This past week I participated in some training. As part of it we were asked to design our own board game. I have been thinking about the topic of games for awhile and came up with tonight's topic which is a little different than simply asking you how you would use Monopoly, Risk or other games. Tonight we are going to play a little as we discuss the topic of games. I have created 3 spinners thanks to Russel Tarr's excellent work. If you look at the rounds, each one has a different task you need to complete and provide your responses in the chat.
I created the game board that I used for the questions and was thinking how that could be turned into a game itself like if you land on the pirate ship you would draw a card that would have an assigned activity on it. If you landed on the children's space you would draw a card that would give you a content topic that you would use to apply the other spaces like the swords would maybe be debate. So if you picked up a Great Depression student card you could play that with the debate topic to create a lesson where students debate the cause of the Great Depression or Hoover or FDR's role in the Great Depression.
I created round 8 as an opportunity for you to look at the board and see if you can create your own game based on the board.
Maybe for you the lego man represents famous people in history. And if you picked a storytelling Hook you might create a lesson where students portray that person creating a skit, or newscast sharing "first hand" accounts of that person's life. Or maybe the lego pirate is an expert or guest speaker?
You might see the map as a call to move to a new location, create a scavenger hunt, or redecorate your room to create a new learning environment.
What do the two treasure chests represent for you? Could they be reminders that we need to celebrate the awesome things that our students do? Or maybe a reminder that each and every student is awesome and we need to take a moment to let them know we treasure them, even when they aren't on their best behavior.
I had some ideas, but not a finalized idea of what this could be. I hope you will take a look and think about what the board could be used for.
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