Oh my goodness, I can’t believe we are approaching another school year! How quickly summer lazy mode starts to fade and teacher mode kicks in!
Well, I am super jazzed for this new school year! I am going to be at a new school and back in a grade level I haven’t taught in a few years…third grade!
How many of you find yourself in a new situation (new school, grade, or role)? It can be scary, uncomfortable, and definitely a ton of work! I’m excited because I believe that change is good. It gives us an opportunity to grow and improve.
Speaking of change, I’ve received a lot of questions lately about Genius Time and I am so happy it is gaining popularity!
The Genius Time Movement.
It’s spreading. Old teaching philosophies are changing and student interest is becoming the focus. I’m thrilled that so many elementary school teachers are interested in implementing interest-based learning into their classroom culture! I believe it reaches more students and gives them the opportunity to thrive.
If Genius Time is something you are considering starting this year in your elementary classroom…you should check out these blog posts to learn more about getting started:
For those of you who may not be familiar with Genius Time, it is basically, interest-based learning where students practice and acquire valuable skills to be a 21st century learner. (Click Here to download the American Association of School Librarians Standards for the 21st Century Learner).
During Genius Time, students learn to:
- create their own inquiry questions,
- distinguish between closed and open questions,
- conduct research using a variety of methods and media,
- compile, organize, and analyze information,
- apply their learning to similar situations,
- creatively demonstrate and/or present their findings,
- practice digital citizenship
- develop technology skills and responsibility.
My students use a Genius Time Notebook to write their questions and keep all their research together. If you want to get a FREE PDF copy of the notebook I created, click the button below:
Should you try Genius Time?
I know it can be intimidating to get started with Genius Time (I know because I had the same reservations and hesitation before I jumped in head first)!!
Trying Genius Time takes many of us out of our “teaching comfort zone.” However, we ask our students to push themselves out of their comfort zones, thus I believe we should model this behavior in our own lives.
Remember how I said “change is good?” It is hard, but it encourages improvement, growth, learning!
If you are considering trying Genius Time this year…do it! Just try it. What is the worst that could happen?
Get the students involved!
Let the students know you are going to be trying something new and let them be involved with getting it up and running and taking responsibility and ownership over their own learning.
If you have questions about Genius Time, I would be glad to help. I have implemented Genius Time with second graders and fifth graders (and this year I will definitely be doing it with my third graders). I know it can be done and I know it yields amazing results. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com and I would be happy to assist you and help you make this leap!
Have fun and let me know how you enjoy it in your classroom!
The Primary Professor
Don’t forget to snag the free PDF of my Genius Time Notebook: