Collusion, Communism, and Catan…The Best Gamification of a Gov & Econ Class

Collusion, Communism, and Catan…The Best Gamification of a Gov & Econ Class

I got the chance to go into Mike Franz's high school gov & econ class when they were playing YOLO, a year-long game where one week of school represents one year of life. The first week of the game the students are 18 years old, the last week of the game they are near retirement age. What will they make of their society, of their economy, of their investments, of their world? We explore the following: - what the game looks like from beginning to middle to end - how Mike utilizes class jobs to stay organized and to have…
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What Would Make A Great 1st Day of School?

What Would Make A Great 1st Day of School?

With the start of the school year upon us, I've been thinking a lot about the first day of school. Is it the most important day? How do you balance the need for rules & procedures with getting kids stoked about being in your class? How do you ensure students have a voice and feel seen & heard on the first day? How do you not only begin to develop a positive relationship with students but also help them begin to develop positive relationships with each other and with the content you're teaching? What do students think makes a great…
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Having the Same Teacher from Kindergarten to Graduation…

Having the Same Teacher from Kindergarten to Graduation…

Think of your Kindergarten teacher. How do you think your educational experience would have been different if that teacher continued to be your teacher for every year until you graduated high school? In today's podcast I chat with Mark Rogers, who will be starting a 13-year experiment this year. The practice is called 'looping' where a teacher sticks with a group of students for more than one year. We discuss the following: • how he got into looping with students • why he's embarking on this 13-year experiment • what the challenges of looping are • what teachers can do…
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5 Class Greetings To Improve School Culture | The Thom Gibson Podcast Ep 3

5 Class Greetings To Improve School Culture | The Thom Gibson Podcast Ep 3

Can High-5's really make that much of a difference in school culture? In this episode, I explore the various ways I've begun to greet students at the door right at the beginning of class and how they've helped build a positive culture in my classroom and school. I also have another teacher, Justin Aion sound off of why he started High-5 Fridays at his school and the effects it had on his own school culture. Music by Podington Bear Connect with Justin Aion - www.twitter.com/justinaion   
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