Game Design – Sprint Retrospective

How reflection creates student agency. Game day was an overwhelming success. The students spent one day playing each others games and offering evaluations. Students then had time to review the feedback from their peers and make changes before their work was graded. Throughout the project students prototyped their games and collected data to make sure... Continue Reading →

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 →

Applying our knowledge

As we round the circle at the end of our Constitution unit the room is buzzing with energy. Students are out of their seats, holding their laptops like busy waiters during dinner service while chatting away to their peers on zoom, and pulling through the junk drawer of creative supplies. The time to put all... Continue Reading →

Assessments in Distance Learning

Sitting in a meeting about authenticating assessment, my mind wanders to the overall state of education.  Here we are almost 1 year into a pandemic. Our systems have been thrown against a wall and decimated.  Pivoting in a weekend our normal flow of life came to a dead stop. Everything started spinning and it isn’t... Continue Reading →

Gamify the Constitution

With a rush of excitement, a push towards action and an explosion of intellectual growth the Analyzing Revolutions unit is over. The students have completely blown past expectations in the products they have made, the discussion they have led and the skills they have acquired. The last minute push exhausted all of us, but luckily... Continue Reading →

Analyzing Revolutions

The new unit on revolutions is content heavy. We are exploring the American road to revolution and the Revolutionary War. In the past students have created timelines that are a reference that will be used in the next unit when learning the U.S. Constitution. This year changed the project to involve a larger world view. ... Continue Reading →

Atomic Habits

Change your world. Be who you want to be. Stop procrastinating and create the systems that will enable a new lifestyle. These are the actionable lessons behind the hugely successful Atomic Habits by James Clear. "Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement."james Clear My Love of Habits In my early 20's a read The 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 →

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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