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My Top 5 Reasons to do Genius Hour with Your Class!

5.  Personalizing education is so important.  Not all learners are the same, so why should their education be the same?  Genius Hour allows students to choose their own projects, personalizing their own learning.

4.  Kids need time to be creative!  Check out Sir Ken Robinson’s TedTalk below.

3.  Passionate people are successful people.  Students need time to find their passions.  I am amazed by how many of my students struggle to communicate what their passions really are.  They need time to explore their wonders (and often need some guidance with this too) so that they can figure out what they love to do.

2.  Inquiry based learning.  During Genius Hour students form inquiry questions to investigate.  Being able to ask questions is a key competency that we need to develop in students.
1.  Teaches resilience.  Students will fail during Genius Hour.  And they will problem solve and figure out another way to look at the problem.  We need to reinforce this learning strategy and Genius Hour is the perfect time for this.BONUS:
***Genius Hour is FUN.  In a survey I did with my class last year, most students listed Genius Hour as one of the top things we did that year!***Did I miss anything?  What would you add to this list?(This was cross blogged from my blog, gallitzvi.com)
 
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Posted by on September 14, 2013 in Elementary, Genius Hour, Secondary

 

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Genius Hour is Personalized Learning

I am reposting this to the newly formed collaborative site geniushour.ca. It outlines the important role Genius Hour has in creating personalized learning opportunities for students.

Today is a Great Day for Learning

I feel the importance of personalizing learning for students should be at the forefront of any discussion relating to education and Genius Hour does that. We want to find ways to engage students as learners and creators of inquiry driven content. Students want to feel connected to the learning that is happening in their classroom and the standardization of learning across North America does not do that.  Students in many classrooms around North America are motivated by letter grades and percentages and NOT LEARNING! Students in our classrooms are like adults in the real world.  If you do not engage them in their learning then they will not know how to learn and not want to learn. How else can you explain large chunks of the population dropping out from school?

Please check out this journal article published in Educational Leadership. “Special Report: Why Students Drop Out” by Amy Azzam…

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Posted by on September 3, 2013 in Genius Hour

 

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