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Teacher Edition: Games in the Classroom – 016

Teacher Edition: Games in the Classroom

Episode Overview

In this “Teacher Edition” episode of Board Gaming with English, Rich and Dustin talk about games in the classroom. They talk about two specific examples of games they have used in their lessons. Rich used a WWI review game with special roles and mechanics in his classroom to help his students review for an exam. Dustin used a refugee game during a volunteer lesson at a local school in Taipei, Taiwan to help students empathize with refugees who may live in and face challenging conditions.
Thank you to Revolution Void for their wonderful contribution of a segment of their song “How Exciting” for our introduction. The song can be found in full on this music archive.

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Show Notes: Games in the Classroom

Be sure to listen to the whole episode to learn about a couple of games Dustin and Rich used during their lesson. Rich uses a review game to help students prepare for their exam over WWI and Dustin uses a role-playing social issue game to help students empathize and understand the current refugee crisis. Each game contains special elements, mechanics, and themes. Take a listen to learn more, and if you would like to receive either game from us, be sure to contact us through email: dandr@boardgamingwitheducation.com
Dustin and Rich go into more detail about these games and how to implement them. They also talk about some different strategies you can use in your classroom when you design games. Rich uses the traditional Jeopardy review game but puts his own spin on it through theme, mechanics, and special roles. Each group gets a country with a special role. They also can gain defense, attack, or gold. It’s a lot of fun and keeps students engaged in the review lesson.
Dustin uses a refugee game with global events that put a strain on different countries. The countries then have to react to the situation within their country. They do this through group discussion and deciding how to allocate resources. Refugees are then displaced and they must travel to a different country by drawing a travel event. This could potentially put the refugee in harm’s way. After arriving in the country, it then puts a strain on either the country or hurts the refugee further. The game was designed to help students relate and empathize with the current refugee crisis. There are several thematic elements and mechanics that also help teach the reasons why refugees are displaced and the possible impacts on other countries and the world.
Again, if you would like more information about these games be sure to contact us: dandr@boardgaminwithenglish.com

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