The students did a pretty good job with completing their projects by the deadline. Last week, they presented them to the class. While one of the pairs was presenting, a student kept whispering my name frantically. I tried to sign to her to listen to the kids standing up front, but she could not wait.
“I didn’t finish,” she said, desperately.
Several thoughts came to mind, such as saying, “You should have used your time more wisely.” Instead, I said, “That’s okay. Just show what you have.”
She had started a website on pet care. When it was finally her turn, this student, who rarely speaks in class, stood by herself in the front of the room, and showed us what she had done. As she got deeper into her presentation, she almost seemed to forget that we were there, and clearly showed more confidence and passion about her topic.
When she finished, the other students asked clarifying questions about what she intended to include to complete the site. I told her that I thought she had done a fabulous job on the portions she had finished.
At the end of the day, when the students were lining up to leave, the student approached me with her research notes from class in hand. “Can I bring these home?” she asked. “I want to finish the site before next class.”
This project was not for a grade, and the presentations were done. Yet, she wanted to finish what she started – on her own time.
That’s what Genius Hour is all about.