But the process is so much fun to watch and facilitate. The discussions are awesome and there are many, many questions. I invited parents in for the first time to help out and one parent just said to me yesterday- I was amazed at how many questions you answered in that hour! (Welcome to a teacher’s day.) Well, it wasn’t just fact questions, it was also, questions about process. These little guys this year are SO smart and so energetic. They are very curious and just want to know more and more. Last year, I was able to direct many of their questions over to their partner who would then ask them something that might enhance or change their inquiry. This year is different, but isn’t every year and every class? It’s an awesome feeling watching kids putting together projects based on their own ideas! They feel so proud and successful.
AND… the best part! Even your special needs children can do this with support. They are right there with us! <3
We are almost finished our projects and we will be taking an afternoon to share them all and get verbal feedback from our peers. I will not be marking this – that is not the point. But, I will be looking over their Genius Hour notebooks to take a look at the process they followed.
It is going to start getting super busy so I thought I had better post this now before I get buried in year end “stuff” and miss the opportunity. I hope you enjoyed reading this 3 part, year long series of our experiences. Give it a try – I think you and your students will benefit from the experience.
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