Friday, January 29, 2016

Beyond the Self

When introducing students to Genius Hour 9 weeks ago, I had no idea how much compassion and thoughtfulness they would exhibit through their passion projects.

Initially, students needed to discover what they're really passionate about. Many students rattled off passions related to sports, photography, music, art, video games, etc. But after a little pep talk from Kid President, we discussed the possibility of creating something related to their passion that could potentially change the world around us.

In this blog, I'd like to take you on the journey of one specific student's Genius Hour project.

This student could easily identify his passion of sports; but when prompted to think about how he could create something life changing, he started thinking beyond himself. After he recently watched a movie that followed someone's life with ALS, he thought about how he could make a difference for the tens of thousands of people suffering with the disease. He concluded that he would create a charity for the victims of ALS and their families.

The journey through his perspective was blogged here:

I can honestly say my perspective was a bit different; What I noticed was his ability to problem solve, ask deeper questions, think selflessly, be creative, display compassion, create a website, ask for help, make an impact on others' lives, and so much more. He's only begun his journey with this project; his next steps are to organize fundraising events that outreach to people in the community.

You can check out the website for his charity, sALSa, at the link below:

This is just one example of the many ways I've learned about students' passions. With two more rounds of Genius Hour ahead of us, I look forward to discovering how our sixth graders can impact the world around them!

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