Last Thursday was the last day of our second trimester at school, and therefore the end of my second opportunity in 2019-20 to teach Digital and Media Literacy to 5th and 6th Graders. As classroom teachers, one of the things we quickly learn is how different the dynamics of separate classes can be based on the composition of students, their personalities, and the ways in which students interact and sometimes “play off of” each other. In this post, I’d like to juxtapose Cal Newport’s concept of “Deep Work” as it applies to student learning and lessons, with Minecraft and the frequent passion with which young students regard opportunities to build, destroy, design, and interact in virtual worlds.

Our school requires 5th and 6th graders in our Middle Division / Middle School to take one trimester of “Computer…



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