Even after creating several gamified units for my social studies class, it still helps to look over a list of game mechanics and strategies. Sometimes I forget about the power of “Easter eggs” and unlocking mystery levels. These things can make a seemingly dry set of content into an exciting adventure for students. I LOVE […]

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Another school year is in our midst, and more game ideas are swirling around in my head. As I sat down to plot out my first game of the year in my 8th grade social studies class (Colony Quest— more info. on the game below), I just knew I HAD to find a way to […]

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Working Hard

Recently, I read a quote from Hyman Rickover.  Rickover was an admiral in the United States Navy.  A Russian immigrant, he is the father of nuclear propulsion.  Admiral Rickover was known as a workaholic.  He never considered himself smart, only those around him dumb.  Looking forward, the United States education system worried him a great […]

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Rank Up, Soldiers!

I am currently half-way through my current Civil War Game! This game, in its simplest  form, can be used in any classroom, with any subject, for any age students. The basic premise is that students are soldiers who work hard to “rank up.” With every increase in rank, students are rewarded with a week’s pay […]

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Trading Card Game

This time last year I was working on a board game to help my students understand ancient civilizations.  This year, my students had a firm grasp on the ancient civilizations but needed a little bit of help on globalization and economics in general.  Enter the game Economica. I knew I wanted my students to build […]

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