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"Wettrick has incorporated a range of creativity-generating concepts into his teaching and turned his classroom into an innovation factory. This book teaches you how to do the same and still maintain rigorous educational standards. You'll be amazed by his students' accomplishments and eager to put his ideas into practice."
Daniel Pink, author of DRIVE and A WHOLE NEW MIND
 

"Schools are failing our students and are in desperate need of a reboot. Don Wettrick provides compelling examples of innovative practices that create a culture of learning that is relevant and authentic.  His book is a call to action to create an education system that inspires students to learn in ways that not only inspire, but provide skill sets that the real-world demands."   
Eric Sheninger
Author, Digital Leadership

"Don Wettrick has created a wonderful resource for bringing innovation down to earth and into the classroom. A valuable tool for educators!"
Tony Wagner
Author, Creating Innovators
 
 

"Level up your learning by understanding the pure genius of having one class dedicated to innovation, making, and the pursuit of student interests. Don Wettrick gives you the definitive guidebook on this transformational method of teaching and transforming school to a relevant place where students want to learn."
Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher, author Reinventing Writing
 

Don Wettrick has turned the traditional classroom experience on its head, allowing the students to take control of their own education. The results are stunning! This book should be the blueprint for the future of education." 
 
Tina Seelig
Author, inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity

About the Author

Don Wettrick is an Innovation Coordinator at Noblesville High School, just outside Indianapolis, IN. He is the author of "Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level". Wettrick has worked as a middle school and high school teacher; educational and innovation consultant; and educational speaker. Don is passionate about helping students find their educational opportunities and providing them with the digital tools they need to give them a competitive edge.
Don has lectured across the US and Europe about collaboration, social media use, and work environments that enable innovation. He also hosts an internet radio program, InnovatED, for the BAM! Radio Network.  Most importantly Don works with educators and students to bring innovation and collaborative skills into education.
Don lives in Greenwood, IN with his wife, Alicia, and three children: Ava, Anna, and Grant. You can find him on Twitter @donwettrick where he tweets updates on his student's innovation work.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. (August 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988217627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988217621
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric T. Nentrup on September 8, 2014
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Don is the type of educator every student wants and every parent wants for their children. His first book captures that excitement and energy in a manner that is accessible and practical. One part best practices, one part memoir, we see how Don has flipped the traditional expectation of school on its head by developing his INNOVATIONS coursework. If you're a teacher who's flirted with project-based learning, yearns to create authentic assessments for your students, desires to incorporate technology into your instruction, and is tired of playing school, then you need PURE GENIUS.
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I've seen the author speak and the best compliment I can give on this book is that it's like sitting across from him listening to his enthusiasm, his ideas and experience in innovating education. It's been a pleasant read and has given me an insight into the challenges in education today, the common core and the authors' take on it. Don Wettrick is honest about the mistakes he has made along the way and open about the challenges he has faced. I like the way he mentioned the importance of engaging other teaching staff and the lessons he learned from his faillure to do so initially. To me this gives it a real quality which a gung ho story mentioning only successes would not have had. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a jumpstart in starting innovative classes for students.
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Wettrick's style is conversational yet purposeful, which makes this a quick and engaging read. This book is a must-read for any educator that cares about being a generationally relevant change-agent for public education in the United States.
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If you are an educator, thinking about getting into teaching this is a must have book. Pure Genius is great for anyone new in the field or has over 15 years experience. This book perfectly talks about how to turn your classroom into an amazing place for learning through both classic means and new ideas and tech. I highly recommend this book.
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When the phrase "Genius Hour" became trendy a few years ago, many teachers attempted to work it into their classrooms. After all, what could be bad about giving students a little autonomy? Most teachers give up on Genius Hour strategies because their students can't handle the loss of structure. Don Wettrick takes Genius Hour to a hole new level--showing teachers how to turn innovation and autonomy into an everyday classroom miracle. Best of all, Wettrick outlines the key steps to cultivating innovation throughout the week and throughout the school year. From brainstorming Mondays to blog/vlog and feedback Fridays, Pure Genius provides everything teachers need to revolutionize teaching and learning. Throw out your worksheets and workbooks and grab Pure Genius. Then, watch your classroom transform into a vibrant room filled with independent learners.
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I heard Don Wettrick speak today and bought the book over lunch. He has my wheels turning because he compiled concrete ideas about the teacher I want to be, but never knew how to start. Read this book now, especially if you are questioning the state of our educational system. The author also shares his inspiration for innovation which will extend my learning. Now only if I didn't need any sleep!
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Don's outlook on wha is possible in a classroom are endless. He has learned how to inspire students to do more than well, he has made them learners for life. Kids who seeks out opportunities to learn cannot be stopped. We all have something to learn when it comes to finding the geniuses in our classrooms.
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I imagine what it is like before your first teaching job. You are looking forward to inspiring kids to love learning and preparing them for their lives.

How many of us have lost that spark?

Don's book is the best way I've found to both reigniting a love of teaching and achieving the goal to make an impact on kids.

If you're an educator and you want a practical guide to achieving the career you've always wanted, this is the book to read.
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