Graduation, Games, Gifts & Good Times

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Genius Hour, School Event, Special Event | Posted on December 16, 2015

This week is our last week of school for the term…and the whole year. It is a busy week with something special happening nearly every day.

Tuesday

Our Grade 6 students celebrated completing their primary school education with a special dinner and graduation ceremony.

Earlier in the year, Tayla-Jade made a photo booth in Genius Hour and we put it to good use on the night!

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The Grade 6s have changed quite a bit over the past seven years…

 

 

Every Grade 6 student gave a speech about their primary school years, presented their families with a ‘Memory Book’, received a graduation certificate and yearbook. There were also speeches from past students (thanks Brock, Chelsea and Eve!), Mrs Egan, Mrs Placek, Miss Crowther and our school captains.

We relived the year with a ‘highlights’ reel…
 

 

Wednesday

Today we played our board games with Miss Joy and our friends in 1/2J. We had a great time creating our games earlier in the week with Mrs Egan and today we enjoyed teaching our younger friends how to play them. We think they enjoyed it too!

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Today was also the day we opened our Kris Kringle (KK) presents and had our class party.

 

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We were very grateful for such a lovely collection of KK gifts

 

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The calm before the storm!

 

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What could possibly be in such a large box?

 

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Gumballs, that’s what!

 

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We were able to put Edward’s Genius Hour creation to good use! The lolly dispenser was very popular!

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We still have lots to look forward to as well!

Thursday

Christmas Concert & Awards night followed by a Carols Skype with Mrs Monaghan and A Room with a View.

Friday

Last day of term. Hello Christmas holidays!

 

What have you enjoyed most about the last week of school?

 

What are you looking forward to in the next few days?

‘Genius Hour’ Day

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Classroom, Genius Hour, Special Event | Posted on December 1, 2015

Yesterday we put a spin on the traditional ‘Genius Hour’ model we have previously used. Instead of spending one hour a week over ten weeks working on a project, we spent one whole day.

You can read about our previous Genius Hour projects HERE, HERE and HERE.

We decided to change the time frame for our last Genius Hour of the year. Some of us have completed three projects and we have all completed one round following the traditional one hour a week time frame. Changing to one whole day meant we had to think and plan differently. It presented new challenges and new opportunities.

Our plans were submitted ten days before ‘Genius Hour Day’ for approval. We had to think carefully about what we could achieve in five hours. It was tricky making sure our project wouldn’t be finished in one hour and didn’t need more than five hours. We used our experiences from previous projects to guide our thinking. We knew the day was nearly here when equipment and tools started appearing in our classroom last Friday.

You can view our Genius Hour journey in the video below.

Genius Hour has taught us a lot about thinking ahead, organisation, problem solving and a number of skills specific to our individual projects such as working with wood, art and craft, embroidery and using technology. We have also discovered that it is very important to have a Plan B and to think creatively to solve problems. It is amazing what can be achieved with a little bit of imagination, creativity, persistence and lateral thinking.

 

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Do you prefer a whole day to work on a project or ten separate hours? Why?

 

What has Genius Hour taught you?

 

If you could do any Genius Hour project, what would it be?

Genius Hour

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Genius Hour, Special Event | Posted on June 3, 2015

Over the last ten weeks we have been working on our Genius Hour projects.

The rules of Genius Hour are simple:
1. Learn at least one new skill
2. Create something to share and present at our exhibition

We started our projects with a plan. We had to sketch a design or write about what we were planning on making. This involved research about the best materials and procedure we would need to follow. When our plan was approved we began the construction phase of Genius Hour. This phase was different for everyone as we had a large variety of projects.

The video below shows parts of our Genius Hour journey.

 

 

In addition to learning new skills from creating our actual project, we all learnt about time management, persistence, organisation and lateral thinking. Even things that we thought were going to be easy, ended up being harder than we thought.

Today we celebrated our learning and achievements with family and friends at our Genius Hour Exhibition.

 

 

Our visiting Global Pal, Jolly George, was a special guest.

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Jolly George enjoyed playing with Campbell’s ‘Drinkinator 3000’

 

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Jolly George sharpened his dragon claws on Daniel’s cat scratching post

 

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Jolly George tried his hand at some magic

 

Jolly George made a new friend - Hugo the goat.

Jolly George made a new friend – Hugo the goat

 

What do you like best about Genius Hour?

 

What do you think is the most important thing Genius Hour teaches people?

 

If you could do a Genius Hour project, what would you choose? Why?

 

How would you make Genius Hour even better?

 

It’s Started!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Genius Hour | Posted on March 6, 2015

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*

Genius Hour

 
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:

* Blogs

* 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

 

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If you could spend an hour a week working on anything, what would it be? Why?

 

 

A Class of Geniuses

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Genius Hour | Posted on November 6, 2014

Today was a special day for 5/6 Team. It was our Genius Hour Exhibition!

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For the past ten weeks, we have spent every Friday from 9am to 10am working on a project of our choice.

Regular followers may remember that we have already completed one Genius Hour project. Click HERE to see our first round of Genius Hour projects from Semester 1.

Genius Hour has two rules…

1. You must learn something new

2. You need to have something to present at the exhibition

Genius Hour started with the search-engine giant, Google. Google let its workers spend 20% of their time to work 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.

Genius Hour has taught us a whole range of things. We have learnt specific skills from our projects, including sewing, how to use a program such as Scratch, Publisher or MovieMaker, how to create a blog, measuring, cutting, sanding and drilling. We have also learnt skills that we can use when we work on any project. These skills include how to work towards and meet a deadline, organising resources and time, working through problems, how to have a ‘Plan B’ (or ‘Plan Z’) and how to find answers for ourselves.  We all had some sort of challenge/s along the way and we all managed to overcome them successfully.

The video below shows our journey as geniuses over the past ten weeks.

 

We would like to thank everyone who has helped us over the last ten weeks. We have really enjoyed working with and learning from our parents, grandparents and family friends. Thank you!

 

What did you learn in Genius Hour?

 

What would you like to learn if you did another Genius Hour project?

 

Genius Hour Round 2!

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Posted by Mrs Placek | Posted in Genius Hour | Posted on August 4, 2014

Our Genius Hour projects earlier this year were so educational and enjoyable that we decided we would have Genius Hour Round 2!

You can check out some of the action shots from Genius Hour Round 1 in the slideshow below. We had everything from aprons to animations, birds houses to blogs and sewing to sanding!

 

 

After 10 weeks of planning and creating we held a Genius Hour exhibition. Everyone had to create their own display space with their actual project as well as some information about how it was created and the skills learned along the way. We had a lot of family and friends visit to see our creations and we even ended up with a full colour page in the local paper! Throughout the exhibition some students also spoke about their projects and there was also a ‘Question and Answer’ panel with six students to answer any audience questions. You can see some photos of the exhibition in the slideshow below.

 

 

On Friday the 5/6 Team began their new Genius Hour projects and the room was buzzing with excitement as students drew plans, chopped wood, stitched fabric and researched information for their brand new blogs.

The rules are the same as last time:

1) Students have to learn something new

2) Students have to have something to present at our Genius Hour Exhibition.

The students created a plan for homework, outlining their project, including information about where they may seek help or information, materials needed and what they will share.

 

What are you creating in Genius Hour?

 

What did you learn in Genius Hour Round 1 that may help you in Genius Hour Round 2?

 

What skills are you hoping to learn?

 

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