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Welcome to ‘Genius Hour’
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Personalized learning techniques used in the Oregon School District are designed to give teachers a better alternative than “teaching to the middle.”

That means letting students learn more at their own pace, and nowhere is this new approach showing more promise or results than with some of the district’s more gifted pupils.

In fact, Oregon Middle School is now home to several geniuses.

Enriched English teacher Amanda Rigell, who teaches three classes with around 75 seventh- and eighth-grade students, has instituted the “Genius Hour” – providing students time each week to personalize their education by working on independent study projects. She said the change has gone so well that when her classroom is empty for prep time, many students visit her classroom during their study halls to continue progress on their projects.

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