You already know that I think games are a great way to teach math because they are a repeatable activity. Students are willing to play the same game repeatedly but they are not willing to do the same worksheet over and over.
I recently read an article (http://www.edutopia.org/blog/learner-outcomes-through-educational-games-kristen-dicerbo?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-understanding-learner-outcomes-games-image) that explains that quality educational games need to balance engagement (they’re fun), assessment, and learning.
- The first student to arrive was given the job of writing the numerals 2 – 12 on strips of paper. She was able to start working while we were waiting for the other students to arrive.
- I rolled the two dice and the students took turns determining the total.
- Everyone got to cross out the total on their piece of paper. There wasn’t going to be a winner and they were OK with that.
- By listening to how each student determined the total, I was able to assess –
- Which students needed to start from one and count all the dots
- Which students were able to count on
- Which students didn’t have to count when they got doubles – they know their doubles