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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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This Little Light Of Mine, I’m Gonna Let It Shine

When I first started teaching in 1994, I was filled with hope, joy and creativity. My classroom was bouncing with things to do. For a whole month we shoved desks out of our way and interacted with our room as

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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 Teacher Resources

Genius Hour Links Genius Hour Wiki  – great resource for all things genius hour Genius Hour LiveBinders – lists of all things genius hour Global Genius Hour Project – a project dedicated to sharing genius hour projects to students and teachers around

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Setting Expectations During Genius Hour

Genius Hour Student Expectations Before you set sail for genius hour you should have very clear expectations about what each student should be doing. In a genius hour class there may be 30 students all working on their own projects,

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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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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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