Transformative Principal
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Zachary Hartzman is a high school Economics & English teacher in New York City.

  • Taught many different social studies classes.
  • International and transfer school. 100% immigrant & ELL students.
  • Passionate about videos games.
  • Getting kids to interact with games
  • Florence - great app for relationships.
  • Using games to deal with discussing heavy issues.
  • Whenever I teach one of these lessons, I write a post showing how it went.
  • It’s been really hard to find engaging content that
  • 3 days a week, I teach an ELA course using video games as the main text.
  • Gone Home
  • What Remains of Edith Finch?
  • One student playing while everyone else is talking about the gameplay.
  • Regents exam required for graduation - read a text and identify the central idea, so we use the videos games to focus on those literary events.
  • You have to give them time to learn how to use the controller.
  • Positive outcomes: Whenever I teach with a game, there’s never a head down that day.
  • Expanding the curriculum, but would love to get more science and math.
  • How to be a transformative principal? If a teacher comes to you with a potentially wacky idea, hear them out.

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