5th Graders Meet the Elves for Genius Hour Hangout

5th Graders Meet the Elves for Genius Hour Hangout

Have you ever heard of Genius Hour? It's an educational movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. Basically, students have one hour to do their own research on a non-Googleable topic that interests them.

Last week, we had an opportunity to participate in a virtual Genius Hangout (GHO) with a spunky class of 5th graders from Fairmount Elementary School in Independence, Missouri—Go Bulldogs! Several of the students in the class expressed interest in running their own businesses and/or creating their own products, so their teacher, Ms. Burke, contacted us about hosting a GHO.

5th Graders Meet the Elves for Genius Hour

The students asked if we had ever made a Fairmount Elementary Bulldog shoe. We hadn't, but we made this mock-up to show what one might look like.

Soft Star co-owner Tricia Salcido—mother of a 5th grader herself—had the privilege of giving the whole class a video tour of our workshop. This was followed by a Q & A in which the kids asked her all their questions about starting, owning and running a business... as well as a few inquiries on making shoes.

Ms. Burke was kind enough to record the video hangout for us, which we're now excited to share:

If this interests you, then we encourage you to check out the Genius Hour website, as well as the Twitter profile of Ms. Burke's class (@BrainyBulldogs). We've been following their feed for months and love seeing photos of their activities as well as reading the students' personal tweets about what they're working on in school. We also like to take a crack at the brain teasers they post from time to time. Take a look:

The students also periodically post entries and stories on the class online blog.

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  1. Becky L.
    This is awesome! I, too, have a 5th grade Bulldog and this shoe would be perfect for our Terrace Park Bulldogs in Ohio (same school colors, too). My son loves his new Rogues and rarely does he wear any other shoe!
    1. Elf Martin
      That's great, Becky! I grew up in Atlanta with the Georgia Bulldogs... also the same colors! I wonder how many other red and black Bulldogs are out there...
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