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SBG Spreadsheet Collaboration! Gamified!

SBG Spreadsheet Collaboration! Gamified!

Posted by mmatera on Aug 31, 2015

Ok, so over the years I have had tons of conversations with educators about the topic of Standard Based Grading or SBG. The topic intrigues me and something I decided I would forge ahead with this year. A natural first place for me to start was with Google...

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Super Grouper 3.0

Super Grouper 3.0

Posted by mmatera on May 19, 2015

The super grouper is another spreadsheet project completed in collaboration with my good teaching partner and friend Jason Strains, @jsteach84. Together we come up with all sorts of cool spreadsheet projects.

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The Great (Live) Debate – Athens vs Sparta

The Great (Live) Debate – Athens vs Sparta

Posted by mmatera on Feb 21, 2015

As a teacher of middle school students, one thing I have noticed is that they love to engage in arguments. As a history teacher, I offer the standard assessments for the students such as papers, and other projects. However, one of the most engaging

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#GAFE Magic Part 5: Postmaster Plus Mail Merge for All

#GAFE Magic Part 5: Postmaster Plus Mail Merge for All

Posted by mmatera on Jan 27, 2015

This is one of the coolest spreadsheet tools to help streamline your efficiency. For this tool you to work you will need to install Yet Another Mail Merge Add-on into your Google sheets.

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Beyond The Bubble… Alternative Test Ideas.

Beyond The Bubble… Alternative Test Ideas.

Posted by mmatera on Dec 23, 2014

A few years back at the National Council for Social Studies, or NCSS, I heard a session from these guys at Standford University. Their presentation topic was about redesigning our tests. It was aptly titled Beyond the Bubble. A catchy name for sure

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Trading on the Silk Road

Trading on the Silk Road

Posted by mmatera on Dec 9, 2014

As a passionate teacher of World History I find simulations to be one of the most powerful teaching tools. IMG_8115We all have heard the old saying about teaching a man to fish. Shaping an experience in class is no easy task

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