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Genius Hour Podcast Interview with Suzanna Panter and Chris Kesler

This interview was taped for the Let’s Get Busy podcast. It features, Suzanna Panter and myself discussing genius hour. We go into great detail on what genius hour looks like in our classrooms/libraries. It’s definitely worth listening to if you

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Genius Hour Video Interview #3 – Joy Kirr

I had the privilege of interviewing Joy Kirr this evening about genius hour and how she facilitates it in her classroom. Joy is a 7th grade ELA teacher and has implemented genius hour projects with all of her classes. You

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Genius Hour Video Interview #2 – Denise Krebs

Genius Hour Video Interview #2 – Denise Krebs This afternoon I was able to interview genius hour superstar, Denise Krebs. Denise has been doing genius hour in her classroom for several years and has been able to implement it in

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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 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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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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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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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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