Pedagogy Through Sadism
February 22, 2008 in Lesson Plans
Tags: balkan, extra credit, fun, game, geography, history, independence, kosovo, level 12, map, map test, maps, pedagogy, quiz, review, sadism, social science, teaching
Just check out these map games. Someone turned me on to them in the last week — kudos to whoever it was — and I was instantly addicted. How much more fun can these things be?
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I’m the kind of guy who relished map quizzes in high school and college, and whose favorite birthday gift ever came as a very special coloring book. I loved it so much I think I want to invest an edition with the latest Balkan borders.
Mind you, not the latest Balkan borders, but they’re close enough for government work, teaching included. I’m sure I could just sketch in Kosovo, if I wanted to.
This inspires me. I think I’ll test all my history students with map quizzes. Extra credit? Beat Level 12.
Of course, the joke’s on them. I’ve only gotten as far as Level 11. Before they realize it’s just about hopeless unless they log really long hours playing it, they’ll have had some good practice.
I have a title for my first book: “Pedagogy Through Sadism.”
Moral of the story? Impossible goals are fine as long as they don’t look that way.
Every day, we experience a thousand moments, each of those moments setting in motion a thousand slightly different possibilities in the future. When we make these choices, we are thrust toward another day's crossroads, where we have another thousand choices.
Given the infinite number of choices we make in a lifetime, why do we choose so many of the same routes and make just as many of the same mistakes as our parents and grandparents?
I plan to learn from their mistakes. Let's see how far I get.
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