My ImagineIt was to incorporate genius hour (genius engineering) once a week within my 8th grade science curriculum. I currently teach one section of 8th grade science with 38 students including diverse learners. I want students to be involved in engineering challenges to help foster student collaboration and problem solving. I hope by incorporating genius hour students will feel empowered to take science beyond the sixty minutes they have science each day. Incorporating genius hour will hopefully impact students beyond my science class. My thought is that as my students take science beyond my class they will see science in their everyday lives and the world around them.

What I learned from the Dream Keepers was that “Teachers with Culturally Relevant Practices See Themselves as Part of the Community, they see teaching as giving back to the community, and encourage their students to do the same”. Reading this section made me realize that this is probably the biggest problem I see with my ImagineIT, because I want my students to look at science and see its application beyond the 60 minutes and beyond the school and see science in the community and world around them. I want my student to be inspired beyond genius hour and realize that they are problem solvers and engineers.

What I’ve learned from my colleagues is that the most successful changes in teaching comes from what appears to be chaos and failure. When I first tried my engineering challenges my students kept looking for me to tell them exactly what to do because it was all about the grade and being successful. This led to arguing amongst the groups, frustration and despair. I had to explain to them that it was okay to fail and to not have a perfect outcome all the time. The second time was a lot better there was still a little chaos but not like before. I see the potential of genius hour and I’m excited. I know that if just give my students the opportunity they will rise to the challenge.