Support from those whose job it is to support our work is perhaps the single make-or-break factor that has the biggest impact on a teacher’s effectiveness. That’s not really a thought I’m willing to defend – it just seems to be true. That said, I get a tremendous amount of support from my institution, an independent school called McGillis.
In the last two years, they’ve fully supported visits to the Utah Council for the Social Studies (2019, Salt Lake region) and trips to NCSS (2018, Chicago) and AMLE (2019, Nashville), all three of which were venues that had invited me to share my work on games, student engagement, and gamification. Next year, I hope to present again in the Washington, D.C. area (either at NCSS or AMLE), but I may have used all of my goodwill in terms of funding. We’ll see what other options there are… any ideas, friends?
Recently, the school asked me to pen an article that would help our community get to know gamification as it exists in my classroom. If you’re interested, they’ve published it on the school’s blog here. Check it out. Feedback welcome!