I have always enjoyed playing games. My family frequently plays board games once we get together, I play games with my children almost every day, and (not surprisingly) I have used a wide variety of games* as instructional tools in my classroom. ) I’ve never had a student ask”Why are we playing games?” Rather, students typically ask,”Could we play with this again soon?” I think it’s very important to articulate the value of game playing myself, my coworkers, colleagues, parents and many others. Through the years, I’ve come up with my own list of the top five reasons I believe game playing is a powerful instructional tool.
Students learn through the process of playing the games such as The Impossible Quiz. By playing a game, students may be able to understand a new concept or idea, take on a different standpoint, or experiment with different options or variables. For example, in my beginning Spanish courses, I often played with a card game first week of school. Each individual read through the instructions to the card match; afterward, the match has been played in full silence. Following the initial round, one pupil from each group (typically the”winner”) moved into a different group. We typically played four rounds.