Gamification in my classroom 4: stickers

A quickie: having planned the course overall, and thought about tasks, and collecting xp, I decided to design some badges to be collected by students for when they achieve each part of the course.

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Make your own Gladiator Paper Dolls

My school does an ‘Open Day’ every Summer, when we open the school on a Saturday  to parents, prospective parents and pupils, and anyone else who wants to come. Each department puts on a kind of showcase with games and events linked to their subject, and the whole thing turns into a kind of fete.

This year, we build a makeshift Colosseum in our classroom, and the kids made gladiator paper dolls!

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Prezi, and Steve the Skydiver: how to analyse poetry

I’ve discovered Prezi, a new way of creating presentations that appear more interactive and, well, ‘swishy’.

It’s not that much different from Powerpoint, despite it wanting to be, but it’s very user-friendly and, for teachers like me, there are already lots of ‘prezis’ on the short stories and poems that make up some of my taught courses, all done by students, demonstrating both their understanding and the platform’s usability.

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