Genius Hour isn’t just a time for students to choose what they want to learn. It’s time for them to find themselves in their creative work. -Juliani
What is the idea/research behind genius hour?
Google gave their employee’s 20% time and this is how Google Earth and Wikipedia were created. 20% time is a time for employees to learn and explore on their own time and can create and learn on their own.
Daniel Pink’s book, Drive, says that people are motivated by intrinsic motivation. We like to follow our passions with
purpose. This intrinsically motivates us.
Life long learning model
More is not always better- genius hour lets kids go into depth of a content.
It isn’t telling Ss what to do.
It isn’t T sitting in the corner not doing anything.
It’s really more a GUIDE on the SIDE
What Does the Genius Hour Structure Look Like?
give time to create their own learning path (20% time)
It has to also be about creating. Need some kind of product to share.
What do they want to learn, how are the going to learn it, how are they going to present it.
Start learning and researching, documenting
Blog, video, confer
Create their product
Share what you learned and created
Show the world
Send it out in the global community
(Click on the picture and download a PDF.)
How much time do you give?
4-12 weeks may not want to do much longer.
Tips for Getting Started With Students
Ask ?s about what are you passionate about? like…
What do you do for fun?
What are you curious about?
What you always wanted to make or create or do?
Then create a passion madness bracket challenge
what do you know? What do you WANT to know? What you LEARNED?
Shark Tank Pitch: Share with the class
learn to code/program
crate a video game for elementary students
I’m passionate about...
How can you measure your success? 100 people play my game, it’s successful
Ts can confer with this plan to help kids move along.
What did you learn?
I learned java is a coding language.
What did you make/create?
I made a sample java line of code and watched to see if it worked.
Goal for next time
Did you accomplish last week’s goal why, why not?
Progress Meter: Where are you?
Giving a great talk: Presentation Structure
Starts with the problem.
What did you learn.
What could the solution be?
What were the learning struggles and learning wins?
What did you make and what are the rewards for learning/making?
Live stream the presentation FB, Ustream, perascope
What I learned…
What did I struggle with and how did I learn from it? What was the most exciting
Grade the process?
Have the kids develop a class rubric?
Have a peer review?
GRIT rubric -Juliani's favorite option
Genius Hour Master Course
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Genius Hour Planning Pack by Rachel Poetker