Classroom Life,  Instruction

Board Games: Tapping into Word Play

I introduced Word Play Wednesday to my students in early December, a few weeks after my new classes were formed and students transferred in from other Reading classes or from other electives.

Finding ways to engage students who were transferred ‘against their will’ proved challenging, but word games helped break the ice.

On his very first try, a student puts ‘courage’ on the board, but only after considering courageous.
Well done!

I quickly learned (much to my surprise) that many of my students had never played Scrabble before, an age-old game for those of us over 30!  In fact, many students in my classes had never played a board game until they landed in Room 405.  Now, they beg to play each week. I believe Dr. Marzano would agree – students are finding success through courage to try new things.

Are games part of your curriculum?

Robin is a lifelong learner, seasoned educator, writer, artist, and US Navy veteran. She writes and creates to quiet her noisy mind while trying to figure out this crazy thing called life. Some days, it's clear... other days, not so much!

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