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    Genius Hour Live Binder

     The Global Genius Hour Project – Wiki

    Angela Maiers Collection of Resources on #Genius Hour

                    A host of resources to help you launch Genius Hour in your classroom.

     Genius Hour Wiki

    Rubrics for Planning



    Joy Kirr #genioushour

    Don Wettrick

    Hugh McDonald

    Chris Kesler

    Terri Eichholz

    Gallit Zvi



     The 20Time Project: How Educators Can Launch Google’s Formula for Future-Ready Innovation by Kevin Brookhouser

    Kevin wrote The 20Time Project for teachers and funded it through Kickstarter. He is a learner, so after five years of experience with high school students doing #20Time projects and helping lots of teachers learn about #20Time, he has a lot of wisdom to share. This one is especially great for high school teachers.


    Classroom Habitudes : Teaching Habits and Attitudes for 21st Century Learning by Angela Maiers

    You will find yourself referring to Angela’s habitudes throughout your year. Students will start to point out who is practicing

    these valuable habits, and they’ll practice with each other.


    Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Tony Wagner

    Creating Innovators is a great read, especially for parents, teachers and employers who care about building innovation

    in our young people. Full of stories to inspire and transform.

    Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

    Although this fantastic book was written with a business audience in mind, there is so much a teacher can take from this! In fact, it is one of the things that motivated us to start Genius Hour. Pink discusses studies that show us that folks are not really motivated by pay (grades for students) but by purpose, autonomy and mastery. You may have seen the famous animated video of Pink talking about motivation, based on this book.


    Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life by Ken Robinson

    Sir Ken Robinson's TED talk video and groundbreaking book, The Element, introduced readers to a new concept of self-fulfillment through the convergence of natural talents and personal passions. The Element has inspired readers all over the world and has created for Robinson an intensely devoted following. Now comes the long-awaited companion, the practical guide that helps people find their own Element.


    The Genius Hour Guidebook: Fostering Passion, Wonder, and Inquiry in the Classroom by Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi

    Promote your students’ creativity and get them excited about learning! In this practical new book, authors Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi show you how to implement Genius Hour, a time when students can develop their own inquiry-based projects around their passions and take ownership of their work.


    Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom by A.J. Juliani

    A.J.’s book gives some practical tips and examples of ways to incorporate more inquiry into our classrooms,

    using a variety of teaching strategies including Genius Hour.


    Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez

    “Making things and then making those things better is at the core of humanity.” That’s the first sentence of Invent to Learn, which sets a firm foundation for making and innovation in any classroom. Practical supply lists and room set-up advice is great.


    Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

    The #geniushour Twitter chat read Dweck’s Mindset and discussed the importance of giving students the gift of a growth mindset. Children and adults need to learn how to embrace hard work and failure as evidence of learning. Mindset helps us steer away from identifying, praising and “fixing” abilities in our students.


    The Passion-Driven Classroom: A Framework for Teaching & Learning by Angela Maiers and Amy Sandvold

    The Passion-Driven Classroom is a great starting point for beginning to think about the importance of passion based learning. Lots of examples of how teachers have incorporated it. This gem was a former #geniushour book chat.

    Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level by Don Wettrick

    "Can school be a place where risk-taking and creativity flourish?  Don Wettrick offers and emphatic "yes" -- and shows how he's done it. Wettrick has incorporated a range of creativity-generating concepts into his teaching and turned his classroom into an innovation factory. This book teaches you how to do the same and still maintain rigorous educational standards. You'll be amazed by his students' accomplishments and eager to put his ideas into practice."


    Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom by Mark Barnes

    Want to make your students more responsible for their own learning? Want to create an academic environment in which students thrive and develop a genuine thirst for knowledge? Want to improve your students standardized test results but avoid a teach-to-the-test mentality that throttles creativity and freedom?
    In this book, Mark Barnes introduces and outlines the Results Only Learning Environment a place that embraces the final result of learning rather than the traditional methods for arriving at that result. A results-only classroom is rich with individual and cooperative learning activities that help students demonstrate mastery learning on their own terms, without being constrained by standards and pedagogy.
    By embracing results-only learning, you will be able to transform your classroom into a bustling community.


    Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator  by Dave Burgess

    Based on Dave Burgess's popular "Outrageous Teaching" and "Teach Like a PIRATE" seminars, this book offers inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas that will help you to increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator. You'll learn how to: • Tap into and dramatically increase your passion as a teacher • Develop outrageously engaging lessons that draw students in like a magnet • Establish rapport and a sense of camaraderie in your classroom • Transform your class into a life-changing experience for your students This groundbreaking inspirational manifesto contains over 30 hooks specially designed to captivate your class and 170 brainstorming questions that will skyrocket your creativity. Once you learn the Teach Like a PIRATE system, you'll never look at your role as an educator the same again.



    The Most Magnificent Thing  By Ashley Spires

    What do you do with an Idea?  By Kobi Yamada

    Iggy Peck, Architect  By Andrea Beaty 

    It's Okay to Make Mistakes  By Todd Parr

    Q is for Question: An ABC Book of Philisophy By Tiffany Poirier




    2014 Genius Hour Projects in 3.5 minutes

    This is our 7th grade ELA class and their Genius Hour projects for the last quarter of the 2013-2014 school year. Thank you to Kevin Brookhouser and his students for the inspiration to create this video! Check out "2014 #20Time Projects in 4 minutes" for great high school examples.


    41York School #20 Time Projects

    Modeled after Google's policy to provide employees 20% of their time for independent projects, my students have 20 Time of their own. On May 28, these students will present their work to the community. Here's a preview.

     Learning Math and Mistakes

     Learning math happens best when we  make mistakes and struggle!  Persevere!


    Audri’s Rube Goldberg Machine

    Obvious to You. Amazing to Others by Derek Sivers