Incorporating a genius hour in the classroom has roots in the practice at Google, which allows employees to spend a portion of their time at the office on a passion project. Due to this work perk, the company has witnessed productivity increase and teachers have taken notice. Including a genius hour in the classroom allows students to learn about topics that they love, yet this practice requires planning and structure.
In “The Genius Hour Guidebook: Fostering Passion, Wonder, and Inquiry in the Classroom,” this STEM teacher reading list addition takes teachers through introducing genius hour into the classroom, maintaining order, showing students how to learn through this process, and connecting to the world. Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi, the book’s authors, emphasize that bringing a genius hour into the classroom isn’t easy, but encourage teachers to reach out to them for guidance and sharing experiences.