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Wed Jun 3, 2015 16:16

I agree with you, some of the times that I have truly learned the most are times when I wasn't even aware that I was learning! Games such as candy land teach colors, rule-following, and turn-taking, but the idea that those are all being taught are not at the front of a child's mind when they are playing a game. The game that you mentioned about word matching sounds like a blast. Kids love to challenge (and beat!) the teacher. Often, I have presented a math problem or other learning tool to a classroom by saying that it will be a tough one and that I don't think they will be able to solve it/beat me. Kids love the challenge and are very proud of their accomplishment of solving it when I "thought that they couldn't". If a child is struggling, I will give them help and when they do arrive at the answer, I praise how they still solved the problem/beat me. It is a great learning tool!

  • reply to hinesjd - Stacy Huffman, Wed Jun 3 09:50
    You present an interesting question. "How can we tell if some of the more fun and interesting methods we use to teach reading and writing are being perceived by the students as fun but helpful... more
    • Games - luckadooso, Wed Jun 3 16:16
    • fun vs learning - koppenhaverd, Wed Jun 3 15:42
      I agree with you to a certain extent. The best learning activities are engaging (not always fun, but always engaging). Ultimately, if kids are going to apply what they are learning in contextual... more
      • Koppenhaver Response - Rebecca McVey, Sat Jun 6 22:45
        I feel like learning gets lost with too much complexity in lessons. There are many simple ways to make learning fun but it can easily get lost in translation when we add too many crafts, intricate... more
      • Cognitive Clarity - Cynthia Trickel, Wed Jun 3 16:58
        That is a great definition. I don't think I have ever used that terminology, yet that is exactly what we are striving for... Not just being able to relate symbols to letters and letters to words, but ... more
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