We went through the process of planning our own Genius Hour Project and mine became implementing Genius Hour in my Information Technology course. I had initially planned for my Grade 11 and 12 course to start this process but once I began I decided to do my Information Technology 9/10 course as well. "Why not?" was my reasoning. A colleague of mine, Shawn Stroh (@sstroh 1982) also was keen to do this with his Info Tech 9/10 class. So we were off on a new adventure.
Since this was my first time doing genius hour, I wanted to make sure that I could improve my process and delivery of this model of learning. This called for a survey. Below are the results that I hope will be of interest to you.
There were 46 students in total who answered the survey out of a possible 87. There were two of us doing Genius Hour, Mr. S. Stroh and I. We did Info Tech 9/10 together (two classes) and one Info Tech 11/12 in our school. The following is a list of what students worked on:
Students were given every Friday to work on their genius hour, a week before Christmas, and a week once we returned from winter break. By my calculations they worked 22 hours on Genius Hour. The reflection of students below, as well as comments in the classroom suggest this like this new manner od learning: