Back to Normalcy!

After a crazy couple of weeks off our normal schedule thanks to Spring Break and then the Georgia Milestones, we are now back on track!

We took some time to review our procedures and then launched into a more detailed exploration of our next project.

For this semester, each student will choose one of the following projects:

  • Genius Hour (back by popular demand)
  • Kid Talks
  • Self-Directed Novel Study

Though I have been giving the students an idea of how each of these would work after each day of testing, today, we really dove into the beginnings of each project type.  In short, the requirements of each project will be as follows:

  • Genius Hour
    • Proposal
    • Genius Hour Product (This can be a video, slideshow, Prezi, or other tangible evidence of what was learned.)
    • Presentation of Learning (This will be the actual presentation of what the student learned in the exploration of the topic of his or her own choosing.)
  • Kid Talks
    • Outline of Kid Talk
    • Rough Draft of Kid Talk
    • Video of Kid Talk (must be submitted to the CCSD contest as well for full credit)
  • Self-Directed Novel Study
    • Student completion of reading a novel of his or her own choosing
    • Completion of 3 ABRs (Alternative Book Reports) as their portfolio of learning

I took a moment to show the students the following video by Katie Emmanuel entitled “In Defense of Teenage Girls” to get their creative juices going regarding Genius Hour and their Kid Talks.


  • Read for 30 minutes.
  • Take your brainstorming and begin creating your proposal (GH) or script (KT) if you haven’t already.
  • Novel Study Students-choose your book and bring it to class.


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