Hi, Jo-ann. I'm new to Teacher's guild and just happened to fortuitously land on this page. After teaching for almost two decades, I woke up one day and said to myself, "If no student learns, is learning really taking place." (shamelessly ripped off from "tree falls in the forest, does anyone hear it"-lol) So, I have been working with Genius hour this year for the first time and giving the kids power to "run the joint". It is incredible what students can do when we just allow them to take the ball and run. I am just waking up to this new reality and totally agree with choice being key.