- Episode Topics and Interviews
- Board Gaming with Education Updates- playing games remotely – 00:20
- Who is Mandy Rice? – 3:12
- Mandy’s Experience with Games – 6:40
- Using a Game Board for Differentiation and Autonomy – 8:03
- Game-Based Learning with Monopoly – 14:47
- Incentivizing Learning in a Gamified Classroom – 18:30
- A Flipped Classroom and Games – 21:20
- Last Words of Advice: One at a Time – 28:46
- Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 39:12
In this week’s episode of Board Gaming with Education, Dustin chats with Mandy Rice, a flipped classroom expert who also has some experience with game-based learning and gamification. This is a perfect episode for any teachers considering either flipping their classroom or wanting to explore the idea of how games and a flipped classroom can coincide in your curriculum. If you’re interested in the resources and insights Mandy shares in the episode, be sure to check out her “Starter Kit.“
Thank you to Purple Planet Music for the wonderful contributions of their songs “Retro Gamer” for our Interview Segment Segment. This song can be found in full on this music archive. Also, thank you to Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) for his creative commons 4.0 contribution of “Getting it Done” for our Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round.
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Updates from Board Gaming with Education – 0:20
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Who is Mandy Rice? – 3:12
We learn about Mandy and her not so secret love of crafting!
Mandy is a ten-year teacher and flipping enthusiast turned number one teacher support. Through her business, Teach On A Mission, her number one mission is helping teachers build sustainable classrooms so they can stay there longer. Through her online course Flipped Classroom Formula, and content coaching membership, Mandy works with hundreds of teachers in ways that help them optimize their effectiveness, while changing the status quo of the too fast-paced teaching lifestyle.
Mandy’s Experience with Games – 6:40
Mandy talks about how she grew up playing board games and card games. She also shares a few games she plays with her three young boys.
Using a “Game Board” for Differentiation and Autonomy – 8:03
Mandy talks about how her experience and decision to use games as a part of her curriculum, and how it is a bit unique because, for her, games were something she thought as complicated. She doesn’t exactly consider herself a gamer. However, when she wanted to think about ways to change the conversation in her class around the topic of grades and the value of grades, she found games to be a perfect solution. With games, she wanted grades to reflect their performance rather than their process. Games also allowed students to make mistakes within the learning process as a way to strengthen a growth mindset that says failure is a part of the learning process.
She shares a resource from Secondary Sara called a “Game Board.” The “Game Board” is a great resource for gamifying your curriculum and giving systemized differentiation and learning autonomy as a part of your curriculum.
Game-Based Learning with Monopoly – 14:47
Incentivizing Learning in a Gamified Classroom – 18:30
Mandy and Dustin talk about incentives for engaging and motivating students. They give some examples of rewards they’ve offered their classes in the past. Some examples include lunch with the teacher, watching Netflix in place of reading for their reading log, turning in homework a day late, and phone a friend during an exam.
A Flipped Classroom and Games – 21:20
Mandy addresses the question: “Is a flipped classroom conducive to game-based learning and/or gamification?” A flipped classroom structure gives you the time both as a teacher and as a class. As a teacher, you have more prep time to prepare other activities. As a class, you have more class time that will allow for more opportunities for other types of activities in the classroom.
Last Words of Advice: One at a Time – 28:46
In Mandy’s parting words for the interview segment of the show, she states that you probably should not try to accomplish both flipping your classroom and gamifying your curriculum in the same year/semester. Do one first and then add the other the following semester/year.
Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 31:58
Dustin challenges Mandy with some rapid-fire statements to see their unsolicited opinions on them. Be sure to tune in to hear his answers!