I am a third grade teacher in a low-income, high-poverty school. My students come to school every day with different challenges they are facing inside and outside of our classroom.
Many of my students have diverse special needs that inhibit them from learning in typical learning situations.
It is my responsibility to meet each one of their individual learning styles, whether they are a typical student or one with special needs. I have a wide range of learning abilities in the classroom; although we have our differences, our ultimate goal is to be successful in and out of the classroom.
Building tools, puzzles, and strategy games are rich in learning opportunities. Students at all different learning levels can find success through play and by working together through different social interactions.
Studies have shown that through playing games students will increase their ability to focus, lengthen their attention span, increase problem solving skills, and work on communicating with one another in constructive ways.
My students start the day by working together on different puzzles and games. Building with legos, playing board games, creating with kinetic sand & play dough, making marble runs and mazes, are all activities that encourage my kids to work together and problem solve. When students work together by competing and collaborating through games they are also working on reading, grouping, sorting, strategic planning, and hand-eye coordination. Playing different games will provide my students will the skills they will use in the future.
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