Genius Hour refers to open-ended student-driven projects during a set aside time. Students decide their topic and how they will exhibit their learning. During the research phase students often connect with mentors within the school or in the community. (Genius Hour is also called Passion Projects or 20% time.)
To get started, check out one or more of:
- This article describing Genius Hour from the Association of Middle Level Educators (AMLE)
- This short video from geniushour.com that is a great introduction for educators
- #GeniusHour on Twitter
Many schools in Vermont are doing some version of Genius Hour. One of the most well documented versions was developed by Crossett Brook Middle School (CBMS) in Duxbury and goes by the name Brainado.
- See how CBMS launched Brainado.
- And the benefits of the school-wide implementation model.
- And how CBMS and other schools are using Genius Hour in Personalized Learning Plans.
What are the results?
Here are three examples of student projects.
- One student interned with a local mechanic.
- Another student partnered with a friend to paint a mural.
- A group of students persisted through failure to build a car.
Want to hear more from students?
Check out the video below to hear responses to the question, “How has Brainado changed the way you think about school?”
If you are interested in research that supports Genius Hour, please see this blog post by A.J. Juliani.