Genius Hour Kickoff Day #4: Gratitude

After a few days of front loading, the students had the opportunity to delve into researching for their Genius Hour projects. Some students opted to bring in their own devices, while others were able to use the school laptops and classroom computers.

As a side note, I am grateful that the students are even more excited about this project than I could have imagined! I cannot wait to see what they learn, create, and share with us along the way.

My sincerest gratitude goes out to all of the wonderful parents of my home room students with whom I have been meeting all Conference Week. Your partnership is what makes our school more impactful and effective. Furthermore, I would like to thank the parents who inquired about my Book Fair wish list (which I put up later in the game) and for those who did purchase items off of that list. Your generosity and desire to give has warmed my heart.

Homework: Read for 30 minutes and continue your research.

Genius Hour Kickoff Day 3: Book Fair Visit and Proposal Writing

Today’s class was a hodgepodge of activities with the shortened class periods of Conference Week and the Book Fair being on campus.  After some brief discussion of the students’ desired Genius Hour topics (if they had not already shared this information yesterday), I addressed any concerns that arose regarding the writing of their proposals before our quick jaunt out to the Book Fair.

REMINDER: The Book Fair will be at school until this Friday.  Below are some book trailers for some of their featured texts:



Friday, September 21st, 2012 in Brief

Friday was a mixed bag lesson where each class had a slightly different experience based on their lesson needs:

  • First periodreviewed conclusion techniques discussed in Tuesday’s lesson.  This class also dissected a writing prompt (see below) using TAP (we left the last “P” for later). The students are to complete this for homework.
    • Writing Prompt:
      • Writing Situation: Most families assign chores to their children. Families need to work together, and having the children of the house help out teaches responsibility. However, many children and teens object to having these chores imposed upon them. What is your opinion?
      • Directions for Writing: Do you think that children should have assigned chores to do at home, or do you think you have enough to do already? Write an essay to convince the adults in your family of your point of view regarding the children and teens being required to do chores at home. Be clear in your opinion, and use specific details and examples to support your ideas.
  • Second period took time to revisit the computer lab in order to finish the SRI.  The students who finished then began work dissecting the prompt above using TAP(P).
  • Sixth period had the opportunity to briefly visit the Book Fair which was only in our Media Center for one day.  Upon returning from the Media Center, sixth period completed the notes on conclusion strategies from Tuesday’s lesson.
    • Should there have been more time slots available, the other class periods would have also attended.
  • Seventh period completed notes on conclusion strategies from Tuesday’s lesson.

**QUIZ ALERT: Anticipate a quiz over prepositions and gerunds on Monday!


  • 1st: Complete the in-class essay.  It must be 3 paragraphs in length.
  • 2nd: For those who began the in-class essay, complete it.  Those who did not will work on this assignment starting on Monday the 24th, 2012.
  • 6th: No homework
  • 7th: No homework

PowerPoint: 9-21-12 Conclusions Practice + Starting a Timed Writing