What email address or phone number would you like to use to sign in to Docs.com?
If you already have an account that you use with Office or other Microsoft services, enter it here.
Or sign in with:
Signing in allows you to download and like content, and it provides the authors analytical data about your interactions with their content.
Embed code for: Getting Started with Genius Hour
Select a size
If you’re a teacher getting started with Genius Hour, here are some suggestions to consider:
ASCD / www.ASCD.org 21 Hour presentation (a short, creative slideshow talk). Students can also share their journey in real time through reflective blogging or by posting about their process on social media. By showing their work, students articulate what they’re learning while also teaching classmates a new idea, skill, or process. In the case of the mural project, the students created a digital launch, in which they wrote about the process on their blog and shared pictures of what they had created. Looking back on it, I wish we had created a ceremony for the project along with a press release. However, their fin- ished work became a permanent fixture on campus—one that nobody ever vandalized with graffiti. And it sparked a series of murals in the years that followed. Take the Risk Genius Hour projects are not guaranteed to go smoothly. In fact, they’re almost guaranteed to have rough patches. There will be moments of frustration and confusion. Some students will lose motivation and give up too easily. But in the midst of the imperfection, something powerful happens. When students own the learning process, they grow into the reflective, insightful, creative, lifelong learners we believe they can be. EL John Spencer (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an author, a presenter, and a professor at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. He is coauthor, with A. J. Juliani, of Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student (Dave Burgess Consulting, 2016). Follow him on Twitter @spencerideas. Getting Started with Genius Hour If you’re a teacher getting started with Genius Hour, here are some suggestions to consider: n Start early. Instead of going for a gradual-release approach to student choice, begin your school year with a Genius Hour project. This sends the message that you trust students and respect their agency as learners. n Align the Genius Hour project to standards. The Common Core standards for English language arts, for example, tie in nicely to inquiry, research, writing, collaborative work, and pre- senting to an audience. n Communicate with stakeholders about students’ projects. Genius Hour can feel like “free time” to adminis- trators, parents, or fellow teachers who have never experi- enced it. n Collaborate with colleagues. Find like-minded teachers in your school who are willing to take the creative risk. n Choose a structure for Genius Hour (such as the design thinking, project-based learning, or inquiry-based learning frameworks) so that Genius Hour doesn’t become simply “free time.” n Think strategically about time. Conduct a time audit and figure out where you can fit Genius Hour into your curriculum. Do you want to spend one day a week on Genius Hour? Do you want to run the project as a two- to three-week unit? I’ve found that the first and last week in a semester are a great chance to launch smaller Genius Hour projects. You can then extend this as an optional at-home extension. If you’re an administrator implementing Genius Hour schoolwide, consider the following: n Encourage your teachers to take creative risks. Remind them that Genius Hour will not work perfectly the first time, and that’s OK. Each iteration is another step closer to success. n Demonstrate how Genius Hour fits into the standards. n Give your teachers their own Genius Hour. Carve out time in your professional development for teachers to learn about the process by experiencing it themselves. n Provide professional development on student choice, agency, and Genius Hour. If the ideas of design thinking or project-based learning are new to your staff, invest in faculty workshops or book studies on these frameworks. n Work collaboratively as a staff to develop proactive solu- tions for potential issues around classroom management so that students can thrive in a choice-based environment. © SUSIE FITZHUGH Spencer.indd 21 1/25/17 7:32 PM