Today the Genius Hour and Passion Project concept was introduced. I showed each Guided Group the introductory iMovie and then we took time to brainstorm in those small groups about our interests, passions, and "heartbreaks" about the world. Kids wrote mainly one word topics, such as "cars," "racing," "coding," "earthquakes," etc.
One student asked if they could write down something "dangerous," so when I asked what he meant, he said, "I want to learn about teslas." I said, "The cars?" and he said, "No, the tesla electricity." I have no idea what made him think of this, but it was cool to see those ideas flowing! He spent the rest of the morning telling me his thoughts about tesla units and his wonderings about Tesla himself! Already Genius Hour had the questions coming!
Anyway, I was really pleased to see how many ideas kids came up with!
Our Wonder Wall was almost completely full by the end of the morning...but I told the kids not to worry since I had also made a virtual Wonder Wall, too, just in case we needed more room. :) They were excited about this.
So, later in the day, we met as a whole class and looked at the Padlet wall together. I read through my example posts so they could see that now we were not simply writing a one-word topic, but both a topic and a "wondering" about it (possibly phrased as a question). We also started leaving helpful comments for one another if something someone said sparked any similar (or tangent) ideas.
Overall, I was very excited and the kids seemed to be, too! Probably the coolest part was checking the Padlet "Wonder Wall" page about a half hour ago and seeing that some of the kids came home and added more wonderings and comments to each others' posts from home! So neat to see them thinking about it and contributing even when school is over for the day. Hooray! I had to get in there and join in on the commenting, too. :)
So, day 1 was a success...hope tomorrow is, too.