In this episode, we are talking with Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi. Denise is the co-author of The Genius Hour Guidebook, and is in her 21st year of teaching with many diverse experiences! She has taught everything from Kindergarten to 8th grade in Arizona, California and Iowa. She currently is teaching second grade in a bilingual school in the small island country of Bahrain, where native Arabic speakers learn in both English and Arabic. Denise teaches in the oldest school in Bahrain, with a rich history of graduating amazing alumni who make a difference in the world. By the time students graduate, they are fully bilingual, ready to add their much-needed voices to the global community.
Gallit is a teacher and vice-principal in Surrey, BC. She is a blogger and co-author along with Denise of The Genius Hour Guidebook. She loves teaching and technology, and is on a mission to integrate the two so that her students are getting the best learning experience possible! She realizes she is no longer required to be the expert in the room, but rather the facilitator, building relationships with her students and encouraging them to figure things out for themselves. She is very interested in passion-based learning and inquiry-based learning, which is probably why she LOVEs Genius Hour so much! Besides writing the book, she also founded and co-moderates with Denise the #geniushour chat on Twitter.
- In A More Beautiful Question, author Warren Berger describes a beautiful question as one that is ambitious and actionable. What is the beautiful question behind The Genius Hour Guidebook?
- Why should our students engage in Genius Hour?
- For teachers who are ready to get started with Genius Hour, what do you view as the steps for getting started? How can they dive in and let go?
- How can we help students make their learning visible? Why is this valuable for students, their parents, and/or their teachers?
- Why is it important for teachers to embrace self-assessment and feedback throughout the Genius Hour projects?
- How can we add all of our voices to the larger conversation about Genius Hour?
- What other beautiful questions are you thinking about now? What are you working on next?
Join the Conversation
Each episode we leave you with a couple of questions to think about…with the idea of provoking conversation. This episode’s question:
- Why is it important for us to foster passion, wonder, and inquiry in the classroom?
Explore additional resources:
- Follow Denise on Twitter – @mrsdkrebs
- Follow Gallit on Twitter – @gallit_z
- Krebs’ Class Blog – A blog for, by and about my students. It’s a little bit of what happens in my second grade English classes.
- Genius Hour Wiki
- Gallit’s Blog – http://www.gallitzvi.com/
- Genius Hour Twitter Chat – www.geniushour.wikispaces.com
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