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Getting Started with Genius Hour – A Free Webinar

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Want to start Genius Hour in your classroom but not sure where and how to begin? Already started Genius Hour and need a bit more guidance? I hosted this 25 minute webinar to jumpstart Genius Hour in your classroom. Watch

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FREE Course: The Complete Guide to Genius Hour and 20% Time in the Classroom

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It’s been almost a full three years since I told my students they would have 20% of their class time to work on whatever project they were inspired to create. Since then I’ve learned so much from my students and

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Genius Hour Projects: Start with a Feasibility Study

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One of the most common questions I get with a Genius Hour/ 20% Time project is: “Where do you start? While I could go into brainstorming ideas, collecting and connecting methods, or even proposal guidelines, I want to start off

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A Constructivist Take On Genius Hour Using Wonder Wall

By: Kimberly Hurd Horst My first graders and I are so excited to introduce you to our Genius Hour that we call Wonder Wall Wednesdays. How did wonder Wall Wednesday get its name? At the beginning of the school year

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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 Blog – Let’s Not Lose Momentum

This week was our 4th week of genius hour.  Most of the students are still excited about their projects, but some of them are running into some roadblocks. The major roadblock that we had this week was that the wi-fi

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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 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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