Have you heard about Genius Hour? It is when students develop their own inquiry question about whatever it is they want to explore. It is passion- and inquiry-based learning all rolled up into one! Come learn how to introduce Genius Hour to your students.
Purpose & objective
Building computers. Designing experiments. Creating stop motion movies. Researching other countries. Baking and decorating. Inventing new sports. Comparing art mediums. Filming documentaries. Starting a movement. What do all of these have in common? They are projects that students designed themselves based on their personal interests, passions and wonderings. How? With Genius Hour! Genius Hour empowers students to learn about the things that they want to learn about! It is amazing what your students will come up with and how well you will get to know your students when you give them this amazing hour each week!
During this presentation we will discuss the why and how of setting up Genius Hour. We will look at some of the best ways to introduce Genius Hour to your students so that they are excited to get started on their own passion based inquiry projects.
Gallit Zvi has been implementing Genius Hour into her teaching for years now and has discovered that it is worth the effort to introduce this new way of learning before jumping right in. Gallit will show you what types of videos, picture books and brainstorming sessions work best so that your students will be excited to start their projects. Gallit will also share some advice on how you as their teacher can best support your learners during Genius Hour.
During the hour I will briefly explain what Genius Hour is and why educators should implement it with their students, but we will spend the bulk of our time learning how to effectively introduce Genius Hour to our students. This is important as many students are not used to creating inquiry projects based on their own passions and wonders and so it is important to scaffold the process so that students will be successful.
There are many websites that outline the importance of personalized learning in the form of Genius Hour:
The Genius Hour wiki: http://geniushour.wikispaces.com/
Gallit Zvi's Website: http://www.gallitzvi.com/2/post/2013/03/top-5-reasons-to-do-geniushour-with-your-class.html
Joy Kirr's livebinder: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=829279
AJ Julliani's post on Edudemic: http://edudemic.com/2013/05/10-reasons-to-try-20-time-in-the-classroom/
Chris Kessler's website: http://www.geniushour.com/
Kate Petty's website: http://www.20timeineducation.com/home
The Genius Hour manifesto: http://educationismylife.com/genius-hour-manifesto/
Other Posts related to student-centred learning/Genius Hour:
Daniel H Pink's blog: http://www.danpink.com//2011/07/the-genius-hour-how-60-minutes-a-week-can-electrify-your-job
Angela Maier's website: http://www.angelamaiers.com/2013/03/genius-hour-let-your-students-challenge-themselves.html
Genius Hour in the News:
Imagination Foundation: http://imagination.is/storybook/a-new-movement-unleashes-the-genius-in-every-kid/
BAM radio: http://www.bamradionetwork.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1064:jackstreet54&catid=91:every-classroom-matters&Itemid=259
Books that include chapters on Genius Hour:
The Next and Best in Education by the authors at "Education is My Life" with a section written by Gallit Zvi, Denise Krebs, Hugh McDonald and Joy Kirr:
Inquiry and Innovation by AJ Julliani: http://ajjuliani.com/books/inquiry-innovation-classroom/
Pure Genius by Don Wettrick: http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Genius-Building-Culture-Innovation/dp/0988217627/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1409680340&sr=8-2&keywords=Don+Wettrick