I work at a Title I school in the panhandle of Texas. My school has 97% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch. On average, I have about 16 to 20 students in my classroom. The students I serve have traits that make them unique.
My students come from all sorts of backgrounds, and many are first-generation students like I am.
This year, my smallest class has 14 students. In the past 6 months, we have come a long way as learners and as friends to others.
We work hard every day to apply new skills and push ourselves to new levels. We never say anything given to us is "hard" but rather "it's challenging." My students know they will face challenges throughout the school year, and, as a class, we try to enforce a positive mindset.
This particular group of students comes with more background knowledge than past groups. I am excited to up the rigor of our learning and find new ways to engage them.
In our area, the weather is not always perfect and we spend lots of days indoors. With my limited supply of games, my students struggle to find something to do while indoors. We are currently awaiting our new playground to be built, which has been behind schedule since August. I would love these board games to bring some excitement to my students and have them explore some of the most popular games.
Indoor recess is the time to step away from technology and interact with their peers through a board game.
Some of the things listed in my project will even be used as a brain break for students who just need a moment or something to help them fidget with during a lesson.
Connect 4 and Jenga are games that I can use to review math concepts. If they answer a question correctly then they get to add a piece to their game board and their goal is to get more correct than their partner so they have a better chance of winning. It makes reviewing math more entertaining and it gets students engaged.
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