These activities will help you empower your students by providing them with realistic chances to achieve and experience success, by giving them a degree of autonomy and choice and by ensuring their efforts are recognised and acknowledged. And they will help you improve motivation in lessons by providing opportunities to have fun!
Here is a detailed explanation of my top 5 reasons to include fun games and activities within your classroom!
Games bring fun and energy into a learning zone by engaging players, motivating them to interact with the topic and linking positive emotions to the learning process. Learners are able to demonstrate their understanding of a topic in a friendly contest where successes are memorable moments of shared triumph and celebration and where mistakes are not seen as a personal weakness. And because the game format is playful, the inherent challenge of the material, (even new or difficult material), is less threatening.
Games often appeal to different learning styles and involve both the rational and experiential mind that helps players remember what they have learned. They provide an environment that transforms the passive student into an active part of the learning process.
Like jokes, games give immediate feedback on performance in an acceptable way. If people laugh when you tell a joke, you’ve been successful; when you take part in a game, successes and errors give feedback as to the quality of your participation and input. With the appropriate corrective feedback from the teacher, games can become an invaluable learning opportunity.
Games bring players into teams and demonstrate the rules and roles of working together and getting on with others as part of a team. They also give your learners a chance to interact closely with their peers as they share the highs and lows of the game experience, allowing for strong bonding and community-building.
This is an incredibly important point. Games provide an arena where social skills can be learned and practiced. We can’t ‘tell’ a person to have better social skills and we can’t ‘make’ them get on with other people. They have to learn for themselves the benefits of doing so. Students soon learn that the only way they will be able to participate in a fun activity or game is by playing to the rules or using appropriate social skills which they are then able to draw on in a variety of real-life situations.
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