The Genius Hour

What is ‘genius hour’?

The genius hour is based on the 20% model that Google uses with their employees. This model is quite simple but very effective. They allow their employees to use 20% of their time to do research on anything they like. This has been such an effective use of a time, that 50% of Google’s projects like Gmail have been created within the genius hour. Other companies are taking note and incorporating this into the scheduled work day or week.


startup-photosGenius hour in ESL learning

The same methods used in the corporate world can be used in the classroom. This is an excellent method for teachers to include as a part of their curriculum. It’s important to allow creativity into the classroom, and this is a great way to do so.

If you’re not currently taking classes, can you incorporate this into your learning? Absolutely! Just spend 20% of your studying time doing something else that you’re interested in learning about. It doesn’t have to be in English, but if you can, that’s great. However, the point of this model is having students/employees to choose what they would like to focus on. It’s an enjoyable and creative chunk of time for you, personally. So use the language you feel most comfortable doing the genius hour in.


What are the benefits?

How often do you get the time to be truly creative within your week? Probably not much! We’re all so busy and have so much going on in our lives that we don’t get to spend as much time as we’d like on activities we enjoy. This is why we have to make the time, and this is exactly what the genius hour does.

The genius hour is fun! You can choose what you’d like to study or try an activity that you may otherwise not get an opportunity to. You get to be creative – which may be something you don’t get to do too often. Another benefit is that you get to control your own learning. You can learn about whatever you want, you can study however you want, or try whatever activity you what. It’s up to you!

What do you think of the genius hour? Will you incorporate it into your studies?


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