Genius Hour

(At Home)

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The 6 Ps of Genius Hour

Passion: What do you want to learn about? What do you think is interesting? What can you get excited about?

Plan: Who will be your outside expert? What materials will you need to complete the project? What will you need to do each day to reach your goals?

Pitch: How will you share your idea with the class? How will you get us on board?

Project: It’s time to dive in! What do you need to do today to move forward with your project? What are you creating, making, or designing?

Product: What did you create? What can you show us to demonstrate your learning?

Presentation: How do you plan to share your learning? Can you share your idea or project with others? What tools will you use to make your presentation engaging for the audience?

It's also important to share what you are learning while you work on your project at home. Please use the slides below as way to document your learning throughout the Genius Hour Process.

Step # 1: Passion

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So, what do you want to learn? What is something that you've always wondered, wanted to learn more about, or even change? Now, you have the time to make this happen. Learning happens EVERYWHERE! You don't have to be in a classroom or even at home. Think of a problem that you'd like to solve, a model you'd like to build, or a video game that you'd like to design. The possibilities are endless.

Before you go any further, take some steps to find your interests and passions. You can use one, two, or all of the tools below.

Visit and click on Skills. Browse through the skills to see if anything seems like something you'd like to know more about or explore further.

Visit Thrively and take the Strengths Assessment. You can join as a student or have your parents create an account for you. This assessment will tell you a lot about yourself including your interests.

I love the Passion Bracket. It was created by AJ Juliani. Fill it out to figure out what you love and what bothers you. Then think about what you could create, make, or do to use what you love to change what bothers you.

Take some time to stop and document your learning on the Genius Hour slides.

Step #2: Plan


Don't jump into your project without coming up with a plan. Think through how you will make this happen BEFORE you start so that you are able to move forward without a ton of obstacles in your way.

What materials will you need?

Think about what you will need in order to work on your project. What materials do you have at home? If you don't have the materials at home, can you make substitutions? Be creative!

How long will your project take?

Will your project take a week, two weeks, 3 months? How long do you think it will realistically take you make, create, or do whatever it is that you've set out to do?

Who will your outside expert be?

Consider who might be able to help on on this journey. Do you have someone in your family, neighborhood, or community that could meet virtually or talk on the phone to help you with your project?

Always make sure you have your parent's or guardian's permission before talking with outside experts.

Take some time to stop and document your learning on the Genius Hour slides.

Step #3: Pitch


Pitching your project is important. This is a way to get others on board so that they are able to support and encourage you as you work on your project. Who will be your audience as you pitch your idea? Does your class have a Genius Hour Grid on Flipgrid? Can you share your project idea with your family? Can you connect virtually (think Facetime) with a few friends that might listen to your idea and give feedback? Your pitch should only be about 2-3 minutes. When you pitch your idea, it's important to share three things...

What do you KNOW?

What do you already know about your topic or idea?

What do you WANT to know?

What do you want to know after your project is completed?

HOW will you find out?

What resources will you use to learn and complete your project? Will you connect with anyone, use online resources, and/or other resources as you work on the project?

Take some time to stop and document your learning on the Genius Hour slides.

Step #4: Project


Now, it's time to get after it. Make sure that you have all of your materials and begin to work on your project. Remember, this is YOUR project. You will make mistakes and there will be times that things don't go as planned. That's okay. Focus on your goal and what you hoped to do when you started the project. Be flexible and willing to change things that aren't working. What do you need to do to get started? What will you learn along the way?

Daily Reflection

It's important to reflect on what you've learned every time that you work on your project. Scan the QR code or click the link to receive a reflection question. You can reflect on Flipgrid if your teacher has asked you to do so or just share your thoughts with a parent or friend. If you don't have anyone to share your thoughts with, you can always write them down.

Source: Tony Vincent (Learning in Hand)

You will need several slides for this part of the project. Duplicate the blue slide titled Project by right clicking and choosing Duplicate Slide as many times as you need to. You will need a Project Slide for each day that you work on your project. You may have 15 blue slides or maybe more. Just make sure that you document your reflection every day that you work on your project.

Take some time to stop and document your learning on the Genius Hour slides.

Step #5: Product


The product is what you created, made, or designed as part of your project. This might be a website, a video game, a structure, or a change that you created in your home or community. There are more ideas below as well. Regardless of what your product is, you should be proud as it represents the hard work that you put into your project and the learning that happened along the way. Share your product with friends, family, and anyone that might be interested in the work that you have done.

Source: Unknown

Take some time to stop and document your learning on the Genius Hour slides.

Step #6: Presentation


You did it! You've done all the work and now it's time to show off what you've learned. Your presentation will be similar to your pitch as you will have 2-3 minutes to share three things. This time, you will share your LAQ. Remember, you can share with your family, friends, or on Flipgrid if your classroom has one that you are using.

What did you LEARN?

As you worked on your project, what are some things that you learned? What connections did you make? How can you use that learning. moving forward?

What ACTION did you take?

What did you do? Did you create a model, create change, design a prototype?

What QUESTIONS do still have?

What do you still wonder? What would you still like to know?

Take some time to stop and document your learning on the Genius Hour slides.

Congratulations! You just completed your first Genius Hour project. I'm so proud of you! Feel free to start again. I hope that you had so much fun and learned a lot along the way. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job!