For Teachers

News, tips, and articles for teachers to use in the classroom. Looking for an innovative and fun way to incorporate games in your classroom? Look here!

Laddering up with play

Which comes first, interest or expertise? Is a Scrabble player good at spelling because she plays Scrabble, or is she good at playing Scrabble because she’s good at spelling? The truth is it doesn’t matter. There’s crazy power in the relationship between interest and expertise, and it’s time we started taking advantage of it.

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The secret to peace in the cafeteria?

According to Global Toy News, it’s Board Games

Why Play?

“Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.” ― Jean Piaget

At a recent toy show in Chicago, I had the opportunity to meet with many educators to discuss games and play in general. What was exciting to hear was that a local school district had recently removed an hour of computers and replaced the time slot with PLAY. Why has play become such a hot topic? Does play offer our children something they can only gain from experiential play? The importance of play in children’s lives is well documented. As children grow and change, play develops with them according to a developmental sequence.

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Check out these incredibly imaginative playgrounds. They sure are a long way from the hollow metal tubes that I used to play on…
Read more at the New York Times

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We all have our favourite board games. Kurt Heinrich, with thepotentiality.com, takes a look at how some of these games can have a powerful impact on your career. For example, while almost all board games involve chance, many also require professional skills such as negotiation, wordplay, strategy, communication, or tolerance for risk.

Those are his words, not ours. Read more!

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A scholar transforms his Latin grammar course into a gamer’s delight and wins accolades for innovative teaching.
Check it out!

Preparing for Summer

I’ve always enjoyed games. At first, it was games like Cribbage and Backgammon and Checkers. Chess came into the picture fairly quickly, and then I dove headlong into the world of hobby games. By the time I was a teenager, I was used to playing games that took several hours to complete.