Genius Hour is a precious time, loved by all my students. It is when they are allowed to develop their own inquiry question about whatever it is that they want to explore. They are then given about 3 one hour Genius Hour sessions and then they are usually ready to present their learning to the class.
1. Planning: Pose questions and explore ways to answer them. “On Your Own questions” The answer is not in the text. The answer will come from the student’s own experience and knowledge.
3. Assessing: process and synthesize their findings
Educational Origami is a blog and a wiki, about 21st Century Teaching and Learning.
This wiki is not just about the integration of technology into the classroom, though this is certainly a critical area, it is about shifting our educational paradigm. The world is not as simple as saying teachers are digital immigrants and students digital natives. In fact, we know that exposure to technology changes the brains of those exposed to it. The longer and stronger the exposure and the more intense the emotions the use of the technology or its content evokes, the more profound the change. This technology is increasingly ubiquitous. We have to change how we teach, how we assess, what we teach, when we teach it, where we are teaching it, and with what.
Its a tall order, but these are exciting times.
Inquiry Questions Wiki: Teacher-librarians in Langley invite you to look at their new Wiki with sample Inquiry questions. They have begun to gather inquiry questions that fit with all subject areas across the B.C. curriculum, K-12. It can be viewed by all; submit a request to participate and add questions yourself.
1. The Big IdeaEvery challenge starts with the selection of a big idea — a broad topic that has importance to students and their community. Topics like democracy, the environment, or sustainability. Using Safari on a Mac, students can browse the web to quickly define and better understand their big idea. Let’s use food as an example. http://www.apple.com/education/challenge-based-learning/
I love project-based learning. Why? Because my students do. Some of my favourite projects are the Biology 30 projects due at semester’s end. These aren’t the only projects we create throughout the semester; we also create a number of digital products too. However, these tend to be the most intricate and hands on.
For the past week, my students have been sharing their projects. My students don’t give their presentation at the front of the room, although that’s an important skill to learn too. Instead, we sit in a circle and share. I’ve found doing it this way creates more interaction between my students than presenting at the front of the room.
Challenge Based Learning...is an engaging multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that encourages learners to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real-world problems. http://www.challengebasedlearning.org/pages/welcome
Resources & Applications that support Inquiry