Getting Started with Genius Hour

Sunday, June 5, 2016
The idea of Genius Hour...amazing. Getting started with Genius Hour...a bit daunting.

Here is a sneak peek at how I got my students engaged in what would be an incredible learning experience with high engagement and a liiiittttllle bit of teacher exhaustion :) (Well worth it!)
Here is the lowdown of the steps we took. You can find the pack in my TpT shop HERE.
I started by showing students possible ideas for Genius Hour. There are A TON of ideas on Pinterest and Google. I also have a blog post you can check out HERE to show you 10 ideas we created in our classroom.

Then I had my students start with our Genius Hour Booklet. It begins by students expressing their interests and brainstorming what could potentially be their project.

Our next step was to narrow down our brainstorming by giving 3 solid ideas on what their project could be. They chose one of those ideas and created their Genius Hour Proposal to make sure it was a realistic classroom project.

Once the proposal was approved, students got to work researching and creating. Each day they would reflect on their learning.

After the project was complete, I had my students present their project to the class. They had to complete an end of project reflection that you can find HERE.

Finally, to wrap up Genius Hour, my students wrote a persuasive piece arguing why Genius Hour was or was not a good idea for the classroom.

Dive into Genius Hour! It is an incredible opportunity to explore their interests and almost tricking them into reading, writing, speaking and listening skills! Use this resource HERE in my TpT shop to get you started!


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