I like to see graphs and charts.
I kept wondering...
Can you quantify what happened during Genius Hour this year?
Our first full year under our belts, I decided to just focus on fourth quarter for this reflection. Changes are coming for next year, but fourth quarter was "true" Genius Hour - I let students read, research, create... it was up to them.
I'll just get right into the number crunching I did. Keep in mind that I only had 62 students participating. Let's start with presentations.
Here's the catch - we did not focus on presentation quality. I only spoke briefly with students 1-1 on their actual presentations. Therefore, because I didn't want to over-analyze, I quickly went down the list of students and gave the first "grade" that came to mind:
0 = not good S = solid * = great
Anyone interested in what school subjects students learned about? I was...
I didn't know where a couple of these fit in... Video games? Animals? So they have their own category. This graph will look different, as I put the number of students studying each one instead of a percentage. (The small ones at the top are Music, Math, and LA/Lit.)
Did students work on their project during this hour every week?
0 = no S = somewhat * yes
If they did not work on their project in class, did they read or were they productive in some other way?
N = no Y = yes
I put these two together to see student engagement in class...
I automatically thought...
What about a "typical" day in LA class? What is student engagement like then? If the numbers are low, it could be a mixture of things... My passion for the content, techniques I use to keep students interested, student preferences for content, student emotions, family life, etc. etc. etc... I could go on and on about student engagement in a middle-school classroom, but I still had to measure it to make any sort of comparison. I took a typical reading and writing day, where I lecture, then facilitate, then students do independent work. What does student engagement in this setting look like?
I decided to measure student engagement in typical lessons in this fashion:
0 = does not know where we are in the lesson
S = can participate if called upon
* = participates without prompting
Let's put the two side by side...
Genius Hour In-Class Engagement Engagement in Typical Lessons
Speaking of student engagement...
Another number I wanted was student engagement outside of the school hours.
Is there evidence of work at home?
0 = no S = somewhat * yes
I KNOW this type of engagement does not happen with "typical" LA/Lit lessons in our classes... One more thing - I need to share a quote from a student who was NOT engaged during class time. He said this during the presentations on the last week: "These Genius Hour projects really increase my knowledge about my classmates." No kidding.
Please tell me in the comments... What else could I try to measure for this reflection? What do these graphs tell you? What's the next step?
|Wordle made from students' one-word reflections...|
All graphs were created at this easy-to-use website: Kids' Zone Create-A-Graph