Genius Hour: Genius Hour

 
 
 
Genius Hour
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
Assessment & Data

Genius Hour

Genius Hour is an ongoing project in which my students identify and explore their scientific interests and passions. Developed every Friday for an entire semester during class, the project provides an opportunity for students to cultivate their research and critical thinking skills while engaging in a topic that is of interest to them. As part of the Genius Hour project, my students connect with "virtual partners" from outside our state in a collaborative effort to authenticate their projects even more. Genius Hour culminates in a demonstration of students' research findings in a format of the students' choosing. This year, I have included the use of Flipboard, an application that allows students to search for a variety of web-based resources and to curate these resources in a visually compelling and user-friendly way.

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Online Student Resource
 
 
The plan sheet is used at the beginning of our Genius Hour projects. It helps my students reflect on topics they are interested in and brainstorm how they will demonstrate their learning at the end of the project. Examples of completed plan sheets are included to help you visualize how my students use the plan sheet.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
I use Flipboard to help students find quick video/article/image resources that they can easily save to one location. I chose Flipboard because at first use it is a very appealing and accessible tool for students to use in the research process. It also has very readable material and exciting titles to hook students. The point of using Flipboard is to create interest in a topic through the use of video, images, and articles. It was my hope to hook students on their topic of choice and help them find key researchable articles to drive their project. I wanted students to feel like they were creating something of meaning. By creating their own magazine, they were able to compile artifacts that reflect their needs as learners while also adding a personalized touch to their learning.
Students In Action
 
 
Online Student Resource
 
 
The plan sheet is used at the beginning of our Genius Hour projects. It helps my students reflect on topics they are interested in and brainstorm how they will demonstrate their learning at the end of the project. Examples of completed plan sheets are included to help you visualize how my students use the plan sheet.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
I use Flipboard to help students find quick video/article/image resources that they can easily save to one location. I chose Flipboard because at first use it is a very appealing and accessible tool for students to use in the research process. It also has very readable material and exciting titles to hook students. The point of using Flipboard is to create interest in a topic through the use of video, images, and articles. It was my hope to hook students on their topic of choice and help them find key researchable articles to drive their project. I wanted students to feel like they were creating something of meaning. By creating their own magazine, they were able to compile artifacts that reflect their needs as learners while also adding a personalized touch to their learning.
Jessica Anderson
Powell County High School
Deer Lodge, MT


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Science
Grade:
Ninth grade
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