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Famous Failures


I believe that we need to inspire passion in our students. I believe that students need to begin to learn to take charge of their learning; Genius Hour Projects are a means to accomplish this.


*Please e mail me directly if you wish to become a member of the wiki. Please do not send a request to join the wiki as I am unable to approve membership this way.




Goals of this project:

*to promote, support and model creative, innovative thinking and inventiveness
*to allow students an opportunity to discover/investigate one of their passions and reflect on/share their learning with others
*provide students and teachers an opportunity to develop skill sets that are valuable in any learning situation (research, experimentation, collaboration, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking)
*to provide an opportunity for classes to share their Genius and Passion Projects with others


Project Duration:

No End in Sight!



Target Grade Levels / Age Group:


This project is open to all grade levels

How this project works:


*teachers can contact Robyn Thiessen by e-mail here or @robynthiessen on Twitter to have a class Genius Hour page created.
*classes create their Genius Hour page as they wish using a variety of Web 2.0 tools
*classes use their page to share Genius HourProjects that they are doing within their classrooms
*classes may want to share their Genius Hour Projects with other classes using Skype or Google Hangout




I am very excited to take the Passion Project/Genius Hour idea to the global community and I look forward to working with you!




For more information on Genius Hour, please check out the wiki:

The Genius Hour Wiki


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The Genius Hour Live Binder

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Creativity Takes Time


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Other resources include:

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Caine's Arcade YouTube




Sir Ken Robinson's TED Talk



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Angela Maiers book:


The Passion Driven Classroom



Angela Maiers TED Talk

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