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Passion Projects 101

Join Howie and Ryan as they discuss the basics of Passion / Genius hour projects. This is part one of a three part series on passion projects. In this episode Ryan and Howie share basics and talk about what Passion projects are and why you should consider integrating them or at least the basic concepts into your lesson plans. Ryan discusses what he does in his class when it comes to Passion projects and he shares what the challenges are as well as the triumphs.  Howie and Ryan also share several resources and inspirations for implementing Passion projects.  Come along with us as we start this three part journey to understanding, implementing, and conquering passion / genius hour projects.



What is Genius Hour?

"You are a GENIUS, and the world expects your contribution."-Angela Maiers

Genius Hour is considered a movement which gives students more choices to learn what they would like in the classroom. It provides opportunities for students to explore passions and it also promotes creativity (Kesler, 2013). In passion-based classrooms, the shift in learning moves from teacher to student-directed.




The Passion Project 

Sir Ken Robinson - Are We are KILLING Creativity in Our Students

Genius Hour - Where Passions Come Alive - Genius Hour

Mr Jackson's Curiosity Projects-Project Template - Google Docs

“Design Thinking”  - Sylvia Libow Martinez

What to do if/when Genius Hour fails… – A.J. Juliani

Blog post “Why I abandoned Genius hour” Ms. Wideen

Asking The Right Questions
PBL-VIDEO: Five-Year-Olds Pilot Their Own Project


Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Learning

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