I keep reading about gamification in the classroom. Is this a good idea or silly?

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I would recommend starting with a unit and seeing how it works for you! I’ve definitely seen success with gamification! Especially in regards to kids taking time to practice a skill to earn a badge!

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I've had some success with it, but it definitely takes some effort on your part to get it set up and then some trial and error to work out any problems.

Also, if you have enough tech in your room (laptops, iPads, etc.), I highly suggest Classcraft, https://www.classcraft.com. There's a free version to start with, and the paid version doesn't cost too much each month. It can really help with gamification in the classroom and I've enjoyed using it myself.

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