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March’s Quest of the Month: Teacher Steve Isaacs’ game design lesson plan

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Introducing Classcraft's first-ever Quest of the Month! Each month at Classcraft, we'll be choosing one awesome quest to promote. Quests are personalized, self-paced, choose-your-own-adventure lessons for students. Our goal is to spotlight the amazing educators who inspire us and share creative, teacher-made content with our global community of forward-thinking educators. If you use Classcraft, you can submit quests you'
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Future-ready education: The lessons students need to learn aren’t taught by textbooks

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New to the world of edtech, I arrived at the 2016 SETDA/ISTE conferences in Denver, Colorado, as the chief academic officer of the New Jersey Department of Education. I was there to celebrate two New Jersey educators who were being recognized for their work fostering student voice. The conference began with “speed dating” rounds, where educators could learn more about companies looking to partner with and support their work with students. The kickoff began with each new company giving an
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How assessing student types helps me individualize their learning experience

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When assessing my approach to teaching and my relationship with students, I never once forgot the first piece of advice I received. It was my cousin who told that the one thing every good teacher needs to have is "eyes in the back of their head." It was true back then, and it's still very much true today, even with the huge technological development we are witnessing in schools. Whether or not you use new techniques in teaching and classroom management, the best thing you can do is to be awa
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How I use Dungeons and Dragons in the classroom

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Let me start off by saying that I hate Dungeons & Dragons. No, let me rephrase that — D&D has caused me more heartache, lack of sleep, troubled dreams, and loss of focus at work than my ex-wife! … And that kind of power is exactly what makes it such an amazing tool to use with students in the classroom. But before I tell you about how I’ve incorporated Dungeons & Dragons into the classroom, I’d like to take you back … way back (Hey! I’m 48 years old!) ... to m