I thought it would be worthwhile to share my school’s journey to #GeniusHOur, which we call SML (Self-Motivated Learning), as we have so many students working on it at the same time! My first post, about the keys to our success, is here.
Session 1: Project kickoff assembly
To get students fired up we gathered all 400+ in our Black Box Theater. The highlight of the assembly was definitely a student panel from last year who shared their thoughts on the project.
Here are some videos we showed everyone in the assembly:
Then students went back to their classrooms and began to brainstorm possible topics to research. We also showed them two videos to get them thinking about good / bad topics. The “Bad Idea Factory” was an engaging activity to follow up the “Good Idea Bad Idea” video. The second video, a reading of the children’s book “What do you do with an idea”, is my favorite as it does such a great job of capturing how an idea grows.