The Genius Hour Manifesto

This may be a first step toward PBL for teachers, and students, new to the concept… And possibly an even better model of developing cross curricular competencies due to its more open-ended nature. Curious to learn more about it.

Genius Hour

The Genius Hour Manifesto was written collaboratively by Denise Krebs, Gallit Zvi, Hugh McDonald and Joy Kirr in March of 2013 at the encouragement of AJ Julliani who later published it as a chapter in his eBook, The Best and Next in Education.

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Part 1: What is Genius Hour? Where did the idea come from and how did it start? Why do it?

Denise: Genius hour is student-driven, passion-based learning. Very simply, it is a time when learners are asked what they want to learn, and the teacher gets out of their way. I was inspired to have genius hour by a tweet I saw from Angela Maiers in November 2011.

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After seeing that tweet, I did a Google search for genius hour and Dan Pink’s blog post “The Genius Hour: How 60 minutes a week can electrify your job” came up. That’s all I needed…

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A work in progress

It is fitting that my first post is a caveat that this blog is clearly a work in progress.  I’m taking the leap into twitters and blogs, somewhat trepidatiously, in an effort to expand my professional learning by building a wider network of co-learners and challenging myself to put words to paper (keys to screen?).  If, indeed, we learn best what we teach, then I will embrace Britton’s notion of shaping thoughts at the point of utterance and begin.

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