The library tech at our school recently showed me a book new to the library. This book hadn’t even been catalogued yet but I knew I was in love and had to have it! The ideas were swirling around in my head about how I could use this book in my classroom. I knew within minutes it was going to be my “kickoff” book for Genius Hour. We have been working along on our Genius Hour since December but are only now planning our next steps after deciding on our topics. Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds is the perfect book to introduce the students to inquiry and thinking beyond the regular way of doing things. It is a great book to celebrate creativity.
Rafael goes next door to see how his friend May’s go-cart is coming along. Maya hadn’t started and was busy watching a sweet bird in the yard and sketching. The next day she had built a contraption that somewhat resembled a bird. She explained to Rafael that the instructions hadn’t said it MUST be built that way. She had thought of a better way. The instructions also hadn’t said that they MUST work alone. Rafael and Maya team up! Soon the race was on. Rafael and Maya were criticized by their peers for not conforming.