Anyway, I was so excited to get this e-mail yesterday from one of the students (BHS junior Mark Steinbach):
Just wanted to share a really interesting TEDx video I happened upon. Our discussion on Tuesday about making learning active and less teacher-focused popped into my head as I watched it, so I figured you'll probably find it of interest. It's about a bio teacher in Montana who structures his class like a video game. Really cool stuff. Here's the link if you have the time:Thanks to Mark for passing along this great example of moving away from a teacher-centered learning environment to one that is learner-centered! The teacher, Paul Anderson, discusses how he modified his methods for grading, delivering instruction, and planning based on the principles of game design. I hope you'll take the 10-minutes to check it out and share your thoughts and insights into quality learning environments.