Friday Newsletter: June 15, 2018

NEXT WEEK’S EVENTS (June 18 – June 22)

  • Monday, June 18: Grade 1 Team Meeting, 9:20-10:05
  • Monday, June 18: Fire Drill, 10:30
  • Monday, June 18: Faculty Meeting. Please spend your time working on rosters, year-end tasks, etc. No blue sheets will be distributed. Unique student behaviors/misbehaviors should be written on the back of the index cards.
  • Tuesday, June 19: Kindergarten Team Meeting, 10:50-11:35
  • Wednesday, June 20: Lockdown Drill, 9:00
  • Wednesday, June 20: Kindergarten PLC, 8:10-9:10
  • Wednesday, June 20: Character Education Assembly, 10:15-11:30
  • Wednesday, June 20: Grade 2 Team Meeting, 2:05-2:50
  • Thursday, June 21: Crossing Over
  • Thursday, June 21: 12:30 pm Dismissal
  • Friday, June 22: Last Day of School
  • Friday, June 22: 12:30 pm Dismissal

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • I am still looking for someone to serve as an Instructional Aid for our SKIP programming during the weeks of August 6 and August 13.
  • If you’re changing grade levels and you need new grade-specific supplies, such as textbooks, please let me know.
  • The shades used for lockdown drills should only be used during lockdown drills. In other words, please make sure the window in your classroom door remains uncovered.

UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Paramus Summer Institutes on the Teaching of Reading and Writing: July 2018
    • These four-day institutes offer great alternatives to Teachers College. Each institute has a beginners track and an advanced track.
  • The LAUNCH Academy: A Design Thinking Institute: July 26-27, 2018
    • This institute is based on the LAUNCH book, and it’s facilitated by its authors, John Spencer & A.J. Juliani. (I will be attending this event.)
    • During the two days, attendees will get a variety of design thinking opportunities, including: in-person work sessions with both A.J. and John; taking part in new design thinking activities and challenges; creating personalized activities, challenges, lessons, and units for your role; diving into the research around design thinking and the practical applications for all areas of education; collaborative round tables breaking down the biggest problems you are facing and coming up with creative solutions; a private online community to extend the learning beyond these two-days and connect with this cohort for a long time to come.
  • Worlds of Making: September 28, 2018
    • This full day learning experience will provide participants with the skills needed to plan and implement a makerspace that is unique and meaningful for the classroom. During this session, you will gain hands-on experience that showcases the power of making, tinkering, design and engineering. You will learn how to use effective prompting strategies to challenge students to higher-level thinking. All participants will walk away with a Makerspace Action Plan! (I will be attending this event.)
  • What Great Educators Do Differently – New Jersey: October 13, 2018
    • This is a New Jersey version of the conference at which I recently presented in Houston. Presenters include A.J. Juliani, Bob Dillon (who video chatted with us about learning spaces), Pernille Ripp (creator of the Global Read Aloud), Todd Whitaker, and more! (I will be attending this event.)

Of course, if you’d like to attend any of these events, please let me know!

CURRICULUM RESOURCES: Rest

The title says it all! Please give this a read…

Blog post – Making Rest a Priority in the Summer – by John Spencer

Advertisements

Friday Newsletter: June 8, 2018

NEXT WEEK’S EVENTS (June 11 – June 15)

  • Monday, June 11: River Vale students visit TBD and our LEAP program
  • Monday, June 11: Grade 1 Team Meeting, 9:20-10:05
  • Monday, June 11: Roster Meeting in the Conference Room, Lunch/Recess
  • Monday, June 11: Students from Grade 2 and Grade 4 present at the Board Meeting
  • Tuesday, June 12: Happy Birthday to Jennifer Bara!
  • Tuesday, June 12: Grades 3/4 PLC, 8:10-9:10
  • Tuesday, June 12: Kindergarten Team Meeting, 10:50-11:35
  • Wednesday, June 13: Grades 1/2 PLC, 8:10-9:10
  • Wednesday, June 13: One School, One Book, Meeting, 11:35-12:35
  • Wednesday, June 13: A-Team Meeting in the afternoon – Ross out of the building
  • Wednesday, June 13: Grade 2 Team Meeting, 2:05-2:50
  • Wednesday, June 13: Grade 4 Band Concert, 7 pm
  • Thursday, June 14: Collaborative Teaching Professional Development, 8:40-11:30
  • Thursday, June 14: Grade 4 Team Meeting, 10:50-11:30
  • Friday, June 15: Grade 3 Team Meeting, 1:20-2:05

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Grades can now be entered for Marking Period 3.
  • Here is an image of our new letterhead, in case anyone needs to use it.
  • As you post district-related content (photographs, videos, etc.) on social media, please remember to include our district hashtag, #OldTappanProud.
  • Feel free to submit your team’s consumable order for next year. The new form is here.

UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Paramus Summer Institutes on the Teaching of Reading and Writing: July 2018
    • These four-day institutes offer great alternatives to Teachers College. Each institute has a beginners track and an advanced track.
  • The LAUNCH Academy: A Design Thinking Institute: July 26-27, 2018
    • This institute is based on the LAUNCH book, and it’s facilitated by its authors, John Spencer & A.J. Juliani. (I will be attending this event.)
    • During the two days, attendees will get a variety of design thinking opportunities, including: in-person work sessions with both A.J. and John; taking part in new design thinking activities and challenges; creating personalized activities, challenges, lessons, and units for your role; diving into the research around design thinking and the practical applications for all areas of education; collaborative round tables breaking down the biggest problems you are facing and coming up with creative solutions; a private online community to extend the learning beyond these two-days and connect with this cohort for a long time to come.
  • Worlds of Making: September 28, 2018
    • This full day learning experience will provide participants with the skills needed to plan and implement a makerspace that is unique and meaningful for the classroom. During this session, you will gain hands-on experience that showcases the power of making, tinkering, design and engineering. You will learn how to use effective prompting strategies to challenge students to higher-level thinking. All participants will walk away with a Makerspace Action Plan! (I will be attending this event.)
  • What Great Educators Do Differently – New Jersey: October 13, 2018
    • This is a New Jersey version of the conference at which I recently presented in Houston. Presenters include A.J. Juliani, Bob Dillon (who video chatted with us about learning spaces), Pernille Ripp (creator of the Global Read Aloud), Todd Whitaker, and more! (I will be attending this event.)

Of course, if you’d like to attend any of these events, please let me know!

CURRICULUM RESOURCES: Student Behavior

The first resource is a thought-provoking article that focuses on student behavior and how it has been impacted by the ways in which childhood – and parenting – have changed in the past few decades. The second resource is one educator’s response to the article.

While reading the article and thinking about how its findings and ideas may impact my practice, I tend to focus on what we can control – students’ time at school – as opposed to what we mostly cannot control – students’ time at home with their families.

“Twice now I’ve put a student with severe behaviors into advanced courses as a solution & twice now it’s worked. The implications are numerous.” – Amy Fast, Assistant Principal

Friday Newsletter: June 1, 2018

NEXT WEEK’S EVENTS (June 4 – June 8)

  • Monday, June 4: Happy Birthday to Denise Allen!
  • Monday, June 4: Ms. Huff returns
  • Monday, June 4: Grade 1 Team Meeting, 9:20-10:05
  • Monday, June 4: Fire Drill, 10:30
  • Monday, June 4: Faculty Meeting. Information upcoming.
  • Tuesday, June 5: Ross out of the building, morning
  • Tuesday, June 5: Kindergarten Team Meeting, 10:50-11:35
  • Tuesday, June 5: Fourth Grade Transition, afternoon
  • Wednesday, June 6: Ms. Caruso’s last day
  • Wednesday, June 6: Kindergarten PLC, 8:10-9:10
  • Wednesday, June 6: A-Team Meeting in the afternoon – Ross out of the building
  • Wednesday, June 6: Singing for Seniors, 1:20
  • Wednesday, June 6: Grade 2 Team Meeting, 2:05-2:50
  • Thursday, June 7: Grade 4 Team Meeting, 10:50-11:30
  • Friday, June 8: Field Day
  • Friday, June 8: Author & Illustrator visit, afternoon
  • Friday, June 8: Ross out of the building, morning
  • Friday, June 8: Grade 3 Team Meeting, 1:20-2:05

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Here is an image of our new letterhead, in case anyone needs to use it.
  • As you post district-related content (photographs, videos, etc.) on social media, please remember to include our district hashtag, #OldTappanProud.
  • Feel free to submit your team’s consumable order for next year. The new form is here.
  • For next year, we’ll be having a new Child Care program, in partnership with the YMCA. Click here for the flyer, and more information is upcoming. If you are interested in working for the program, please click here.

UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Paramus Summer Institutes on the Teaching of Reading and Writing: July 2018
    • These four-day institutes offer great alternatives to Teachers College. Each institute has a beginners track and an advanced track.
  • The LAUNCH Academy: A Design Thinking Institute: July 26-27, 2018
    • This institute is based on the LAUNCH book, and it’s facilitated by its authors, John Spencer & A.J. Juliani. (I will be attending this event.)
    • During the two days, attendees will get a variety of design thinking opportunities, including: in-person work sessions with both A.J. and John; taking part in new design thinking activities and challenges; creating personalized activities, challenges, lessons, and units for your role; diving into the research around design thinking and the practical applications for all areas of education; collaborative round tables breaking down the biggest problems you are facing and coming up with creative solutions; a private online community to extend the learning beyond these two-days and connect with this cohort for a long time to come.
  • What Great Educators Do Differently – New Jersey: October 13, 2018
    • This is a New Jersey version of the conference at which I recently presented in Houston. Presenters include A.J. Juliani, Bob Dillon (who video chatted with us about learning spaces), Pernille Ripp (creator of the Global Read Aloud), Todd Whitaker, and more! (I will be attending this event.)

Of course, if you’d like to attend any of these events, please let me know!

CURRICULUM RESOURCES: Thinking Routines

Thinking routines are a great way to get students thinking on a deeper level, and an example of such a routine was used at our last Faculty Meeting. Here are some resources:

“When thinking becomes visible – it is clear to students that school is not about memorizing facts but about exploring ideas.” – Rosemaria Díaz-Vélez

Friday Newsletter: May 25, 2018

NEXT WEEK’S EVENTS (May 28 – June 1)

  • Monday, May 28: School Closed
  • Tuesday, May 29: Grade 2 Magic School Bus Adventure – activity setup
  • Tuesday, May 29: Grade 3 PLC, 8:10-9:10
  • Tuesday, May 29: Kindergarten Team Meeting, 10:50-11:35
  • Wednesday, May 30: Grade 2 Magic School Bus Adventure
  • Wednesday, May 30: Grade 1 PLC, 8:10-9:10
  • Wednesday, May 30: A-Team Meeting in the afternoon – Ross out of the building
  • Wednesday, May 30: Grade 2 Team Meeting, 2:05-2:50
  • Thursday, May 31: Grade 2 Magic School Bus Adventure
  • Thursday, May 31: Grade 1 Class Trip
  • Thursday, May 31: Grade 4 Team Meeting, 10:50-11:30
  • Friday, June 1: Happy Birthday to Hanh Quach!
  • Friday, June 1: Kindergarten Roundup, 12:45-2:45 – Students eat lunch in their classrooms
  • Friday, June 1: Kindergarten Dismissal, 12:15
  • Friday, June 1: Grade 3 Team Meeting, 1:20-2:05

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Feel free to submit your team’s consumable order for next year. The new form is here.
  • If you have yet to submit your paperwork to meet the dyslexia mandate, please do so by May 31. The most current documentation is here.
  • Second grade will be having their Magic School Bus activity in the Big Gym, May 29-May 31. During this time:
    • Students from Grades 2-4 will line up by their classrooms in the morning. (May 30-31)
    • The Big Gym cannot be used for gym class.
    • The Big Gym cannot be used for indoor recess.
    • No after school activities can be held in the Big Gym.
  • For next year, we’ll be having a new Child Care program, in partnership with the YMCA. Click here for the flyer, and more information is upcoming. If you are interested in working for the program, please click here.

UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Paramus Summer Institutes on the Teaching of Reading and Writing: July 2018
    • These four-day institutes offer great alternatives to Teachers College. Each institute has a beginners track and an advanced track.
  • The LAUNCH Academy: A Design Thinking Institute: July 26-27, 2018
    • This institute is based on the LAUNCH book, and it’s facilitated by its authors, John Spencer & A.J. Juliani. (I will be attending this event.)
    • During the two days, attendees will get a variety of design thinking opportunities, including: in-person work sessions with both A.J. and John; taking part in new design thinking activities and challenges; creating personalized activities, challenges, lessons, and units for your role; diving into the research around design thinking and the practical applications for all areas of education; collaborative round tables breaking down the biggest problems you are facing and coming up with creative solutions; a private online community to extend the learning beyond these two-days and connect with this cohort for a long time to come.
  • What Great Educators Do Differently – New Jersey: October 13, 2018
    • This is a New Jersey version of the conference at which I recently presented in Houston. Presenters include A.J. Juliani, Bob Dillon (who video chatted with us about learning spaces), Pernille Ripp (creator of the Global Read Aloud), Todd Whitaker, and more! (I will be attending this event.)

Of course, if you’d like to attend any of these events, please let me know!

CURRICULUM RESOURCES: Miscellaneous 

Here are three interesting/thought-provoking pieces I’ve recently read:

“It’s not the labeling that matters. It’s what we do with and about those labels that matters.” – Tom Guskey

Friday Newsletter: May 18, 2018

NEXT WEEK’S EVENTS (May 21 – May 25)

  • Monday, May 21: Grade 4 Class Trip (at TBD)
  • Monday, May 21: Grade 1 Team Meeting, 9:20-10:05
  • Monday, May 21: Faculty Meeting. Click here for the agenda.
  • Tuesday, May 22: Grade 4 PLC, 8:10-9:10
  • Tuesday, May 22: Grade 3 Demo Assembly, 9:30
  • Tuesday, May 22: Kindergarten Team Meeting, 10:50-11:35
  • Wednesday, May 23: Grade 4 Class Trip (away from TBD)
  • Wednesday, May 23: Grade 2 PLC, 8:10-9:10
  • Wednesday, May 23: Gang Awareness Training – Ross out of the building
  • Wednesday, May 23: Grade 2 Team Meeting, 2:05-2:50
  • Thursday, May 24: Kindergarten Class Trip
  • Thursday, May 24: Book Fair
  • Thursday, May 24: Grade 4 Team Meeting, 10:50-11:30
  • Thursday, May 24: Spring Concert
  • Friday, May 25: TBD Luau
  • Friday, May 25: Bomb Threat Drill, time TBD
  • Friday, May 25: Grade 3 Team Meeting, 1:20-2:05

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Feel free to submit your team’s consumable order for next year. The new form is here.
  • If you have yet to submit your paperwork to meet the dyslexia mandate, please do so by May 31. The most current documentation is here.
  • Senior Service Students will be joining the following teachers, May 21-June 19: Ms. Botterman, Ms. Janowski, Mr. Kuizema, Ms. Turci, Ms. Wrynn.
  • Second grade will be having their Magic School Bus activity in the Big Gym, May 29-May 31. During this time:
    • Students from Grades 2-4 will line up by their classrooms in the morning. (May 30-31)
    • The Big Gym cannot be used for gym class.
    • The Big Gym cannot be used for indoor recess.
    • No after school activities can be held in the Big Gym.
  • Kindergarten Roundup is Friday, June 1. On this day, all students should eat lunch in their classrooms.
  • For next year, we’ll be having a new Child Care program, in partnership with the YMCA. Click here for the flyer, and more information is upcoming. If you are interested in working for the program, please click here.

UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Paramus Summer Institutes on the Teaching of Reading and Writing: July 2018
    • These four-day institutes offer great alternatives to Teachers College. Each institute has a beginners track and an advanced track.
  • The LAUNCH Academy: A Design Thinking Institute: July 26-27, 2018
    • This institute is based on the LAUNCH book, and it’s facilitated by its authors, John Spencer & A.J. Juliani. (I will be attending this event.)
    • During the two days, attendees will get a variety of design thinking opportunities, including: in-person work sessions with both A.J. and John; taking part in new design thinking activities and challenges; creating personalized activities, challenges, lessons, and units for your role; diving into the research around design thinking and the practical applications for all areas of education; collaborative round tables breaking down the biggest problems you are facing and coming up with creative solutions; a private online community to extend the learning beyond these two-days and connect with this cohort for a long time to come.
  • What Great Educators Do Differently – New Jersey: October 13, 2018
    • This is a New Jersey version of the conference at which I recently presented in Houston. Presenters include A.J. Juliani, Bob Dillon (who video chatted with us about learning spaces), Pernille Ripp (creator of the Global Read Aloud), Todd Whitaker, and more! (I will be attending this event.)

