A Fort Saskatchewan junior high teacher is continuing to change the teaching world.
Scott Hebert, a grade seven and eight teacher at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School has had to win over countless doubters with his method, gamification.
Gamification uses game design elements towards non-gaming environments, such as education. Hebert has adapted his class curriculum into a medieval themed setting, called Scientia Terra, with different lands and levels for each unit the students go through in a semester.
"My motivation principally has always been revolving around helping kids who I've been told by a previous teacher that they don't like school or a certain class," said Hebert.
His approach to education has brought plenty of negative attention from some of the largest news sources and websites.
"Education is a really traditional environment," added Hebert. "When people see my classroom and hear how I teach, backlash often goes around that I'm just trying to get kids to like (me) and I am not focusing on the curriculum."
On Tuesday (September 19) at the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library Hebert spoke of when he first started as a student teacher; his supervisor constantly told him he would never be successful because he wouldn't teach by the book. Hebert's teaching style is not only well received by students, but the ideas and concepts also engage students in an active learning atmosphere.
"To see it work is always my biggest motivation."
Hebert recently did a TEDx talk on his accomplishments.
More information on Hebert and his book Press Start to Begin can be found on his website.