I see myriad blog posts about pitch proposals, planning sheets, deadlines, reflections... the list goes on. I have had certain parts in the year when I'm as open as any teacher as to what students can learn or create for Genius Hour. And yet, I find that some students need a scaffold to see how the process works.
So I put many ideas together, added a quote for each (I love quality quotes!), used a magnet sheet and had students write their names on small slips of magnet, and this is now on the back chalkboard. I'm aware that this is just one more step to helping students succeed with Genius Hour. Some students will thrive without this guide, but for others, it will be a good scaffold to encourage them to plan and follow through.
|Via Joy Kirr|
I may have an idea...
I'm brainstorming ideas.
I'm seeking feedback from peers.
I'm finding a mentor - to guide me on the journey.
I'm researching and documenting.
I'm putting a plan together.
I'm ready to share with the class.
I'm ready to share with the world.
See the document I created here, if you'd like to copy and create your own. I took a screen shot of each full page, then put four on one sheet of cardstock paper, so these steps are only 4 1/4" X 5 1/2". The circle is supposed to represent a web of sorts, with the title card in the middle connecting the threads. I wanted to make sure students knew they can jump around in the process. Knowing where each magnet name is will also help me when it comes to one-on-one conferencing. (I'm debating taking out the "I may have an idea" stage, but it looks like a couple of students are on that stage right now! I'll keep it this year...)
Another version (much cuter!) is here, courtesy of Chantel Sebastian (@SebastiansClass):
|Used with permission from Miss Sebastian|
Ready to Showcase
A bit younger version, grades 3-5 from Matt Coaty (@Mcoaty):
|Used with Permission from Matt Coaty|
|Used with permission from Laura Bright|
What does your Genius Hour process look like? Let me know in the comments and let me know if I have permission to add it to this post. Thank you for sharing!