What is Genius Hour?
How can it enhance your secondary classroom?
By Valerie Lees
And Marilyn Sun
#staconvention2013
May 3...
I am in my 17th year of teaching
My background
a BA in English Lit. and History
BEd. (elementary intermediate) with concen...
Main teaching experience:
Hum 8 & 9
En 8-11
SS 8-11, Law 12
Part time LST
Experience in both linear and semester systems
E...
Co-presenter
Fraser Heights’
Grade 10 English Student
Marilyn Sun
One of my many inspirations….
How did I learn of Genius Hour?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/2012/oct/04/google-20-percent-time-schools
What is an Edcamp?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EdCamp
http://geniushour.wikispaces.com/
Moderators
@gallit_z (Surrey)
@mrsdkrebs (Iowa)
@joykirr (Illinois)
#geniushour
Student
Centred
Reading
and Writing
Presenting
Researching
Creativity
Technology
embedded
Reflecting
Collaborating
http://springmd.rockyview.ab.ca/assets/21stCentury.jpg
http://burnabysouthadmin.files.wordpress.com/20
10/11/21st-century-learning.jpg
How do I Start?
The Sales Pitch
http://dlsusales.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/gat-a-mac-sales-pitch.jpg
Caine’s Arcade
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq9
6U
Caine’s Arcade Chapter 2:
The Beginning of a Movement
https://...
Obvious to you, amazing to others – Derek Sivers (2
min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMsNbmADHBU
A Pep Talk from Kid P...
Brainstorming
What have you always wondered about?
What new skill would you like to learn?
What problem(s) would you
like ...
Nightline: The Deep Dive (8 min)
IDEO Shopping Cart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M66ZU2PCIcM
Nightline: The Deep Dive (...
Research based
• Non-”Google-able”
• If “answer” is easy to find,
then change what you do
with your information
Personal
•...
Local and Global Awareness
• How can we solve our traffic pick-up and drop off problems at
FH?
• How can Surrey lessen its...
Creative Endeavours
• Create a dance fusion video that blends
traditional Chinese cultural dances with more
modern hip hop...
Why and how we sneeze and what effects does it
have on us? Why do people sneeze differently?
How does a self-help author i...
develop a video game using particular software
create an app
How do bar codes work and can we make one?
How does astral pr...
The Proposal Process
***Still in progress***
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B40ZnNS79fG6bzd0c2xQck9xNGs/edit?usp=sharing
Sample by Marilyn Sun (sem 1)
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B40ZnNS79fG6RTJDS2psLXUtMUk/edit?usp=sharing
Feedback
(oral/written &
formative)
Support
CriteriaClarify
Conference
Log your process…
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bwOO1lefhS7V1xKDmYx1mjfo8gWGKNhbYYHqjhC
7Nr0/edit?usp=sharing
Based on student generated specifications (aka
criteria) outlined in their proposal
This semester I am having students des...
Peer Critique: Concrete, Specific, Constructive
Austin’s Butterfly: Critique and feedback w/kids
– Ron Berger (7 min)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded...
Present and Share
http://www.banffcentre.ca/conferences/creative_team_options/images/powerful-presentations.jpg
Metacognition:
Essential for the
Articulation of
Learning
illuminations.nctm.org
Student Perspectives
& …
thatssodad.blogspot.com
Expect –
Some discomfort and challenges along the way–
learning is messy!
Not to know everything
To learn with the student...
Do kids set own deadlines for presenting?
Ideally yes – realistically, set your own class goal and
you may need to set a d...
More Resources via @Joykirr Genius Hour Livebinder
What is genius hour and how can it enhance your secondary classroom? videos linked
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This presentation was given May 3, 2013 at the Secondary Convention hosted by the Surrey Teachers Association. It is based on my first year experiences with Genius Hour (aka 20% time) in my Humanities 8 and English 10 classes. My process is still evolving and I encourage everyone to give it a try!

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    1. 1. What is Genius Hour? How can it enhance your secondary classroom? By Valerie Lees And Marilyn Sun #staconvention2013 May 3, 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgGyWSXWxT0&feature=youtu.be
    2. 2. I am in my 17th year of teaching My background a BA in English Lit. and History BEd. (elementary intermediate) with concentration in Math and Science Ed. MEd. in Curriculum and Instruction Connected Educator: @v_lees Blogs: www.fhlearn.ca/vlees (school wordpress) *class blogs connected to fhlearn (blogspot) Who am I?
    3. 3. Main teaching experience: Hum 8 & 9 En 8-11 SS 8-11, Law 12 Part time LST Experience in both linear and semester systems Excited to be starting a new course next year:  Project Design and Development  Based on Genius Hour
    4. 4. Co-presenter Fraser Heights’ Grade 10 English Student Marilyn Sun One of my many inspirations….
    5. 5. How did I learn of Genius Hour?
