Sunday, September 24, 2017

Brushing up

It is very clear that our pupils' favourite season is Summer, undoubtedly. In our students' heads, Summer is a time for fun and that means that there is little room for academic activities. Nevertheless, that is not good news when it comes to education. In other words, September becomes a hard month for us.

While I was planning the revision activities I feared they could become boring and time consuming. In addition to that, I wanted to raise awareness of the importance of the paper (I'm tired of wasting paper with infinite lists of vocabulary) and I thought I needed something catchy and cheap. After two hours trying to buy the coolest case for my Ipad, an English game came from out of the blue in Amazon: its name is BrainBox. The object of the game is to study a card for 10 seconds and then, answer a question about what it shows, that way they are brushing up vocabulary, practicing reading and working in a cooperative way seamlessly.

The game is made up of 71 cards, a sand timer and a die; the drawings have bright colours and they catch the students' attention immediately, easing vocabulary acquisition.

Summing up, this is a great example of leveraging existing board-games in an academic context in order to promote learning without having to create explicit materials ourselves as teachers.

This is the link to the game.

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