Monday, April 20, 2015

Pure Genius Week 12: Coming Together and Conclusion

After reading this book, what are your plans for your classroom? Do you see an opportunity to start a genius hour or do you now have a goal of teaching an innovation class? Or are you thinking about some small steps that you can take to add more innovation into your classroom?

Just a reminder that this is the last week of the spring book club. In order to be eligible for the professional development grant, you must comment to all 12 blog posts by 5pm eastern Friday, April 24th. The winner of the grant will be notified next week. PGPs will also be sent out next week. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pure Genius Week 11: Moving Forward

We are nearing the end of the book and getting some last thoughts from Don on how to get started with innovative projects. The three practices he discussed in this chapter were: giving yourself permission, transparency, and trust. How do you see any or all of these practices helping you as you move forward to more of an innovative culture in your classroom?

Well, we are down to the home stretch. Only 2 more weeks left in the book club. If you are behind in your reading and/or commenting, now is the time to catch up. In order to be eligible for the professional development grant you will need to have commented every week, either to the blog post or to comments by other participants. All comments must be made by Friday,  April 24th at 5pm Eastern. Next week we will read the supporting materials at the end -- Coming Together: Speaking the Same Language and Additional Resources -- and share what you're going to do moving forward.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Pure Genius Week 10: Student Voices

I've really enjoyed this book, but this chapter was really powerful. I was impressed with all of the students, but especially the ones who did projects on their own, not for a class or a grade. Share any thoughts that were sparked by this chapter, ideas you might have, student experiences you know of, maybe even an experience that you had.

Next week we will read the next chapter, "Moving Forward." We've only got two more weeks left in the book club. Now is the time to catch up on your reading and commenting.