Genius Hour unleashes the creative potential in all of your students. What will they make?

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The Course Continues to Grow

The Genius Hour Master Course grows each month based on your feedback as a community. Over 1200+ teachers are now in the course, and their comments, conversation, and needs drive new lessons, videos, resources each month. You get the course immediately, and then get every new piece of content as it evolves.

Practical Solutions You Can Implement Immediately

This is a practical course. I created it as a product that I would have wanted my first few times doing Genius Hour with my students. The lessons walk you step-by-step on areas such as "setting up your first Shark Tank" with students, creating a class YouTube channel, and writing a future letter as a reflective activity.

Every piece of content can be used in class, immediately.

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We designed this course using a clean, modern style that works brilliantly across all devices..

You can download course materials, or stream them to your device. You also have the option to print out all of the resources (except for the videos) whenever you'd like!

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Want to Do Genius Hour With Your Students?

I'm hoping you do! Over the years I've traveled the country talking to teachers who are excited about starting Genius Hour in their classroom. I've written blog posts, articles, and published a book on the topic.

Time and time again I'd hear the same questions, same hesitations, and same thoughts that teachers everywhere have before jumping into Genius Hour.

This past year I decided to create a comprehensive course that literally walks you step-by-step through Genius Hour. It's called the Genius Hour Master Course, and 1200+ students are already loving how practical the resources are!

"You guys! Today I presented my journey as a Genius Hour teacher to my staff, assistant Superintendent, and administrators. IT WAS AMAZING! I used the Google Classroom that I've been using with my students to share what we've been working on. It was so powerful and my own passion was just overflowing! "

Jocelyn Mankowski

5th-6th Middle School Teacher

This will be my second year using Genius Hour in Elementary. I did lots of reading and background work on Genius Hour, but never really felt like I was prepared to start...I am beyond excited to have found this Master Course for my second run! It has already helped my own reflection of year one, and in reading over refl/evals from my students, is refocusing my future efforts!

Christine McManus

Elementary Teacher

The Course Is Filled with 70+ Videos on Genius Hour

The 10-Module Course is filled with videos, resources, editable PPT templates, student journals, parent letters, grading rubrics and everything for Genius Hour.

You Can Go At Your Own Pace and Use the Resources Anytime

The course is designed to allow you to jump right in to all of the resources at once, or follow the guide while you are doing Genius Hour in your class. You decide!

There is a Facebook Community for Support and Guidance

We've created a Private Facebook Community for those in the Genius Hour Master Course. We'll answer all questions, share what's working, and have monthly webinars!

The course is now available for purchase, but will be closed on November 14th.

Genius Hour Master Course Member, Sunday Crider, shared this story inside our private Facebook group for members:

Today was our Friday Genius Hour (Passion Projects) in all my classes.

Y'all... I got chill bumps. Long post ahead.

I showed the video "The Millennial Rebuttal", and we discussed how we can use our passions to make an impact. I had asked them all to make a list of the things they liked (their passions). And then we went through the exercise of how they could take their passion and use it for purpose. In each case, I played the antagonist so that they would dig deeper.
"I like to sew"
"I like computers"
"I like tattooing" My response was "So?! Let's dig deeper!"

They were to take each passion, identify a problem, and then come up with a purpose. That's where the magic happened.

"I like to sew." "So?!" I replied. "I like to sew," she said. "And I know that when people go they chemo, they have to sit in cold rooms while they do it. I like to sew and I'd like to make blankets for cancer patients." "I like computers." "So?!?" I replied.

"I like computers and I see a need to improve how teachers and students communicate. I'd like to create an app that allows teachers to create a calendar and upload assignments so that kids could easily access them."

"I like tattoos." "Really?" I said. We had discussed how women that had to have their breasts removed due to cancer often needed tattooing to help improve the look of the reconstructed version. That had caught her interest. "I like tattoos, and I want to be a tattoo artist. But I want to help those that are scarred. I have friends that self-harm and are left with visible scars later in life. I would like to be the one that covers those with something beautiful."

This kind of stuff happened all morning. Profound stuff. Last class ended at lunch. Student comes up to me and says, "I need to talk to you. I want you to thank you for doing this. I've struggled for a way to feel significant and I think I've found my opportunity. Thank you for doing this." I almost started bawling.

You wonder why teachers teach?

This. This. A thousand times THIS.

Have you ever wondered...

What it would be like to have students creating their own products in your classroom?

How to boost student engagement and achievement by using student choice?

Why we spend so much time in school telling students what to learn, instead of giving them opportunities to follow their passions and learn with a purpose?

If you've ever thought those things, join the club! These were my exact thoughts in 2011 when I was teaching. That winter break I stumbled on an idea and project called Genius Hour. 

The premise was simple: Give students time in class to be curious learners and creators. They would learn what interested them, and create a product to share with the world.

This was inspired from Google's own 20% time, where their employees learned and created based on their passions.

Genius Hour changed my career as a teacher, and it changed my mindset on what was possible in the classroom. I had a room full of students making their own video games, learning sign-language, designing buildings, starting businesses, and changing the world with their innovative projects.

It became my mission since that first project to share Genius Hour every where possible, and I've joined with other teachers to lead the charge through vidoes, articles, websites, books and much more. Watch this video for a quick look at what Genius Hour is all about.

Genius Hour isn't just a time for students to chose what they want to learn. It's time for them to find themselves in their creative work.

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