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Genius Hour: Nourishing Intrinsic Motivation

What is Genius Hour?

Release time given to students to research anything they want to learn about.  The idea stems from Google's 20% time and is intended to provide students a chance to explore their passions.

With Genius Hour, students should start with a question they have about a personal interest, research their question and develop a project to share with a wider audience.

See the resources below to learn more.




Click through the prezi below to learn more and to see examples.


Research Handouts

Click [here] to access a folder of research organizers and handouts that could be useful to students. 

Additional Resources

Genius Hour: Where Passions Come Alive http://www.geniushour.com/

Genius Hour Livebinder - curated by Joyce Kirr http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=829279

Drive: The Surprising Thing About What Motivates Us - By Daniel H. Pink http://www.danpink.com/books/drive

The Passion Driven Classroom By Angelia Maiers & Amy Sandvold http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10467192-passion-driven-classroom-the

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck http://www.amazon.com/Mindset-The-New-Psychology-Success/dp/0345472322