Sketchnotes

Sketchnotes are all the rage in education right now! They are a way for students to use their WHOLE brain when taking notes or gathering information in a class. I have been doing sketchnoting before it was even a thing–like back in the 90s–teachers just thought I  was doodling; but drawing sketches, adding bold font, […]

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Port of Adventure

Recently, I had a student ask me for a review pack for our upcoming state test. “I’m not giving review packs this year,” I said confidently knowing my time spent gamifying their content would surely payoff.  My ego was quickly put in check by the student’s pale and unnerved face. “Wait. What?! No review packet?! […]

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One of the easiest ways to implement game mechanics into your classroom is when reviewing material for a test. Many educators have their go-to review games that they use with their students before a test, but did you ever think to theme the review to meet the unit’s topic or learning targets? You could even […]

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Gamification has changed how I teach.  It’s a game-changer so to speak. There are many ways to bring gamification to your classroom.  Deciding to start small is often a good choice but don’t be afraid to throw yourself into a game whole heartedly. After presenting to a group of teachers recently, the overwhelming feeling involved […]

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The Oregon Trail

As a grand finale for my Westward HO! game, my students ventured out on the Oregon Trail! I created a simulated trail that was a mash-up between the epic 1990 Oregon Trail computer game and a riddle-based scavenger hunt. Students had been working all unit to master content in order to gain the materials (wagon […]

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