Every student has a passion project inside, waiting to
emerge if invited to do so. These dreams lie just beneath the surface, built on
experiences and stories, fears and achievement. They just need a spark to catch
It is the job of teachers and other adults to provide that spark. We need to
give our students the opportunity to shatter the rules, become their own
teachers and captains of their own ship on a journey where they set the
destination and the route.
Genius Hour — a regular time in class during which
students get to pursue their own passion
— is a gift that opens students up to the world of
their own talents and interests. It allows them to reach beyond the routine,
unlearn the rules they’ve been programmed to follow and embrace the uncertainty
of their own audacious dreams.
How Genius Hour evolved
The concept of Genius Hour emerged from some of the world’s most innovative
companies, whose leaders invited employees to explore their own ideas for
contributing to the organization’s success. These leaders recognized that they
needed to loosen the reins to create the conditions necessary for employees to
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Angela Maiers is an award-winning educator, speaker
and author of Classroom Habitudes and The Passion-Driven Classroom. She is the
Choose2Matter, a global movement that
challenges students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to
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