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Genius Hour - Self Guided Student Inquiry

In fall of 2015 I attended a Google seminar and the keynote speaker presented the idea of “Genius Hour” so I set off on a search to learn more. Genius Hour is a way to promote inquiry based learning in your classroom. Students are allowed to develop their own inquiry based question and dive deeper into what they want to explore. Students may be given three 1-hour sessions to research their idea with the final project consisting of a presentation to inform class peers and the teacher.
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Genius Hour - Self Guided Student Inquiry
  • John Cork says:
    Give your students the quality, self-determined learning time they deserve with "Genius Hour". Be sure and check out this collaborative Wiki that contains a wealth of "Genius Hour" information. The Wiki is made-up of numerous, informative contributions from teachers who utilize Genius Hour in their own teaching practice. You’ll find links and resources as well as a monthly teacher chat, book study and other resources to help get you started with Genius Hour.
  • John Cork says:
    If you’re interested in finding out more in regards to "Genius Hour" I highly recommend this teacher created blog as your first step. Here you’ll find the concept of Genius Hour explained in detail along with step-by-step guides, videos and project ideas. One of my favorite suggestions contained on the website is to visit #geniushour on Twitter! Additionally, be sure and read the comments section which contains an interesting educator driven dialogue.
  • John Cork says:
    Find out why Genius Hour is considered, “Passion Based Learning” with this short but sweet video. This 3-minute video features several student’s explaining their take on Genius Hour. I appreciated how the students are excited and passionate about the topic they are reporting on! Additionally, the clip puts forth solid examples of different types of Genius Hour projects that students find motivating.
  • John Cork says:
    The 8-chapter Genius Hour Guidebook is available for $29.95 and would be a nice addition to your personal or school library. The book “takes you step-by-step through planning and teaching Genius” and guides you with developing inquiry based questions, conducting research, creating presentations and a final assessment. The Appendix includes a FAQ, lesson plans and resources and a reading list.
  • John Cork says:
    The beauty of Genius Hour - Students invent, create and design on their own accord! It’s amazing what artifacts students are capable of producing when the task at hand is something they’re passionate about. This blog post features an online meetup of teachers discussing “Genius Hour”. Here you’ll find an almost endless amount of resources to get you started. You can even listen to the recording of the live chat from an online seminar!
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