Genius Hour
Warren Hills Elementary

What is Genius Hour?

You have until Friday, April 24th


  1. You will spend 20% of our class time, or every Friday, working on what we'll call 20 Time.
  2. You may work alone or with a small group.
    • Decide carefully. If you choose a small group, you will have to compromise with your group and deal with other personalities. If you work alone, you have complete autonomy but you are responsible for the outcome.
    • Is this person a worker or floater?
    • Can I get along with this person for the entire semester?
    • Is this person going to keep on track or distract me?
    • This is not about hanging out with friends,but making something really cool.
  3. Choose a project that is new to you and something you wouldn’t normally do in another academic class.
    • If you are stuck, do some research on other educational 20% projects and take another look at what Google has done.
  4. You must produce a product or achieve some sort of goal.
  5. Write up a proposal and pitch it to your teacher that includes a purpose, audience, timeline, and resources you will need to complete the project.
  6. Reflect on the process each week on your goal sheet.
  7. If, at any moment, you feel lost, overwhelmed, or uninspired, you must set a meeting with me to find a solution.
  8. At the end of the unit, you will present your project and reflect on the process in a five-minute TED-style talk or essay.
  9. Failure is an option. Simply learning from your mistakes teaches you a lot.

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