A few weeks ago, I posted some of my ideas for the upcoming school year. One of my posts focused on my ideas for improving our Genius Hour, and in that post I mentioned that I would like to have a “catalog of experts” in my class. I noticed this past year that there were a couple of students who turned to others to help them with something, such as the boy who asked the girl to teach him HTML. I thought it would be cool to have a spreadsheet of students shared on their Google Docs, so they could see who might be able to help them with certain topics.
With that in mind, I created a brainstorming paper for the students to use at the beginning of the year. It’s called, “What Are My S.K.I.L.L.Z.?” (You can see the meaning of the acronym in the image above.) The students can use this sheet to help them think about their areas of expertise, and then narrow them down to topics they would feel comfortable teaching other students. Then I can just have them type the final topics into a Google Form, and share the results with them.
I tried to make the sheet a bit more visually appealing than just a plain questionnaire. By the way, I used some online quote generators to create the text – Quozio and Pinwords.
You can download the PDF of this document below. Also, for those of you new to the blog, I also have a Genius Hour Resources page which might interest you. And, yesterday, I unveiled a Genius Hour Trailer you could use to excite your students about the project.