Cultivating Creativity Through Genius Hour (3-Hour)

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Cultivating Creativity Through Genius Hour (3-Hour)


Presenter: Andi McNair, TAGT
Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 3

Genius hour is an out-of-the-box venture that allows students to take charge and follow through with a project that will impact their community. Students have total ownership from the initial stage of research, to collaborating with an expert, to carrying out the project with passion, and sharing it with the world–or at least Snapchat! Learn how to make genius hour an exciting part of your class.

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Being an educator for G/T students takes heart and hard work; but no matter how much work you put in, the real key is to make it meaningful to your students. If students can’t connect with what they’re learning, you’re wasting your valuable time and theirs. Genius hour is a creative, hands-on project that is guaranteed to make that connection! Learn how genius hour can get even your most reticent student excited and engaged.

This course will give you: 

  • Key elements of a dynamic genius hour
  • Examples of genius hour projects
  • Helpful resources for you and your students
  • Tips to set up your classroom for genius hour 
Andi McNair currently teaches Gifted and Talented students at a small rural school at Bosqueville ISD in Texas. She has been a teacher for over a decade, teaching 4th/5th grade math before moving into gifted education. As a parent of gifted children, she is a strong advocate for gifted education. Ms. McNair regularly speaks at TAGT (Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented) and other conferences, particularly sharing her passion for innovative education. Andi is married to her high school sweetheart. They have three children and live in Waco, TX.

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