|Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler’s pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die. For a long time though, Tyler and I were best friends. People are always asking, did I know about Tyler Durden. The barrel of the gun pressed against the back of my throat, Tyler says, “We really won’t die.”
- Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
For years, Fight Club was my Sophomores’ favorite book. The dystopian, coming-of-age tale about grown men emasculated and enslaved by a society they desperately want to escape appealed to my mostly reluctant readers.
Fight Club was also part of my larger move toward an engaging, student-centered classroom. Fight Club was the hook I used to engage my students with Transcendentalism and was one of many changes I was making to re-engage my kids with their learning. Other changes included blending and gamifying my classroom, but all was for naught if I didn’t rethink how I was teaching. I wanted to hook them early in a lesson and keep them interested throughout a unit.
Last night we had our first ever #GEGNJ Power Hour show! I was joined by Google Educator Group: New Jersey co-leaders Kevin Jarrett and Lisa Thumann as well as rock star educators Adam Schoenbart and Daniel Kaufmann. We talked Google updates, tips and tricks, and some great ways we are using GAFE in the classroom. Kevin then led a discussion on Design Thinking and how he is using it in his middle school makerspace. Really great stuff!