Student Driven, Passion Based Learning
The teachers of this Webinar define a genius as someone who is creative and productive and the Genius Hour is a way to encourage all students to strive for genius. The teacher's role is to help all students explore their creativity and then share their ideas with others. The Genius Hour model gives students ownership of their work and control over what they learn and how they learn it. Teachers using this model has noticed an increase in student motivation. Students are eager to pursue their genius hour passions at school and at home.
Many examples were provided of student produced videos, artwork, stories and performances. Teachers also noticed that their Genius Hour activities spilled over into other areas of the classroom. One educator noticed that her bulletin boards were taken over with student's Genius Hour projects. The class created the bulletin boards-not the teacher. Another teacher discussed how allowing students to lead the class during the Genius Hour helped her allow the students more control in other parts of the day. Students were given the choice of what type of chair they would like to sit in, whether they would like to listen to music as they worked, and other small choices that helped students feel more comfortable in their learning environment.