Skip to main content

My Own Genius Hour

Those who work with me or know me well might find this hard to believe, but there are things that I want to do and learn about outside of the realm of education.  Shocking, I know.

While visiting a classroom this week I saw an anchor chart for their Genius Hour and I was inspired to pursue Genius Hour inquiries in my own life.  I have many things that I say I will do when I have more time.  Guess what?  More time is not coming.  I have to intentionally create that space for myself.  

My Genius Hour Possibilities

Learn Calligraphy
(I got this amazing kit about a year ago when I first decided I was going to lean calligraphy....I've yet to really dig in... )

Design/build/create a backyard patio area
I have a backyard patio with a table and chairs.  I imagine a fun place to entertain, hang out, and relax.  I see fancy DIY things on Pinterest and I pin a bunch of things that I'll build someday.  I'd like to take time before this summer to create this space.

Art Journaling

(A year and a half ago my wonderful friend Courtney taught me how to knit.  I even made this dishcloth and an infinity scarf.  Then I fell off the knitting bandwagon.  Yesterday she told me she had read my blog about my 30 day challenges and thinks April should be dedicated to knitting again).

I'm hoping that giving that space in my life an official name like Genius Hour, challenging a few friends to do it with me, and blogging about it will make it magically happen.  There is only one rule-  it cannot be a school-related project or inquiry.  I'll keep you posted on my progress!


  1. Good luck with your Genius Hour. This is so important, and I agree with you that with a career in education there is always more that can be done, so unless you intentionally make time for yourself, it might not happen. You might enjoy Big Picture Classes: Your art journaling idea on the list made me think that. I look forward to seeing future post(s) about this.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The Best Things I Read Last Year

Last year my goal was to read more.  I set an ambitious goal on my Goodreads account and set off to read 80 books. I ended 2017 by beating my goal with 7 bonus books! This year, I'm aiming to read at least 80 books again AND to blog about my reading regularly. Book blogging is something I have wanted to do, but I keep getting in my own way with excuses of time, wondering if people would read my little blog, etc.  I've decided this is the year to start, whether people read or not!  
So with no further are some of the best things I read during the last year...
These four books were all extremely impactful in their own ways, with the common thread being the windows they provided me into experiences that are different from my own. I emerged from each of these books as a slightly different person then when I opened them for the first time. Their connection and relevance to the current events in our world make them even more powerful. 

I read a TON of picture books this …

Thinking About "Diverse Books"

There has been a lot of buzz around "diverse books" for the past few years. When I first came across Chad Everett's latest blog, There is no diverse book, the title made me pause. What could he mean, no diverse books? The importance of diverse books was what everyone was talking about for the last year. His blog was an important read for me and it grew my thinking immensely. It caused many thoughts to spin in my head, so this blog is an attempt to gather them in some sort of organized fashion.

"It is in the transaction (Rosenblatt, 1986) between the reader and the text that a text's diversity is realized," (Chad Everett).  Reading that sentence was a big AHA and DUH moment for me, all at the same time.  Aha, because what is "diverse" for one reader is not diverse for another reader. And duh, because it's about the reader!  Of course, it is ALWAYS about the reader.  I know that, I say that all the time, and I believe that. So how did I miss tha…

I'm a Reader....But am I Reading Enough?

I'm a reader.  I read everyday, as much as possible.  And still I don't feel like I am reading enough.

I read to grow professionally...
...books for my training, Twitter, writing by my favorite teacher bloggers, books by my favorite educational writers.

I (try) read for pleasure...
...books for my book club, the latest recommendations from friends, and my ever growing Good Reads To Read list.

I want to also be an avid reader of the books the students in the classrooms I work with are reading.  I work in classrooms kindergarten through 8th grade and I want to be that person who has the perfect book for every reader I talk to.  I try to stay on top of Nerdy Book Club posts and follow #TitleTalk and @MrSchuReads.

I have more books waiting to be read than I have time to read.  I'd love to curl up for a week straight and lose myself in the adventures tucked into these texts.

How do you balance your professional growth reading, your reading for pleasure, and your reading for st…