‘Genius Hour’ highlights the work of the Colonial’s Master Teachers

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Colonial Middle School Master Teacher George Hankins shares an innovative way to engage students in research.

Colonial School District’s annual “Genius Hour” brings together principals, administrators and teacher-leaders to see the body of work accomplished over the past year by the District’s Master Teachers. The Master Teacher program is an incentive program that encourages experienced teachers to explore key areas related to district goals, and share their knowledge and expertise with peers. As projects and ideas flow, teachers make connections across the district they might not have made otherwise. “I think it’s important to feel like you’re part of a professional learning community that extends beyond just your grade level and school to further your craft and become more of an expert in your field,” said Mrs. Duffy. Topics at this year’s Genius Hour included the responsive classroom, the Growth and Intervention Network (GAIN), collaborating using Google Apps for Education, engaging students in math and world language at the secondary level, and tips for helping students become better writers and critical thinkers.