Genius Hour is becoming a staple in many classrooms around the world allowing students to take ownership of their learning.
Students work independently, or in groups of 2 or 3 focusing on projects they are passionate about.
There are four stages to Genius Hour.
Students need to be aware of what makes a good question. When students are developing their question I pose the phrase ‘Googleable vs Non-Googleable’. This is from NoTosh’s design thinking and takes into account the fact that we want students to create questions that can’t be answered by conducting a simple google search. We are looking to create questions that are ‘Non-Googleable’, therefore, require students to deepen their understanding of the topic through inquiry.
Examples of student questions:
How can we inform primary school children about Type 1 Diabetes?
How can we make a motorised boat?
How far can a golf ball travel?
How much would it cost to go on our dream holiday?
How can I teach kids about photography?
Students investigate, explore and develop an understanding of their Genius Hour question. They can use many resources that may include the internet, books, surveys, tests and experiments to gather information and data to develop their knowledge of their project.
Creativity and choice is an essential component of the modern learner. Students are required to produce their findings in a way that best suits their learning style and desired outcome. Students may use;
The choice is theirs. Embrace their decision and be amazed at the pride they display and the quality of work they produce.
Students present their projects to their teacher, class, world.