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Hello Genius Hour friends!

First of all, we would like to thank you for following the companion website to our book. When we wrote The Genius Hour Guidebook, we kept coming back to our editors with more pieces we wanted to add/change, but alas, at some point we had to stop and just say the book was done.

And so the solution was to have the site, where we could add posts from time to time and continue the conversation with teachers interested in the Genius Hour idea. So thank you for being a part of the conversation! Our plan is to be in touch once a month, starting now! So, what new things do we have to share?

Recently, we added this post about “Genius Hour in Primary,” which may interest you if you haven’t seen it yet. It was created based on the #geniushour Twitter chat we had in May with special guest moderators, Robyn Thiessen and Renee White two primary teachers extraordinaire who give their students voice and choice and Genius Hour!

We also heard from some readers who were reading our book as part of a professional book club with fellow teachers. They asked about a Discussion Guide, so we put one together. Check it out! And if you are planning to read our book with a group of educators, please let us know we would love to hold a Twitter chat with you!

Are you following the monthly #GeniusHour chat group?

Krissy Venosdale, maker movement champion, moderated the June #geniushour Twitter chat. Krissy runs a PreK-4th grade Makerspace, @KLSlaunchpad, in Houston.

The first chat question was, “What is the maker movement really about?” First, some myths were shared:


  • One size fits all.

  • It’s all about the gadgets.

  • We can’t start a proper makerspace without a 3D printer.

Yes, those are all myths. The reality of the maker movement is much more. Shown here in this Wordle are the words from the Twitter chat tweets about what the maker movement really is all about.

What is making wordle.pngHere is one great free resource that was shared during the chat:

More questions we tackled in the June Twitter chat:
  • Q2: How can the Maker Movement enhance #GeniusHour?

  • Q3: What are the best ways to get started with making in my classroom or school?

  • Q4: What technology can help empower students to make and create?

  • Q5: What are some mistakes that might be made in integrating making?

  • Q6: Who are some great people in making to add to my PLN?

What do you think? Do those questions make you wonder...suggest possibilities...spark more ideas? We hope so! You can get started with those thoughts when you read the whole Twitter chat archive here on Storify.

Join us in the conversation about Genius Hour learning. You can share, wonder, consider possibilities, and question using the hashtag #geniushour on Twitter. Or start or add to a conversation on our companion website by using the comments section on any post.

We don’t have a July #geniushour chat, but be sure to join the next Twitter chat on Thursday, August 4 at 6 pm Pacific / 9 pm Eastern time. We can't wait to talk with all of you!

Thank you and have a wonderful summer,

Gallit (Zvi) and Denise (Krebs)

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