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Spy School: Disguises and Ciphers for Future Agents! (High Ability Learners 7-9)

In this interactive five-session course, high-ability students will learn spy skills, including disguises, cryptography, spy lingo, and observational skills.
Heather Hinze, Ed. S.
327 total reviews for this teacher
122 reviews for this class
Completed by 489 learners
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$12 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 5 weeks
50 minutes per class
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Class Experience

In this class we will learn...

* four types of ciphers for encoding secret messages:  Caesar Cipher Wheel, Pigpen Cipher, Keyword Cipher, and Polybius Square.  Students will receive a printable for each of these ciphers so they can maximize their practice (and fun!) with each.

* spy techniques for disguises, props, pocket litter, cover stories, and more!
There will be homework, and it will be fun!  As we learn about spy disguises, props, cover stories, and more, students will be encouraged to try to develop their own spy persona on their own time.  We will begin each class with everyone donning their best spy disguise, showcasing their best spy props, etc.  While this homework is not "required", it will certainly enhance your student's experience in spy school by allowing him or her to take part in discussions, so I would strongly encourage participation.
 1 file available upon enrollment
a spy field journal (notebook) scissors something to write with five pages of handouts (I will supply a PDF for you to print)
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
There is no formal assessment for this course.  As a teacher of gifted and high ability students, I find that grading typically increases student anxiety.  I am, however, happy to give you some observations of your student's overall performance in the course.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Heather Hinze, Ed. S.Your bright student deserves a community!
327 total reviews
144 completed classes

About Me

Update: I will be taking a short teaching break for a few months, but I'll be back in June!

I am passionate about providing challenging and motivating curriculum to gifted, talented, and high- ability learners.  I love to teach thematically, and... 
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