Genius Hour (SPRING)
Learn organization and time management skills applicable to any class
minimum 8, maximum 16
Class time: (Meets once/week)
(Wed-3) 12:05-1:25 SPRING SEMESTER
Pre-requisites for class:
Genius Hour begins with a simple premise: Give your students 80 minutes of class time to learn what they want. They choose the content while also mastering skills and hitting the academic standards. In Genius Hour, students own the entire journey.
They choose the topics based upon their own varied interests. It doesn’t have to be a traditionally academic area. They might like fashion or food or sports or Legos or Minecraft or deep sea creatures. Students ask the questions and engage in their own research to find the answers.
Along the way, they design their own plan of instruction. They decide on the resources and activities. Each student sets goals and engages in self-assessment. They work at their own pace and set their own deadlines. Students decide on the grouping. Some work alone. Others work in pairs or small groups. In the end, students figure out what they will make and how they will share their learning with the world.
A word of caution: It’s not a free-for-all.
Students will have systems and structures that empower them to reach their full potential. Even so, there will be mistakes. You’ll have to experiment. But in the end, students are empowered to be self-directed learners, engaging in creativity and critical thinking. In other words, they own the learning.
Class time will be used to develop ideas, questions, explore passions and create a plan for research and development. Once the initial framework for the course has been established, we will spend the majority of our time in research, exploration, collaboration and implementation of our ideas and hypotheses. Students may need to spend time outside of class working on incidentals or gathering a few materials, but this will be a very homework light class.
A project will be completed and presented at the end of the semester. Some materials may be purchased by parents depending on what each student or group decides to do. We will make sure parents are aware of any upcoming expenses. Parents may veto a project that is too expensive.
Required Books & Materials
Pens and Pencils
Access to the internet and other research resources. (Library for example)
Willingness to use your brain and a can-do attitude!
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ENROLLING IN THIS COURSE:
This is a one-semester course. Students in Study Skills (7-8)
for the fall semester will be given first priority to enroll in this class for the spring semester. We will open class enrollment in November.
If you are interested in enrolling in Genius Hour, make a note at the end of your student enrollment form. We'll keep you updated!