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Leveling Up Teaching Through Game Inspiration

Bartles, Marczewski, Yee and More! Oh My: 4 Player Type/Trait Models

The concept of Player Types has been an important thought experiment that has helped me immensely with lesson planning. There are many player type models including Nick Yees's Component model, Andrjez Markzewski's Hexad, a new model One's a recently introduced... Continue Reading →

Boss Fight Well PlayED Pod!

Recently I have been experimenting with Boss Fights in the classroom. Michael Matera and I discussed our individual Boss Fight games on this weeks Well Played Podcast. I walked away from this discussion full of new ideas that I am... Continue Reading →

Top Posts of 2017!

2017.  It has been an interesting year.  Personally, my wife and I are expecting our 3rd son any day now and, barring anything major in the next few days, my immediate family has been healthy and safe. I am certainly... Continue Reading →

Fall17 Semester in Review

Blogs are great for reflection so with any ado whatsoever...  My reflections on the Fall17 semester of my game inspired classroom. The Flipped Class Approach. The Good part is that about 80% of my students are consistently completing the notes... Continue Reading →

Game (podcast) Inspired: using Achievement Oriented pod to stay current

I am a Game Inspired Educator. I believe that there are lessons to be learned from the ways the games, particularly video games, engage the player and set up feedback loops to encourage learning. This just scratches the surface of... Continue Reading →

Dreadsheets: Using Spreadsheets for Boss Battles

Over the last few months I have been experimenting with "Boss Fights". In assessment terms the boss fight the potential to fill several rolls and in my case, I used the fights as a major formative assessment. My first attempt... Continue Reading →

Two kinds of Christmas Trees?

Happy Holiday dear readers! Most cultures have some sort of Winter Holiday. A time when people band together to both figuratively and literally shine light on the dark and lonely months of winter. It is not an accident that these... Continue Reading →

Game Friends: #WellPlayedU episode 35

A quick post as I recover from grading Final Papers... I was again blessed to participate in a Well Played podcast with Michael Matera (@MrMatera). Even more blessed - I was part of his first 3 person pod with myself... Continue Reading →

Games and Relationships

This year in education is the "year of relationship building". I've been in education over 15 years and have begun notice that each year their is a theme floating in the educational zeitgeist. A few years ago it was 'rigor'.... Continue Reading →

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