On the sixth day of back to school, my principal gave to me, six games for playing with a mixed-up set of TEs.
Games are a great way to increase the engagement level of your classroom. We often integrate games into station work or to reinforce a skill that has just been taught, but have you considered using games as a brain break or as a transition? Having a ready-made set of games can really boost your students’ level of engagement and/or refocus their attention if you reach that thick-of-the-lesson lull. I try to keep some classroom sets of games in Ziploc bags that are ready for me to grab at any time. Some of my students’ favorite games are simple card and dice games that can be played and cleaned up in less than 10 minutes.
Sound Off: How do you use games in the classroom?