Minds in Bloom welcomes Krista Mahan of Teaching Momster. We know you’ll love her post on games in the classroom!
Let’s take a look at two classrooms.
My results showed an increase in scores, although it wasn’t as high as I had hoped for. However, the thing I hadn’t counted on was how much happier the kids were! Taking timed tests every day was tedious and almost like forcing them to do something. Playing games is fun, interactive, and can easily be changed up to make them fresh. And, the social skills my kids practiced every day was a hidden benefit. I hadn’t counted on so many kids NOT having played simple games before. Many of them didn’t know rules for popular card games and board games. This led to some mini-lessons on how to play the games (the actual directions, as well as the unspoken rules of how to play games with others).
Fast forward a few years……