Category: Reflections

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 terminology…

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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 seemed…

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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 the…

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Drawing Once Again!

I used to draw. Then I was a recovering drawer. And after participating in Inktober, I realized I am a drawer once again. Inktober was an initiative started by artist Jake Parker. The challenge is to do a pen and ink drawing every day for the month of October and is meant to “to improve inking skills and develop…

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A Schmidty Way to Assess Learning

This is an example of me being neurotic about a term: hacking. Life-hacks, kitchen-hacks, education-hacks, etc. I understand the context it’s being used in.  It’s meant as a shortcut, or time-saving tip. The word hack originally means to cut something with rough or heavy blows. The term was more popularized with computer hacking; the exploiting of…

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