Constitutional Game Design – Game Day!

The build up to game day has been anxiety riddled. Students have been testing their games, tweeking rules based on data, and working on design elements. I have spent the last few lunch periods at the laminator helping to create "real" game cards, while the students have been working in hallways on FaceTime with their... Continue Reading →

Sketch noting the Constitution

The 8th grade students have decided that this year we are re-writing our Constitution to intertwine it with game design. The students expressed that they wanted to learn design thinking and create games that show their mastery of the U.S. Constitution. Excitedly, I jumped into planning. Content goals first, skill goals second. Every year students... Continue Reading →

Declaration of Independence the Musical

When Middle School students are told they are going to engage with a primary source the feeling of the room shifts. The smiling faces disappear. The air becomes stagnant. All joy in the world has been stifled. Not even the worlds most famous break up letter brightens their faces. The Declaration of Independence is not... Continue Reading →

End of Unit Products

Here we are! After launching off into our first EduScrum sprint we have finally reached the end. It is time to see the results of all of the hard work. Students began this project in September striving to answer the questions: How Should Power Be Distributed in a Stable Society? The history element of this... Continue Reading →

Social Contract Meets 2020

The 8th graders are humming like bees in the spring. Passionate. Excited. Communicating and Collaborating. Connected between computer, communicating through plexiglass and masks. They are mastering content, learning transferable skills, and exploring the world. All through the eyes of a historian. How? Through the EduScrum framework students have tackled the driving question: How Should Power... Continue Reading →

Where are the systems?

This morning I was out on my daily run listening to Atomic Habits by James Clear. I am usually listening to books or podcasts as I run since it gives me the space to let new ideas bounce around my head. This morning the information was more thought provoking than usual. James Clear was introducing... Continue Reading →

Building a Virtual Flap

The Flap is an integral part of running eduScrum. It is the heart and brain of the project and must be accessible to all students. The Flap show the chronological movement of a project, while making communication and organization transparent. When a project begins students are shown how to create a Flap. The categories that... Continue Reading →

A More Beautiful Question

There are many experiences and books that have shaped me as a person and as an educator, but none were more powerful and immediate than A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. I picked up this book 2.5 years ago while on maternity leave. I was searching for a book... Continue Reading →

Self – Selected Groups

No level headed teacher would dream of letting students create their own groups for a project, but here I am. Having students lead by team captains self-select their team is one of the tenets of eduScrum. It is essential that students understand their power of choice. This is not the class they've taken every year... Continue Reading →

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