Wednesday, Oct 3 9:00 pm EDT

Using Genius Hour to make school relevant, meaningful, and challenging for students

With Rebecca Mieliwocki

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Rebecca Mieliwocki is the 2012 California and National Teacher of the Year. She was 
chosen from a group of 54 state teachers of 
the year to represent America’s 3.2 million
 public school teachers in a year of travel, speaking, and advocacy that ... Full Bio



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On October 3 and October 10, I’ll be sharing the strategy I’ve found that most makes school relevant, meaningful and challenging for my middle-school students: its something we call “Genius Hour–seventeen hours per semester of time devoted to big, complex, and interest-based projects driven by students’ own interests. These projects super-charge student’s passion for learning and make school relevant and more connected to their real life.

Genius Hour is a significant commitment for students, and for their teachers. But if we want capable kids who can do things and solve problems, we should be sure to put them at the center of their learning

Genius Hour gives kids to things to do that they care deeply about–things that are really, really hard, and that don’t have pre-determined criteria to measure success. Really incredible things can happen as a result. Students have autonomy and control over the way they learn and what they learn,  a purpose that matters to them and has value in their lives, and the ability to master the path by which they acquire and share what they learn.

On October 3rd, I’ll introduce this strategy in a free, one-hour workshop that gives you the information you need to begin to think about introducing this strategy for your students. You’ll have a chance to reflect about this approach and to begin to personalize the resources and practices I know first-hand work well for students for your own classroom. Then, our group will meet again on September 10th to share ideas and help fine-tune everyone’s approach to their own Genius Hour

Register for this TeachingPartners Live Workshop now, and TeachingPartners will send you a appointment you can drop right in your online calendar. You’ll also get a reminder closer to October 3rd to make sure you’re ready.

As part of this Workshop:

Explore Videos of Practice

Learn directly from Rebecca by first viewing videos of that share her ideas and practice. Then get ready to take part in live online workshops and learn first-hand how to personalize this strategy for your classroom.

Get Support from a Working Group

Learn together with other teachers. Be part of an ongoing working group of engaged colleagues committed to creating a classroom environment that develops their students' social- and emotional-learning skills. Make connections and share what you know.

Attend Live Video Workshops

Get the guidance you need. Take part in two live workshops Rebecca will host exclusively for working group members. Learn first-hand all you need to begin sharing this strategy with your students.


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