A Template to Help Students Tap Into Their Genius Potential

“Children are the most learning-hungry beings in the world.” – Ashley Montagu This year we will be getting our elementary students (2nd to 5th) to […]

Fostering a DIY Mentality in the Classroom

I come from a family of DIYers. It’s a culture. It’s a mentality. An ingrained skill that has been passed down from my grandfather to […]

What are the benefits of taking Genius Hour school-wide?

Standard 3-part story-driven post: 1) what it is, 2) what it looks like in a school, 3) how to do it in your school The […]

We should rethink our definition of ‘wasting time’

On Sunday, I was cleaning the kitchen. On hands and knees scrubbing the floor, to be more specific. (Yep, I’m that guy, and that’s OK […]

12 ways to really make Genius Hour work in your class

Lots of schools and classrooms are making innovation a priority and changing how day-to-day school is done. Don Wettrick’s students take it to a whole […]

Looking to try more student-directed learning?

Test the waters with “Genius Groups” Start by turning your class over to students. You heard me. Set aside classroom time to let your students […]

Genius hour and design thinking sketchnote resources

I’m speaking at the national Apple Regional Training Centre conference next week in the UK and one of the sessions I’m running is around the […]

10 reasons to try Genius Hour this school year

For me, my Genius Hour project was learning BASIC. I was in middle school, and this programming code intrigued me. We didn’t have any computer […]

20 time in the middle school classroom

Lessons learned from passion-based research Passion-based research goes by many different names; 20% Time and Genius Hour are just two different terms that describe school […]

The ‘Why’ behind new Innovations, Pedagogies and Spaces in Education

I have been thinking a lot lately about the deeper ‘why’ behind the need for innovation in education. The deeper WHY behind the need for […]

Personalize learning with Open Educational Resources

What they are and how to use them In a recent blog post, I suggested access to technology can empower teachers to be responsive to students’ […]

Implementing Genius Hour

Genius Hour encompasses many new pedagogies for fostering deeper learning. With more traditional pedagogies, all students work on the same worksheet, task, or iPad app […]

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