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Genius Hour/Passion Projects

What is Genius Hour? - Introduction to Genius Hour in the Classroom
Genius Hour is a time set aside during the school day for students to have choice about what they learn. Students own this learning and they are driven by what interests them. The time set aside is for them to explore, research, create, and share what they have learned.


The biggest question is, "Where do I fit this in?" Schedules are already jammed with curriculum so, even though many would love to add a Genius hour, it's hard to find the time. Here are some options:


1. Genius Hour doesn't have to be complicated. Have the kids spend the first 40 minutes researching a topic of their choice and then be the expert for 1-2 minutes each to share what they learned. No rubrics, no grading. Just excited students. This could happen once a week or once a month. It's up to you.


2. Want to add a bit more to it? Genius Hour can be once a week for a month or a marking period. Students can choose topics they are passionate about, come up with essential questions, research, create, and share. It's your choice if you want to grade it.


3. Got some time as the year comes to a close? Have students participate in genius hour every day for the last couple of weeks of school. This is a great way to end the year on a high note.


4. Do a "Genius Day" (or half day) instead of an hour.