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. Brought to you by MiddleWeb and Routledge Eye On Education, the book takes you step-by-step through planning and teaching Genius Hour. You'll learn how to guide your students as they:
Develop inquiry questions based on their interests;
Conduct research to learn more about their topic of choice;
Create presentations to teach their fellow students in creative ways; and
Present their finished product for a final assessment.
At the end of the book, you'll find handy FAQs and ready-made lessons and resources. In addition, a companion website, www.geniushourguide.org, offers bonus materials and regular updates to support you as you implement Genius Hour in your own classroom.
Denise Krebs teaches grade 5 English language learners in Bahrain. She also serves as elementary English subjects coordinator. She has had the joy of seeing genius hour work in kindergarten to grade 8. Gallit Zvi is a vice principal and teacher in Surrey, BC, Canada who has taught 4th through 7th grade. Gallit has many years of experience mentoring both Teacher Candidates and experienced teachers and has coached many educators as they implement Genius Hour. She has also been a Faculty Associate in the Education Department at Simon Fraser University. Gallit blogs at www.gallitzvi.com. Denise (@mrsdkrebs) and Gallit (@gallit z) are co-moderators of the Twitter chat group #geniushour
Companion Website Meet the Author To the Reader Acknowledgements Chapter 1: What is Genius Hour and Why Do Students Need it? Chapter 2: Introducing Genius Hour To Your Class Chapter 3: The Launch: Diving In and Letting Go Chapter 4: Loosening Deadlines & Sharing Passions Chapter 5: Helping Kids Make Their Learning Visible Chapter 6: Teaching about Self-Assessment & Feedback Chapter 7: What Can We Do to Improve the World? Chapter 8: Adding All Our Voices to the Genius Hour Movement Epilogue: Connecting with the Authors Afterword by Joy Kirr Appendix A: FAQs Appendix B: Genius Hour Resources and Lesson Plans Appendix C: Genius Hour Reading List for Educators