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LREI 5th Graders
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"Learning by doing"
We are a group of fifth graders from New York City who go to a progressive school where creativity is an important part of our experience. We are excited to learn along side all of the participants in this challenege
Christopher will be posting some comments and video of our session soon. In the context of our session (lots going on in a small space), the more free form games went better (e.g., acting out a scene, making something from trash, etc.). The ones that were a bit more structured were a bit harder. However, I think that if those games had been played without so much going on, their players would have had an easier time. So context can really matter for creative expression.
Our students had great fun playing a subset of the games last week. Most of the games felt more than appropriate for a school setting. That said, having 40 kids playing upwards of 10 games in two rooms generated a fair amount of productive buzz and some mess. So that requires a school culture that can see the learning value in an activity like this and kids who are more than happy to clean up at the end. Luckily, both of those were true for us.
With smaller numbers, things would be quite manageable. I could see a teacher folding many of the games into a subject-specific class by "breaking the rules" to help the game reinforce a skill or area of content that the group is exploring (e.g., all of the skits need to be about gravity).
I could also see using the Play Portal in our advisory program, which could connect playing to goal setting and helping students to play around in areas that they want to strengthen. Our kids maintain digital portfolios (edublogs via wordpress) so it would be great if there was any easy way to embed progress/badges from Play Portal into their blogs. Playing the games in advisory would also be a way to help group members to connect with each other.