6 Genius Steps for Your Genius Hour Project
Jun 05, 2021
By : Dominique Reine Cu
Pagod ka na ba with online classes? Don’t be afraid to take a break and focus on something else other than your studies. Tip: Why not try and pursue your passion projects for a change?
More than a year into the pandemic, finding the strength and motivation to study, work, or even just get out of bed can be difficult. The pandemic has caused everyone to abruptly uproot their regular routines and create a new one with everything shifting online. This lack of motivation affects not only your academic performance but most importantly, your mental well-being.
Experimenting with Genius Hour might help with slowly but surely bringing back your motivation! Genius Hour, also known as Passion Pursuit, is a kind of open-ended learning that fosters creativity and critical thinking skills. It’s freeform in nature to give you as learners more freedom to express your individuality.
The origins of the Genius Hour can be traced back to author Daniel Pink’s book Drive and successful search engine company Google. For Google, this project was initiated for their engineers where they are given 20% of their work time to pursue personal projects or passion projects that are aligned with the goals of the company. As an innovation company, Google’s rationale here follows a people-centric approach, which works in the principle that their employees shouldn’t feel limited by Google, and instead be able to express their creativity and innovative minds. There have also been schools that have started to see the advantages of implementing a Genius Hour session in their classrooms.
Find your inner creative self with the help of these 6 steps from The Genius Hour Guidebook (2nd edition) by Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi.
Step 1: Inspire
Use this time to brainstorm ideas and just get inspired! With technology in the palm of your hands, maximize the use of online resources such as social media sites Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok by learning new discoveries and trends around the world.
Step 2: Wonder
What do you want? This is your opportunity to go back and reevaluate your skills and interests and just think outside of the box. An easy activity for this is through having a “wonder page” where you can list down 10 things each for what you’re good at, what you wonder about, what you love to do, and what you love to learn. Narrow down the things that spark your interests the most.
Step 3: Question
Liven up your curiosity on the topic you’re passionate about and wish to pursue as your Genius Hour project. Asking questions can lead you to open new doors you didn’t even know existed. Just like wondering, think outside the box with your questions. List down all your questions and try to focus on one that you would want to answer at the end of your project. Think of this as your main goal. Don’t worry! There’s no such thing as stupid questions.
Step 4: Learn
Now that you have a main question or objective you want to achieve in mind, it’s now time to do the heavy work. Enlighten your mind by researching and learning more about your topic of choice. In this way, it will greatly help you during the implementation process of your Genius Hour project. You can read books and articles, interview people, browse online, watch videos, and more to gain new knowledge and insights.
Step 5: Share
Take note: progress over perfection! In this step, feel free to share your progress in doing your Genius Hour project. This includes new skills you developed, challenges you encountered, and fun and interesting facts you learned along the way. Learning is a two-way street. Use this time to learn from others’ journeys as well to gain new insights that might help you with your project and to give them support and feedback that might help them with theirs.
Step 6: Reflect
Finally, after completing your project, give yourself some time to reflect on going through the Genius Hour process. Reflecting helps in reviewing your skills and experiences to make sure you understand the steps and importance of pursuing this project. You can write down your reflections in a journal so you’d have something to look back on in the future. Some reflection points you can use as guide questions are:
- What did you learn? What inspired you?
- Were you able to answer your main question?
- How do you feel about the whole process, from brainstorming to researching to sharing to executing it?
- What would you do differently?
Are you up for this challenge? Share mo naman dito ang dream Genius Hour project mo!
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