Today was my first attempt at genius hour. Dan Pink talks about this idea in business.
I had been reading other teachers blog posts and showed the kids videos that were suggested.
I was prepared for some things to go wrong but was pleasantly surprised at how well it did go. The kids were very engaged and were collaborating, referring to web pages or just focussed on what they were doing. Here is a sample of their projects. They are very keen to have genius hour again and seem concerned that it was a one off. I heard them sharing what they did with other students in the playground.