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Get Your Einstein On: Genius Hour in Middle School

Genius Hour has many roots, but is based on a business practice used by Google with its employees. Google allows their developers to spend up to 20% of their work week to pursue projects of personal interest. The rationale is that happy, inspired, engaged employees are more motivated, innovative, and productive. The end goal is that students will pursue a project of personal interest. It can be on whatever topic they are passionate about but must adhere to the project requirements.
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Get Your Einstein On: Genius Hour in Middle School
  • Ella Bowling says:
    This resource is an abundance of great ideas! The links and documents it provides teachers will certainly prove itself as a go-to source for planning Genius Hour projects with any classroom.
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    Embrace Change in the New Year with Genius Hour

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    Ella Bowling says:
    This site is a great discussion of what are genius hour projects, how can a teacher get started with them in his or her classroom, and variations on implementation. I was drawn in immediately by the title as it makes a perfect transition when returning from long breaks or if you're looking to revamp teaching and learning in your classroom.
  • Ella Bowling says:
    This great blog comes from a language arts teacher that has taken the initiative to implement Genius Hour into her classroom. I love the approach she took to introducing this idea to students and the fact that she brought in a guest to work with students. So many times, students will respond extremely well to an outsider coming in to work with them.
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    Students Make a Difference Through Passion Projects

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    Ella Bowling says:
    The spin on the Genius Hour/Passion Projects to get students to think about how they can make a difference really impressed me. My students have embarked on several class-wide projects that focus on helping others but I never encouraged them to strike out on their own and this really inspired me to get them to think about how they, as a human can make a difference in their communities.
  • Ella Bowling says:
    The infographic on this page is awesome and really helps explain the process of drawing on student passion and interest to foster their engagement in genius hour/passion projects in the classroom. The 10 principles of genius hour outlined in this site are a great starting point for teachers thinking about these projects and how they can get them off the ground in their own classrooms.
  • Ella Bowling says:
    This was the first site I ever found and utilized immediately when starting to think about the process of Genius Hour in my classroom. Her GoogleDoc with the planning sheets for this were nothing short of amazing! This blog post also goes on to encourage readers to go the other posts to see how this process unfolded in her classroom.
  • Creative Classroom Tools: GENIUS HOUR

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    Ella Bowling says:
    If you're looking for what Common Core Standards apply to Genius Hour in the classroom, this blog post does a fantastic job spelling those out! In addition, the step by step explanation of how to incorporate this over an entire semester certainly makes planning easy!
  • Ella Bowling says:
    What an awesome introduction to the idea of genius hour in the classroom! It does a fantastic job laying out the expectations, providing simple instructions of how to get started. This could be used with teachers or students. It has great animation and the explanations are super easy to understand.