About Franchesca Warren

For fifteen years Franchesca taught English/Language Arts in two urban districts in Atlanta, Georgia and Memphis, Tennessee. Increasingly frustrated with decisions being made about public education from people who were not in the classroom, in 2012 she decided to start a blog about what it was really like to teach in public schools. In the last four years, The Educator's Room has grown to become the premiere source for resources, tools, and strategies for all things teaching and learning. To learn more about Franchesca Warren's work, please visit www.franchescalanewarren.com.

Genius Hour Introduction

Welcome to Episode 2 Season two  of The Educator’s Room podcast! In this episode, Franchesca interviews, Jennifer White from Teaching Teens in the 21st Century, blogger, English/Language Arts teacher, and Genius Hour expert!

Engaging students during school is a hot topic in all schools, regardless of the school’s community or socioeconomic background. Within the last couple of years, many schools have started to use the premise from Google to allow students and/or teachers to implement 20% of their time for something they’re passionate about.   Tonight we will talk about implementing the Genius Hour in middle and high school.

Listen to the podcast here. 

During this podcast we will discuss:

  • strategies to help implement The Genius Hour in your school.  
  • possible roadblocks for teachers and students in implementing Genius Hour.  
  • advice for teachers on how to implement the program and what you can get out of it for your students.

Resources discussed in the podcast

Jennifer’s  blog: www.teachingteensinthe21st.com 

Jennifer’s articles on The Educator’s Room

Research on implementing the Genius Hour here.

Link to TpT Store for products on The Genius Hour.

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Listen to the podcast here. 

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