TIL Individual Learning Endeavor

As part of being in TIL, also known as “Help Desk,” I’ve begun working on my “Individual Learning Endeavor” or ILE. This is a large project where I will dedicate 20% of my time in class to learn and create something of my own. For the ILE, my classmates and I have been working on daily ILE packets.

As a part of this, I have found two web articles based on Genius Hour. My first article “10 Reasons to Try Genius Hour This School Year,” by AJ Juliani (http://ajjuliani.com/try-genius-hour/), describes ten reasons why genius hour is great uses of time in a school environment. Ranging from reasons such as it’s a great way for students to be inspired to that it’s plain fun. My second article “WHAT IS GENIUS HOUR?” by Chris Kesler (http://www.keslerscience.com/what-is-genius-hour/), gives a brief description of the concept of genius hour. Explaining exactly what Genius hour is, and how it is Individual. Both articles` Endeavor reasons as to why teachers should apply genius hour to their learning. The first one has a greater emphasis on the reasons, but the second one focuses on exactly what genius hour is.

As another part of the ILE processes, I found an example of genius hour in action. I found and choose a video called “Genius Hour at Cadillac High School.” This video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaYhIpxJNrE) demonstrates genius hour in action. It shows the students final projects and a teacher’s viewpoint of those projects. Every student did something distinct, a girl tracked eating habits and effects of healthy foods and desserts. It truly showed how genius hour could work a classroom environment.

Another video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPX0MnbijK8) I found for another prompt was a soon-to-be-released product called Foldimate. It was a new, fancy dryer that swiftly air dried clothes and neatly folded them. This caught my eye for a few reasons. Personally, my dryer recently broke and the Foldimate seemed like such an innovative idea. Purely logically, the item has plenty of potentials and is a handy product. Perhaps if we all tried our best and had our creativity cultivated we could invite outstanding products as well.

Thus far the ILE brainstorming process has been both intriguing, but a bit confusing. At times you can lose track of what you need and how to do it, but overall I’m quite content with the progress being made. Nothing is ever easy, but you can get help. The videos and articles I indulged in were a great help in understanding exactly what I was doing and how to do it. They showed an example of success and how this could help students.The most challenging part is knowing exactly what I want to do, but how I’m going to do it. As stated earlier, it’s easy to lose track of your own thoughts and ambitions.

As of know, I haven’t truly found my driving question. My true purpose to do this ILE. Although not properly developed, I believe I have the general understanding of what I truly what to do, or at least the general topic. I want to raise awareness of the damage being done to the environment caused even by the small things in life. The ILE has become quite the intriguing project that I wish will work out in the end.


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