I am trying to put the finishing touches on my plans for fall teaching. No, I’m not one to have the whole semester planned out in detail. (But I’ve dreamed of such a goal!) I’m simply trying to make sure I am ready for the fall semester to begin.
One major change is developing a pilot study – trying a quest-based approach for first-year students. I presented the idea earlier at iGBL in June – just the idea. I got some good feedback and encouragement and continued on the idea throughout the summer. Now I’m to the details.
To refresh my memory and get other ideas, I went back to 3-D GameLab where I did my “training” on quest-based learning. It is like looking back at your old textbooks or notes (if you still have them).
As I looked through my information and quests there, I realized that I had a badge for completing my work on the basic teacher quests. I wanted to show off, so I put it here. (Sure, I get more ‘points’ if I have it posted and let them know the URL, but, really, that isn’t important to me.) (No, really, it isn’t!)
And so I share this with you – accomplishments deserve encouragement . . . even if it is something as “silly” as a “Badge.”
As I continue finalizing the details of my fall, I will be sure to plan various “encouragements” for my students (grades, badges, or whatever) to brighten their day sometime when they need it.