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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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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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Presentation Plan: Utah Council for the Social Studies – Nov. 2, 2019

If you’re teacher in Utah, or if you just so happen to be visiting Utah in early November, I would love to meet with you and talk gamification. I’m gamifying my course again this year, and the game is in … Continue reading

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Introducing Earth 2: 2019-2020’s Classroom Game

TLDR: Below, I’m posting a link to my classroom game (Earth 2) introduction and details. If you’re a regular reader, you know that gamification is the practice of adding game elements (e.g. game mechanics and theme) to non-game contexts, and you … Continue reading

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