When thinking about assessment with Genius Hour, it can easily become an overwhelming feeling. You don’t want your students to have artificial motivation like grades to make them fit their Genius Hour projects fit into a box. But you also want to nudge them forward and for the learning to be meaningful. You have to come back to thinking about the process as assessment for learning all the way through. Students must develop the tools to self-assess based on criteria you created as a class. This criteria should reflect broadly what you hope they get out of the journey. Examples include:


-Presentation techniques and 21st century skills


-Problem solving

In this model, it reflects the feedback model in which students can reach their ultimate potential with reflection and constantly moving forward rather than just being assigned a grade and being done with it.


Keeping a reflection journal:

  1. What did I do?
  2. What did I learn?
  3. What was successful?
  4. What is next?

When thinking about self-assessment, students should be assessing themselves during the whole process:

Example questions for assessment…


  • Looking at my work so far, how can I keep focusing on answering my inquiry question?
  • What have I done well so far?


  • When I learn something new from a web page or book, do I make a note of where I got my information?


  • Was my voice loud enough for all to hear? Did I speak slowly enough and enunciate so I could be understood?
  • Did I make eye contact with my audience?

Peer Feedback: 

  • What went well?
  • What can I do to make it better?
  • What more do you wish you could learn about my topic? What’s missing?

Some teachers use more of a framework for assessing Genius Hour which I will attach the link.

Thanks for reading!