The Art of Teaching: Gaming in the Classroom
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Four Reasons to Gamify Your Classroom
- Gaming teaches failure is fantastic. Students learn through failure, and in a game, it is a safe place to fail over and over. It removes the fear of failure for the sake of learning. It is not a high stakes exam, and decreases the anxiety normally attached to a quiz or practice test. It allows students to learn to focus and work through the emotions tied to failing. Gaming is a safe way to fail, explore new ideas, and learn and grow.
- Games encourage collaboration and team work. Playing games helps students to work together, talk and share ideas. They give students an opportunity to engage and discover ideas together. They allow students who are more introverted to speak up and connect with their peers.
- Classroom games are especially helpful for students who struggle in classes. Creating or use games that requires every person to be in a group can help them to be involved and participate This provides an opportunity for the stronger students to teach the weaker students of the group. Grouping also allows for different paces/levels of learning. One group may only get to play one round of a game while another group may play two or three times; what’s most important is that all students are practicing for the same amount of time, and no one sits waiting.
- Games elicit emotions. Emotional engagement helps solidify information and make it easier to recall. Students who find joy or fun in the gaming of curriculum are more likely to recall it when it is needed.
- Discuss embedding interactive activities into the curriculum
- Reflect on activities they could use to enhance their curriculum and engage students
Alecia M. Gardner, MEd, MAT
Educational and Accommodations Specialist, Center for Teaching and Learning, Des Moines University
Relevant to the content of this educational activity, Ms. Gardner indicated she has no financial relationships with commercial interest companies to disclose.
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