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: 188,530
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: Up to 17 Years

About the Author

Andi McNair believes that if what we are teaching is not meaningful for students, it's a waste of time. She was recently named one of the Top People to Watch in Education in 2016 by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Andi currently teaches gifted students in Waco, TX.

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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Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an Instructional Specialist on a middle school campus, Genius Hour, would be great to incorporate for any extended learning opportunities. The book itself is easy to read with lots of ideas, tools, and suggestions for how to implement Genius Hour in a school. Personally, I really liked the Reflection Questions at the end of each chapter. They help guide you through your thinking of how Genius Hour could come to life in your classroom.
Tiffany Brummett More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful way to guide teachers to take project based teaching/learning to a whole new level! I already teach PBL, but I’ve now learned new ways to add professional mentors and to break out of my comfort zone to “share out” what my students are creating. The author demonstrates how passion projects help teachers guide students to become successful participants in our future workforce.