Author: Chris Kesler
I am an 8th grade science teacher that is passionate about Genius Hour in the classroom. I blog about genius hour, ed tech, and ways to make learning more engaging and fun.

Genius Hour Blog – Genius Hour Ideas

On Friday my classes made their genius hour topic selections.  At the beginning of the class I told them that I was changing the name of our time together from “Passion Projects” to “Genius Hour”.  They seemed to appreciate the

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Genius Hour Blog – Genius Hour Introductions

I introduced the idea of a genius hour project to my three 6th grade honors science classes on Thursday. Overall, I think that it was very well received by the students. I’m trying to focus all of my energy on

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Genius Hour Blog – Twas the Night Before Genius Hour

I am going to be introducing genius hour to my students tomorrow.  I’m terrified, excited, and liberated all at the same time.  I’ve been researching doing a genius hour for the last few weeks and finally decided that this is

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Genius Hour Project Introductions

How to Introduce Genius Hour Projects The introduction of genius hour projects to your students needs to be amazing!  This is likely the first time that your students have ever been told that they can work on anything they want

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Genius Hour Blog – We're Learning to Research

Genius Hour Research Week #1 This week for genius hour the students are starting to research their ideas. It couldn’t have come at a better time because this week our department received a cart of 30 Chromebooks. The students were

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Approching Your Administration about Genius Hour

Propose Your Genius Hour Idea Once you have decided to move forward with a genius hour project, you’re going to need to get approval from your administration. Don’t assume that your proposal for geniwithout asking that your administration would never

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Making Time for Genius Hour in the Classroom

Planning a Genius Hour One thing that you probably thought about when you first heard of genius hour is that you don’t have time to do something like that in your classroom. I’m here to tell you that simply isn’t

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Genius Hour Presentation from #edcampwaller

I presented a session on genius hour at #edcampwaller on 4/27/13.  The presentation is a step by step process of how to implement genius hour into your classes.  The presentation hits the highlights of all my genius hour blog posts

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Genius Hour Blog – Controlled Chaos Has Arrived

We took our last state test yesterday.   Today my classes moved beyond standardization and back into the the autonomous realm of genius hour. It’s good to be back. Each student in my classroom is at a different stage of

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Genius Hour Video Interview #1 – Paul Solarz

Genius Hour Video Interview #1 – Paul Solarz This evening I had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Solarz about Genius Hour (aka Passion Projects) in his classroom.  This is the first interview in a series of interviews that I have

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