What is Genius Hour?
Genius Hour is time set aside in class for students to study their passion on a new idea or skill once a week for an hour.
Why is Genius Hour Important?
Students take ownership of their own learning. They learn about something they want to learn about. Genius Hour sparks curiosity, and students have an opportunity to become their own Genius. Genius Hour encourages life-long learning, imagination, perseverance, self-awareness, adaptability, as well as other life-lessons.
How will Genius Hour Work in the Classroom?
Students will participate in Genius Hour every Friday for 1 hour. After mini-lessons on what is appropriate, students will choose a topic to study with Teacher Approval. Students will be given time in class to work on the project with the teacher serving as a Facilitator. The Facilitator will provide research materials (ie., books, computer, iPads, etc.) for students to explore. As an end project, Students must present their topic to an audience.
So What Are You Passionate About?
Today we will begin by sharing some of the things we are passionate about and would like to learn more about. I will give you some time to narrow down your interests and think about your topic until next week.