This great video clearly outlines the Genius Hour movement happening in classrooms across the world!
After reflecting for a few months on how to initiate #GeniusHour in my classroom I finally jumped in with both feet, my Genius Journal (click to download) and the question, “What do YOU want to learn Today”? The response, learning, level of engagement and finished products were incredible!
I found my Genius Journal to be incredibly helpful in guiding my students, allowing them to follow a process (QUESTION-PLAN-RESEARCH-CREATE-SHARE-REFLECT) and record their learning. Of course, the process is fluid during their 20% in the classroom.
The most critical component of Genius Hour is insuring that your students formulate good, thought provoking questions. I spent about one week with my students discussing what a good question is and challenging them to think and rethink their questions. Some questions were: “Why do Bucks Lose Their Antlers?”, “Could We Survive Without Bees?” and “How Can I Make a Cartoon?”. Once the questions were well developed, the rest of the process fell easily into place as students explored what they were truly passionate about learning!
Students shared their learning through iMovies, Keynote presentations, SMART Notebook presentations, speeches and demonstrations. Check out Creating Video for tips and ideas.
Want to try a Genius Hour project with a twist? Give our M.A.D (Make A Difference) Project a try!
Can Genius Hour be done with younger kids? You bet! Check out the Genius Hour Project my son and I did when he was 5!
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Please remember to SharesEase!