Your classroom as well as the relationship between you and your students can be positively impacted by games. I don’t only mean games in math, games of language, or any other type of “educational games”. As it turns out, all games that take place in the classroom have some educational merit. Games that induce fun also have educational merit. There are some valuable things to be learned from playing games for both children and adults.
Games exist that make fun memories and a good association with other people. Some games assist us with collection of our thoughts and some games assist us with expression of our feelings. Games are available that broaden our way of thinking and further the ability to react spontaneously to challenging conditions. Games are available that help us go after a certain goal. If we would only grasp the power of games in education for life, there are games for virtually every educational context.
The value of sports as part of the curriculum in schools is understood very clearly by society and schools. But playing various kinds of games is frequently considered a waste of time. That is absolutely missing the point. Classroom games provide distinctive values in the activities of school.
I won’t forget noticing the pleasure of personal discovery some pupils have when they realize they have the ability to succeed with games even though they have academic problems. Children find value in playing games and place great stock in those who are good at playing games. Students who have never achieved academically, never exhibited prowess in sports, sometimes show undiscovered skills in games that need an entirely different set of talents.
For instance, several students show a lot of self control with a game such as ‘Dead Fish’ when they have to stay completely still and don’t make a sound for as long as they can. People are removed from the game if they move or make a noise. In order to keep control for very long periods, there is a huge amount of self discipline. A game such as ‘Wink Murder’, which requires people to guess who the killer is before all people die in a wink, helps people expand their strength of observation and notice the expression on someone’s face for the smallest secrecy.
A game such as “Knee Fights” causes students to establish good reflexes and balance the body when they are the first one to touch their playmate 5 times on their knee.
All kinds of word games instruct the brain to think fast and be creative plus, when they are mixed with stories, let students be very imaginative.
The imagination of the instructor is the only limitation, as the possibilities are without end. Your own talent in the modification or creation of games for a certain purpose is expanded when your repertoire of games is expanded. If you haven’t already stumbled upon this discovery as a teacher, I urge you to explore the great power that games of all types have in the classroom.
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© Harry Tawse is an Australian teacher with 30+ years experience. He has worked in three states of Australia, in the United Arab Emirates and in China.
Harry’s teaching includes time in public, private school systems. The schools he has taught in range from large urban schools of 2000+ students to tiny schools in remote Aboriginal communities of 20+ students. He also has taught every age group from toddlers in Kindergarten to adults at Tertiary level as well.
Harry started out teaching as a drama teacher in secondary school but his career has taken many different directions over the years. In addition to drama he has taught English, ESL, History, Geography, Social Studies, Junior Science and Music.
Harry Tawse spent time working in the professional theatre. He has worked as an actor, stage-manager, stage technician, lighting operator and theatre manager. In student and amateur productions he has also functioned in the roles of director, lighting designer, production manager. He has written the scripts for several school and amateur productions. For More Information About Harry Tawse Please Go To this Website: http://www.drama-teaching.com
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