As a boy I loved playing games. Many happy hours were spent playing with my sisters, parents, cousins and friends. We played cards, monopoly, scrabble and chess. I have no doubt that playing these games helping me with literacy and numeracy, as well as social skills. Because of this I have no hesitation in using games in the classroom to motivate, reinforce and build teacher-student relationships.
In line with this pedagogy is MariaD’s Blog article “60 ways to make math activities inclusive“. Number 15 is:
“Play games. Recreational mathematics has something to offer for everyone, because play is an innate quality of the human animal”.
Image from Puzzle Me This.
This is a great game that is very quick to learn. The goal – get 5 in a row, or capture 10 of your opponents pieces. This is an example of a multiple entry, multiple exit activity. After playing against a student or observing students at play, I can easily tell what logical thought processes are happening.
I often use this game at the end of a lesson as a work reward. If a student can defeat me I prepare a glossy certificate for them.
What games do other teachers use in the classroom?
Stay tuned for details of other games I use.