20% Project

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Assignment 1: Create Google doc and list all topics that interest you.

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Topic Ideas

20% Proposaldue at beginning of class 09/27
Curationdue end of class 10/3

Daily Reflection
to be updated each week on this sheet
Teacher Check In #1
on 11/1 - 11/8
Teacher Check In #211/26 - 12/9
Final Project Due by the beginning of class on 2/14/17
Final Presentations 2/14 and 2/21

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20% Proposal due 11/17
Curation due 11/10

Mr. Solarz's Class

Genius Live Binder

Origin of the 20% Project

What are other classes doing?
Great Video

How do I begin?
Introduction to the project
Genius Ideas

All about inquiry

Great Resource

14 Class Periods to Complete

1. Get proposal approved
2. Curate resources
3. Complete plan
4. Check in #1
5. Check in #2
6. Final presentations

Intro Letter
Excellent Outline of Genius Hour
The Pitch
Implementation Guide
Planning Sheet
Daily Reflection (should blog about it)
Rubric of Creativity

Genius Hour Wiki

Academy of Achievement: Academy Careers
Academy of Achievement: My Role Model
The Tinkering Studio


Things I would like to:

Learn About (like history or a place, or about water issues)

Learn To Do (like computer skills)

Learn to Make (like a trebuchet, or windmill)

Learn to Create (like an art project or a story)

Learn to Test (like a science experiment)

¨ Learn to Change (like an environmental project)

and for Entrepreneurial Adventure brainstorming we will use these headings:

Make and sell (like the Christmas Mice)

Sell a product (like popsicles)

Organize a fundraising activity (like a raffle at school)

Offer a service (like shovelling walks)

Implementation Options

1. Collaboration (Are you going to allow students to work in groups if they have similar interests and/or passions?)

2. Technology (Is this a requirement? Can students bring in their own computers to class if need be? Think about your technological needs.)

3. Standards and the Common Core (Being an English teacher I was able to connect many of our state standards to the project. Check out section 2 of this article for more connection to the common core)

4. Parental involvement (I didn’t send a letter home to parents, but it might have been beneficial. Is this something parents can get involved with and help? Wouldn’t it be nice for them to see what their kids are interested and passionate about?)

Steps to Success

1. Prepare yourself as a facilitator (See what others have done and connect if you can. Be a model for your students and get started with your own 20% time.)

2. Preparing the class (Have your ducks all in a row before starting. There should be a way for them to share and collaborate if need be, and a way for them to understand all the reasons you have for them to do this project.)

3. A plan (When and how often will they have 20% time?)

4. Conferences (Plan to meet with all of your students 1-on-1 about their learning.)

5. Sharing (Build in time for students to share with each other regularly.)

6. Reflections (Meta-cognitive piece is so important! Students should recognize what they have been learning.)

7. Facilitating success and failure (Many students will “fail” to reach lofty goals they set for themselves. But this is not a failure, it is the best learning experience to have. Make sure you share great stories about success and failure while following your passions.)

8. Presentations and feedback (As students present to the class they should hear feedback from peers and you. Don’t let the learning stop with the presentation.)