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#20Time Makes a Difference. I've been wanting to write this post for a while, but I wanted to wait until my students really had a chance to get their hands dirty with their projects.

#20Time Makes a Difference

I'm glad that I waited.As part of their 20 Time Projects, my students need to create a weekly blog post that updates everyone on their progress. They can really write about whatever they want, but it should focus on some aspect of their project. As I was reading these blog posts, I came across a student that "figured out" 20 Time all on their own. Here is a post from Connor M's Blog. Failure. 20% Time In My Classroom. I'm really excited to get started with my 20 Time set up in my classroom.

20% Time In My Classroom

I've talked to teachers in my department and many of them said they are going to find a way to use in their class for the second semester. I've used tons of great resources to make this happen and have tweaked things to make it fit my teaching style and my students. My students are Grade 10 Honors English. Here are some of the big bullet points for #GP20Time. Genius Hour Resources. Genius Hour is a time given during the school day to allow students to follow their passions and learn about topics that interest them.

Genius Hour Resources

My gifted 5th graders participate in this project, and present their learning when they are ready. This page is devoted to sharing some of the resources I’ve collected over the past two years with anyone else who is interested in starting a classroom Genius Hour. *As of 1/2/14, you can now download all of my current Genius Hour resources in a bundle on Teachers Pay Teachers for $5. Or, you can still download them separately (for free) by clicking on the links below. Professional Development / Genius Hour Resources. Genius Hour Project Introductions - Genius Hour. How to Introduce Genius Hour Projects The introduction of genius hour projects to your students needs to be amazing!

Genius Hour Project Introductions - Genius Hour

This is likely the first time that your students have ever been told that they can work on anything they want within the walls of the school. You don’t want to mess up this incredible moment. Add Suspense Like a good book or movie it is the teacher’s responsibility to build suspense before letting the cat out of the bag. On the day that you introduce genius hour projects show them an inspirational video before unveiling the project. The next thing that I do is show a pre-made Haiku Deck that explains the very simplistic rules of genius hour. Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app for iPad Prepare for Genius Hour Project Questions It’s only natural that students will be skeptical about what you are telling them. Can we work with partners? Let it Simmer Involve Parents in the Idea Process Chris Kesler (17 Posts) Genius Hour Ideas. On Friday my classes made their genius hour topic selections.

Genius Hour Ideas

At the beginning of the class I told them that I was changing the name of our time together from “Passion Projects” to “Genius Hour”. They seemed to appreciate the thought of me thinking they were all geniuses. I pulled up our brainstorming pages from last week and went through them again. I explained why some of the selections were great and others stunk. I them told them that we would be selecting our genius hour ideas.

My classroom doesn’t have computers in it, so we all packed up and went down the hall to the computer lab. Genius Hour with Second Graders. Genius Hour?

Genius Hour with Second Graders

Yeah, I could do that with my second graders. There are few projects that truly changed the culture of my classroom–this is one of them. Both 20timeineducation.com and geniushour.com provide a quick primer on Genius Hour, aka 20 Time, aka 20% Time, aka FedEx Days. All right, I’m assuming you know about what Genius Hour is know. I found that this project is one of the rare moments in school where students are given choice in curriculum. After talking with Kate Petty about 20% Time in her high school english class, I decided to give it a try with second graders.

Week 1: Choose a topic. Genius Hour, Passion Project and Non Fiction. 6 Tips for Getting Started with Genius Hour. Posted 05/22/2014 2:36PM | Last Commented 02/02/2015 11:36AM Genius hour is a great way to allow students to drive their own personalized instruction but where to begin such a big project?

6 Tips for Getting Started with Genius Hour

How to Get Started There are a lot of resources out there already, and most of the teachers that are embarking on this process are willing to share what they have or help you problem solve. Twitter: #geniushour Google+: How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms? – Kleinspiration. I believe that every single child is gifted and that every kid has a talent which we as educators should help uncover.

How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms? – Kleinspiration

This is not easy when you have a curriculum to follow and tons of material to teach. But that given we need to make time to work with kids in a different and more creative setting. It’s important to let them explore new things that may not be present in your curriculum but are in your students’ heads all the time.

This is how we can awaken curiosity in young children and help them develop creative thinking. Interestingly though, this idea does not originate in education or teaching practice.