Passion Project

How Finding Your Passion Changes EVERYTHING!

Teacher Resource: Free Genius Hour Webinar


4 kids doing amazing things & sharing their learning with us

( ::. 30 min )

The purpose of The Passion Project is:

to empower YOU to connect with your best ideas

This sounds simple, right? It is! But it is also a lot of work. 
At Richmond, we want to empower you with the right and responsibility for having a voice in what you learn.  Take charge!

By allowing you time to  connect with your  best ideas, we want you to experience learning at its finest - encouraging risk-taking, embracing 'failures' and sharing in creative

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Inspired by Google...
Google preaches what is called the 80/20 philosophy. Google employees are asked to work for 80% of their time on the job they were hired to do, and in exchange, they are given 20% of their work time to do whatever it is they want to do. Much of this "Passion Time" has been used by Google employees to improve areas of the company that weren't being addressed. This has made the company better overall, and has made happier employees!

What is Genius Hour?

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Obvious to You, Amazing to Others

What is A Passion Project?  

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Learn something new; Research something your are curious about?

Do something that you have always wanted to do.
Maybe you have wanted to learn how to play a guitar, cook a meal, complete a family tree or even learn to make a movie. 

Interview people who can help you learn:  authors, publishers,

 athletes, artists, scientists...

Create something...   books, movies, podcasts, drawings, sketches, models and crafts
Don't forget to organize yourself.

There is absolutely no limit to what you want to learn as long as you are passionate about the subject area.

Through the completion of this project you will gain new skills, knowledge and understandings.

What Ares of Interaction will Your Project Address?
Area of Interaction:
Community and Service          Health & Social Education    Environments                                 Human Ingenuity

What 21st Century Learning Skills will you Focus on? (see the list below the timeline) Use the I Can Statements when you write your proposal.

You may use a  blog, an e journal, or weekly journal ( below) to communicate your progress with peers and your teachers. At the end of the session, you will share your new skills, knowledge and the journey of your learning process. 


Stay on track and stay organized. Make good use of your class time but plan to work outside of school as well.  (Tentative timeline check for changes) (pink= links to documents)  (required tasks)

Weeks 1-2: Getting Started  

  • Finding Your Passion: What are your passions? What makes you happy? What have you always wanted to do? Make a list

  • Do some preliminary research.

  • What Area of Interaction will you address:
    Community and Service          Health & Social Education   
    Environments                         Human Ingenuity

  • Begin to formulate your plan.

  • Start with a feasibility study ( can this REALLY happen?)

  • Document your journey: Begin completing PP process Journal (share google doc with guide or begin paper copy). Another option: create a blog or if you have another idea, discuss it with your guide.

  • Share your topic/project idea(s) on our class Goggle Doc

Week 3:   What do I want to learn and Why?

Work on your Proposal/ Turn in at this week
  • Submit your Passion Project Proposal  to your teacher guide. (hard copy and/ or share google doc) I Can Statements

  • At LEAST 4 key research/study questions.

  • Make sure you put some thought and research into what it is you want to do.

  • Talk to your parents to be sure it can happen. Parent signature on proposal.

Week 3- 4: Finding Out

  • What skills, resources, information will you need to complete your task?

  • Who will you need to talk to or interview? email?

  • What is the best way for you to learn the skill(s) or gain this knowledge?

  • Keep a record of what you do in your journal or blog                 

Week 5-7   

Doing Phase   

  • Undertaking, completing and if necessary refining your task.

  • This is the” doing” phase of the project                                         

  • Can you do it at school or do you need to set aside time at home?

  •  ( time to cook, build, learn and understand)

  • Continue making entries into your blog or journa: what's been going on? successes...failures....changes....

Week 8-9   Keep Going....  Make a Plan to Present

  • How will you share what you have done and what you learned?

  • What would be the best format?

  • Prepare your presentation. Tell us about your journey.

  • Note cards may help.

  • Present your project to a safe audience for practice.

Week 9-10


  • Present to your peers or appropriate audience.

  • Get feedback from your peers and teacher

  • Do your own self-assessment or reflection.

  • Another authentic audience?

21st Century Learning Skills 

The "I Can" statements help guide us in understanding and implementing the 21st century learning skills. What skills will you be working on?

I can:

  • Read with understanding
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of ways
  • Speak so others understand
  • Respond to feedback appropriately
  • Listen actively
  • Observe critically
  • Ask appropriate/stimulating questions
  • Use communication for many purposes

I can:
  • Work together in a team
  • Learn cooperatively with others
  • Value and respect the opinion and work of others
  • Solve conflict and compromise
  • Share responsibility and contribute equally in a group

I can:
  • Display originality and inventiveness in my work
  • Develop new ideas and communicate them to others
  • Be open to other’s ideas
  • Act on creative ideas
  • See failure as an opportunity to learn – I understand that it is a long-term process of small successes and frequent mistakes
  • Use a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming)
  • Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate my own ideas
  • Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives
  • Incorporate feedback from others into my work

Critical Thinking
I can:
  • Define a problem
  • Generate and test hypotheses and predictions
  • Summarize and take notes
  • Determine relationships between things (cause/effect)
  • Make decisions
  • Interpret information and draw conclusions
  • Reflect critically on learning experiences and processes
  • Identify and ask questions
  • Evaluate evidence, arguments, claims, and beliefs
  • Expand on previous knowledge

Genius Hour Recommended Reads
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom: Using 20% Time, Genius Hour, and PBL to Drive Student Success
Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level
The Passion-Driven Classroom: A Framework for Teaching & Learning
Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World
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Attached Below:

Black Holes: Presentation by Megan L

Roman vs. Greek Mythlogy Presenation by Immogene and Carly

The Effects from Some of the Worst Diasters in the U.S. by Emma and Morgan

The Benefits of Sports  by Nic. W.

Tasty Snacks and Their Benefits by Eddie N.


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