Getting a Grip on Gamification

Everyone loves games – especially students. There is no better way to capture students’ attention than to say, “Who wants to play a game?” Nearly any educational topic, skill, or concept can be transformed into an engaging activity with game-like qualities. Enter gamification. What is gamification?  Gamification is the process of taking principles of a […]

National Day on Writing

Tomorrow, October 20th, is the National Day on Writing. This “holiday” came about as an “initiative built on the premise that writing is critical to literacy.” Each year since 2009, NCTE and other collaborators gather at writing events, in classrooms, and online to bring the necessary attention to such an important conversation. Here are a […]

Resources for Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning (PBL) is becoming more prominent in today’s classroom as teachers actively engage their students in real-world experiences. The goal of every lesson is not only to teach students a skill or concept but also to find ways to make it stick. Retention is key. Studies show that much of what people read and […]

WORLD WAR I ARMISTICE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

THE ELEVENTH HOUR OF THE ELEVENTH DAY OF THE ELEVENTH MONTH Celebrating the 100 Year Anniversary of the WORLD WAR I ARMISTICE     11/11/1918 Many associate the poppy with veterans. This most likely stems from the poem written by World War I Canadian soldier, John McCrae, “In Flanders Fields.” On Armistice Day, Americans gratefully acknowledged the […]