Essays, Essais, and Essaisists

Essays are a refined expression of the author’s attempt to figure something out, not an argument where once must take a stance and staunchly back it.

SPQR @ GWMS

I’m teaching Social Studies again this year. Grade 8 Social Studies. My curriculum is…world history. Pretty much none of it is off the table. As a fan of history, this is great. I started the year by running a Classroom Story where students create and run their own city-states/islands. We learned about some of the terminologyContinue reading “SPQR @ GWMS”

Involuntary Hiatus

From mid-2017 until recently, I feel like I developed a bad habit: I was proverbially throwing the baby out with the  bathwater. I rejected the good things within a larger body because I didn’t like some of the elements. What did I throw away? My involvement online. The news made me mad, social media seemedContinue reading “Involuntary Hiatus”

Dichotomy in the Classroom: Teaching a Gaming Generation (Part 3)

I started this series earlier last year (Part 1 & Part 2), examining how video games have become one of our culture’s favourite types of text. But this series is not just about video games. It’s about how the benefits of games can crossover into education. This series stems from my fascination with how peopleContinue reading “Dichotomy in the Classroom: Teaching a Gaming Generation (Part 3)”

Doodle Battle: Fight for the Whiteboard

As with most things in our classroom, it started with a story. In our Classroom Story, “Carta Marina”, we had a portion called Dungeon Dash where students’ characters were navigating a dungeon looking for monsters, loot, and keys. One group encountered a Slime, the most basic, weak, and ubiquitous of the Fantasy Role-Playing Game enemies/monsters. Below is theContinue reading “Doodle Battle: Fight for the Whiteboard”