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CALGARY TELUS CONVENTION CENTRE(CTCC) and HYATT - address and driving directions

President Schilling’s 2023 Convention Greeting Link

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Friday, February 24 • 11:30am - 2:15pm
Magic The Gathering: Bringing Students Together Through the Power of Cards

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Magic the Gathering is a card game from Wizards of the coast that was started in 1993 by Richard Garfield. It is a strategy game where you and your opponent(s) build decks that will help you reduce the opposition's life total to 0. More than a game, in a school setting, it provides students with fundamental skills such as Reading, Math, Logic, History, and art appreciation. It provides teachers with new ideas for Social Studies, English, and Art assignments, as students can learn by creating their own cards.
The most important aspect of the Magic the Gathering game is how it brings kids together from all different socioeconomic backgrounds. It does not discriminate on age, gender, race, or social class, for where can you find the twelfth-grade high school quarterback sitting across from the captain of the ninth-grade coding club, discussing strategies and laughing and learning together.
In this session, you will learn how to intergrade this game into your class by learning how to play. All levels of players are welcome to learn and play together._x000D_
*** If you have Commander Decks, please feel free to bring them with you and play them. We will use the Commander format and Jump Start style to help with teaching how to play.

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Ryan Hatch

PDTCA Board Member
Ryan Hatch is an Associate Principal at Carbon School in Carbon, Alberta. He has been a teacher for 16 years, where he has taught a multitude of classes and coached just as many sports. He started playing Magic the Gathering in 2010, where he has played with a group of other teachers... Read More →

Robert Metcalfe

Robert Metcalfe is a Humanities Teacher at Drumheller Valley Secondary School. Robert can either be found snowboarding Alberta mountains in the winter or camping throughout the summer. He has hosted a popular games club at DVSS introducing students to a multitude of board and card... Read More →

Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 2:15pm MST
Glen 209 CTCC
  Fostering Effective Relationships (TQS/LQS 1), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)