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Game-Based Learning in Practice- Hornsby Middle School

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Our innovation spotlight today highlights Elizabeth DeBoeser, former student teacher at Hornsby Middle School.   DeBoeser implemented game-based learning, the practice of transforming educational material into playable games, in her 6th grade English class.  Utilizing the role playing game (RPG) framework made famous by games such as Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder, DeBoeser had her students design and play their own RPGs.  Through powerful role play and vividly self-constructed imaginary worlds, DeBoeser’s students immersed themselves into the world and characters of their texts, engaging in literature in a fresh way.