The first challenge was to get her to come on a Friday (our Genius Hour Day), and when that didn't work, talking to her about Genius Hour when she did show up. I kept explaining her options, discussing her interests, and what was possible for her to try that would be of interest to her as well as what I could support in my classroom as her mentor. In the end she shows Audacity, a program that lets you edit music and has a manual on the website. Once she saw what the program was capable of, once she had success right away in editing a song, that was it. The power of SUCCESS, the look on her face when she realized she could accomplish something was priceless.
The power of Genius Hour transferred over from Genius Hour slow but steady successes to the rest of her work. It was amazing to watch. She not only started to do work in Photoshop, but she also was doing 110% in effort that was reflected in her work. She wanted one on one help, but she paid attention, she listened, she came to class. To assess her learning I observed she teaching a friend who also was not highly motivated. It was almost like the movie "Pass it on", students teaching students.
Realizing that you are capable of anything as long as you try is a lesson that is priceless.