Genius Hour, Second Edition features newly revised handouts, up-to-date online resources, and fresh strategies for implementing Genius Hour, or passion projects, in your classroom.
Genius Hour allows students to experience personalized learning through self-driven projects, application of standards and real-world skills, and opportunities to learn through productive struggle and reflection. Presented through an easy-to-follow six-step strategy, teachers will utilize the 6 P's—passion, plan, pitch, project, product, and presentation—as a map for students to follow as they create, design, and carry out projects. This second edition also features a new chapter on lessons learned from the author’s early days implementing Genius Hour, helping readers get ahead of common pitfalls.
This beloved guide will make the Genius Hour process not only meaningful for learners but manageable for educators.
Table of Contents
Section I: Introduction, 1. Why Passion Projects?, 2. Introducing the 6 Ps, Section II: The 6 Ps, 3. Passion: Finding the Spark, 4. Plan: Building the Fire, 5. Pitch: Lighting the Match, 6. Project: Igniting the Flame, 7. Product: Making the S’mores, 8. Presentation: Watching It Burn, Section III: Everything Else You Need to Know for Genius Hour Success, 9. When the Fire Fizzles, 10. Mistakes I Made, 11. Keeping It Real, 12. Resources, 13. References, 14. About the Author
Andi McNair was a classroom teacher in public education for 16 years before pursuing her passion to change education by sharing practical ways to engage and empower today’s learners. She is currently a Digital Innovation and Gifted/Talented Specialist at ESC Region 12 in Waco, Texas. Visit her website at http://www.andimcnair.com.