Genius Hour is a instructional practice that supports many, many big ideas in education.
Below are some great links to add to your learning and to give you "think abouts" to exploring this with your students.
Videos for Genius Hour
The Complete Guide to 20% Time (and Genius Hour) in the Classroom
Genius Hour Live Binder
Genius Hour: Step by Step
Why Genius Hour?
How to ... Genius Hour
Reimaging Genius Hour as Mastery Hour
What Genius Hour Project COULD Look Like
Step 1: Brainstorm "What is your Interest?" "What is your Passion?" "What would you like to learn more about or explore more deeply?"
Step 2: Using this form, submit your Wonder or Genius (essential) question.
Read more here about this type of question.
Step 3: Use the KWHLAQ chart here and complete theKWH part to start your thinking and planning. Read here for more information about this graphic organizer.
Step 4: Keep track of your learning in your Learning Log, which you saved in Step 3 with the KWHLAQ chart.
Step 5: Share or present your learning. How you share or present is your choice. You can orally present, create a digital presentation, write a blog post, etc. Answer these questions in your presentation. The sharing is about the learning process, not the end product. The presentation should be short and simple.