Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry

Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry

by Andi McNair


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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 six P's-passion, pitch, plan, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618216342
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/15/2017
Pages: 175
Sales rank: 329,457
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: Up to 17 Years

About the Author

Andi McNair was a classroom teacher for 16 years before pursuing her passion to change education by sharing practical ways to engage and empower this generation of learners. She is a digital innovation specialist at ESC Region 12 in Texas, as well as a keynote speaker, author, blogger, and consultant.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Section I Introduction

Chapter 1 Why Passion Projects? 3

Chapter 2 Introducing the 6 P's 11

Section II The 6 P's

Chapter 3 Passion: Finding the Spark 23

Chapter 4 Plan: Building the Fire 35

Chapter 5 Pitch: Lighting the Match 47

Chapter 6 Project: Igniting the Flame 57

Chapter 7 Product: Making the S'mores 81

Chapter 8 Presentation: Watching It Burn 93

Section III Everything Else You Need to Know for Genius Hour Success

Chapter 9 When the Fire Fizzles 105

Chapter 10 Keeping It Real 113

Resources 129

References 143

About the Author 145

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