At Wednesday’s meeting, the students learned about what we will be working on for pretty much the rest of the sessions. During each meeting, the time will be divided up between working on a Genius Hour Project, a Giving Hour Project and Free Time Hour. Depending on the day of the week, the amount of minutes for each will vary. The percentage of times are: Genius Hour – 50%, Giving Hour – 30% and Free Time Hour – 20%.
For the Genius Hour, students picked a project to work on that they are passionate about or wanted to learn more about. There are three parts to this project: 1) it needs to have a driving question, 2) it must involve research, and 3) the project must be shareable and recorded (pics, blog, website, video, etc.)
We had a great discussion about Giving Hour. The students gave suggestions for where help could be given. As they did, I typed them into Tagxedo. When all done, the words were organized into a heart shape. Some students may work together to make something for an organization, or hold a fundraiser, others may be creating some type of media presentation to build awareness. This can lead to another way to find a passion.
Free Time Hour is exactly what it sounds like. This is their time to explore what is in the Makery.