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It's a Balancing Act!
My students need Jenga to strengthen executive functioning skills playing games is one way to grow.
Animated! Outspoken! Challenging! Tech-Savvy! These are a few words that describe my students. As a result of being born into and growing up in a tech-savvy world my students are always in a hurry to finish a task or to find the answer; unfortunately, sometimes the results are haphazard or the students move on to one assignment without having a complete understanding of the last task completed.
It is time to slow down!
The higher level thinking that is expected of this generation requires that we spend time making connections between ideas and sparking new thoughts based on previous assumptions. This thinking requires students to confidently engage in real discourse with each other and adults and although my students have much to say; my challenge is to give them instruction and experiences to provide them with the tools for critique and creative expression.
Students need extensive practice in strengthening their executive functioning skills. Executive functions are the processes in our brains that help us accomplish tasks from beginning to end. We all use these skills as we plan our day, organize materials, begin chores, focus on important information, use our time wisely, and when working through challenges until we accomplish a goal. Developing these skills are especially for students who may have an ADD/ADHD diagnosis.
This game is traditional Jenga with a twist!
In this game, kids pull blocks from a tower carefully. They must plan and be careful so they are not the one who causes the tower to fall. On each block are questions that force students, as they pull each block, to discuss details from novels as they build their towers. This game is differentiated, engaging and fun!
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