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Adolescent Literacy In Perspective
March/April 2015
Game-Based Learning In the Classroom

“Students play games and continue to play games because they are fun and challenging and are not formal learning, yet they are still learning. The closer we can keep the experiences to these tenets, the more students will let down their “school-guard” and reengage. Using GBL approaches to present content, administer assessments, and foster rich experiences can be a powerful way to connect the student to learning and learning to the student."
    —Ed Hill

“Consider tic-tac-toe: two adults playing together can always force a draw as they both know the optimal decisions for a win. The puzzle of the game is easily solved, and once players have solved a puzzle, they grow bored. However, chess continues to fascinate, as the game’s possibility space is far too complex for a human brain to compute and choices at any given turn are legion. All the possible moves, countermoves, and variations keep players engaged through thousands of game plays. When it comes to games and education, we often revert to tic-tac-toe when in reality we should be using chess.”
    —Jeff Kuhn

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Webcasts Video Clips Reading Strategies
This informative webcast series with companion materials focuses on instructional strategies to support classroom instruction. These real-world video clips feature Ohio teachers using different literacy-enhancing techniques to foster student learning and engagement in their classrooms. Resources highlight key reading strategies used by proficient readers and offer suggestions for teaching these strategies throughout the reading process and across the curriculum.

Additional Resources
These professional development modules use selected articles from archived issues of Adolescent Literacy In Perspective to promote meaningful discussion around key literacy topics. The modules are designed to be used in two-hour sessions, which include time for teachers to read and discuss the articles.

Maximizing instruction in the ways students learn best will optimize their learning and enhance overall achievement. This section explains differentiated instruction as a best practice in maximizing instruction, provides examples of differentiated lessons, and suggests resources for further professional development.

Sample units of instruction promote literacy and meet academic standards in English language arts (and other content areas, as applicable), using timely and relevant lesson topics to enhance student engagement and achievement.