Global Educators Reveal Top Tips for Putting Google’s 20 Percent Time in Classrooms Everywhere

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Top teachers from around the world discuss how “Genius Hour” inspires curiosity, innovation and creativity, and enhances knowledge in students, according to research done by CMRubinWorld.

Search engine giant Google allows its engineers to spend 20% of their time working on things that interest them – the goal being to inspire creativity and indirectly increase productivity. That same 20% time also inspires curiosity and innovation in schools by giving students a purpose for learning and a conduit for their personal interests and passions, according to research by CMRubinWorld with acclaimed educators around the world.

“Teachers live for that moment in time when a student says, “I finally had an idea that is all my own and belongs to no one else”,” says teacher Joe Featheree. “Educators around the world have employed and integrated genius time in their classrooms because of its positive effect on the students,” writes Jim Tuscano. “Genius Hour is not about a quick answer that is regurgitated in front of the class,” emphasizes Shaelynn Fransworth. “Instead, we are asking students to become experts in that particular field and have the audacity to manipulate their knowledge in ways that will allow them to construct thoughtful responses with threaded experiences and support in multiple situations.”

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The Top Global Teacher Bloggers are pioneers and innovators in fields such as technology integration, mathematics coaching, special needs education, science instruction, and gender equity. They have founded schools, written curricula, and led classrooms in 16 different countries.

These eminent leaders in education are: Rashmi Kathuria, Jim Tuscano, Craig Kemp, Jasper Rijpma, Elisa Guerra, Pauline Hawkins, Maarit Rossi, Vicki Davis, Miriam Mason-Sesay, Shaelynn Fransworth, Carl Hooker, Adam Steiner, Warren Sparrow, Nadia Lopez, Richard Wells, Joe Fatheree, Kazuya Takahashi, and Abeer Qunaibi.

CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a highly regarded trailblazer in the renaissance of 21st century education, and occupies a widely respected place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced over 500 interviews and articles discussing an extensive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.

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