‘Genius Hour’ at Alki Elementary: Students ‘given free range’

February 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 2 Comments

Maybe you’ve heard of “Genius Hour,” inspired by Google, with the company legendarily giving employees time to work on projects that interested them, rather than the assignments they were given. For the past six weeks, two classes at Alki Elementary got that chance – one hour per week during which third- and fourth-graders “were given free range to investigate and study a topic of their choice,” as teacher Anna Coghill put it. On Friday, students in her class and Kelli Soccorsy‘s class showed off those projects, and invited us to come have a look along with some other visitors (including the parents who gave us permission to feature their kids). Top photo, Charlotte‘s project was recycling art; next, Julian put together a tutorial on the history of perhaps the most famous superhero ever, Superman:

And in our final photo, with Alki’s first-year principal Shannon Stanton, is Owen, whose “Genius Hour” project involved engineering a catapult:

While Google is believed to have moved away from the “Genius Hour” type of time allotment, it’s a thriving idea in schools, with projects like the one the Alki students and teachers have just completed.

2 Comments

  1. Way to go Alki teachers and students! Yet another creative way for students to be motivated and inspired in their learning! You all ROCK!!

    Comment by Jennie — 7:13 am February 17, 2014 #

  2. Greetings from Colombia, South America! Well done students! Were any of the presentations digital? I would like to show some possible products to a group of first graders who we are doing Genius Hour with down here! Thanks!
    Play–>Passion–>Purpose!

    Comment by Benjamin Light — 1:12 pm February 17, 2014 #

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