Sunday, November 8, 2015

An avalanche of creation

The second graders needed a tiny boost in thinking about how to share their findings in Genius Hour. As educators, we agonized over whether or not to show them examples of other things kids have done. We knew that this would produce an onslaught of reproductions of the models we presented. However we wanted to encourage the creative juices and that concept won over. After watching the following video, students were excited, thrilled and there was a new attitude of "can do," among the kids. Our sincerest apologies to the parents of the students who immediately went home and begged for cardboard. Below is the video.

This week, as predicted, all the students wanted to make something with cardboard, which isn't bad but we wanted diversity. We decided to show them another video, hoping that they could NOT reproduce the end product. We did tell our farm kids they could not pester their parents for LED lights! However, after the video, which is also posted below, the kids examined what skills were needed to create this project. They were astute in recognizing, dog training, filming, and collaboration. Conversation flowed around how many times the film makers needed to fail before achieving the final project. It was a good conversation led by students. We look forward to seeing what comes out of it this week when we go back to organizing, research, and outlining the next steps for Genius Hour.

Keep watching us grow,
The Noisy Librarian

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