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Mariana Garcia
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Evidence Based Rubrics using Google Forms
It all started a few weeks back. My students were putting final touches on one of their projects, and as is usual in my classroom, I asked them to bring out their rubrics and go over the work. I also asked them to go over each other's work, with the rubric ...

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We don't need badges, or do we?
When I started my gamification journey, one of the sore spots, if you will, was the awarding of badges. On the one hand, I agree with the ideas in Daniel Pink's Drive  and the overjustification effect , and which translates into "Badges ruining intrinsic mo...

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Formative Assessment Made Easy
Do you know where your students are? As you walk around the room today, can you state with some which students are ready to move on and which group do you need to pull for re-teaching? You know the answer lies in the use of formative assessments, but with a...

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Fines in a Gamified Classroom
Let me start by stating that I have two separate "but equally important" systems in my gamified classroom. The XP  system , which is tied to the students assignments (blog quests, mastery quests and PBL quests). In the XP system students are awarded initial...

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Web Tools to explore before the summer ends
Summer is coming to an end. As you start getting your teacher hat back on, and dreaming about your "perfect" classroom, you may want to look at some web-tools that could come in handy. Here are my favorite free or low cost summer discoveries: Write-About : ...

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Pokemon Go in the classroom?
As I look around my neighborhood today, I cannot help but notice the bands of kids and teenagers walking around looking at their phones. Yes, Pokemon Go has hit my otherwise quiet street, and I immediately start thinking to a couple of weeks from now, when ...

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Pokemon Go in the classroom?
As I look around my neighborhood today, I cannot help but notice the bands of kids and teenagers walking around looking at their phones. Yes, Pokemon Go has hit my otherwise quiet street, and I immediately start thinking to a couple of weeks from now, when ...

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Pokemon Go in the classroom?
As I look around my neighborhood today, I cannot help but notice the bands of kids and teenagers walking around looking at their phones. Yes, Pokemon Go has hit my otherwise quiet street, and I immediately start thinking to a couple of weeks from now, when ...

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Chopped - An activity for the first days of school
The first day of school offers up many opportunities for us to define what our student's experience will be like for the remainder of the school year. Many of us spend this wonderful day asking students what name they prefer we use, going over classroom rul...

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Beyond the Leaderboard: Self-ranking charts
A couple of days ago, I talked about creating a  multiple-class, self-ranking leaderboard . My students love the idea of being able to see where they rank, and compare themselves to one another, creating this competitive gaming environment that often leads ...
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