There was much excitement in 5/6 Team this morning and someone was even heard to exclaim “No more sleeps!!!” Students began setting equipment up and getting organised well before the bell even rang. Why?
The reason was…. *drum roll*
Today was the first of our ten hours working on a project of our own choice. There are only two rules in Genius Hour:
1. You have to learn something new
2. You must have something to present at our Genius Hour exhibition.
Genius Hour started with the search-engine giant, Google. Google let its workers spend 20% of their time working on any project that they wanted. The idea was simple – let people work on something that interests them and they will work harder on their other work. Google’s policy has worked so well that it has been said that 50% of Google’s projects have been created during ‘Genius Hour’. Ever heard of Gmail or Google News? These projects are creations by passionate developers that blossomed from their Genius Hour projects. To read more about Genius Hour, click HERE.
Over the next nine weeks we will spend an hour a week working on our project. Mrs Placek and Miss Crowther will guide us, but we have to do most of the organising, planning, problem solving, creating and learning.
This week part of our homework was to talk to our families about ideas for Genius Hour and complete a basic plan for our projects. Today in class we started work using these ideas. Some of the projects we are working on are:
* Ball tunnel (this will end up in our play ground for everyone to use)
* A mobile vegetable garden
* Magic Tricks
* Rebuilding a motor
* Sewing, embroidery, knitting
* A goat carriage
* A wooden table
If you could spend an hour a week working on anything, what would it be? Why?