Of course, if you’d like to attend any of these events, please let me know!

CURRICULUM RESOURCES: Project Based Learning

  • This past week we wrapped up the 3-part PBL course (2 hours per session) that was facilitated for educators in the area. The course agenda is here. The entire course was built around five activities, and each activity is accompanied by a few resources (which I think you’ll find useful).

“If we want student buy-in we need to start with student ownership.” – John Spencer

Friday Newsletter: May 11, 2018

NEXT WEEK’S EVENTS (May 14 – May 18)

  • Monday, May 14: Phonics First professional development – Ross out of the building
  • Monday, May 14: Mini Relay for Life, 1:20-2:30
  • Tuesday, May 15 – Thursday, May 17: Kindergarten Screening
  • Tuesday, May 15: Kindergarten Team Meeting, 10:50-11:35
  • Wednesday, May 16: A-Team Meeting in the afternoon – Ross out of the building
  • Wednesday, May 16: Grade 2 Team Meeting, 2:05-2:50
  • Thursday, May 17: Select Wellness will be here for their annual, free massages. Early next week, the sign-up sheet will be place by the mailboxes.
  • Thursday, May 17: Grade 4 Team Meeting, 10:50-11:30
  • Friday, May 18: Fire Drill, 10:30
  • Friday, May 18: Grade 3 Team Meeting, 1:20-2:05

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Senior Service Students will be joining the following teachers, May 21-June 19: Ms. Botterman, Ms. Janowski, Mr. Kuizema, Ms. Turci, Ms. Wrynn.
  • Second grade will be having their Magic School Bus activity in the Big Gym, May 29-May 31. During this time:
    • Students from Grades 2-4 will line up by their classrooms in the morning. (May 30-31)
    • The Big Gym cannot be used for gym class.
    • The Big Gym cannot be used for indoor recess.
    • No after school activities can be held in the Big Gym.
  • Kindergarten Roundup is Friday, June 1. On this day, all students should eat lunch in their classrooms.
  • If you’re looking to do some Summer R&D, I’d be happy to brainstorm ideas with you and/or help out with the work. I believe there are benefits to aligning this work to what we’ll be focusing on as a school during the 2018-2019 school year. (Submissions are due May 11.)
  • For next year, we’ll be having a new Child Care program, in partnership with the YMCA. Click here for the flyer, and more information is upcoming. If you are interested in working for the program, please click here.

UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Project Based Learning @ TBD
    • As part of this year’s local professional learning options that have been put together by Tom Marshall (Elementary Principal in Paramus), I’m offering a 3-part PBL course at TBD from 4:15-6:15 on the following dates: March 27, April 24, May 15. For those who attend these sessions, I believe you’ll start to see how project based learning can help us to satisfy the Next Generation Science Standards (among other subject areas) while meeting the needs of our students. You can attend as few or as many sessions as you’d like.
  • Paramus Summer Institutes on the Teaching of Reading and Writing: July 2018
    • These four-day institutes offer great alternatives to Teachers College. Each institute has a beginners track and an advanced track.
  • The LAUNCH Academy: A Design Thinking Institute: July 26-27, 2018
    • This institute is based on the LAUNCH book, and it’s facilitated by its authors, John Spencer & A.J. Juliani. (I will be attending this event.)
    • During the two days, attendees will get a variety of design thinking opportunities, including: in-person work sessions with both A.J. and John; taking part in new design thinking activities and challenges; creating personalized activities, challenges, lessons, and units for your role; diving into the research around design thinking and the practical applications for all areas of education; collaborative round tables breaking down the biggest problems you are facing and coming up with creative solutions; a private online community to extend the learning beyond these two-days and connect with this cohort for a long time to come.
  • What Great Educators Do Differently – New Jersey: October 13, 2018
    • This is a New Jersey version of the conference at which I recently presented in Houston. Presenters include A.J. Juliani, Bob Dillon (who video chatted with us about learning spaces), Pernille Ripp (creator of the Global Read Aloud), Todd Whitaker, and more! (I will be attending this event.)

Of course, if you’d like to attend any of these events, please let me know!

