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Genius Hour
Passion Projects That Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry

ISBN 9781618216342
Published March 15, 2017 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

Genius Hour provides educators with the tools that they need to successfully implement Genius Hour, or passion projects, in the classroom. 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. Students will experience personalized learning through these self-driven projects, application of standards and real-world skills, and opportunities to learn through failure and reflection. The book includes handouts, suggested online resources, and tips and tricks to make the Genius Hour process meaningful for students and manageable for educators, as well as a discussion of Genius Hour's importance and impact on gifted students as they take ownership of their own learning.

2019 Teachers' Choice Award for Professional Development Winner

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Section I Introduction Chapter 1 Why Passion Projects? Chapter 2 Introducing the 6 P’s Section II The 6 P’s Chapter 3 Passion: Finding the Spark Chapter 4 Plan: Building the Fire Chapter 5 Pitch: Lighting the Match Chapter 6 Project: Igniting the Flame Chapter 7 Product: Making the S’mores Chapter 8 Presentation: Watching It Burn Section III Everything Else You Need to Know for Genius Hour Success Chapter 9 When the Fire Fizzles Chapter 10 Keeping It Real Resources References About the Author

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Andi McNair is the Digital Innovation Specialist at ESC Region 12 in Waco, TX. Before working at the center, she taught elementary and gifted/talented students at a small rural school in Texas. Andi was in the classroom for a total of 16 years before pursuing her passion to change education by giving educators practical ways to create experiences that will engage and empower this generation of learners.


Andi McNair's Genius Hour is a great resource for those who want to release potential in students but do not know how or where to start. The processes and tools provided are a great foundation for students (and their teachers) to use as they pursue projects they are passionate about . . . . Whether the reader is a novice or veteran, I feel that everyone will gain something of value from reading Genius Hour.,Terry Carter,MiddleWeb, 6/15/17
This book is a fantastic guide for teachers to implement student-directed passion projects in the classroom . . .. Although aimed at educators, this book can also be useful for parents. It includes great tips on how to discover and encourage the passions of children. This is certainly valuable information for parents. It also provides a clear and concise understanding of what the goals of education should be in our modern age. It definitely challenges the norm, but in an inspiring and energizing way.,Sarah Perry,Manhattan Book Review, 6/1/17
The book takes what could be a very open-ended process and provides an organizational framework so teachers and students can make the time productive . . . A very practical and good reference as teachers work to optimize the process in their individual classrooms. Mindprint Learning, 12/1/17