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New Resources to Inject Play Action Into Any Lesson Plan

As pro football kicks off all the postseason action, hungry teams from every corner of the league are hard at work filling their playbooks with all sorts of creative game plans and gadget plays to secure their spot in the next round of play. Meanwhile back in the classrooms, busy teachers are doing a fair bit of game planning of their own — and are perpetually coming up with all sorts of ways to engage, inspire, and educate their students. Both require a lot of preparation and hard work, the ability to adapt to unexpected situations, and all kinds of focus and attention to detail!

This week, EMC² Learning is diving deep into our pedagogical playbook to dial up some seriously impressive trick plays designed to help teachers bring some student-centered fun and excitement to their lesson plans. And if you need to call an audible? Don’t sweat it! Each of these resources are fully editable for any course or content area. These activities are included in the on-demand library of more than 500 fully editable resources available to Engagement Engineers and members of the Creative Corps as part of your annual site membership!

Get Your Students In The Game

Check your big board and get ready for some serious fun, because the Fantasy Football Draft turns any annotated bibliography into an all out blitz of creativity. Challenge your students to draft their favorites and these fully editable Google Slides are ready for prime time. This NFL Draft inspired template is fully editable and gives students the chance to become “general managers” to draft the very best of the best — then make an argument for WHY they’ve made these selections (metacognition for the win)!

Simply give your students edit access to their own copy of the template, then sit back and watch all the great stuff that they can binge learn for any subject of your choice (or their own). Check out the tweets below for just a few examples of how other teachers and their classrooms have put this template to AMAZING use in schools around the globe.

Scramble Centers Are A Whole New Way to Play

Scramble Centers combines the most engaging elements of the #QRBreakIn playbook with a streamlined, quick-design interface for even faster lesson planning than ever before. And the Pick Six Blitz infuses this action-packed pedagogy with all of the pulse-pounding grit of the gridiron.

So what are Scramble Centers?

Imagine a class Escape Room in REVERSE. Where student teams compete to break IN to any content that you can imagine, teaching themselves by solving asynchronous BYOD or tech-free puzzles in a race against their peers and the clock. Scramble Centers works like a caffeinated update on old-school “centers” with a gamification twist, and are designed for simultaneously teaching up to eight different concepts through asynchronous problem-solving in small groups. The best part is: every slide is fully editable, and the entire pedagogy runs itself with no physical locks to keep track of or cumbersome boxes to haul between classes.

This power-packed approach to student-centered learning gives teachers the chance to run the “RPO” (that’s “Redefined Pedagogy Option”) in a race-against-the-clock competition model for classes, and can be introduced at ANY TIME IN ANY UNIT while teaching multiple concepts simultaneously through asynchronous problem-solving. Capturing all the fun and excitement of an escape room, while self-pacing and teaching content in a way that moves more efficiently through all of the material you’d otherwise have to cram into a series of “Death By PowerPoint” lectures.

Huddle Up With EMC² for Virtual Coaching and More

Our instructional playbook is jam-packed with all sorts of creative approaches to help you inject new levels of life and excitement into your classroom. From larger than life project based assessments to fully customizable trading card collections inspired by your favorite legends of the gridiron, new content is being added to the EMC² Learning platform every week, so there’s always a reason to come back and play with us again and again.

And if you’re looking to sign on as the newest free agent with the hottest team in teaching, EMC² Learning is proud to offer members of our Creative Corps a standing invitation to join us for more than 30 different virtual coaching events each and every year. These events are included in your Creative Corps membership, and there is no additional charge to attend. Simply RSVP to add your name to the all star roster, and we’ll hit the ground running right there by your side.

EMC² Learning is home to more than 500 fully editable resources for any course or content area. Engagement Engineers and members of the Creative Corps enjoy a full year of access to each of these resources on demand. We hope you’ll consider joining us to unlock a full year of site access. For complete details including our exclusive limited time offer for annual site membership, click here.

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Carol McLaughlin
1-8 Teacher

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