Genius hour allows students to be in charge of their own learning by self-selecting projects based on their own personal passion. Students become experts in their chosen field by connecting with real world experts as well as through rigorous online research. Genius Hour sparks critical thinking and problem-solving and leads to high levels of student engagement. Too often, students from disadvantaged backgrounds have a limited exposure to a multitude of careers and possibilities. Genius Hour provides a way for students to explore beyond the curriculum and beyond their own schools and neighborhoods. It exposes them to a wide array of opportunities and helps to ignite a passion for learning in every child. This session explores the purpose behind Genius Hour, the plan on how you can effectively implement it in your school, and examples of student projects.
Dr. McCutcheon is currently completing his third year as principal at Randall Elementary in Independence, MO. For all three years the building has led a Genius Hour for all students in grades 3-5. Dr. McCutcheon has previously presented on Genius Hour at the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESSP) Spring Conference in 2017.