We laughed. His family was mortified, just mortified.
His mother, Mrs. N. said that she at first thought I was the worst teacher ever for her very intellectual child who excelled at what I call, "Doing School." She was nervous as he would come home with stories and escapades of shenanigans in our room with a twinkle in his eye and in him was unleashed a power to be free to be him and explore parts of him that his family never knew were there. Mrs. N. later said that she loved the way her son became alive and we still remain good friends. She adamantly proclaimed that the story of Schawan's Lake was far, far from the truth and she can't imagine where Dan got all the ideas in his head. However, in the end, she found it so humorous and it is a tale that is retold in their family.
Dan is now in his second year of teaching in Colorado. He teaches middle school. He has an adventuresome spirit still that has led him to study overseas, to explore new people groups, languages and food. Dan is fully alive and is happy being Dan.
Geniushour is just like that. It sets aside time to bring people to life. Every child is filled with trillions of genius DNA inside of them itching to break free and to leap across the room, tell a story, share their passion for something, or speak from the depths of their souls. Geniushour is for all students and as unique as the sunrise or sunset on any given day, full of radiance and soul resting beauty. I love whatever geniushour brings, but mostly it's the celebration of individuality.
Now, the first trimester presentations are now in the books. Geniushour was about drawing, knitting, tree climbing, movies, singing, reading, hunting and math. We learned about drawing, rockets and baking. We were treated to two breathtaking reflections on the essence of family in society. We also enjoyed a student's journey into family history as well as a student who wanted to share about her love of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
What you didn't see is the time we took to study genius through Angela Maier's book Liberating Genius this year and the videos we studied about people's genius. We watched Ted Talks during morning meeting about people who were and are overcomers. We studied Eric Palmer's PVLEGS as we went along our journey into genius together.
Some will say, "Geniushour takes so much time and we just don't have the time."