Games in Education

27 Jun

As a theatre teacher, I have always had a “back pocket” set of games to play with kids when they need time to move. I’m excited to now get to incorporate those, and learn new games to incorporate, into my classroom.

I loved the idea of having students create and “perform” their own jump-rope rhyme about a given topic. This is something that could be done throughout the year, and shared with families and other classes.

I also really liked the idea of doing Zumba or something similar with students. We often talk about how kids “need to move” but, what does that look like? It can look like zumba or a relay race or even simply moving to another workspace in the classroom. Reading in Yardsticks about the developmental needs of students emphasizes how much they need to move – schools aren’t providing the recess or P.E. time for kids to move, so we as teachers will need to incorporate physical activity into our day.

A few years ago, I worked at an elementary school in Bellingham. Towards the end of my year there, as plans were being made for the next school year, it was decided that there would be no PE teacher or class, and teachers would be given a weekly time in the gym to teach “physical education.” Teachers were upset, for numerous reasons, but I was also struck by how they through themselves into figuring out how to incorporate PE into their classroom curriculum.

I hope my future school will have a PE teacher I can collaborate with, but if not, I am glad I have this cohort and this class to look to for support and inspiration on physical activity in the classroom.

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