About Jessica
I began teaching after graduating in 2007 from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Geosciences. I received a Masters of Science in Science Education in 2012 and a Broadfield Science Endorsement from Montana State University-Bozeman. I have been teaching high school science (Earth Science, Astronomy, and Physics) the past seven years in Deer Lodge, Montana. After five years of traditional teaching, I broke away from direct instruction and moved into a self-paced, blended-gamified classroom. My students flexibly move through the curriculum while self-directing and managing their learning. This is done through the use of Classcraft, an online education gaming software, and our classroom game Isle of Nosredna. The addition of game elements into my classroom has helped students stay on track and motivated as they progress through the science curriculum. I started blending my classes as my students became more technologically savvy and interested in challenging the traditional aspects of the curriculum, including lecture and worksheets. It was at this point that I knew that I needed to move to a more inquiry-based and student-directed classroom. After a year of hauling mobile labs to my classroom, my school went 1:1 with iPads which made the leap into blended easier. This shift has been a game changer in my practice and for the students I love to teach.