March 18, 2020
Personalized Learning with Genius Hour
Each EmpowerED 3.2.1 features a brief summary of my musings about and learning from multiple disciplines as they apply to leadership in education.
Differentiation is tailoring instruction to meet individual needs of content, process, products, or the learning environment. The use of ongoing assessment and flexible grouping makes this a successful approach to instruction. I, and many of my colleagues, were challenged by the notion of personalized instruction, until we discovered Genius Hour. It is a teaching practice that has absolutely exploded in popularity over the last couple of years. It’s where the teacher sets aside a certain amount of time every week or every day—maybe one class period per week or one hour per day in an all-day classroom setting—for students to learn about whatever they are passionate about.
Genius Hour is a movement, modeled after Google’s 20% and written about by Daniel Pink in Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, that allows students to explore their passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school. Now, this is a practice that can close the engagement gap!
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
– Thomas Edison
“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”
– Steve Jobs
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