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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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Why I Stopped Giving Zeroes as Grades

A year ago, I stopped giving any zeroes in my classes. Having adopted this policy and used it for a full academic year, I offer for your consideration the top three reasons I am continuing not to assign zeroes. TLDR … Continue reading

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Games and Game Elements & Mechanics in the Classroom: A Simple Taxonomy

When I began teaching in the Spring of 2008, I was teaching adults in a college setting, and I acted under the assumption that students were just like me – they’d like what I liked, learn how I learned, and … Continue reading

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A Critical Lens: Standards-Based and Competency-Based Grading

As I’ve been learning more about Standards-Based Grading and Competency-Based Grading, I am struck by something: they don’t appear to be any different in practical application from traditional grade reporting. They distinguish themselves, but they fail to be different in … Continue reading

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