What is Genius Hour?
Genius hour is an approach to learning that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school. Essentially, Genius Hour is enrichment for every student!
At Matheson Park Elementary, Genius Hour takes place daily from 2:35 to 3:35. Students participate in classes and activities such as cooking, sports, S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), crafting and "maker space", Reader's Theatre, Origami, Photography and gardening.
What does Genius Hour in Education look like?
Genius Hour is a student-centered, inquiry-based learning time. Teachers guide students to select something they want to learn more about or do. Students often generate and answer questions about a topic or something in their world they want to learn about. The teacher then guides the students through researching and developing their learning project. Many times, students collaborate with others and, of course, get creative or messy! Finally, students present their projects. The ultimate goal of genius hour is to create lifelong learners.
Where did Genius Hour come from?
Here's the origin story. Genius Hour came from a business practice Google uses. They allow their employees to use 20% of their time working creatively on "passion projects" that benefit the company.