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The Gamification of Learning: Exploring the XP Grading System

Last week, a classmate of mine published a post here on our class blog about her thoughts on the XP Grading System. I really liked Jordan’s post and the points she raised about this system of grading — both positive … Continue reading

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Promoting Literacy: The Reading Buddies Program

According to Reading is Fundamental, the United States is enveloped in a literacy crisis. Millions of children and adults alike have been affected through what they call a “never-ending cycle of educational disadvantage.”¬†According to Reading is Fundamental, a student’s first … Continue reading

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Incentivizing the Love for Learning: Accelerated Reader

I have always loved to read. A considerable chunk of my time outside the classroom in school always involved my nose being burrowed deep into a book. So, as you can imagine, having the opportunity to be rewarded for reading … Continue reading

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School Spirit and a Little Friendly Competition: The Big Dodge

Ah, middle school dodgeball. It was a way for kids to take out their frustrations of the day on the kids of the opposing team and was an endless source of entertainment for the kids who lacked the coordination to … Continue reading

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Music Education in the Elementary School Classroom: Recorder Karate

What was your the music education experience in elementary school like? When you hear “elementary school music class,” what comes to mind? What images pop up in your head? When I think about my own elementary school music experience, this … Continue reading

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The Bully Bucket: Eradicating Harassment in Middle School

How did your middle school deal with bullying? My school used one of these things: In case you aren’t familiar with what I’m talking about here, let me give you a rundown on what my school called the Bully Bucket. … Continue reading

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Substitute Teachers and Respect: An Ongoing Struggle

A couple of months ago, a classmate of mine published a post here on our website about the future of substitute teachers. Over the past few weeks, I have been thinking more and more about the place of substitute teachers … Continue reading

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