Hi, my name is Marina Sandoval and I have created this Genius Hour curriculum to implement within my action research project. Genius Hour is a movement that allows students of all levels to explore their own passions while also encouraging creativity. It also provides students a choice in their learning during this set period of time in the classroom. This particular curriculum is catered toward 6th grade classrooms that have one-to-one iPads or netbooks.
[Recommend for 6th grade but can be modified and implemented in grades K-12.]
Why Genius Hour? Research shows that students become disengaged as they progress from elementary to middle school, with some estimates that 25-40% of youth are showing signs of disengagement. (Steinberg, Brown, & Dornbush, 1996; Yazzie-Mintz, 2007). With that being said, student engagement has become a growing interest and educators are continuously seeking ways in which they can increase student engagement. Furthermore, in response to my needs assessment for my action research project, I as well wanted to find ways in which I could increase student engagement and participation in the classroom.