Create a Life – The Game

Story

“When you know your WHY your WHAT becomes more impactful because you’re walking towards or in your PURPOSE.”

– Michael Jr.

Students identify their WHY to give PURPOSE to their WHAT.

Students experience 21st Century skills through basic employment skills as minigames and powerups.

As students successfully complete minigames as jobs, skills will accumulate and help the student build an in-game resume. The student will apply for higher-level jobs through the interview process.  Students can increase the odds of successfully gaining employment of higher-level / salary jobs by participating in powerups that increase the odds of passing the interview. 

The ultimate goal is to build a career resume and create a fulfilling life.

Game Play

Players interact with a game through a resume screen and minigame play. The gameplay is represented though challenges to improve skills, improving skills improves chances of leveling up, overcoming the challenge of building a resume and passing job interviews, the player is trying to build a career and create a fulfilling life.

Flow Chart

Coming soon!

Mr. Le Duc’s Distance Learning Routine

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1. Weekly: Email to Families and Students via Skyward

  • I send out a Skyward email with a link to the daily schedule and I highlight the work for the week.

2. Weekly: Daily/Weekly Schedule Updates

3. Weekly and As Needed: Screencasting Support

4. Weekly: Students Publish to Their Blogs

  • Students publish their work at Edublogs.org. It’s free and only for academic purposes.
    • Each student has a blog where they publish their work to establish a professional portfolio that can grow with them over the years.
    • We have been doing this for 10 years.  Students were cultured into the process before Covid-19
  • I subscribe to the student blogs with Feedly.com which allows me to track what ad when they publish.
  • Here is a student sample blog: https://rockbeatle.edublogs.org/.
  • Students and parents sign a Social Media Contract at the beginning of the year, http://capitalcomtech.info/2017/02/14/contract-information/
  • Students collect evidence of learning.
    • They can write, embed images, embed recording via their OSD YouTube account, embed sound from online sound/music learning sites, etc.

5. Daily: Remind.com Messages to Highlight Exceptional / Inspiration Work

  • I use Remind.com to send students and families (who signed on) a daily message that clarifies or inspires students with class-related material. I usually highlight student work that is well done, as an example for other students.
    • @chsibfilm
    • @chsgame
    • @chsrock

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

by Simon Sinek Start with Why. Penguin Publishing Group.

Why do you do what you do?

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?

Goodreads.com

Simon Sinek TED Talk

Know Your Why by Michael Jr.

“When you know your WHY your WHAT becomes more impactful because you’re walking towards or in your PURPOSE.” – Michael Jr.

After watching this and reading this book I am allowing the content to inspire me to connect to my own WHY and to help students find their own WHY and drive all learning back to their PURPOSE. This is what makes learning real, relevant for students.

Sections of the Book and My Notes

PART 1 A WORLD THAT DOESN’T START WITH WHY

1 ASSUME YOU KNOW

2 CARROTS AND STICKS

Manipulation vs. Inspiration (p. 16)

PART 2 AN ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVE

3 THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

4 THIS IS NOT OPINION, THIS IS BIOLOGY

5 CLARITY, DISCIPLINE AND CONSISTENCY

PART 3 LEADERS NEED A FOLLOWING

6 THE EMERGENCE OF TRUST

7 HOW A TIPPING POINT TIPS

PART 4 HOW TO RALLY THOSE WHO BELIEVE

8 START WITH WHY, BUT KNOW HOW

Energy Excites. Charisma Inspires. (p. 133)

This is important. It’s like the hot fire of romance at the beginning of a relationship that converts into warm embers of deeper love that becomes the basis of more mature love.

9 KNOW WHY. KNOW HOW. THEN WHAT?

10 COMMUNICATION IS NOT ABOUT SPEAKING, IT’S ABOUT LISTENING

PART 5 THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IS SUCCESS

11 WHEN WHY GOES FUZZY

12 SPLIT HAPPENS

PART 6 DISCOVER WHY

13 THE ORIGINS OF A WHY

14 THE NEW COMPETITION

Being The Best Teacher Ever!

Join Scott to develop simple, effective tools to better engage students, create learning activities, and measure student knowledge. All this in a fun question and answer style, hands-on workshop!

We never want this for our students!

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Pre-session Survey

  • Ask me a question with Google Forms
    • What would you like to learn from this workshop?

TPEP (Danielson format) Survey (Optional)

Post-session Survey

Introduction

Brian Eno and Scenius

Rafe Esquith Videos

Rafe Esquith’s Books

Who Cares: Tree of Life, Empathy, and Deming (TQL) in the Classroom

Building a Quality CTE System with Verbs!

