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”

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”

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 developContinue reading “Drawing Once Again!”

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 ofContinue reading “A Schmidty Way to Assess Learning”

Grades Aren’t Helping Anyone, Anymore

Work hard + good school grades = university degree = good job = good life This long-held cultural belief is starting to unravel at the seams. Why? Countless Millenials have completed the first half of the equation, but the second half doesn’t compute. Many end up with a boatload of debt, living in their parent’s basements if they’re lucky. This generationContinue reading “Grades Aren’t Helping Anyone, Anymore”