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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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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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Students Learning From Gaming

Last week, I wrote about bringing Dungeons & Dragons to the after-school classroom (incidentally, D&D was in the Times opinion section this past weekend) and about how I more-or-less stumbled into the whole thing. Today I’m writing just a bit … Continue reading

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love D&D (or, How I Unintentionally Brought Dungeons & Dragons to my Middle School)

Come with me on this journey of discovery and fun. This is a long one, but maybe you’ll get something out of it. Permit yourself to have a good time being a kid. It’ll end well. – – – At … Continue reading

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On Student Motivation (and on making content matter through gamification)

So as not to bury the lead: gamification motivates more naturally than does the boring, standard approach to content. For those who see my posts and think, TLDR, you may be interested in homing in on the bold-faced ideas, which … Continue reading

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