Tag Archives: student engagement

It’s Time to End Direct Instruction

Direct instruction. I’ll tell you what you need to know. You record it, train yourself to know it, and then repeat it back, apply it to something else, or synthesize that knowledge plus some other knowledge in producing original work. … Continue reading

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Teaching Memo: A Restaurant Challenge

After we engaged with the “capitalism vs. communism” concept group, I needed to assess my students’ understandings and abilities to apply those concepts… so with that in mind, I’m writing today about a fun, engaging, and effective assessment and application … Continue reading

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Teaching Memo: Support from Our Institutions / Districts

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 … Continue reading

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Teaching Memo: Gamification, Making Items

A quick post here about making items for your game. When a game creator builds a game, it’s often by picking a theme and then by choosing some mechanics to fill out the game and make it playable. (See my … Continue reading

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