Category Archives: Rough Ideas and Arguments

Conference Week, 2019! UCSS and AMLE19

Things are about to get quite a bit [more] interesting for me. Saturday, bright and early, you’ll find me at the Utah Council for the Social Studies (UCSS) presenting a gamified hour on the topic of gamification. Here’s my blurb: … Continue reading

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Teaching Memo: How to Use Film [effectively] in the Classroom

In class this week, my students and I watched and discussed The Biggest Little Farm – an ingenious movie that I fully expected to be intensely boring but that I’ve now seen four times and absolutely adore. (Aside: When I first … Continue reading

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Teaching Memo: Why I Love the IDM (Inquiry Design Model) Blueprint

A year ago, in searching for Social-Studies professional development resources and tools, I came across a single-page lesson-planning document that has been a friend to whom I return every month or two, as I develop new lessons for my classroom. … Continue reading

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Gamification as a Boat-Building Exercise

Unlike many teachers, I do not teach the same content every year. Sometimes, I wish I were planning a unit I’ve taught many times before – and I’ve lived that experience in the past – but most of the time … Continue reading

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Classroom Code of Norms, for students and by students

Last year, my sixth-grade team of teachers worked together with students to guide students to create a class-wide set of norms for behavior. The process was energizing and gave the students a voice in their own expectations, so I decided … Continue reading

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