This blog will be the center of all we do in room 239. Main posts will be by Mrs. Kirr, explaining what we're doing in class, blog posts will be done by each student, and students will help write the Genius Hour blog posts to share what we're learning and producing independently.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Genius Hour Presentations

Update to previous post:

We are pioneers at Thomas Middle School! Our hope is that we have learned life skills - persistance, determination, and how to be a life-long learner through this Genius Hour time we've had.

Some presentations can be found for a limited time on YouTube. Type in "2013 Genius Hour" and then your LA block (2/3, 5/6, or 8/10) to see some of them again. Some of them did not get recorded, or were of such poor filming quality that they were too hard to hear or understand, and so were not posted.

If you haven't already, please fill out this survey so that next year can be an even better experience...

Monday, May 13, 2013

Frederick Douglass

For the rest of the school year, we'll be reading The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and working on our Genius Hour projects until we present them!

Although it may seem we are flying through Frederick Douglass, we are actually reading each chapter very closely, while annotating our text. Students are looking at specific sections and passages after reading each chapter. Determining what Douglass REALLY meant is tricky, but we are accepting the challenge! If your student says it's easy, it's because we were successful that day. If your student says it's difficult, believe him or her!

Note: ** ALL Frederick Douglass resources (including full text online) are on Edline.
          ** You are invited to see our Genius Hour presentations the week of May 28-31!