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Starting 7th Grade Math

Good year to all (few?) I’ll be teaching 7th grade math next year and I’m desperate for approval / ideas.   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KYgtd2q5x2clpDTwtJwpDeAoZw_M_O0R9Au5bkKXHsE/edit I’m half tempted to do just exactly what another teacher has done and modify from year to year, … Continue reading

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Theme

A lesson, and a game, are often themed. How do they match up? In math education, themes are chosen for a variety of reasons: To interest student population, to demonstrate a topic’s use, to challenge a student, analogy for a … Continue reading

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How many designers are there in central ohio?

I’ve often wondered this. It is possible just a few actually try to publish, but how many are a bit like me, and just design for fun? And how many of them are middle school or elementary kids! 🙂 … … Continue reading

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June 29th: Wild Goose Creative Noon to Five

Players and designers welcome! June 29th, at the Wild Goose Creative, from noon to five come along and talk design or just play games with local game designers! If you have interest in being a featured artist, please send me … Continue reading

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Team Work Optional

A student, during a certain standardized testing situation in school, was having a hard time. “Can I ask you a question?” “You just did, but go on ask another. I’ll be able to answer it in only incredibly vague ways … Continue reading

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Sand Boxed looking for Quest Givers

In my search to group up the local non electronic game designers, I have come to an impasse… Let me start with an analogy I give many of my male students these days. “GTA is a sand box game. It … Continue reading

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Cross section of games in education

When I tell people that I am interested in gamification of education, I get a mix of responses. “I love playing quiz games in class!” “What is he going to do? Teach them math by playing monopoly with them?” I … Continue reading

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Making Mistakes: How to get back into the game

In this dreary time of year, with the sky bleak and pets and old people predictably getting sick during the Holidays, it leads us to reflect on the thing that truly matters: How to get back in the game I … Continue reading

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Design Challenge: Mafia Mash

Last time… many (?) moons ago, I wrote a game design article detailing a game randomly generated from this page http://www.boardgamizer.com . The webpage randomly assigns a mechanic, a theme, a victory condition and a constraint (if you dare click the … Continue reading

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On Giving Up

When students enroll in courses, I always see this passion in their eyes. “Oh wow! Psychology! I want to learn that!” but when they actually get around to trying it, the appeal of whatever internal branding they’d applied to it … Continue reading

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