CURRICULUM RESOURCES: Genius Hour

All of the Genius Hour resources, in one place…

“Genius Hour is a time for teachers to explore the beauty and change that occurs when the learning reins are handed over to their students.” – Denise Krebs & Gallit Zvi

Friday Newsletter: May 4, 2018

NEXT WEEK’S EVENTS (May 7 – May 11)

  • Monday, May 7 – Friday, May 11: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Tuesday, May 1 – Wednesday, May 9: PARCC testing
  • Monday, May 7: Faculty Meeting. Click here for the agenda.
  • Monday, May 7: Grade 1 Team Meeting, 9:20-10:05
  • Tuesday, May 8: Kindergarten Team Meeting, 10:50-11:35
  • Wednesday, May 9: A-Team Meeting in the afternoon – Ross out of the building
  • Wednesday, May 9: Grade 2 Team Meeting, 2:05-2:50
  • Thursday, May 10: Grade 4 Team Meeting, 10:50-11:30
  • Friday, May 11: Grade 3 Team Meeting, 1:20-2:05

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Senior Service Students will be joining the following teachers, May 21-June 19: Ms. Botterman, Ms. Janowski, Mr. Kuizema, Ms. Turci, Ms. Wrynn.
  • Second grade will be having their Magic School Bus activity in the Big Gym, May 29-May 31. During this time:
    • Students from Grades 2-4 will line up by their classrooms in the morning. (May 30-31)
    • The Big Gym cannot be used for gym class.
    • The Big Gym cannot be used for indoor recess.
    • No after school activities can be held in the Big Gym.
  • Kindergarten Roundup is Friday, June 1. On this day, all students should eat lunch in their classrooms.
  • For next year, we’ll be having a new Child Care program, in partnership with the YMCA. Click here for the flyer, and more information is upcoming. If you are interested in working for the program, please click here.

UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Project Based Learning @ TBD
    • As part of this year’s local professional learning options that have been put together by Tom Marshall (Elementary Principal in Paramus), I’m offering a 3-part PBL course at TBD from 4:15-6:15 on the following dates: March 27, April 24, May 15. For those who attend these sessions, I believe you’ll start to see how project based learning can help us to satisfy the Next Generation Science Standards (among other subject areas) while meeting the needs of our students. You can attend as few or as many sessions as you’d like.
  • Paramus Summer Institutes on the Teaching of Reading and Writing: July 2018
    • These four-day institutes offer great alternatives to Teachers College. Each institute has a beginners track and an advanced track.
  • The LAUNCH Academy: A Design Thinking Institute: July 26-27, 2018
    • This institute is based on the LAUNCH book, and it’s facilitated by its authors, John Spencer & A.J. Juliani. (I will be attending this event.)
    • During the two days, attendees will get a variety of design thinking opportunities, including: in-person work sessions with both A.J. and John; taking part in new design thinking activities and challenges; creating personalized activities, challenges, lessons, and units for your role; diving into the research around design thinking and the practical applications for all areas of education; collaborative round tables breaking down the biggest problems you are facing and coming up with creative solutions; a private online community to extend the learning beyond these two-days and connect with this cohort for a long time to come.
  • What Great Educators Do Differently – New Jersey: October 13, 2018
    • This is a New Jersey version of the conference at which I recently presented in Houston. Presenters include A.J. Juliani, Bob Dillon (who video chatted with us about learning spaces), Pernille Ripp (creator of the Global Read Aloud), Todd Whitaker, and more! (I will be attending this event.)

Of course, if you’d like to attend any of these events, please let me know!

CURRICULUM RESOURCES: Genius Hour

Since 30 copies of a Genius Hour book were recently purchased/distributed…

  • TED Talk: The Puzzle of Motivation – by Daniel Pink
    • Pink’s work on motivation served as the impetus for many school movements that have focused on student choice (including Genius Hour). This could be a great video to show your students when kicking off Genius Hour! (And yes, this video was already included in an earlier newsletter.)
  • Genius Hour Resources from Jerry Blumengarten
    • Jerry is a former librarian who has put together pages of resources based on education’s hottest topics. This is his page on Genius Hour.
  • Genius Hour on Twitter
    • I did a search on Twitter using the hashtag #geniushour, and this is what came up. (FYI, Twitter is a tremendous way to get ideas while connecting with other classrooms and educators from around the world.)

“Genius Hour is a time for teachers to explore the beauty and change that occurs when the learning reins are handed over to their students.” – Denise Krebs & Gallit Zvi