On the recommendation of a departing faculty member, I began writing on desks this year. Many would consider this blatant vandalism, but thankfully it involves a thin tip expo marker and a microfiber cloth. The students quickly followed suit.
In the examples above, we were discussing the contributing factors leading up to the War of 1812. I followed it up with a modification of Jeff Mummert's game jam concept. (Full Disclosure: Jeff is a friend and colleague at a neighboring school.) Students needed to take a movie, utilize its characters, and modify the plot to represent the history.
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