The Genius Project is a semester long culminating task for the Ontario course Exploring Family Studies (HIF 1/2O0). It was inspired by the idea of Genius Hour and provides students with the opportunity to explore something they are interested in and passionate about. The project is rooted in the research and inquiry strand of the curriculum expectations and the project is aligned with Growing Success. Students blog about their progress to keep track of their learning (using provided prompts). The teacher should conference with students prior to mid-term to check in with their research plans and provide feedback. The students showcase their Genius Projects at the end of the semester and make connections between their learning and course content.
The provided Google Document can easily be developed into an interactive notebook. All worksheets have areas for students to type their responses. You can easily add extra reflection handouts with question prompts to the file. If you use Google Classroom, just post the assignment document as an assignment and make a copy for each student. You can easily add extra reflection handouts with question prompts to the file.
Have students take a basic idea (maybe one of the suggestions) and tailor it to their own interests. Examples from my classroom:
*A self-described “selfie-queen” explored Smartphone photography to improve her pictures
*A student from a family on a tight budget was interested in cake decorating but was worried about the cost. Instead, she explored cake decorating hacks on a budget...and was very successful.
While this project was designed for HIF 1/2O0, it can be adapted for a variety of other courses.
Google documents/Slides of:
* The assignment package (Curriculum based learning goals, success criteria, and task requirements; the assignment overview; worksheets for generating ideas, making a decision, reflection post prompts, project planning, expectation met/not met checklist for conference, showcase prompts, and single column rubric for showcase evaluation; and rubrics using levels for conference and showcase)
*SMART Goal worksheet for adapting project goal to a SMART goal.
*Lesson plan for introducing the project to students