Make no mistake, innovative learning experiences like Genius Hour are not always unicorns and rainbows. In fact, this type of learning can get really messy and feel uncomfortable for both teachers and students. You see, passion-based learning requires everyone to assume different roles in the classroom and the reality is that that is much easier said than done. Teachers must become facilitators and give learners the opportunity to learn by doing, experience real struggle, and figure things out on their own. Learners must be willing to drive their own learning, ask questions, and push through their struggle in order to figure things out on their own.
Is it really already 2016? 2015 has come and gone and it seems like it went by so quickly. I like to start the new year by setting new goals for my classroom and this year is no different. So here we go...my educational priorities for 2016 are (drum roll please) boldness, passion, and conversation.