Genius Hour Springboard (Distance Learning, PDF Version)

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Genius hour is a beautiful way to get kids to dive into the projects and passions they think they don’t have time for.

Maybe one of your Indigenous Nations students has always wanted to learn to speak the language of her ancestors. Maybe one of your students has been wishing he had time to learn to bake bread. Maybe another wants to learn guitar. Or harmonica. Or coding. Or carpentry.

Now’s their chance.

While you could certainly structure this project a lot more, scaffolding like mad and making very specific check-in points, I think now might be the moment for simplicity. Distance learning has put us all into situations we never expected, including our students. So keep things loose for them. Let them pursue a dream and tell you about it, without too many guidelines and grades.

You’ll find a simple explanation and assignment in this PDF. If you would prefer an editable, Google Drive version, you can also find that (free) in the distance learning section of my store. Click here.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


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