Games in the Classroom
Some of you may know that while I may blog at night, by day I am a teacher. Not that great of one but I try every once in a while. Being an avid board gamer, I naturally am always looking for ways to incorporate game play into the educating of my students. Lately, I have had some success.
No, it’s not Plinko. I’m not nearly that cool! Last week I wrote up my first session report for Boardgamegeek as a means to share my experience with other gamers, specifically other gamer teachers, who may want to use and hopefully improve on my use of games as a teaching tool. (we have a guild on the site specifically designed to share ideas as well). This one is using a game called Twilight Struggle (which happens to be the #1 Wargame and #3 boardgame overall right now) for my Current Events class for my Cold War Unit.
There I delineate my strategy, how it went and my thoughts and reactions. I’d really love to hear from anyone over here your ideas/thoughts on the subject (over here, you need an account to comment there, though that’s free:), especially regarding games as a teaching tool in general. What games have you used and how? How should games be used in the classroom or should they be used at all? What methods of using them are better than others?