Inspired by Don Wettrick's book Pure Genius and my J-Term Innovation Class, I sent a new course proposal to my principal that I wasn't sure would actually fly. It's not that my principal is afraid to try new things, it's just that I pitch new ideas to her frequently. It is my job. I really didn't think this one would get past the proposal stage.
So, you might say I was a bit surprised when I got an email last week asking for course descriptions for middle and high school technology courses. And, yes, I was given permission to go outside the box this time around.
After writing my dream scenarios, we had to bring it back down to earth a bit. She wanted to see some more structure, and I had to write up syllabi to go with the courses. What we ended up with might not be Genius Hour in its purest form, but I'm happy with the results for the first year.
This is going to put me completely out of my comfort zone. For one, I am an elementary teacher with some middle school experience. I am not a high school teacher, but I'll be guiding high school students through some rigorous learning experiences. I also realize that I'll be asked to do a lot of personal interactions with students (I'm so much better with digital interaction) and will have to have passable knowledge on many topics. So, you might say that I'm on my own Genius Hour experience.
Overall, I'm thrilled to have this chance to bring innovation to our school and give students the chance to show off what they can do.
Right now, I have the bare skeleton of what the courses will look like, but I will post more as I develop them down the road.
Feel free to borrow from the following documents and ask me if you have questions.
Middle School Innovation Class Schedule
Middle School Innovation Class Syllabus
High School Innovation Class Syllabus