Students posted their guiding questions on a poster before our first Passion Hour. There was such a wide range of topics. How did the Earth begin? How do you make play dough? How does a screen sense human touch? How do you make a website? How do you make a video game?
All of the students were extremely engaged, although a handful decided to change their question within the first fifteen minutes.
One problem we ran into is that the students think that Google is magic. They expect to type in their question and an automatic answer comes up, no work required. I think it will take a few mini-lessons and some time before they realize even with Google, they must do some research and reading.
One boy is researching how to make origami. He plans on teaching us (the class) how to make a few things including a baseball mitt. I can’t wait!