Did you know that students spend roughly 14,256 hours in school between kindergarten and graduation? Did you also know that schools have the task in preparing students for jobs that currently don’t exist that will use technologies that haven’t even been invented? Our future, our students, will be tasked with solving problems that we don’t even know exist. In order for our students to be ready for the future, educators must assist our students in thinking in innovative ways. Wouldn’t it be awesome if students could spend some time working on areas of their own interests that could make a difference in our world? One new addition to Centura High School this spring semester is the course Genius Learning that is being facilitated by Mrs. Beth Gross. “Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school.” (geniushour.com)
Genius Learning has two juniors and six seniors enrolled. This past week, students pitched their Genius Learning project via “Shark Tank” style. In addition to Mrs. Gross, Mrs. Otero, Mrs. Holcomb, and Mrs. Carpenter were guest “sharks” that offered feedback to the students. Project ideas range from learning a language (French and American Sign Language) to career exploration (sports broadcasting, college majors and music education) to research topics (cryptocurrencies).
Members of the Genius Learning class will work on their project of interest through the month of April. During that time students will blog/vlog about their learning, set goals, and connect with a global community of experts. The final step will be sharing their knowledge of the experience and/or project out in a “TedTalk” style symposium. This class is unique, as some students will complete their goals within the semester, while others will continue on with their projects for a longer term.
If you are interested in following the process, please feel free to visit Mrs. Gross’s webpage and click on individual student blogs/vlogs. http://mrsbethgross.weebly.com/genius-hour.html
Mrs. Gross would like to thank the administration at Centura for giving her the opportunity to facilitate a course that is on the cutting edge of education.