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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

Rules for Classrooms

Rules for Classrooms

At the moment I am getting ready for the start of a new course. One of the things I always tell my students on the

Teachers’-Belief-In-Students

Teachers’ Belief In Students

I’m currently reading a very interesting book entitled Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior. It’s full of great insights into the way we think and

Countable Vs Uncountable

I used to struggle with explaining the difference between these for a long time until I realized a very simple truth. Countable things are easy

Crazy Recipes

This is one of my favorites. Students are put into pairs or teams in which they brainstorm vocabulary for food, filling out the first page.