Genius Hour: Igniting classroom passions

geniushourGenius Hour is all about giving kids the opportunity to learn and create by following their passions.

Students work independently, or in groups of 2 or 3 focusing on projects they are passionate about. There are four stages to Genius Hour. First students come up with a question, a problem that needs solving – and that doesn’t mean something they can just Google the answer for. Then they research an answer and produce their findings in a way that best suits their learning style. Finally they share their project. Thus Genius Hour is all about creativity in a flexible environment. Students can work alone or, ideally, in a small group.

What a great way to get kids thinking and making stuff. And the open-ended nature of Genius Hour means every child can be involved and feel they’ve achieved something. Love it.

Students can also submit their projects to the Genius Hour Fair. Submissions are open until the 30th of September.

[By the way, Einstein never actually said the quote they use, he never mentioned intelligence. The real Einstein quote is even better: “I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”]

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