Genius Hour

Project-Based Learning

Peter Y. Chou

Assignment 2 for Lisa DeLapo's LINC 58: Project-Based Learning's Module 2 Discussion is What is Genius Hour?
The 1:42 video by John Spencer tells that 20% time in the classroom is spent on activities students are passionate about. It's not a free-for-all. Teachers need to structure student's time so they'll be productive and be empowered by their projects. Genius Hour began with Google, where employees were given 20% of their time to work on projects they're passionate about. Products such as Google News, Gmail, Adsense, Google Glass were innovations created as a result of this self-directed research time. Later, this successful system was adopted by teachers and used in the classroom to allow students to explore their passions.

The above four books on "Genius Hour" are popular and best-sellers on—
1) Don Wettrick's Pure Genius: Innovation 20% Time (2014)
    Wettrick encourages teachers and administrators to collaborate— with experts, students, and one another—
    to create interesting, and even life-changing opportunities for learning. You'll discover: Innovation brings
    a fresh approach to solving real problems
2) Denise Kreb's The Genius Hour Guidebook (2015)
    Book shows how to implement Genius Hour, a time when students can develop their own inquiry-based
    projects around their passions and take ownership of their work. Help students develop inquiry questions
    based on their interests; conduct research to learn more about their topic of choice; create presentations
    to teach their fellow students in creative ways; and present their finished product for a final assessment.
3) Andi McNair's Genius Hour: Passion Projects (2017)
    Presented through an easy-to-follow six-step strategy, teachers will utilize the six P's— passion, pitch, plan,
    project, product, and presentation-as a map for students to follow as they create, design, and carry out projects.
    Students will experience personalized learning through these self-driven projects, application of standards
    and real-world skills, and opportunities to learn through failure and reflection. The book includes handouts,
    suggested online resources, and tips and tricks to make the genius hour process meaningful for students
    and manageable for educators.
4) A.J. Juliani's Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom (2014)
    Juliani reveals the ways that teachers can use Google's 20% Time, Genius Hour, and Project-Based Learning
    to make students more creative, inquisitive, engaged in learning, and self-motivated―the kind of people
    we need to move society forward! He offers easy ways to implement these ideas while meeting the Common
    Core and still allowing plenty of time for content instruction.

After watching videos on "Genius Hour" and reading books on this topic, it seems that "Genius
Hour" is somewhat incongruous. "Hour" implies time, the tick-tock of the clock as in Haydn's
Symphony 101 "The Clock" (1794), because of the "ticking" rhythm throughout the second movement. Also "Hour" or passage of time implies past-present-future. "Genius" on the other
hand implies someone who works outside the box, or experiencing eternity, absorbed in the present "Now Moment". National Geographic's May 2017 issue "What Is Genius?" with Einstein on the cover is worth reading. Plato writes "Time is the moving image of eternity" (Timaeus 37d). William Blake writes "Eternity is in love with the productions of time." (Marriage of Heaven and Hell, 35). Gathered quotes on time from several enlightened sages whose mind abides in eternity.

Proposed Research:

Writing a book Platonic Lambda:
Soul of the Universe
, I would like
to explore "Mountain" with the Λ
shape image as the first chapter.
Some topics covered include Art
on Mountains, Music on Mountains,
Poetry on Mountains, Stamps on
Mountains, Mountain Symbolism,
Mountain Writings, Bible on
Mountains, Books on Mountains,
and Mountain Mythology.

Burning question is how the Soul
is related to the triangular shape
Λ of the Mountain.

by Peter Y. Chou (1993)

The hands of the clock
are the wings of an angel,
all you need to do is spread
out your mind, delve into inner
space— here time falls away
cracking like an egg shell,
you're not yolk & white
but sun & sky, your spirit
rising beyond time.

Computer Graphics Shown in Dance Gallery:
"Inspirit" multimedia performances at
Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College,
June 25-26, 1993 & May 14, 1994.