Motivated By Their Passion

I could not wait to post this challenge! It's a scary one, but rewarding one!

Here is a little history.

<div class="source">Jill Pickett</div><div class="image-desc">Fourth-graders Omar Marreez, right, and Colton Carman discuss their project, a magnetic cannon, during Genius Hour in late February in Jamie Chenault’s classroom at Lakewood Elementary School in Stephensburg. The students paired up that day after realizing they were trying to build the same device. According to geniushour.com, Genius Hour is a time for students to pursue their personal interests as part of their learning.</div><div class="buy-pic"><a href="http://web2.lcni5.com/cgi-bin/c2newbuyphoto.cgi?pub=053&amp;orig=160225_geniushour01.jpg" target="_new">Buy this photo</a></div>
Omar and Colton are typical boys. Omar is one of the most respectful kids I have ever met, and Colton is one of the most zealous and curious kids I have ever met...but putting them together on a project can be risky.

Well both of them, being friends, chose to build something magnetic for their passion project.  I could already tell where this was going. Long story short, they ended up grouping themselves to work together.  Like any loving teacher would do, I discussed with them the risks of this pairing and gave them the choice: to stay and work together or continue on their separate paths... Without any thought... The boys EXCITEDLY chose to take the path together.

Now.

Three months later, a passion project in the making, they are more motivated and driven than I have ever seen them. But why?

I strongly believe they are being motivated by their passion: building a magnetic canon.  They have failed together, argued together, been on different sides of the fence, but in the end, they are still as excited as kids in a candy store. WARNING: Excitement can be contagious!


And just for fun!


Challenge Alert

Let them make their own choices.
Let them explore their passions.
Motivate them!

Comments

  1. Omar has said since the beginning of school what a great teacher you are and how much he loves your class, and I thank you for that. He has learned so much from you and his little sister is hoping to get you nect year. Great teachers are hard to find, but you are one of them. Keep up the great work.

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  2. Omar has said since the beginning of school what a great teacher you are and how much he loves your class, and I thank you for that. He has learned so much from you and his little sister is hoping to get you nect year. Great teachers are hard to find, but you are one of them. Keep up the great work.

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