I work in a Title I school in Scranton,PA. Our district has 100% free lunch as well as a high ESL population. My students come from different family lives yet when we work together we are all learning together. They come from a variety of cultures and we use these cultures to learn from each other and enrich our everyday lessons.
Everyday supplies are difficult to come by as they do not always have the money to purchase them.
I want my students to learn in an exciting way that reaches all abilities and allows me to differentiate while they are having fun. A lot of my students do not know how to play basic boards games. I feel that they can learn childhood skills while practicing their studies.
I work with a high English Language Learner population as well as many Title I students. Often times, these students struggle to engage and involve themselves into the work that we are doing. I have discovered that by using board games, the students are engaged in our activity and really become involved with the class. I focus on skills that we have already learned and use it as a review. The students ask each other different questions whether it is a spelling word or a part of speech. If the student answers correctly, they get to take their turn in the game. If they answer incorrectly, they give up their turn.
I have done this in the past with small group, and the students have loved it!
I have heard them teaching each other strategies and really praising each other for correct answers. They see this as fun, and I see it as mastering essential skills while having fun!
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