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Growing Our Genius

An introduction to establishing genius hour practices in a 7th grade history classroom.

Crystal Wilson

on 18 July 2013

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Transcript of Growing Our Genius

Time & Space
- Genius Hour, outside time

- Genius Bins, class texts, Computer lab, libraries, people

Support & Feedback
- Genius Blogs, Conventions

Personal committment
- you are more than the time you spend in class

2. Accept that we have differences and understand that the way we judge ourselves and others matters.
What is Genius?
Growing Our Genius
A Brief History
In Ancient Rome, the guiding spirit of a person or groups of people was called the

Genius is related to the latin word genitus meaning:
"to bring into being, to produce, create."

Now, we also use it to mean
inspiration and talent

How do we grow our genius?
Definition of Genius
noun; Exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability
Our Core Mission:
Growing Our Genius
We explore, discover, and cultivate our inner geniuses in order to improve ourselves and the world around us.
We must...
1. Recognize that we are all potential geniuses.
Genius Hour
1 hour every 2 - 3 weeks for you to explore your interests and genius abilities as they relate to our challenge to change the world

work how you want, on what you want, with or without other people

only requirement: you share your results

You tell me.
These trees are all unique. Do they have anything in common?
Lupe FIasco, musician & rapper,
creative power
Dr. Ronald Mallet, one of the 1st African American PhD recipients in Physics,
intellectual power
Michael Jordan, NBA All-star,
athletic ability
You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. –Maya Angelou
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