Genius Hour (passion project or 20% time)
Get your students excited about learning and problem solving by introducing Genius Hour. Genius Hour is one hour of your day or week designated for students to work on a project. In their project, they will be creating a product to solve a problem. Students can either come up with their own topic or be guided by giving a category. They will follow the 8 steps of Genius Hour. Genius Hour, not only supports 21st century learning, but can easily be linked to ELA standards for almost any grade. When you purchase this product, you are getting a teacher guide and a fillable student digital portfolio. See below for detail description of both.
In this product, you will find:
Teacher Guide (PDF and editable Power Point)
o Suggested instructional days to implement the genius hour
8 steps of genius hour
Ideas for early finished
Links to helpful technology websites
o Suggested grading ideas
Example of standards it will cover, for 6th grade, but can be easily adapt to other grades
o Student contract for genius hour
o For each step in completing the genius hour there are hyperlinks to inspirational and example videos.
o Copy and directions of each student page. Directions are to support with students creating their own digital portfolio. However, can easily be printed and/or shared in Google or Microsoft Classroom.
Student Digital Portfolio (PDF and editable Power Point)
o Pre-made slide show with 37 slides that can be shared with students via Microsoft or Google Classroom. Students will use these slides to document each of the 8 steps of Genius Hour (please note if technology is not available they can be printed).
8 steps of Genius Hour overview
Self-reflection piece for each step to help with metacognition skills
Fillable bracket to help narrow down to their final four topics
Incorporates free technology sites to enhance 21st century skills
Fillable topic proposal
Four fillable slides that, in order to complete, students need to research their topic, find the central idea, create their own text dependent question, and answer their own questions incorporation cites.
Students take pictures during the making step and write captions. They are asked to capture success and failures.
Example choices to authenticate their presentation for the Genius Hour
Final reflection of Genius Hour by having students create a poem using metacognition stems.