People love games! Why do you think that regularly scheduled events like “Family Game Night” and tournaments centered around outdoor games (Check out Jam Kancer in the Kan!) have become so popular? Because they’re fun. They’re engaging. And… they’re easy enough for anyone to play. You don’t have to be the most talented athlete or the smartest kid in the room to be successful at a typical board game. Jenga? You only need a steady hand. Twister? A little flexibility goes a long way! Operation? Well... you get the idea.
Think about your own classroom. How can we take these beloved childhood games and bring them to our students to harness the excitement of competition and the power of student engagement? Try these educational twists of your favorite childhood games to find out how to bring the fun to your classroom instruction:
5 unBORED Games for the Classroom
Need even more ideas to gamify your classroom and recycle long-forgotten board games? Just ask your students! Give them a voice and have them gamify a classroom concept using a game from their own childhood. You might be amazed at their “outside the (game) box” thinking when it comes to bringing the fun to their own learning.
Jennifer Fischer is a former middle school English teacher, full-time instructional coach, and part-time edtech nerd, who strives to help next JENeration educators transform learning for all students.