We were good for nothing today. The Offspring, who had been up late, sighed whenever I suggested something to do, and I took it as a sign to lay low. The Husband had been a red, white and blue whirl of activity yesterday - cleaning EVERYTHING in sight, so he spent the day on the verge of a nap. I like it when he gets into hyper-clean mode because our apartment looks like actual grownups live in it. On the other hand, this conversation happened:
Him: What is this shoe doing here?
Me: Well, I just took it off. See, I still have the other one on my foot. I'm going to take that shoe off too.
Him: PUT IT AWAY!!!
I spent the day finishing up my ginormous gamifiication spreadsheet. I have now entered 277 names and email addresses - which means that my students (2nd-5th) are good to go. I decided not to include my Kinder and 1st graders because it would be too overwhelming for them. Plus, they don't get to do as much "fun" stuff in my class because I have to keep them on track with their on-line reading program. I'm pretty excited about the Spreadsheet of Glory. The little behind the scenes formals are whirring away. The cool thing is that it is connected to my grade book, so overtime I enter a grade into the grade book, it calculates points and whatnot. It even builds these really pretty leaderboards so students can see who is in the lead, and who has leveled up. Anyone who has ever played a video game understands the draw of leveling up. I'm hoping it will motivate my students to do really well. There are also some cool things you can put in place. For example, I have it set up so that as soon as ONE person reaches the 5th level, all of the students in that house (class) will get 500 bonus points! You have got to love that sort of collaborative push toward encouragement, rather than just competition.
I should mention the source of all this greatness which is a book by Michael Matera Explore Like a Pirate. He is also the brains behind the spreadsheet I'm using. I had seen quite a few blogs about HOW to build your own gaming spreadsheet. They were very detailed and the idea seemed doable -- but SO MUCH WORK. That's when I found Mr. Matera's premade spreadsheet. His complex system is a million times better than one I could write -- I could probably duplicate his detailed approach, but it would take me YEARS to develop it! That is one of my FAVORITE things about being a teacher - we share stuff with each other, so that you don't have to reinvent the wheel. I am THANKFUL that I don't have to work my finger and brains to the bone to figure out a spreadsheet of my own. Of course this is Year 1 for gamifiying the class - so I'll have to check back in with you in December to see if I am still happy about it.
I hope your day was both laid-back and productive.
Keep moving forward,