A few weeks ago, one of my students got so excited about a topic in Science, Apollo 13, that he asked to be able to teach the class about it. When he suggested this in class, a few other students got excited at the concept of a kid taking over the class. Seeing the fire in these students’ eyes, I was inspired. So, I have given my students the option of taking over the class to teach us about anything they want to. In order to help the students along the process, I created a project sheet and rubric, just to give them guidelines.
At home, I have done genius projects with my personal children, but have never found a way to fit this type of a free choice project into a busy school day. I hope to use this project as a way to give my students the option of learning about something that truly interests them, and allows them to see that learning can really be an amazing process.