  1. Identify Standards
  2. Group Concepts
    • Batch together complimentary skills
  3. Build Units by Verbs
  4. Sequence Units
    • What skills sequence well for building a diverse skill base for problem solving and creating?
  5. Decide on Outcomes
  6. Establish Quality – Skills Checklists
  7. Establish Quality – Rubrics
  8. Apply Quality
    • Decide what rubrics to use for each unit
      • Be careful to only assess the quality that is directly related to your standards
      • Less is more
  9. Construct Project Feedback Process
  10. Establish Portfolios

Final Thoughts

 

Creativity=Decisions

Picture of Scott Le Duc close up with silly expression

Creative people make decisions. Lots of them. The more decisions, the more creative. How do many creative people generate brilliant, unique ideas in a short period of time? What if we could harness this power? Read on and find out!

Pre-session Survey

  • Ask me a question with Google Forms
    • What would you like to learn from this workshop?

TPEP (Danielson format) Survey (Optional)

Post-session Survey

Rationale

  • “The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.” – Orson Welles (BrainQuotes)
    • Intentional limitation is needed to promote and develop ideas.
    • Limit time, material, etc.

Where Good Ideas Come From: Steven Johnson

Scenius, or Communal Genius

How to Get a Great Idea: Matthew Diffee

Story Structure Resources

Step 1 – Brainwrite Ideas on Paper (Introverted)(RIGHT BRAIN)

Rationale: Right brain creative idea generating is achieved best with little or no technology and distraction. Also having a visual reminder of what you are brainwriting helps keep you focused. People lose focus within 60 seconds, if they don’t have a visual reminder in front of them. Technology like cell phones and computers can distract us from idea generating task short-circuiting the creative process. Paper is helpful because it’s quick to use and allows you to write anywhere and anyway to get ideas recorded quickly in a visible medium. This gives introverted people a chance to more freely express themselves.

  • Brainwrite by yourself.
  • Write the main topic in a circle in the middle of the paper and then write down ideas related to the topic quickly around the circle.
  • Write non-stop it for three minutes (3:00).
    • Set a timer that is visible by all working on this project.
  • EXAMPLE 1:
  • cp_sample_brainstorm_natalie
  • EXAMPLE 2:
  • Kat Scan

Step 2 – Brainstorm Ideas (Extroverted) (RIGHT BRAIN)

Rationale: different perspectives can evolve ideas or see patterns or opportunities where another person may not. This gives extroverted people a chance to more freely express themselves.

  • Pitch the brainwritten ideas within a small team.
    • The smaller the better.
    • Too many people can slow down the idea generation process
    • Look for ways to add/refine your ideas.
  • Do this for five minutes (5:00).
    • Set a timer that is visible by the whole team.
  • Add the ideas to a collective brainstormed sheet.

Step 3 – Brainwrite a Storyboard (Introverted) (LEFT BRAIN)

Rationale: Storyboarding is great way to establish your story or the logical flow of an idea. Storytelling is a one of the best ways to present ideas and teach. All presentations should teach something to the audience, even in a job interview. By sharing information through a story you give the audience a way to understand the information (right brain context). By writing your storyboard on paper you create a rough draft you can share easily with others to find ways to improve your presentation or story without having to invest a lot of time on the computer before sharing.

  • Storyboard by yourself.
  • Create a storyboard on paper.
    • Fold a piece of paper four times. You will end up with 16 small rectangles on one side of the paper.
    • Use these 16 cells as sample presentation slides, film shots, etc.
  • Organize non-stop your brainwritten material into chronological order for three minutes (3:00).
    • Set a timer that is visible by all working on this project.
  • EXAMPLE:
  • cp_sample_storyboard_natalie

Step 4 – Brainstorm your Storyboard (Extroverted) (LEFT BRAIN)

Rationale: different perspectives can evolve ideas or see patterns or opportunities where another person may not. This gives extroverted people a chance to more freely express themselves.

  • Pitch the brainwritten storyboard within a small team
    • The smaller the better.
    • Too many people can slow down the idea generation process
    • Look for ways to add/refine your ideas.
  • Do this for five minutes (5:00).
    • Set a timer that is visible by the whole team.
  • Add the ideas to a collective brainstormed storyboard.

Step 5 – Prepare and Present Ideas

Rationale: Voice and body language heavily influence presentation performance. Understanding the principles of effective presentation delivery is fundamental in conveying ideas to others.

