What is Genius Hour? Genius Hour in the classroom is an approach to learning built around student curiosity, self-directed learning, and passion-based work.
In traditional learning, teachers map out academic standards, and plan units and lessons based around those standards. In Genius Hour, students are in control, choosing what they study, how they study it, and what they do, produce, or create as a result. As a learning model, it promotes inquiry, research, creativity, and self-directed learning.
Genius Hour is most notably associated with Google, where employees are able to spend up to 20% of their time working on projects they’re interested in and passionate about. The study and work is motivated intrinsically, not extrinsically. The big idea for Google is that employees motivated by curiosity and passion will be happier, more creative, and more productive, which will benefit the company in terms of both morale, “off-Genius” productivity, and “on-Genius” performance.
What does this mean in a classroom? Take a look at this graphic - it shows the 6 basic components of Genius Hour.
To learn more about how this concept, click here on the Edutopia overview:
We already have pioneer teachers trying out Genius Hour already - our 8th grade Humanities team is trying it out this year. Connect with Aaron, Cis and Tashia to learn more.
Sometimes, change comes from out of nowhere - and you are forced to look at the world from a different perspective. The windstorm on Friday showed the power of nature and how inconsequential our "control" is in the big scheme of things. When I returned from work on Friday afternoon, I had a changed backyard landscape - and a new view, both literally and figuratively. Next time, I hope I learn how to keep my control issues in perspective without a major disaster - but for now, I'm focusing on maintaining balance. My favorite pine tree is mortally injured and it's fall took out the beloved dogwood tree we planted the year we purchased our Dundee house - along with most of the bottom of our legacy fir tree (over 100 years old). The good news is that the fir tree is going to be fine (with some harsh pruning), the car wasn't crushed and nothing hit our house. I am grateful and looking forward to imagining a new backyard with more sunlight and new plantings. It's all about perspective! Anybody have a chainsaw I can borrow?