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Game Plan

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Football season is almost here, and coaches and players everywhere are working on their game plans for their seasons. Some plays will become teams' "bread and butter" plays as the year goes on, while a few "trick" plays will be thrown into some games here and there depending on the situation. 

Much like football, school is almost here, and it is time for me to sit down and reflect on everything from the successes and failures of previous school years to all of the readings and preparations I have done this summer in order to finalize my game plan of "Bread and Butter Plays to Use" and "Trick Plays to Try" for the 2016-2017 school year. My game plan is as follows.

Bread and Butter Plays to Use:

360 Degree (or really 270 degree) Classroom

Room is set up with dry-erase boards and chalkboards a full 270 degrees around the room (would go for 360 degrees, but windows prevent that from happening)

Teacher and students will be able to give instant feedback on work done

Allows for communication and collaboration

Google Classroom 

Blended learning platform where assignments will get posted and turned in; as well as function as an online community center 

Google Forms

Tool that creates, and now checks, surveys or assessments 

Google Docs

Online application that can create, edit, and save documents with one or multiple users

Google Sheets

Online application that can create, edit, and save spreadsheets with one or multiple users

Google Slides

Online presentation app that is very similar to PowerPoint, but allows you to create, edit, and save with one or multiple users

Google Drawings

Online application that can create, edit, and save flowcharts, infographics, or just about anything one can imagine that can be done with one or multiple users

Google Hangouts & Mystery Skype

Allows teachers to setup video chats with other classrooms or professionals from around the world

Todays Meet

Backchannel that allows teachers and students to extend the classroom discussions 


Educational role-playing game that allows teachers and students to play during class; everything from classroom management to formative assessments can be done in classcraft resulting in students leveling up


Very much updated version of a community bulletinboard; allows users to post images, documents, videos (etc.)


Fun, game based, question format that allows for individual or team play; questions can be created by teachers or students


Fun, game based assessment tool where students can type, draw, or submit images for instant feedback


Online learning and assessment tool that allows students to work together or alone as they navigate questions or flashcards


Formative assessment tool that allows teachers to get instant feedback without the use of devices for students


Formative assessment tool for groups and independent practice 

Trick Plays to Try:


Educational tool that allows users to create their own talking figures


Web-based video editing platform


Allows users to draw and design their own floor plans; great for teaching geometry


Audio creation tool that allows users to recored and share their work


Audio creation tool that allows users to record and share their work 


Allows users to edit videos ina variety of ways (ex. inserting questions, adding notes, cropping, etc.)

My game plan is very technology driven, however, I do not see technology and curriculum as two separate entities. I see them as being very much intertwined that strengthen and bring relevance to the curriculum. 

While this is my game plan for the start of the year, it is important that I take time to reflect after each quarter and halftime, to see what needs taken out, modified, or added. And of course, not all the "Bread and Butter" plays can be put in at once. Each play will take time to develop until it can be put in to the "game." 

I am excited for football to start, but I am more excited for school to start. I can't wait to get to know all of my "players" and help lead them to a happy and successful year. 


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William Madden holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Master's in Educational Leadership. His professional backgrounds includes over 14 years in education as an intermediate school teacher. In addition, his experience includes online course design, technology integration, ELA and mathematics curriculum mapping, being on his school's technology and building improvment committees, and conducting professional development. He blogs to reflect on his practice, share with others, and to continue to grow and learn as an educator to meet the needs of today's students. 

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