This is a video my district made last year on my school's work with genius hour. It truly is amazing allowing students' passion to drive their learning.
Genius Hour link
This is an article from the KC Star about it:
Genius Hour KC Star
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Some kindergarten students have been reading about ships and boats. After reading, they designed their own boats and printed them on the 3D printer. Then, they had to create a story in their wordless books. Afterwards, they had to use their imagination to create a story and turn it into a Stop Movie. Here is their final product. The boat in the image is one of the 3D printed ones they designed, along with each of the scenes they created.
Kindergarten Stop Motion Movie
Kindergarten Stop Motion Movie
Posted by Brandi Leggett at 8:28 AM
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Sunday, August 7, 2016
As the 2016-17 school year is about to resume, I reflect on the summer I have had. I had a chance to take two wonderful vacations with family, first to Disney World, then later to Chicago while also taking many miniature day trips. It was a great time to rejuvenate and reconnect, while making memories that will last a life time.
On the educational side, I had the opportunity to be a Kansas Fellow. I was one of nine teachers who were trained by the Kansas Department of Education and Kansas Commissioner Randy Watson on the new Kansas Board of Education outcomes that will go into effect the 2016-17 school year. Although I knew this would be a meaningful experience, I never realized how much it would impact me both professionally and personally.
As we traveled the state of Kansas, we visited areas I never knew existed, small rural communities, while other times visiting places in the Kansas City and Wichita area. No matter where my team visited, we saw passionate educators who cared deeply about their students. We heard of amazing things communities were doing to ensure all students received a quality education. We saw school district officials thinking outside the box, seeking solutions to problems brought on my budget issues. We heard of weekly eligibility checks for all students to make sure they were succeeding, redesigning high school classrooms, creating opportunities for elementary students to explore careers at an early age and participate in STEM, educators finding creating ways to make sure their special needs students left them with essential life skills, a school district who created a job for a student to earn money in exchange for the student staying in school instead of dropping out. The list of amazing things occurring in Kansas Schools could go on and on. The goal was to help the school districts learn about the outcomes, but I have definitely learned more and have no doubt Kansas is the best to receive an education because of all the astonishing students, educators and families that pour their heart to reach for success each and every day.
Posted by Brandi Leggett at 3:49 PM
Saturday, March 5, 2016
I am co-teaching with another teacher on project-based learning. A recent project has been with in 1st grade, where students are learning about how to produce more chocolate. This project has been interesting because this was the first time where students guided their own learning. We read a book together, then students learned about teamwork, note-taking and the differences between primary and secondary resources. Students are now at the point where they have gained all the information and are working on presentations. Here is one of the groups final project.
Posted by Brandi Leggett at 7:36 AM
Congratulations to this group of fifth graders. They were named Honorable Mention in Exploravision. This is a national science competition. Receiving this honor put their entry in the top 10%. The team developed a design L.T.3D. This is a three dimensional printer, aligned with a CAD software that will allow them to print working livers. They wanted to end the problem of people dying while waiting for a liver transplant.
Posted by Brandi Leggett at 7:27 AM