Tag Archives: Teaching

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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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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