Genius Hour Resources

photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc

photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc

Genius Hour is a time given during the school day to allow students to follow their passions and learn about topics that interest them.  My gifted 5th graders participate in this project, and present their learning when they are ready.  This page is devoted to sharing some of the resources I’ve collected over the past two years with anyone else who is interested in starting a classroom Genius Hour.

*As of 1/2/14, you can now download all of my current Genius Hour resources in a bundle on Teachers Pay Teachers for $5.  Or, you can still download them separately (for free) by clicking on the links below.

My posts on Genius Hour so far (in chronological order from earliest to most recent):

The Twenty Percent Project

100 Minutes of Genius

Genius Hour Update, Part I

Genius Hour Update, Part II

Genius Hour Update, Part III

Genius Hour 2013, Part I

Genius Hour 2013, Part II

Next Year Will Be Even Better

Blast off to Genius Hour!

Genius Hour – Don’t Forget to Reflect!

Genius Hour – Show What You Know!

Some Genius Tweaks to Our Genius Hour

Resources You May Want to Download:

Suggested Genius Hour Mission Sequence

Genius Hour Mission Log

Genius Hour Mission Planner

Genius Hour Challenge Cards (Levels 3-5, including QR codes)

Genius Hour Challenge Cards (Levels 1&2, including QR codes)

Genius Hour Villains Poster (This poster is for free.  For a $2 packet of 6 (Not) Wanted posters of Genius Hour Villains, visit my TPT store!)

Genius Hour Bookmarks (with QR codes leading to sites for ideas for projects) – updated on 1/1/14 due to problems with previous set!

Genius Hour Flyer (with Aurasma link to the Trailer)

Genius Hour Trailer (video to get students excited)

What Are My S.K.I.L.L.Z.?(for students to volunteer their expertise)

Genius Hour Planning Sheet (traditional – see Genius Hour Mission Planner above for new version)

Genius Hour Reflection (traditional – see Genius Hour Mission Log above for new version)

Websites Your Students May Want to Use for Finding Projects:

Academy of Achievement: Academy Careers

Academy of Achievement: My Role Model

DIY

Make!

Wonderopolis

The Tinkering Studio

Other Blogs/Resources:

Daniel Pink, “The Genius Hour:  How 60 minutes a week can electrify your job”

Dare to Care (search for “Genius Hour”, and you will find many posts)

Designing 20% Time in Education*

Embrace Change in the New Year with Genius Hour*

Genius Hour Manifesto

Genius Hour Wiki

How Google’s 20% Time Fosters Innovation

Introducing Genius Hour *

Joy’s LiveBinder

Inquiry Cycle

Mike Stein’s LiveBinder

Passion Project Examples from Paul Solarz

Wonder Project

*good for “newbies” to Genius Hour

 

10 thoughts on “Genius Hour Resources

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  2. WOW! Amazing resources. I’m just about to try out Genius hour here in Ireland with a class of 11 – 12 year olds and have been researching how it works in other classrooms. This page is really helpful and the videos you have included are very inspirational. Thank you for sharing so much
    Máire

  3. Hi Terri,

    I would like to contact you about presenting for the Reform Symposium online conference from Oct. 11th to 13th. We invite over 75000 teachers in 188 countries to attend for free. We personally invite each presenter. I ran into your blog a month ago and love your work. You can email me at ShellyTerrell at gmail, Twitter: @ShellTerrell, or Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, or Gplus.to/ShellyTerrell

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  6. There is such a treasure chest of ideas here. Thank you for sharing.

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