GENIUS HOUR

What is Genius Hour?
Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom.  It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school.  It’s not easy to determine where the idea was originally created, but there are at least two events that have impacted genius hour. (Kesler, geniushour.com) 

When is Genius Hour? 
Genius Hour will take place in all my language arts classes on Fridays. Students will be given one hour to work on their "passion". Students will first decide on that project and "pitch" their project idea to the class (aka Shark Tank). They will spend several weeks researching the project before creating a project/product that they will share with the class, the school, the community, and the world. It is not graded because learning, inspiration, and innovation are the outcome. It also fits in neatly with Common Core standards. 

Click below for a copy of the parent/student letter, which includes details and dates: 
Genius Hour Letter to Parents and Students.docx

Click below for the "Pitch Planning" Sheet. This will need to be completed before starting the project. 
3-ThePitchForPreparationDocument.docx


GENIUS HOUR TOPICS
First things first, choose a topic that interests you (sports, hobbies, crafts, cooking, nature, science, history, etc.). Or, choose a topic or issue that directly affects you or someone in a positive way (recycling, conservation efforts, clean beaches, pet adoption, etc.). Or, think about a topic or issue that affects you or someone in a negative way (illness, lack of parks, disease, etc.). 

Secondly, explore some sites that will help you come up with some topics: 

  1. Instructables - http://www.instructables.com/ 
  2. National Geographic Magazine - hardcopies or http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/. For kids - http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
  3. Newsela - https://www.newsela.com/
  4. DOGO News - http://www.dogonews.com/
  5. Science News For Students - https://student.societyforscience.org/sciencenews-students
  6. Scholatic News http://magazines.scholastic.com/
  7. Time for Kids http://www.timeforkids.com/news
  8. This Blendspace Creation by Amy Clancy - http://linkis.com/blnds.co/gh4KO
  9.  Genius Hour Ideas 
  10.  Student Idea Starters

GENIUS HOUR PRESENTATION IDEAS
Genius Hour Presentation Examples
Presentation - Cliques
6th Grade Presentations
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