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Genius Hour Projects: Start with a Feasibility Study

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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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 genius hour without asking that your administration

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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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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 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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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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