What is Genius Hour?

Genius Hour is time set aside in class for students to study their passion.  

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?

You will participate in Genius Hour every Friday for 1 hour. You will get time learn about something you are passionate about.  We will use the LAUNCH CYCLE as a guide to help you focus your learning. You will be given time in class to work on the project with the teacher serving as a Facilitator/Helper.  Your goal is to guide your own learning and share what you have learned in a creative way! Don't forget mistakes are apart of the learning process!

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. Let's start to discover our passions!

The Bad Idea Factory

One way to start to think about what you're passionate about is to do the opposite and create a list of really bad ideas. I know this sounds crazy, but it works. Let's get started. On your sticky notes write down topics that you think would be a bad idea:(

Let's Find Your Passion

What is your passion? This can be a really challenging question and will take some careful thinking and consideration. So, let's get started. Let's answer these questions in our Writer's Notebook.

Now … how could you turn that passion into a project and show the world that you’re a GENIUS??? In your Writer's Notebook, let's brainstorm ideas for a project you could complete and share with the class. You will be given ONE GENIUS HOUR every week work on your project (be sure to bring your thinking cap), but you may also work on it at home.

You are welcome to use any materials you find at school, but you may also need to collect some of your own materials to finish the project. Projects MUST have a research component (you have to do research to learn about / generate ideas for your project). You can build something, design something, make something, write something, collect something … it’s all up to you. You will have until December to complete your first Passion Project.

To be completed for next week:

  • Narrow down your idea for your passion project
  • Discuss this project and your ideas with your family
  • What inquiry question did you brainstorm for your passion project?

    Did you need to “tweak” your question?

    Let's think about what your first steps be?

    Read to LAUNCH this project? Here is a cycle we will use to help guide us through your learning.