What is Genius Hour? Let's Talk About Self Directed Learning

Posted on May 20, 2020

What is Genius Hour? Let's Talk About Self Directed Learning

Without a doubt personal and meaningful learning has the ability to create lasting impressions in education. Beyond the rigid test-driven climate of most schools today, Genius hour gives students space to learn and achieve knowledge with little influence, rules, or boundaries. This type of less organized, less formal, and definitely far from organized learning is very different from what we are often accustomed to. In fact, organized learning is the opposite of what Genius hour is. Genius hour is a planned period of time where students are allotted the space, resources, and the audience to create and imagine freely while learning. It is characterized by its lack of specific rules and dependence on students’ intrinsic motivators. It is learning that is centered around the students and their interests. This blog will explore Genius hour and the assumption that if given time and space students will achieve mastery through self-directed learning while creating purposeful and personal connections to their own creations. 

Tags : Professional Development, Teacher Preparation, Student Engagement, Differentiation, Classroom Management


What is Blended Learning?: The Online Learning Approach

Posted on April 15, 2020

What is Blended Learning?: The Online Learning Approach

New teaching methods have evolved to keep up with the times and have adapted by integrating technology to remain current with new learning models. Blended learning is a product of our rapidly changing learning environment. While technology shows no sign of letting up, it is all-the-more reason to embrace it for the advantages it brings! Blended Learning is a mixture of learning methods that incorporate multiple teaching modals–most frequently eLearning and traditional face-to-face learning according to the way that it is defined on TeachThought. While education experts continue to debate the efficacy of this hybrid learning, its very existence has challenged them to re-evaluate not just technology’s place in (and out of) the classroom, but also how to reach and teach students more effectively.

Tags : Student Engagement, Differentiation, Classroom Management, Discipline


Dare to Differentiate: The Ultimate Guide to Differentiation

Posted on October 16, 2019

Dare to Differentiate: The Ultimate Guide to Differentiation

Differentiation begins when you create your lesson plan and continues during the implementation of that lesson in the classroom. Knowing the unique capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses of all of your students are the key to implementing differentiation strategies in a way that maximizes classroom learning.

Tags : Differentiation