After getting over the initial shock of understanding the concept of choice, students took off. I gave the students a copy of the graphic organiser. I gave them a week to think about their research topic. In the future, I would give the students more time to think. Perhaps I will start the introduction to Genius Hour in September and we would not actually start until October. I have the perfect spot in my room to post ideas.
The questions the students developed were all very unique.
For example, one female student is asking: " How does sound travel?". I thought this one was really interesting as studying sound is covered in science at an early age. When I asked her the rational she explained that she was curious how her cell phone worked. This is a teen who loves her phone and now she is curious to how it actually works.
Another student asked, " How could a zombie apocalypse really happen in real life?". Okay. This one really caught me off guard. I asked where the question came from. She explained how she has been reading about zombies a lot lately and the cultures they originally came from. She had read some scientific state of mind that some cultures believe is "zombie". I am no "genius" on this topic, nor did I even know some of the things she already knew about zombies....but I was hooked in listening and she was inspired to learn.
They are interested, curious and inspired. We will begin our first actual genius hour time this Monday. I can't wait!