My students work hard at trying to gain a deeper understanding of math concepts. My students face many challenges coming from a low income area, but, despite their various backgrounds, they are always ready and willing to work every day.
I work with a wonderful group of 7th grade students.
They are a fun-loving bunch of students who make each day a new adventure! My students have wide ranging abilities, reading levels, and English proficiency. They attend a large inner city public school. Most of my students come from low income families, and all of my students qualify for free lunch.
I am hoping to use board games to build my students critical thinking skills. My students spend a lot of time, in and out of the classroom, on electronic screens. They are adrenaline fiends and could use some time away from their screens to find it.
My students are naturally competitive.
However, sometimes they have difficulty expressing their competitiveness in ways that are socially appropriate. I am hoping to use these games as an opportunity to foster healthy relationships between them and their peers as well as give them a safe-space to experience success and failure.
I specifically chose games that rely on strategic planning in order to be successful. Playing Monopoly and Mobi will give my students a chance to practice their math skills. Games like HedBanz and Jenga will require my students to work together and communicate with each other. The other types of games I have selected have been shown to increase students cognitive abilities in other areas. I am hoping that fostering purposeful play time can help with their problem solving in my math class.
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