Character Classes

Finally! They could become heroes with specialized powers.

When the teacher invites the students to choose character classes, the students have to do it. They cannot do it ‘later’ or continue with the quest. …

The second two weeks in our Classcraft adventure have given me extremely motivated and self-driven students.

What confused me in the first two weeks was improved by developers: The progression bar evolved and is now more meaningful to students, as well as me. It contains the overall Experience Points (XP) count for the whole class. This gives the students the idea how close or far they…

I have been so excited to start using the new ClassCraft for my junior (11–13) classes. I am teaching the two advanced levels this term. The students are quite proficient not just in their language use, but their learning attitudes.

Introduction: Before we started

The two groups (Wednesday & Saturday) were both positive about…

Getting ready for the new school year. My definite EdTech winner of last year was Nearpod. The close second — Classcraft. These two were the most powerful — game changing — apps that influenced my whole lesson planning process, and metamorphosed my attitude towards teaching, learning, and students’ journey towards success.

After two terms of Classcrafting, I abandoned it because it seemed overwhelming and time consuming at the kick-off, for the first three-four weeks. It took a lot of effort to explain what they should do, how, why, and to sign them into the Class. There was a giant discrepancy between…

If we take a look at our Solar System, at this point in the Universe’s history, we will observe the different positions that the planets and objects assume, their coordinated movement in this pocket of the galaxy, and some kind of intrinsic balance of the position and movement that is…

Two years before the lockdown was enforced, my cat that had accompanied me for eleven years died. I was already used to being alone in the house, but I wished there had been a furry purring creature beside me to shorten the days. I missed her a lot. I missed…

There was a time when the idea of work or going to work was linked in my mind with some sort of suffering or at least sacrifice. It was an inevitable duty I had in order to be a productive member of family and society. The main reason for going…

Yesterday was my brother’s fifteenth wedding anniversary. The wedding itself was a low-key reception at a cozy and dimly lit restaurant, after a nice and short church ceremony, where my cousin, an extremely popular singer, sang Ave Maria. I wanted to give my brother and the guests something fun to…

Nearpod #CampEngage is a festival of excellent workshops, engaging presentations and efficient skill upgrade when it comes to your teaching.

This was my second time, and I have not been disappointed! Although I consider myself a Nearpod master-teacher, this time around the camp gave me an opportunity to focus on the meta-benefits. I tried to dissect the hosting website and discover all the functionalities. I did not have to follow…

The pandemic restrictions are still on, and feeling discouraged from vacationing, I opted for a staycation. I was more nudged towards that decision by the circumstances. Remembering last summer, full of learning and creating, experimenting and productivity, I wanted to reward myself with some free time. Knitting and doing puzzles are my main daily activities! I also create and edit videos for my YouTube channel — it has become a weekly routine by now. My yoga classes are still on, but there’s enough time in a day for some ‘teacher-learning’.

Back in winter, as I was finalizing my big online course (on how to create online courses 👩🏽‍🎓👩🏽‍🏫), I bookmarked the Google Teacher Center. I had already done a few certifications, but none of them was for Google tools. So, why not do it in July and August!? I first…

Martina Matejas

English teacher, yoga instructor, massage therapist and much more. Life in Morocco gives fresh perspective on all the weird accumulated experiences.

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