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In this thrilling spy-themed class, learners will work in teams to break a series of codes inspired by classic spy adventure films. Over the course of fifty action-packed minutes, learners will work both individually and in groups to solve the puzzles, crack the codes, send the messages, and ultimately rescue a fellow spy from their hidden safe house. As their teacher, I will take on the role of "Control", sending learners messages to be decrypted and puzzles to be solved. As they advance...
The goal of this class is to encourage critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork.
I have been a middle-school teacher for thirteen years and have written half a dozen adventure novels. I have carefully designed the scenario in this adventure to be exciting and tense, but prevent combat between the students.
No formal homework is assigned, but students are encouraged to complete the challenge and post their discovery to the classroom if they do not finish the challenge during class.
-Pencil -Paper -Patents will be provided with a PDF copy of the scenario after the class is complete, so students can continue their adventure if they do not finish cracking all of the codes during class time.
Students will be continually encouraged to work in teams and help one another solve problems. Parents will be able to measure student learning by the extent of their progress through the Spy Game scenario and the completion of code solving puzzles.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This class is based on spy fiction. As such, it contains mild references to violence, spies, and tense situations. Students will not be permitted to fight one another in the course of the adventure, but they may be heard discussing "rescuing the prisoner", "disarming the trap" or similar phrases.
Meet the teacher
I've been a teacher for more than a dozen years and involved with Scouting and working in the outdoors for nearly thirty years. I was homeschooled for my entire life, an experience which gave me the opportunity to pursue my interests and explore...