The 8-Bit Instructor: Throw Them into the Deep End (with some options) (EP012)

EP042 Reflections on a Crazy Year The Educator's Quest

It's the final episode of the first season! I do some reflecting on this past year and the things I've learned as well as things that will hopefully continue on after things go back to "normal".
  1. EP042 Reflections on a Crazy Year
  2. EP041 Gamification with Michael Matera
  3. EP040 Summer PL
  4. EP039 What Marvel Strike Force Taught Me About Collaboration
  5. EP038 Digital Escape Rooms with Karly Moura

Episode 12

This week, I’m on Fall Break, so it’s a quick episode. We look at how giving students choice in class can allow us to challenge them more and help them learn better. Plus, a cool website is sitting in the treasure chest. And as always, your 8-Bit Crew question of the week.

Treasure Chest: iorad

  • Create interactive tutorials with Iorad

Boss Battle: Challenging Students with Choice

  • Content
    • Give students options of content, even if it’s a choice between 2 or 3 (i.e. choose from 3 different poems to read, choose from 5 different math problems to solve)
  • Topics
    • Give students options of topics to get them engaged with something interesting to them
  • Groups
    • Teach leadership and collaboration while letting them work with their choice of partners
  • Process
    • Let students use trial and error to develop their own process for solving a problem
  • Product
    • Determine the skill you want students to show you, then allow them freedom of how they want to show you in their end product

Crew Members’ Board (#8BitCrew)

QOTW: How do you implement student choice in your class?

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Music by David Fesliyan (

  • Intro/Outro: “Retro Platforming”
  • Boss Battle: “Boss Battle Rock”
  • Crew Member’s Board: “Pirate Dance”
  • Wrap up: “Game Over” by Patrick de Arteaga

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