This guest post is written by Justin Holbrook @JustinHolbrook, a 4th Grade Teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. Check out more of his information at the end of the post. I fondly remember the games I used to play with my family as a little kid. Legos with my mom. Monopoly with all the money missing or thrown together into a “box”. Stratomatic baseball tournaments with my dad on rainy afternoons. Even 2-on-2 basketball with my little brother outside in any temperature for hours (We are still undefeated in the neighborhood!). In all of these memories, time flew by like a race car. As a 4th grade teacher, I try to recreate these experiences for my students because I recognize the emotional connection I forged with games as a kid and their power on students’ memories. However, I think it is crucial that educators understand that there is a difference between relying on games and planning “gamification” in the classroom.