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  • Session 4 - Genius Hour in the Library

    Genius Hour is “a movement in education that allows students to spend time in school exploring, researching and studying any topic of their choice.” Learn about one Texas librarian’s “disruptive innovation,” successfully implementing genius hour in her school, from getting administrator and faculty support for the project to establishing an environment that facilitates independent research and learning.  Elizabeth Rush will share what worked exceptionally well and what she needed to adjust for year two and three.  She will share her step-by-step approach and some of the most memorable student topics and projects.

    Then see how IWonder's Genius Hour leads students through the inquiry process, introduces them to new online learning tools, and gives them the freedom to learn more about a topic that interests them!   Find out how to implement this exercise in your classroom and get the best results for authentic, personalized student learning.

    About the Presenters

    Emily Rozmus, INFOhio Instructional Team Specialist

    Emily Rozmus has been an Integration Librarian for INFOhio since December 2013. Before this, she was the district librarian and high school English teacher for Mechanicsburg Exempted Village Schools. In her 20 years there, she worked on teams to implement curriculum, develop district growth plans, integrate technology, create instruction for information literacy, and foster teacher development. At INFOhio, she focuses on helping educators use INFOhio resources to improve early literacy. Her work has resulted in instructional "bags" for Ohio teachers, early literacy webinars, partnerships with like-minded agencies, and numerous statewide presentations to teachers, administrators, and educational leaders in Ohio. In her free time, she reads, enjoys time with her husband and three teenaged children, and plans for her next big adventure in life.

    Elizabeth Rush, Librarian, Nichols Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

    Elizabeth Rush recently published an article titled, “Genius Hour: Tips and Tactics” in Teacher Librarian Magazine, December, 2015 issue. She is an 18 year librarian: Currently teaching at Nichols Elementary, at Northside ISD in San Antonio,Texas, formerly at the San Antonio Public Library, and a Parochial K-8 school. She has her Masters of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and  a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. In addition to keeping up with technology, collaborating with school and public librarians,  and thinking up new ways of keeping librarianship fresh, she spends her time researching and pursuing her passions of travel, outdoor activities, and learning new things every year. Finding as much wonder out in the backyard as out in the world, this approach to life enables her to identify with her students, encourage their curiosity, and rally them to love learning!