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The Importance Of Randomness

The Importance Of Randomness

Teachers work very hard to remove randomness from classrooms, either through organization of time, activity or the direct assignment of groups to undertake the activity. A classroom is often only seen as effective when the random elements are minimized. But is that always the best option?

Solved Games And Boring Worklives

Solved Games And Boring Worklives

The more a job inherently resembles a game …. the more enjoyable it will be regardless of the worker’s level of development Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi, Flow,

Random Thoughts On An Autumn Day

Random Thoughts On An Autumn Day

Learning is very similar to the wind if you are experiencing it you can feel its effect but if you are removed from it like, say, a teacher, it is an invisible force acting on the landscape that you can only glimpse through a window.

Everybody Needs An Imaginary Friend

Everyone Needs An Imaginary Friend

Most beginner level books in English language teaching start with some form of basic introductions and then move on to everyday concrete expressions. This is in line with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels A1 and A2.

Gamification And Assessment

Gamification And Assessment

Very few students enjoy assessment. It is stressful, frustrating, and often viewed as a necessary evil. It doesn’t have to be. Gamification can provide a

Gamifying Grammar Drills

Perhaps it’s the word ‘drill’ that fuels my dislike of grammar drills,  as it conjures up in my mind visits to the dentist. Often painful,

The Trap Of Certainty

The Trap Of Certainty

Students like to know where they stand in relation to each other, and in relation to their grades. The ability to see where you currently

Everything I Learned From Comics: xkcd And Education

It is doubtful anyone in the education field would find it appropriate to tell a student your parents are Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus. But it does raise a very interesting question about how educators deal with students who question the teacher.

The World Is But A Game

    What is a game? To understand gamification and its impact on teaching this is possibly one of the most fundamental questions. It is

What is Gamification?

What is Gamification?

Gamification is a relatively new term. I believe it was coined by the Conundra consulting company in 2003. Given its relative newness, people are still

Fudge and my Discovery of Rubrics

Fudge and my Discovery of Rubrics

I have never been particularly good at maths. This, sadly, has limited some of my enjoyment of roleplaying games. I was sick of “Roll Playing”

How Seating Arrangements Affect Learning

How do seating arrangements affect learning? What is the best seating arrangement? The seating arrangements of a classroom have an effect on where students focus