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 →

Exploring Writing Skills

Writing is a large part of a humanities class. For my government class I specialize in informational and argumentative writing. Most social studies classes in America place a heavy emphasis on this type of reading and writing because our English classes cover most other forms.  Practicing these skills is not always, or lets say never,... Continue Reading →

Revolutions as Infographics

A huge part of the teenage experience in 2020 is living and learning through images. Students are bombarded by images through their social media. They absorb the majority of their information through images, so it is necessary that they begin to learn the skills that drive media. The skill of synthesizing information from facts to... 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 →

Boston Massacre Trial

SET THE STAGE One of the major skills I teach is argumentative writing. One would think that taking naturally argumentative pre-teens and harnessing that energy with be easy, unfortunately it is not. Students that can argue over grades, the pros and cons of wearing leggings at school and which football team will reach the Super... 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 →

Reflection and Rebuilding

Flying high off the success of our last project,  8th grade U.S. Government students are excited to start their new adventure.  They have been working with the same groups for the entire quarter and are ready to move forward with a dynamic new group. They enjoyed self-selecting their groups based on diverse qualities and skills... Continue Reading →

Visual Thinking in Government

The learning goal is for students to explore the power distribution and relationship between people and their governments. The hook is a lightning project. To hook students into this lesson time was used to up the level of anticipation. This project could be larger and could take more time, but the same learning goals can... Continue Reading →

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