I have never heard of Genius Hour before this part of the last module of this course. Basically what Genius Hour is, is it a project-based activity. Students can pick any topic that interests them and can be completely self-driven. There is no set topic that students have to choose from it is solely a topic that is interesting to that specific student. I think this is a great idea and there are several benefits that I see but also some obstacles that might present themselves.
First for the benefits. One benefit that I see is that it can really help motivate students intrinsically. The students get to pick a topic that interests them. Allowing students to pick their own topic, which is great, because students can fully explore the topic of their choice which will motivate them to complete the activity. The second benefit is that this type of project and activity can be used from elementary to high school. It’s a great way for the younger students to explore technology and find out more information about a career or even a hobby they have now. It’s also a great way for high school students to find out what they want to do after high school is over. The third benefit that I see is that this activity can reach many different styles of the way students learn in the classroom. It can be beneficial to all types of learners because it can be used for all of the modalities in education.
I see three obstacles that might have to be overcome when implementing this type of activity in the classroom. The first obstacle would be if students simply do not want to learn this way. This has to be addressed right away with those specific students and they must be informed about the benefits of learning in this type of way and the should see the different ways that they can benefit from it. The second obstacle would be finding the time to incorporate the activity into a classroom that is already jammed packed with other things that need to be taught. This is where trying to incorporate this lesson into a standard that needs to be taught might be beneficial. The last obstacle that I would see is trying to justify this type of lesson to the administration in the building. I think that having the administration come in to do an observation will help benefit the justification as to why this is being done in the classroom.