Teaching through games is not a new thing. Teachers have long since realized that kids learn and remember better when they are having fun. There are so many different games that exist, and teachers regularly create their games. From 5th grade math games to simple word searches and pattern recognition games, they all have merit.
The practice of teaching through games is quite simple. As long as the teacher sticks to certain aspects of the games, any game can be fun while kids learn.
Two or More Players
A game has two or more players or teams. Separate students into groups or teams when playing a game. For some games, it will be best to group kids that are on the same level. For other games, mixing ability levels may be better. In this grouping, the kids on lower levels get to learn from those on higher levels.
The selection of teams may be crucial in math-related games. Avoid unpleasant situations by carefully grouping different math exercises together.
Most games have a time element or a competitive element. When it is a competition, it adds a challenge and excitement to the game. Kids love a challenge and possibly winning something or getting a reward. It is essential to set clear rules to avoid problems. Often the time element forces kids to dig deep into what they know to win.
Another important element of games is that there are set rules. Setting clear rules that are easy to understand and follow is very important. This is especially true for games that kids play. They must have clarity and know exactly what is expected, what they can and cannot do. It helps to keep discipline and prevents cheating.
Specific Purpose and Material
Games should have a specific purpose and material. Choose a topic or element that you want to test, develop, and revise. Games are perfect for revising. However, it is not always the best way to learn new concepts. Avoid including too many elements in the game. Test only one thing at a time, for example, addition and subtraction.
Make sure that all students and teams have a fair chance to participate and complete the tasks. The environment should be appropriate, positive, encouraging, and fun. The competition element is good to have but be sure not to create a hostile situation with it. Using games to help kids learn can be very successful. It is essential to create and structure the games properly. Clarity, order, and fun are all important. Many games already exist for most subjects and operations. It is also easy and fun to create your own games. Creating new games is helpful in allowing students to adapt and to test their cognitive abilities.