Genius Hour Video Interview #1 – Paul Solarz

Genius Hour Video Interview #1 – Paul Solarz

This evening I had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Solarz about Genius Hour (aka Passion Projects) in his classroom.  This is the first interview in a series of interviews that I have planned for Genius Hour teachers.  Mr. Solarz clearly has a passion for being an educator and his students are fortunate to have him as a classroom leader.


Interview Notes

– Works with @joykirr

– Learned about genius hour from the books The Passion-Driven Classroom: A Framework for Teaching & Learning and The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

– Gives credit to Google’s 20% time

– YouTube for Schools

– Read more about the KWHLAQ chart that Paul uses for his classroom

– Paul briefly mentions Teach Like a PIRATE It’s a fantastic book that every teacher should read.

– Twitter hashtags #geniushour and #20time

– Paul’s website

– Paul’s email can be found at the very end of the video (not publishing here)

– Paul on Twitter @paulsolarz


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I am an 8th grade science teacher that is passionate about Genius Hour in the classroom. I blog about genius hour, ed tech, and ways to make learning more engaging and fun.

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2 comments on “Genius Hour Video Interview #1 – Paul Solarz
  1. Joy Kirr says:

    Chris & Paul,
    I feel like I’m a home listening! Paul, where’s the lighting? You must be incognito!

    Paul is so right – our district is progressive, and it is hard to find time, but my principal is also very supportive (Paul and I are at different schools in the same district, but it is sad I won’t get his students!!). I like how he calls it “passion time,” especially if he can’t get in an entire hour. I do feel for those teachers who don’t have the support.

    Thanks for talking to each other & sharing! Spread the love for students learning what THEY think is valuable!

  2. Great way to share ideas. I’d love to see this used on WizIQ.

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