I mentioned before that I was creating a storyline for my gamification class.
The current storyline has them tracking a sorceress who is unleashing mythological beasts on the world in Asia. They have traveled across India and China and have failed to defeat her. They just discovered her location at the Forbidden City following a number of clues that I’d been posting in Chinese around the room (and they were very obscure things even when translated).
They don’t really know why she is unleashing beats or if she is searching for something or whatever…and neither do I. HELP ME OUT?!?!?! Where should I go with this next?
Should state legislatures be deciding teaching standards?
Wisconsin has proposed a law that would take the task of creating standards out of the Department of Instruction and give it directly to a committee set up mostly by the state legislature. They would then pass bills to change them. So, they could pass a bill to eliminate the teaching of unions and collective bargaining.
Today, some 800 of the roughly 3,000 four-year colleges and universities in America make SAT or ACT submissions optional. But before a new study released Tuesday, no one had taken a hard, broad look at just how students who take advantage of “test-optional” policies are doing: how, for example, their grades and graduation rates stack up next to their counterparts who submitted their test results to admissions offices.
“A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face she inquired, “How heavy is this glass of water?” The answers called out ranged from 8oz to 20 oz. She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If i hold it for a minute, its not a problem. If i hold it for an hour, i’ll have an ache in my arm. If i hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer i hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stress and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them for a big longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed - incapable of doing anything.” Always remember to put the glass down.”—(via laborfuerdiesinne)
Me: You have to write a paragraph at the end. Student 1: Uggggh. Ms. B! You’re ruining my life! Me: Yep. Sure am. That’s why I went into teaching. To ruin lives. Good to know I’m doing a good job. [student raises her hand] Me: Yes? How can I ruin your life?
Many interpretative institutions today increasingly make use of narratives, storytelling, and the personal experiences of historical and everyday figures to educate their visitors. At The National WWII Museum, we use first-hand accounts to further our mission to tell the story of the American…
Sometimes, I feel like my lessons, sequencing, and resources for the kids are crap this year.
They’re learning, don’t get me wrong… but I’m hoping I’ll be a thousand times better at this next year.
I feel like I’m going to want to redo everything every year….partially because I want to be the best teacher on the planet and the best teacher possible and possibly because I always end up teaching something new or getting a class I’ve never taught.
This past semester, I gamified my World Cultures class. As students learned about Europe and the Middle East, they traveled across those realms and fought off folklore and dragons throughout. Even though they were facing opponents and having quests, there wasn’t really a big storyline to engage them with. It all took place in a medieval or Game of Thrones like realm and I’d like to continue this into the next semester.
This next semester we will be journeying through the rest of Asia and into Africa. Help me come up with a storyline that could go along with the journey for the semester or the quarter. Maybe fighting off a wizard that is unlocking stuff…not sure…but I’d like to tie it into the continents we are studying.
If you are confused about my gamification of my classroom, check out my previous posts on this blog.