Several dozen fifth graders presented a year’s worth of work to community members, showcasing genius among them. As they made their presentations, they shook hands and introduced themselves, asking “Are you familiar with the genius hour?”
At the Lake Myra Elementary media center, kids are excited to have a special class to research their own special interest and then give a “how to” presentation for parents, members of the community, teachers, and younger students.
This is the school’s first year presenting the Genius Showcase. The program was started by technology facilitator Elizabeth Adams and two fifth-grade teachers, and is based on Google’s 20 percent time, which allows 20 percent of an employee’s time to be spent on outside projects that benefit Google. In the classroom, this means developing student interests and enabling them to learn about research, technology, and utilize reading and math while pursuing projects they initiate.
According to Adams, more fifth grade and fourth grade teachers are interested in participating next year.