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On Student Motivation (and on making content matter through gamification)

So as not to bury the lead: gamification motivates more naturally than does the boring, standard approach to content. For those who see my posts and think, TLDR, you may be interested in homing in on the bold-faced ideas, which … Continue reading

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Student Choice Leads to Lifelong Learning

I’ve been teaching for over a decade, and whereas most of these years I made myself as important as possible in the learning process, over the last few years I’ve been working on minimizing the notability of my presence in … Continue reading

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Stepping Out on a Limb in Gamification

So as not to bury the lead, I made some big changes in my ever-changing classroom this past week. This was the first week of what I hope will be many weeks of adding game elements to a classroom in … Continue reading

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The Plebs and NCSS 2018

This year, I’m making my first visit to the National Council for the Social Studies conference. On Saturday, I’m presenting some materials to attendees around a group of lessons I have built around a simulation activity to help kids learn … Continue reading

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Learning to Like What We Do Not Like (bootstrapping preferences)

Sometimes, we just like what we like. Our preferences have real costs (and benefits, to be sure). If we don’t like a subject in school, at any level, we struggle to find what typically counts as success. It feels difficult, … Continue reading

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