    6. 6. http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/2012/oct/04/google-20-percent-time-schools
    7. 7. What is an Edcamp? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EdCamp
    8. 8. http://geniushour.wikispaces.com/ Moderators @gallit_z (Surrey) @mrsdkrebs (Iowa) @joykirr (Illinois) #geniushour
    9. 9. Student Centred Reading and Writing Presenting Researching Creativity Technology embedded Reflecting Collaborating
    10. 10. http://springmd.rockyview.ab.ca/assets/21stCentury.jpg
    11. 11. http://burnabysouthadmin.files.wordpress.com/20 10/11/21st-century-learning.jpg
    12. 12. How do I Start? The Sales Pitch http://dlsusales.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/gat-a-mac-sales-pitch.jpg
    13. 13. Caine’s Arcade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq9 6U Caine’s Arcade Chapter 2: The Beginning of a Movement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul9c-4dX4Hk Creativity Takes Time (2 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgvx9OfZKJw Inspiration
    14. 14. Obvious to you, amazing to others – Derek Sivers (2 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMsNbmADHBU A Pep Talk from Kid President (4 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gQLqv9f4o More Inspiration
    15. 15. Brainstorming What have you always wondered about? What new skill would you like to learn? What problem(s) would you like to solve? Is there something you have always wanted to build? Or redesign to improve?
    16. 16. Nightline: The Deep Dive (8 min) IDEO Shopping Cart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M66ZU2PCIcM Nightline: The Deep Dive (20 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taJOV-YCieI Process: Inquiry & Collaboration Skills
    17. 17. Research based • Non-”Google-able” • If “answer” is easy to find, then change what you do with your information Personal • Meaningful to you / audience • Reflections & self-assessment Develops skills • Involves problem solving • Allows for creativity Allows for collaboration • Peer-review • Team work A good inquiry / exploration is…
    18. 18. Local and Global Awareness • How can we solve our traffic pick-up and drop off problems at FH? • How can Surrey lessen its environmental impact on urban expansion? • What are some of the current conflicts between China and Japan, their historical influences and why should students care? • What is going on in Syria and is there anything we can do about the turmoil?
    19. 19. Creative Endeavours • Create a dance fusion video that blends traditional Chinese cultural dances with more modern hip hop / break dancing to appeal to a more modern teen audience • Create an imovie to demonstrate how to care for a horse (imovie is a new skill for this group) • Create a music video • Critique various BMX bikes for various uses • Create a “How To” Video to learn how to build and take apart a bike • Write, perform and share spoken word poetry
    20. 20. Why and how we sneeze and what effects does it have on us? Why do people sneeze differently? How does a self-help author inspire their audience? How closely related are chimpanzees and humans? How does chemotherapy work and why doesn’t it always work? As a runner, what is it like to be the trainer? How can Surrey become a tourist destination? Wondering….
    21. 21. develop a video game using particular software create an app How do bar codes work and can we make one? How does astral projection work? How stuff works?
    22. 22. The Proposal Process ***Still in progress*** https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B40ZnNS79fG6bzd0c2xQck9xNGs/edit?usp=sharing
    23. 23. Sample by Marilyn Sun (sem 1) https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B40ZnNS79fG6RTJDS2psLXUtMUk/edit?usp=sharing
    24. 24. Feedback (oral/written & formative) Support CriteriaClarify Conference
    25. 25. Log your process…
    26. 26. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bwOO1lefhS7V1xKDmYx1mjfo8gWGKNhbYYHqjhC 7Nr0/edit?usp=sharing
    27. 27. Based on student generated specifications (aka criteria) outlined in their proposal This semester I am having students design their own rubric May be in any form: Survey Oral feedback Rubric May occur: When students are “stuck” and need help problem- solving Just prior to presenting Peer Review By 5 peers – 2 min from class
    28. 28. Peer Critique: Concrete, Specific, Constructive
    29. 29. Austin’s Butterfly: Critique and feedback w/kids – Ron Berger (7 min) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded &v=hqh1MRWZjms Austin’s butterfly (shorter version 4 min) – Ron Berger presenting to school board http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded &v=hqh1MRWZjms Links for Austin’s Butterfly by Ron Berger
    30. 30. Present and Share http://www.banffcentre.ca/conferences/creative_team_options/images/powerful-presentations.jpg
    31. 31. Metacognition: Essential for the Articulation of Learning illuminations.nctm.org
    32. 32. Student Perspectives & … thatssodad.blogspot.com
    33. 33. Expect – Some discomfort and challenges along the way– learning is messy! Not to know everything To learn with the students To build a strong, supportive and collaborative environment To empower kids To have fun! My HS Genius Hour Process is still evolving…
    34. 34. Do kids set own deadlines for presenting? Ideally yes – realistically, set your own class goal and you may need to set a deadline. The first presentation is always the hardest. Do some students need more support than others? Of course. Do you let kids decide on groups or individual projects? Both. FAQs
    35. 35. More Resources via @Joykirr Genius Hour Livebinder
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