Genius Hour

GENIUS AT WORK

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Our class participates in an activity called Genius Hour. Below is a description from the website www.geniushour.com about Genius Hour and it’s origin. We work on our projects Friday afternoon from 1:55-3:20.

The genius behind  Genius Hour: It is consequence free application of skills taught. Students are encouraged to take risks and apply new strategies to research and projects. 

Why Genius Hour?

  • No loss of instruction time
  • Cross-curricular
  • Embracing/Creating lifelong learners
  • Enriching relationships with students
  • Utilizing 21st Century Skills

Expectations of Genius Hour

  • Must Have a Plan
  • Consequences for Off Task Behavior
  • It’s Going to be Messy
  • Track Progress

What is Genius Hour?

Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom.  It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school.  It’s not easy to determine where the idea was originally created, but there are at least two events that have impacted genius hour.

Genius Hour Origins

The search-engine giant, Google, allows it’s engineers to spend 20% of their time to work on any pet project that they want.  The idea is very simple.  Allow people to work on something that interests them, and productivity will go up.  Google’s policy has worked so well that it has been said that 50% of Google’s projects have been created during this creative time period.  Ever heard of Gmail or Google News?  These projects are creations by passionate developers that blossomed from their their 20-time projects.

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