GENIUS: a person who displays exceptional intellectual ability, creative productivity, universality in genres or originality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of new advances in a domain of knowledge.
“Genius Hour” is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. Bosque School adopted and implemented its own version of this concept, and 6th grade students this week presented their Genius Block Projects.
The students were able to choose something they wanted to learn about and were provided an overall 10-hour time frame. Given that time parameter, they had to plan what they would learn and how, who would help them (an expert), and how to manage their time to create a final product. Students chose a range of topics from learning about different animals, drawing techniques, learning various computer languages, to forming a jazz quartet. In the process, they learned a lot about themselves and their passions.
Here’s what a few of them had to say:
“I learned that I have a very creative mind.” ~Everett ’25
“Some things are fun even if they don’t seem like they would be.” ~Mia ’25
“I really learned how much I love to code.” ~Wyatt ’25
The 6th grade teaching team also participated in the activity engaging in such activities as learning the mandolin and bathroom tiling.
“It was wonderful to see our students pursuing their own interests and passions,” said Social Studies teacher Sky Jenkins. “It allowed them to take ownership of their own learning. And it inspired me to take on and learn about tiling.”