Last week we began our Genius Hour Project. The project aims to increase your child’s self-motivation for learning by allowing them to choose a passion project. The project is based on Google’s 20% time model that allows employees to spend 20% of their time working on a passion project. The rationale behind this practice is grounded in the research around intrinsic motivation for learning and psychological well being. Students who have the autonomy to make choices in their learning, the opportunity to learn something deeply, and the opportunity to share with others are more intrinsically motivated, happy, and they even perform better in school.
How it Works
Students will develop a focus question that they would like to research. Then, each week during their enrichment rotations, students will have one hour to work on their passion project. The students will be responsible for finding a question to research, keeping research in a notebook or Google Docs, completing weekly reflection worksheets, creating a project that displays their learning, and presenting their new knowledge. Regardless of their topic, the above meets at least six Common Core standards in Language Arts.
The project’s timeline is below:
Students came to school with two possible research questions they would like investigate.
Student and teacher approved one of the driving questions.
Mar. 23rd - April 4th
April 5th - April 26th
Ted Talks given in class (4-5 min. speeches)
Genius Hour projects presented in class
Open House - students will have their tri-folds and projects out for the entire Sedgwick Community to enjoy!
The students are allowed to research and/or build anything they choose, but here are a few topics that students have investigated in the past:
Development of the Universe/Solar System
You can’t make the choices for your child, but you can help them generate ideas, assist them, or participate in learning alongside your child. If your child wants to learn how to sew or make a computer, they’re going to need your help. They will need to come prepared each week. Students that are not prepared will miss our Genius Hour work time in class.
We’re excited about Genius Hour! We look forward to seeing what our students are passionate about and capable of creating. Thanks in advance for your support and engagement!
If you would like more information about the project, please feel free to watch the video at the following link: www.geniushour.com
Or, refer to my website at http://msgoularte.weebly.com/genius-hour.html