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Padlet, Pasta and Penguins

Its Tech Tuesday and I’m celebrating by starting Genius Hour with my 1st graders. Yep, I’ve pulled out Pure Genius by Don Wettrick, studied my Pinterest and even been in a few Genius Hour classrooms myself and we are ready to kick it off. 210 more words

Teach Like A Pirate

What about me? How do I learn?

What does a “traditional” classroom look like? To me it is a teachers who gives information via lectures, notes, handouts, etc, and the students receive that information by writing things downs, completing worksheets and trying to cram it all into their minds. 873 more words


Why I Started my Blog


My name is Brooke Vandenberg, and this is my blog!  I started this blog for a project at school called Genius Hour. What we do is 1 hour a week we get to work on any project we like!   35 more words

Just Give Me the Swedish Meatballs So I Can Call it a Day

If you ever really want to quiet a room full of 5th grade students, try telling them this: “I’m going to let you spend 1 hour a week studying whatever you want.   427 more words


Biotechnology in Agriculture

Good morning and happy new year!

Back at school today after a lovely 3-week holiday in southern Spain, so it seems best to start with a celebration of one of my student’s Genius Hour projects. 166 more words

MYP Science

Genius Year

When I tried Genius Hour late last year, it literally changed my teaching life. Read about that story here. I was so amazed at the engagement, in depth learning, expertise and presentations from the 6 and 7 year olds in my classroom. 1,586 more words


Maker Spaces

@wfryer: RT @robinwb: A3 Here is an interesting article #tmlooe http://t.co/uNf9pTr9Et/s/ZWTI about #stem and #makered #txeduchat