did supervise the electronics. But it was all them. And the other teachers noticed.
They noticed the pride in the students.
They commented on their independence.
They all tasted the finished result (and fortunately an earlier confusion of salt vs sugar was fixed).
All without a dayplan.
Without guided release of responsibility (of which I am a big fan).
With students owning a part of their learning and finding meaning and relevance in what they are doing.
It was a good day for two students who meandered through a variety of different topics and finally ended up finding out what one of their passions really is. And hopefully it leads to some equally delicious ‘home’work!