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The Genius Hour - PD Session.pptx

  1. The Genius Hour A New Approach to Learning for Fort Wayne
  2. What is the Genius Hour?
  3. Common Definition What the Genius Hour is… - Student Centered - Bolsters Creativity - Relies on Student Voice and Choice - Individualized - Engaging - Passion Projects - A focus on Output to prove learning - Based on Questioning / Inquiry The Genius Hour is an approach to learning where students are guided by their own interests, background knowledge, and curiosity to learn. Taken from TeachThought
  4. Tell me more… First, your students choose a topic that they are interested in learning about. Second, they turn that interest into a question to answer. Third, they research the question. Fourth, they create an artifact to show their learning. Finally, they present their learning! What is my role as the classroom educator? You are the facilitator of learning! You guide students to resources and help. Help synthesize their ideas. Most importantly, you ask questions!
  5. How is the Genius Hour Different? Project Based Learning (PBL) Students work on a project over an extended period of time – from a week up to a semester – that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating a public product or presentation for a real audience. Generally, students are given the problem to solve by the instructor. Students have a defined output 20% Time It's that you, or a team, or a company--anyone, really--should divide your time working, so that at least 20 percent is spent exploring or working on projects that show no promise of paying immediate dividends but that might reveal big opportunities down the road. Genius Hour has more structure in terms of timing and need to have an artifact to prove their learning. Taken from PBL Works Taken from
  6. So… How does it work?
  7. How do I prepare my learners? And… is it hard? Learners need to know how to ask questions. They need to visualize solutions. They need to ignite their passions.
  8. The importance of Inquiry and Questioning as well as creativity! We need to teach: - Open versus Closed Questions - Thick versus Thin Questions - Where can I find answers? - What good research looks like? We need to encourage: - Passion - Creativity - Collaboration - Dreaming
  9. Organizing It Thinking Maps - Show your thoughts - Show and Grow your vision - What do I really like or enjoy? - What can I bring to life? We need to think through our passion project
  10. What’s our Endgame?
  11. Create Make something, show something, or teach something Physical Creations - Artwork/Sketches/Visuals Written Creations - Essays/Poems/Songs/Stories Presented Creations - Videos/ Drama/ PowerPoint/ TEDtalk
  12. The why…
  13. What are our goals? Why do this? Timelines 4th/5th/6th Grade Quarterly 2nd/3rd Semesterly Soft Skills to Learn - Questioning - Presenting - Researching
  14. Give me an example…
  15. Start with a question. What does a city need to run? The My City Project A Real Life SimCity What do citizens need? What do citizens want? How do citizens get around?
  16. Creation - Connection to Geometry
  17. Where does this fit?
  18. Ideas for when to fit this in Remember, you can personalize and talk to your QIT Team ELA Block - Use as a Station (Meets Research and Reading Standards) Math Block - A Station (Integration with Math Standards) Content Areas Related Arts
  19. Questions?
  20. Helpful Links 5th/6th Grade Blueprint 4th Grade Blueprint 2nd/3rd Grade Blueprint Sample Timeline Genius Hour FAQ FWEA Genius Hour Wiki - Resource Guide Facilitator Notes/Guide
  21. References A.J. Juliani. (n.d.). Retrieved February 16, 2023, from Guide, G. H., & Krebs, D. (2015, October 27). The genius hour guidebook - a resource site. The Genius Hour Guidebook - A Resource Site. Retrieved February 16, 2023, from Ideas for genius hour. – Mrs. Amy Fine – Goshen Middle School. (n.d.). Retrieved February 16, 2023, from JULIANI, A. J. (2015). Inquiry and innovation in the classroom: Using 20% time, genius hour, and Pbl to drive student succ. ROUTLEDGE. Murphy, B. (2020, November 21). Google says it still uses the '20-percent rule,' and you should totally ... Retrieved February 17, 2023, from Staff, T. T. (2023, February 10). What is genius hour? an overview for the classroom. TeachThought. Retrieved February 16, 2023, from hour/#:~:text=Genius%20Hour%20is%20an%20approach,less%20standardized%20than%20traditional%20learning. Staff, T. T. (2023, February 10). What is genius hour? an overview for the classroom. TeachThought. Retrieved February 16, 2023, from hour/#:~:text=Genius%20Hour%20is%20an%20approach,less%20standardized%20than%20traditional%20learning.

Hinweis der Redaktion

  1. Please make sure that educators sit in their grade level or departmental teams. This is essential for collaboration to occur. For any related arts staff or specialists, please have them placed inside of the various teams. If first and/or kindergarten teams are present, please have them work alongside of the third and second grade teams. Similarly, if seventh and eighth grade teams are present, have them work in their own grade level teams and provide them sixth grade resources.
  2. Please make sure that you have a good sound system so that all can hear and see.
  3. Have educators define the genius hour before presenting the common definition. Ask educators their thoughts on the definition. As groups to make the definition more kids friendly.
  4. Have teams collaborate on ways to make this the most kid friendly possible.
  5. Remind educators that the Genius Hour is not better or worse than the other options, but rather is another option. 20% time might be the least practical based on constraints. PBL is likely the one we are most familiar with, and may be the most comfortable of the options. Remind educators that stepping outside of their comfort zone leads to growth.
  6. Reinforce the importance of questioning.
  7. Questioning needs to be reiterated repeatedly.
  8. Collaboration time.
  9. Make sure that all of the blueprints, FAQ, and timelines are available in print at each table for educators to use and peruse.