Genius Hour

Explore your passion!

What is Genius Hour?

Genius hour is a movement that allows students the chance 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. If Genius Hour is good for students, of course it would be good for teachers, too! So, staff Genius Hour is all about exploring your teaching passion and pursuing something you have not had time to research and develop.

What are the origins of Genius Hour?

The search-engine giant, Google, allows its engineers to spend 20% of their time to work on any pet project that they want. The idea is very simple. Allow people to work on something that interests them, and productivity will go up. Google’s policy has worked so well that it has been said that 50% of Google’s projects have been created during this creative time period. Ever heard of Gmail or Google News? These projects are creations by passionate developers that blossomed from their Genius Hour time.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What am I supposed to do during Genius Hour? During Genius Hour you research, read, create, and/or work on some aspect or interest you have related to what you teach.

What is the end product supposed to be? The end product will be something you can use in your teaching, but it will be different for every person because it's directly related to your interest and passion.

Can I work with someone else? You can work with someone else if your passions and purposes are the same.

What are we supposed to do with what we create? The goal of Genius Hour is to develop something you can use in your teaching. Once created, go ahead and use it!

Upcoming Genius Hour opportunity

At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, during one of the pre-school inservice days, you will have the first Genius Hour opportunity. On Wednesday, August 31, 2016:

7:30 - 10:45 ~ you will have 2 hours to explore ideas, resources, and opportunities related to your passion. It could be instructional strategies, engagement strategies, personalized learning strategies or even your PPG.

10:45 -11:45 ~ Collaborate and share your discoveries with your cohorts.

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Where can I get more information about Genius Hour?

You can get more information about Genius Hour by visiting If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to join the conversation below!