We took our last state test yesterday. Today my classes moved beyond standardization and back into the the autonomous realm of genius hour. It’s good to be back.
Each student in my classroom is at a different stage of the project life-cycle. If someone where to walk in my room they would probably think that I had lost my mind. It all looks very unorganized, but based on my observations learning is happening.
This week we talked about the end game and what that looks like, how long it’s going to take to get there, and what we need to do to make our deadline. There are only about 6 more weeks of school and I would classify the project as a failure if most students aren’t completed and presented by the time summer rolls around. I do have a couple of students that are ready to present next week. Their projects aren’t what I would call top-notch, but they are presentable. The actual presentation may be better than what I’ve seen in passing. I made the decision to allow them to present because I think that they will be able to reflect and complete a better project by the end of school.
I had a few students ask if they could change topics today and I had to shut that down. Most of them were just stuck and needed a little nudge in the right direction. Disaster averted.
I was working on my own genius hour project in the front of the class today by creating a presentation that I’m going to give at #edcampwaller this weekend about genius hour. I think the students found it neat that I was working along side of them. Hopefully it was a lesson that we are always learning, sharing and teaching.