What’s the point, if it’s not for marks?

Today when I introduced Genius Hour, I was a little iffy. Looking around the room, I could see all that could go wrong. That student will head for a computer and log onto an online game. That student has a hard time finding ideas, when presented with choice. That student only wants to research Justin Beiber, and yes, I am going to let her. That student will wonder around and bug other people.

Some students have little to lose, and a lot to gain. The experience of learning something without being led by the nose, or by getting the answer off of someone else. Accountability to themselves, rather than to someone else. Intrinsic motivation.

A relatively strong learner said, “What’s the point, if it is not for marks?”

Exactly. That’s when I remembered I was on the right track.

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