Genius people are of great demand in all places which means people with exceptional intelligence, creative mind, brilliant and exceptional skill in a particular area. Every one is genius in one or other thing but many are unaware about it as they are not allowed to explore their passion with the education system that prevails.
“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
When one does a work or study a thing according to his/her interest/passion surely it will be a great success. Here comes the importance of “Genius Hour”.
Genius Hour was first introduced by Google to its engineers where they are allowed to spend 20% of their time to work on projects in which they are more interested and passionate. This has resulted in increased productivity and main thing to be noted is that about 50% of Google’s projects have been created in this time period. Many organizations have adopted the same. This is a nice idea to be implemented in education.
In education, Genius Hour is a student-driven learning where students are allowed to explore their passion and learn interested topics. This will enhance the learning ability of students and enable them to think beyond the curriculum. Students will be able to think on their own, do their own research, rise questions and get into a conclusion for producing an effective result. The mentor/ teacher has to make sure that the session enable the students to learn joyfully.
Teachers need to guide and converse with students who have trouble in creating and producing a concept or a thing to stimulate the creativity in them. Students has to be encouraged to create, explore, solve problem and construct their own learning in Genius Hour. It is a creative time period where students are permitted to think and perform an action independently for gaining better output.
The freedom given to the students motivates them to explore innovative ideas and take ownership of their learning which means they can become life long learners. Practicing Genius Hour in classroom will make students enthusiastic. Why can’t you try it for your students?