What is education all about? What am I trying to achieve? What do I want my children to take away from my classes?
I have been thinking a lot about this. I have been reading other teachers blogs, as well as reading books and watching videos.
I want to have interested, curious, thinking children with a love of learning- lofty goals.
Ken Robinson has had a big impact on me. His original TED talk ‘Schools kill creativity’ inspired me.
In his book The Element he says that everyone has creative potential. This gets better with practice. People need to find their personal passion.
Other teachers introduced Genius Hour / Adventure Time / Passion Time.I thought this was a great idea I’d like to try. I found teachers who had already tried it.
So, I gave it a go. I was prepared for things to go wrong but I was not giving up. To my surprise, the first session was a success. The children were engaged, collaborating, risk taking and thoroughly enjoying the experience.
I have now had three genius hours, not all as successful as the first. A few children had difficulty finding their passion so I came up with a poster to help them.
I am constantly assessing myself. I will have time with these children, perhaps by narrowing their choices they will come up with an idea. The children are very keen to continue.
Here are some of the passions they worked on.
Make a video of your own at Animoto.
Designing outfits – one mother even made a singlet top that her daughter had designed
Building electrical circuits
Making an arcade game
Creating a sculpture
Writing a play with a view to filming
Writing a story
Creating a character
Designing and building an environmentally friendly house using lego
Coding a website