Resources

Turbo Tax for Frameworks – Sorta

Pre-session Survey

  • Ask me a question with Google Forms
    • What would you like to learn from this workshop?

TPEP (Danielson format) Survey (Optional)

Post-session Survey

Introduction

How to take a step by step approach to frameworks development.

Building a CTE System Designed for Quality Feedback (HINT: focus on the verbs!)

  1. Identify Standards
  2. Group Concepts
    • Batch together complimentary skills
  3. Build Units by Verbs
  4. Sequence Units
    • What skills sequence well for building a diverse skill base for problem solving and creating?
  5. Decide on Outcomes
  6. Establish Quality – Skills Checklists
  7. Establish Quality – Rubrics
  8. Apply Quality
    • Decide what rubrics to use for each unit
      • Be careful to only assess the quality that is directly related to your standards
      • Less is more
  9. Construct Project Feedback Process
  10. Establish Portfolios

Final Thoughts

Get Kids Hooked on The Right Drugs

Pre-session Survey

  • Ask me a question with Google Forms
    • What would you like to learn from this workshop?

TPEP (Danielson format) Survey (Optional)

Post-session Survey

Introduction

Learning should feel good or better stated, gratifying.  The stronger the emotional response the better the learning retention. Let’s take a look at what chemically happens in the brain when we struggle, succeed, and enjoy what we are doing.

You Need a “DOSE” of These 4 Chemicals

  • Dopamine
  • Oxytocin
  • Serotonin
  • Endorphins

Why? Because Stress Kills Learning and Much More!!!

People Just Want to Be Happy

  • Rhona Raskin of Rhona at Night
  • People will do whatever it takes to be happy

Scott’s Quest for Happiness

  • Age 49 – Never drunk or high, from drugs or alcohol
  • Age 16 – Takes stance on drugs
    • Loses social capital
  • Bicycles across the US looking for hero Kerry Livgren
  • Play scene from Kansas – Miracles out of Know Documentary
    • Start at 53:30
    • About 3 minutes
  • Happiness found in giving, a.k.a teaching

4 Chemicals That Activate Happiness, and How to Gamify Them

Hacking Into Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins and Oxytocin

Positive Brains Are Smarter Brains

Dopamine Resources

  • The Neuroscience Perseverance
    – Psychology Today

    • “Neuroscientists have known for years that dopamine is linked to positive behavior reinforcement and the ‘ding, ding, ding’ jackpot feeling you get when you accomplish a goal. Recently they have also discovered the specific receptors that link dopamine directly to the formation of good and bad habits.”
    • Read the article to find out more about these:
      1. PICTURE YOURSELF AS A HUMAN “LAB RAT” IN A SKINNER BOX
      2. THE ‘PLEASURE PRINCIPLE’ TRUMPS ‘WILL-POWER’ EVERYTIME
      3. NOT ACHIEVING GOALS DRIES UP YOUR DOPAMINE RESERVES
      4. EXPECTATION AND BELIEF CAN PRODUCE DOPAMINE
      5. BE METHODICAL: CREATE SELF-IMPOSED DEADLINES
      6. TURN A MOUNTAIN INTO “MOLE-HILLS” OF DOPAMINE RELEASE
      7. BE YOUR OWN CHEERING SQUAD: LEARN TO SAY “YES! I DID IT!”
  • The Science of Motivation your Brain on Dopamine – Blog IDoneThis
    • “Motivation is a tricky thing to corral. Tricky, but not impossible.”

Oxytocin Resource

  • Psychology Today on Oxytocin
  • Video About 3:20 minutes
    • http://www.oxytocincentral.com – Oxytocin affects our feelings and emotions, but oxytocin is also a Super-Hero in the way it impacts our bodies. Oxytocin has been linked to more restful sleep. Lower blood pressure. Reduced stress. Less pain. Improved healing. Weight loss. There are many natural methods by which to release a constant flow of oxytocin. Many of these require human contact, such as gentle touches and hugging. There are also oxytocin supplements available which can increase oxytocin levels in our bodies.
  • Study.com – What Is Oxytocin? – Definition, Function & Side Effects

Non-Cognitive Skills Development Resources

Read How Children Succeed by Paul Tough

Happiness Presentations

  • The happy secret to better work by Shawn Achor at TED.com
  • Play the video from 10:05
  • About 2 minutes
  • Heal your brain with video games by Jane McGonigal at TED.com
  • Play the video from 12:00
  • About 7.5 minutes

How to Rewire Your Burned-Out Brain: Tips from a Neurologist

Using Brain Breaks to Restore Students’ Focus