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Genius Hour-Lesson 1

Objective: √ Students will begin to explore their passions.

√ Students will guide their own learning and reflect on their own “next steps”. √ Students will share their learning with others and their failures along the way. √ Students will be able to be life long learners. √ Teachers will learn through the process how to offer more choice for students in the classroom.


√ Genius Hour Folder

Prior to this lesson:

√ Mentor Text read “The Magnificent Thing” √ Bugs and Hugs paper


1. What is Genius Hour?

• Ask students to summarize the book for Mrs. F. the message?”

“What happened?” ‘'What was the message?"

• This year we plan to do explore our own passions. Ask: “Did the child get it right the first time? Second time?” “Was it easy?”

• Failure is feedback.

2. Show Jen’s video/ arcade video

3. Add questions or interests to pursue-See TPT list. Ask “What do we wonder about?” 4. If time: Bugs and Hugs- What makes you happy/get thoughts down on edublog

Edublog: Log in as each kid (see pic below table) and jot down their thoughts for them.

IF you are waiting for Mrs. F or Mrs. K., tell someone near you about your bugs and hugs paper.

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