Yes, education is one of the most important things in life, but just because it’s work, doesn’t mean it has to feel like work. By arranging daily lessons into games, teachers can encourage students to be engaged in class and have true motivation for what they are learning. Without motivation, there is only so much a teacher can do and so it is important to make education something that kids want to have, instead of letting them view it as something they are forced to do by their parents.
1. Jeopardy: A pretty adaptable game that all kids love to play. All teachers need to do is adapt the game to fit their lesson plans. You will be pleasantly surprised by how much kids will be motivated to study so they can win the game.
2. Skits: By acting out what they are learning out, kids will not only learn self-confidence, but they will also remember the story much better because skits help them to be more engaged in the story as they become a part of it.
3. Matching: A simple game that kids love can be used educationally too. For math, students could match the answer to the problem. In history, they could match dates with events. It literature, maybe they could match characters to descriptions. The possibilities are endless!
4. Flyswatter: A game similar to matching in which two kids go up to a chalkboard at a time. Many different answers are written on the board and when the teacher asks a question, the first kid to slap the correct answer is right. Divide the class in half and give each team a point when one of their players slaps an answer first.
5. Scrabble: A popular game that actually teaches kids many things. They are able to improve their vocabulary and spelling by making words and they also improve mental addition by having to calculate their scores. This is a great way to kill two birds with one stone!
A few tips for making games more effective in the classroom:
-Always encourage your students regardless of whether they get the answers right or wrong. This shows them students you want them to participate and are okay if they attempt to answer a question and are wrong.
-Small prizes for the winners are a good way to motivate students to participate in the game. If they want to win, then they will also want to learn the information they are studying by playing the game.