“Blowing Up the Grade Book”

The following reflection is based on Dr. Haskell’s video: “Blowing Up the Grade Book” which can be seen in the video below:

  • Issues of fairness/equity in curricular design

Make class a game. “The winning condition is always within reach when class is a game.” This is an interesting view on making learning a game. This idea is completely new to me, and I can see the advantage of providing equity to students, and allowing students to choose their quests is a great way to provide that equity.

  • Homework

We can learn whenever and wherever we want and homework shouldn’t be deemed for afterschool hours only. I like the idea that Dr. Haskell mentions that students make their own choices on homework based on a reward system. This is revolutionary in terms of the traditional classroom. The traditional classroom is set up so that students learn what the teacher deems is important.

  • Due dates

Short and long term goals such as rank help students to stay on task in game-based learning. As a teacher, I really like this idea. Constantly having to harp on student to make sure they turn in their work on a specific day gets tiring.

  • Student choice

Students choose the quests they want to complete based on their own interests in the game-based learning. For this to happen, Dr. Haskell states, “Teachers need to be willing to put the tools in the student’s hands.” I love giving students choices in their learning. I think that students learn better and are engaged in their learning when they choose what is important to them.

  • Respond to the speakers ideas about changing the metrics of schools

Dr. Haskell points out that the traditional class is already a game, and teachers punish students when they fail; this makes it impossible for students to be successful. I think that a combination of what Dr. Haskell speaks about and the traditional classroom is more realistic at this point. I don’t think we are going to get 100% of teachers to switch over to this way of thinking. However, I do feel that adding this aspect into teaching is important and should be happening.

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