It's time once again to make some money...via our very own stock market game. Starting on November 25, students will spend their $10,000 by investing in four public companies of their choosing. During the next 8 weeks or so we will watch our money grow or perhaps suffer financial losses depending upon the ups and downs of the market. In addition to learning about this aspect of the economy, we will be working with spreadsheet formulas and charts. Students who do not predetermine their stock choices will pick from a grab bag of stocks listed on the Dow.
We have been spending some time to get our Genius Hour projects off the ground. By now students should have developed 3 rough proposals for possible projects to pursue and after consultation with me they will focus on one for the rest of the year. Our next step will be to develop an "essential question" as the focus of the project, which will culminate in a sharing starting at the end of April. Students will demonstrate their learning about a topic that is important to them, something they feel passionate about, and share that passion with their classmates. First phases of the Genius Hour project are described here.