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Genius Hour Teaching Resource Pack

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Download the full collection of teaching resources to support facilitation of Teach Starter’s six-step ‘Genius Hour’ inquiry-based learning process.

At Teach Starter, we appreciate that there are many ways to conduct Genius Hour. We have created a streamlined, six-step process for teachers and students to follow in the classroom. This teaching resource pack provides teacher notes that explain the process, as well as all of the resources you’ll need to support students as they work through this systematic inquiry-based learning process.

Genius Hour allows students to work on a passion project, idea or new skill during class time.  Genius Hour projects can be completed during a designated amount of learning time on a regular basis (such as one hour per week), or as a fast finisher activity.

How does Genius Hour work?

  • During Genius Hour, students identify a topic or problem they are passionate about and form a deep, open-ended inquiry question to research, answer or solve.
  • Students take a systematic approach to the formulation of their inquiry question and research.
  • Towards the end of their Genius Hour project, students present or create a final product that communicates their findings and/or solution. Genius Hour presentations can take a variety of written, spoken or visual forms, such as a multi-modal presentation, a book, a script, a movie or a speech; through cooking, building or performing a community service (amongst other ideas).
  • To conclude a Genius Hour project, students reflect on their experience of the Genius Hour process. They may even form new questions that could be answered in subsequent Genius Hour projects.

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  • Fantastic I was wanting to do something like this and now I have the perfect scaffold to start with. Thanks

    Comment by Siobhan Morris on July 7, 2018 at 11:43 am


    • You’re most welcome Siobhan. We are so glad that you like our Genius Hour Teaching Resource Pack. Enjoy!

      Official comment by Holly (Teach Starter) on July 7, 2018 at 12:28 pm


  • Amazing amount of work you have done. I have done Genius Hour several times before and this looks like a great, streamlined unit. Well done (yet again)!

    Comment by Naomi Wiseman on July 11, 2018 at 8:29 pm


    • Thanks, Naomi! We hope you enjoy using the pack!

      Comment by Cassie (Teach Starter) on July 12, 2018 at 8:22 am


  • I love this! We are doing informative texts in English and studying Geography this term so I am really looking forward to incorporating this into my lessons.

    Comment by Melissa Messenger on July 13, 2018 at 7:08 pm


    • Fantastic! So nice to hear from you, Melissa. We are glad you find this teaching resource pack helpful.

      Official comment by Holly (Teach Starter) on July 15, 2018 at 8:34 am


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